Master of Church Music (39 credit hours)

  • 500-level Applied Music in Organ- 8
  • MUS 577 or 578 Organ Literature- 3
  • MUS 592 Choral Conducting- 3
  • MUS 571 or 572 Choral Literature- 2
  • MUS 583 Church Music Practicum- 1
  • MUS 582 Hymnody- 2
  • MUS581 Liturgy and the Arts and Worship Practices- 2
  • 500-level Electives selected from list below:
    • MUS 501 Introduction to Graduate Studies-3
    • 500-level Theory/History (at least 6 hours in each)- 12
    • Additional degree requirements: MUS 596 Comprehensive Examinations Organ Recital Choral Conducting Concert or Hymnfest- 0
    • Field Work Internship- 0

Please click on this link for the course abstracts in the Graduate Catalog (6.16)

Diagnostic Examinations

M.M. Organ Performance students must take diagnostic examinations in theory and history. These exams occur on the day before late registration just before classes for the semester begin. Any deficiencies in theory or history revealed by the examinations must be removed, according to instructions from appropriate faculty and the Director of Graduate Studies, before a student will be allowed to enroll in graduate courses in that subject.

Electives (At least 3 credit hours)
  • MUS577 or 578 Organ Literature 3
  • MUS571 or 572 Choral Literature 2
  • MUS Advanced Vocal Pedagogy 3
  • MUS592 Choral Conducting 3 (May be taken twice)
  • MUE525 Choral Tech/Materials 3
  • Applied Harpsichord 1
  • Applied Voice 1
  • Applied Piano 1
Introduction to Graduate Studies in Music MUS 501

The MUS 501 course must be taken by all M.M. students in the first fall semester of enrollment.

History Courses construed as graduate music history courses are: 
  • Genre proseminars: Studies in Special Literature Mus 527 (If taught by a member of the Music History Faculty), Chamber Music MUS 529, Symphonic Literature MUS 533, Opera MUS 536, Ethnomusicology MUS 539
  • Period proseminars: Medieval MUS 549, Renaissance MUS 534, Baroque MUS 535, Classical MUS 550, Romantic MUS 553, Twentieth Century MUS 558
  • History seminars: Medieval-Renaissance MUS 622, Baroque MUS 623, Classical MUS 624, Romantic MUS 625, Seminar in 20th Century Music MUS 626, History of Music Theory MUS 617 (DMA students only), Special Topics in Musicology MUS 559
  • Special Topics in Musicology and Ethnomusicology MUS 615
  • Seminar in Musicology MUS 515 (DMA students only)
Courses that are not counted as graduate history courses:
  • History of Wind Band Literature MUS 561
  • Organ Literature MUS 577 and MUS 578
  • Choral Literature MUS 571 and MUS 572
  • Performance Seminar in Piano Literature MUS 671 and MUS
  • The Teaching of Music History and Appreciation MUS 541
Theory Courses construed as graduate theory courses are:
  • Advanced Counterpoint MUS 503
  • Introduction to Graduate Music Analysis MUS 504
  • Advanced Analysis MUS 507
  • Non-Serial 20th-Century Music MUS 537
  • Serial Music MUS 538
  • Atonal Music MUS 609
  • Selected Topics in Music Theory and Analysis MUS 516
  • Schenkerian Analysis MUS 518
  • Advanced Schenkerian Analysis MUS 608
Courses that are NOT counted as graduate theory courses are:
  • Composition MUS 519, 520, 619, and 620
  • Advanced Arranging MUS 510
  • History of Music Theory MUS 617
  • Pedagogy of Theory MUS 540

Note: No course may be counted more than once to fulfill required hours in theory. 


The M.M. organ recital must include 55 minutes of music. Pre-hearings are arranged by the major professor and must occur one month before the date of the recital.

Oral Examination 

Students must register for MUS 596 Oral Examination at the beginning of the semester during which they plan to take the Oral Examination. Any student who fails to register for MUS 596 before the end of the late registration period will not be allowed to take the examination in that semester.

The exam will be based upon (though not limited to) the student’s coursework in the M.M. program. For those students the oral examination must follow all recitals and lectures required in the degree program and is the final step toward completion of the M.M. degree.

The oral examination may not be taken until the student has passed the written comprehensive examination.

Comprehensive Written Examinations 

Students must register for MUS 596 Comprehensive Examination at the beginning of the semester during which they plan to take the examination. Any student who fails to register for MUS 596 before the end of the registration period will not be allowed to take the comprehensive examination in that semester.

The examination will be determined by the student’s advisory committee (see below) and will be based upon (though not limited to) the student’s coursework in the M.M. program. The student may take the comprehensive written examination in the final semester of coursework or after all required coursework is completed. The student should consult with the members of the advisory committee while preparing for the examination.

The examination will consist of three parts, one in the student’s major area, one in theory, and one in history. The student will have two hours to complete each part of the examination.