The Master of Music in Sacred Music integrates the comprehensive study of music with the worlds of sacred and liturgical, theological, classical, and humanistic studies.


  • 38 semester hours of graduate work
  • Comprehensive examination
  • A one­-hour public recital in the area of concentration is required; for the composer, the submission and performance of an original work is required.


  • A bachelor's degree with a major in music from an accredited institution.
  • Submission of an application, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.
  • At least a B average in all undergraduate music courses.
  • A 10-­minute demonstration of performance proficiency with classical repertoire in contrasting styles in the applicant's major medium, either by personal audition or recording.
  • Students whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL results of 80 or higher (iBT test), (for paper­based test: 550 or higher; for computer­based test: 213 or higher), to be considered for admission. For the iBT test, at least 20 out of 30 in each of the subcategories is required.
  • Applicants in the areas of performance (choral music, organ) will submit a 30-­minute tape, video preferred, audio acceptable.
  • Applicants in composition will submit representative manuscripts in lieu of the audition tape.
  • Music Theory Placement Examination and the Music History Placement Examination.
  • Introduction to Liturgy. Equivalency in this field may be demonstrated by written examination.