Students of the Sacred Music program offered by Boston University are prepared for leadership roles in communities of faith and as performers, scholars, and teachers using the incomparable resources of the College of Fine Arts–School of Music and School of Theology. For example, Boston University houses the American Guild of Organists’s organ library and one of the finest hymnological collections in North America.
The Master of Sacred Music degree is offered jointly through the School of Theology and the School of Music and administered by the School of Theology. Since the MSM is essentially professional training for employment as a church musician, the program is offered with two concentrations: organ and choral conducting.
Master of Sacred Music Curriculum
The Master of Sacred Music consists of a series of required courses in three categories: theology, music, and the ministry of music. The successful completion of these courses and a final project is required for the degree. Proficiency in music theory, history, keyboard proficiency, and choral conducting is required. MSM students must pass diagnostic examinations in these areas upon entrance into the program. The examination schedule will be provided by the School of Theology Admissions office in the summer, but typically takes place a few days before the start of classes each fall. All MSM students are advised by the Director of the Sacred Music Program and the head of the applied music field in which they entered. A plan of study is prepared in the first semester, in consultation with both advisors. It is revised, as needed, during the duration of the program.
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- Introduction to Christian Traditions
- Christianity Engaging Modernity
- Introduction to Hebrew Bible
- Introduction to the New Testament
- Introduction to Christian Worship
- Music Ministry: Methods and Materials
- 12 months
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- Online application
- $95 non-refundable application fee, submitted online
- Digital copy (PDF preferred) of unofficial transcripts from all academic institutions where the applicant received previous academic credit
- 3 Letters of reference
- Personal statement
- CV or Resume
- Application essay
- International applicants to all School of Theology degree programs must include additional items as part of their visa application with the United States government.
International21888 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 21888 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
National21888 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 21888 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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