Doctor of Sacred Music

The Doctor of Sacred Music Program will build upon the foundation that has been set for the student during their M.S.M. studies. On the doctoral level, the program is geared toward those who are interested in exploring a deeper knowledge of the theology behind worship and the pedagogy of music. Extensive practical experience will play a large role during the doctoral studies. At the end of the program, students will become Professors of music and worship, music educators, music Instructors, music program developers, writers/creators of music curriculum, and teachers of worship in the local church.
At the end of the Doctoral program, each student will be expected to submit a professionally formulated dissertation on a researched topic that carries practical merit within the student’s area of study and specialization.


Master of Sacred Music (or equivalent).
Meet all admission requirements.


  • 28 required credits
  • 8 elective credits
  • 36 total credits

Students majoring in guitar, piano, voice, drums, and bass must complete the RCM ARCT 10 Diploma (or equivalent), including the required RCM Theory and History components. Students will be required to give a 50-60-minute public recital.
Students are required to take 4 semesters of Applied Music Lessons. One (1) credit is given for each semester of lessons for each semester. Students will be graded at each lesson and must receive a passing grade (75%) for each semester. Grades from all required courses will be considered for graduation.