Master of Church Music Degree [M.C.M.]

The purpose of this degree is to enable the church or Christian school musician to obtain advanced training in choral conducting, vocal communication, church music philosophy and administration, church music literature, and Bible content.

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of this program will be able to

  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the Word of God through expositional study,
  • offer a credible defense of sound doctrine,
  • integrate a greater understanding of Scripture into various ministry contexts,
  • evaluate current issues affecting ministry in light of biblical teaching,
  • develop a biblical philosophy of music, and
  • demonstrate skills necessary for effective leadership in a church music ministry.

The student is thoroughly grounded and trained in a Christian philosophy of music, which balances academic proficiency with spiritual perception. The combination of music and Bible courses prepares the student with the broad education necessary to function effectively as a music minister or Christian school music instructor.

Admission Requirements

See General Admission Requirements. Students are not required to have majored in music on the undergraduate level.

Residence Requirements

The Master of Church Music degree can be completed in two summers when supplemented with distance-learning courses. Three music sessions are offered each summer. Bible requirements may be met by attending summer sessions or through distance learning. This format allows maximum flexibility to the active church musician. All work for the M.C.M. degree must be completed within seven consecutive years.

Graduation Requirements

The Master of Church Music degree is conferred on students who satisfactorily complete the course of study outlined in the catalog and the following requirements.

  1. Complete at least 30 credit hours, including all courses required for this program of study.
  2. Earn a 3.00 grade point average at Pensacola Theological Seminary and receive at least a “C-” in all courses.
  3. Complete the residence requirements at PTS.
  4. Complete a Petition for Graduation form no later than registration for the first class of the summer of anticipated graduation or by the end of the drop/add period of the fall or spring semester of anticipated graduation. (Graduation fees are assessed based on stated anticipated graduation date.)
  5. Settle all financial obligations to the Seminary.

All graduation requirements must be completed prior to participation in Commencement. If a student has completed the graduation requirements and is on campus, he must participate in Commencement.