Study Format

  • Online

Program Length

  • 33 Credit Hours

Application Deadlines

Aug, 19

Domestic Students

Fall 2020 Completed File Due. Classes start August 24, 2020.

Jul, 06

International Students

Fall 2020 Completed File Due. Classes start August 24, 2020.


The Department of Music at Concordia University recognizes music as a gift of God and means through which all people can participate more fully in the world around them. The department provides all Concordia students a variety of opportunities to study and perform music, enabling their lifelong growth and involvement in the arts, while enriching the larger community. At the graduate level the goal of the department of music is to provide a broad-based musical education with an emphasis on church music and/or general music studies.

Program Objectives

The master of church music degree is designed to provide an opportunity for students with an undergraduate degree in music to continue their musical education by implementing an integration of curricular studies and applied music in organ or voice oriented to the practical and professional requirements of the church musician. It is intended for persons desiring to lead church music in the local parish and in the larger church.

Learning Objectives/Competencies

This program will provide opportunities for the student to:

  • Broaden experience with and understanding of music in the church.
  • Engage in scholarly research in the church’s musical heritage.
  • Adapt new forms of musical expression to the requirements of the parish.
  • Extend one’s capacities in musical creativity and performance.
  • Enhance one’s ability to enrich the worship life of the parish through music.

Entrance Requirements

Students applying for the Master of Church Music degree will:  

  • hold an undergraduate degree in music or its equivalent, with studies in the field of specialty
  • show evidence of completing a senior recital or its equivalent
  • pass entrance exams in music theory, aural skills, and music history
  • demonstrate performance ability by audition in organ or voice
  • demonstrate piano skills equivalent to the intermediate level
  • have experience in church music leadership or demonstrate potential

Students with undergraduate deficiencies may satisfy the entrance requirements by taking undergraduate level work, any available review courses, or by self‐study and examination. Deficiencies in music theory, music history or aural skills should be removed by re‐examination before the close of the second term of graduate study. Courses taken to satisfy deficiencies may not be counted toward the graduate degree.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of 33 semester hours of coursework including the master’s capstone experience. The master of church music program requires a recital on organ or voice and a church music practicum.

The master of church music program may be completed in four consecutive terms (summer, fall, spring, summer) or five consecutive four-week summer terms. Students must plan to be in residence for at least two consecutive summers.


Program Information

Seminar in Higher Education (EDU 6015)

In addition to the base program curriculum, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Course Description

This course will serve as an introduction to the U.S.-based higher education learning environment. Students will work to understand Concordia University Chicago’s academic conventions, technological systems and communication culture while developing English grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

The Seminar in Higher Education is an excellent opportunity for students to further develop critical skills to help them to be successful in their academic program. This 3-credit course is mandatory for international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus. 

Course Objectives

  • Developing knowledge about local and academic culture
  • Building grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Conducting graduate-level research with the use of electronic and library resources
  • Developing note-taking strategies for coursework
  • Reflecting on the U.S.-based education system

Academic support for work in students’ current coursework will also be provided during or after class. Guest speakers include representatives from the campus library, writing center and technology services.

Student feedback for the Seminar in Higher Education

  • After taking the Seminar, I have the ability to perform more professionally in my assignments.

  • The instructor was very dynamic and a good listener. He gave feedback and made sure all the students understood.

  • The hands-on activities after the lessons helped my learning experience.

  • The professor truly cares for the students. He helps students individually and encourages us to support our peers.


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