Sacred Music, Master | The University of St. Thomas (UST) | Houston, United States
12 months
407 USD/credit 13024 USD/year
407 USD/credit 13024 USD/year
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Sacred Music from The University of St. Thomas (UST) prepares students for employment as professional church musicians. The UST Music Department offers an extraordinary educational opportunity for anyone wishing to study and pursue a career in organ and vocal performance, teaching, or church music.


Sacred Music from The University of St. Thomas (UST)  integrates the musical, liturgical, and pastoral dimensions to ground students professionally in liturgical music as a ministry. 


Graduates of the program will be prepared to work with clergy and congregations in a full or part-time capacity, as well as to teach.

Most UST Music majors are employed part-time as singers or instrumentalists in:

  • Traditional Roman Catholic, Anglo-Catholic and Protestant church choirs
  • Jewish temple choirs
  • Places of worship that feature orchestral music and contemporary bands

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Applied Lessons (Voice/Keyboard)
  • Diction 
  • Conducting 
  • Anatomy and Function of the Singing Voice 
  • Survey of Sacred Choral Literature 
  • Children's Choirs
  • Chant 
  • Archdiocesan Choir
  • Multicultural Liturgy 
  • The Organ in Worship 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application form and $35 application fee
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Bachelor’s degree in music from a regionally accredited institution (strongly recommended) If bachelor’s degree is in a discipline other than music, applicant must supply letter from priest or music director verifying at least two years of music experience
  • Recommendation letters – 1 from a member of the clergy and 1 from a professional musician
  • Personal statement describing the applicant’s previous background in music, why he or she wants to pursue the MSM degree and the importance of faith and music to him or her (250-300 words)
  • Resumé
  • Audition with the Music Department
  • English proficiency exam (TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5, ELS level 112, or Pearson PTE 53)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13024 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 407 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    13024 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 407 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Houston

1067 - 1950 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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