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    Nov 30, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Master of Music in Worship Studies

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Program Overview

The Master of Music (M.M.) in worship studies degree program provides an opportunity for church music professionals to perfect musicianship and to enhance specific expertise in the field of worship studies. The program supports and advances the mission of William Carey University which is to provide quality professional education programs within a caring Christian academic community, encouraging the individual student to develop his or her highest potential in scholarship, leadership, and service.

Program Objectives

The Master of Music in Worship Studies (distance learning) degree at William Carey University will seek to enhance the field of church music by preparing program participants to meet the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate a biblically-informed approach to church music work and planning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of church music history on modern practices and choices related to literature selection.
  • Improve musical excellence in the church music environment.
  • Improve personal awareness and application of best practices through identification and consideration of relevant research.
  • Improve individual artistry as it relates to the student’s emphasis area.


In addition to the general admission requirements stated in the graduate catalog, entrance into the M.M. program in worship studies is based on the following requirements:

  • Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree in music and must provide official transcripts as documentation.
  • Entering students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 over their last 64 credit hours of coursework.
  • Students must submit an essay of no less than 500 words describing learning and professional goals.

Degree Requirements

Continuance toward degree completion is based on the following requirements:

  • The degree requires a minimum of one academic year.
  • Students must complete all required coursework within a period of six years from the date of enrollment into the program.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 32 hours in the M.M. degree in worship studies.
    • All students are required to take Graduate Survey of Music Theory; Graduate Survey of Music History; and Research and Writing in Church Music; Applied Conducting, Directed Study in Music History, or Directed Study in Music Theory (other studies in music)
    • Students must complete a minimum of 11 hours of a major area 
    • Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours in an emphasis area (worship ministry, conducting, performance, or technology) 
    • Students may take electives as desired
  • All students will complete comprehensive review exams in their major area.
  • All students will complete a final project (thesis, documented recital, lecture recital, or documented performance project) based on the specific major area of study. Final projects must be approved by the student’s graduate committee.

Program Features

NASM Standards

The curriculum for the M.M. in worship studies, in compliance with the standards of NASM, provides substantial development in the student’s major area through courses in research, advanced studies in the major field, and support courses. A variety of elective courses provides students the opportunity to enhance particular musical and professional skills. The program requires advanced study in music theory, history, and literature.

Distance Learning

All courses for the M.M. in worship studies degree will be available synchronously and asynchronously.

Breadth of Competence

The requirements for the M.M. in worship studies degree affords each student an opportunity to expand competencies in performance, music, and worship skills, investigate trends in worship, and develop research skills appropriate to the field of church music and at least one major area of study. Students will have the opportunity to study with faculty who are practicing experts in their respective fields of study.

Curriculum for the Master of Music in Worship Studies

32 hours required

Other Studies in Music (11 hours)

Emphasis Areas (10 hours)

Emphasis area options include: worship ministry, conducting, performance, or technology.


Students may choose electives as desired. Some major areas do not require elective hours. Students are encouraged to take elective hours to supplement deficiencies and to support the major area of study.

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