May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Ministry MMus

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This degree provides students with valuable knowledge and experience designed to better prepare them for a variety of music ministry positions. Courses in church music and hymnology along with a certain number of worship and leadership courses offered by the seminary are required along with courses that provide practical experience in worship settings. The capstone requirement can be in the form of a recital in the student’s chosen area of performance, a thesis, or project. Students ordinarily complete the program in two years of full-time study.

Total Credits - 34+

MMus Core - 14

Music Ministry - 18+

Project/Recital/Thesis - 4+

Choose one of the following:


  • Music electives selected in consultation with an advisor from MUCT, MUED, MUHL, MUPF, MURE courses to fulfill the minimum of 34 credits.

Additional Requirements

  • Practical Training:
    • All students pursuing master’s programs (MA: Music, MMus: Conducting; MMus:  Music Education; MMus: Music Ministry; MMus: Performance) are required to take the course MUED655 Practical Training to develop professional experience in music. To fulfill this requirement, students are required to meet a minimum of 50 hours of work/service while enrolled in the master’s program. This could be done over the summer. Some recommended areas of work/service that may count toward this practical training experience are as follows:
      • Music ministers in church settings
      • Music teachers or instructors for a public or private school
      • Instrumentalists performing in professional or community ensembles
      • Research assistants in approved music research projects
      • Other alternative activities must be approved by the student’s major professor
    • After completing this requirement students will fill out and submit the form Completion of Practical Training Requirements to their major professor for evaluation and signature. Students who have developed experiences equivalent to this practical training before entering the master’s program may fulfill this requirement by submitting appropriate evidence showing sufficient work/ service experience.
  • Ensemble:
    • Registration is required in one of the following, each semester in residence, for a minimum of 4 semesters: an Andrews University Department of Music large ensemble (band, choir or orchestra) that corresponds to the student’s area of specialty.
    • Keyboard students are required to enroll in the following courses which may apply to the minimum four-semester ensemble requirement: Non-performance keyboard students are required to enroll for one semester of MUPF 505  Keyboard Accompaniment or one semester of MUPF 510  Collaborative Piano. Students pursuing a performance concentration with specialization in piano or organ are required to enroll for one semester of MUPF 510  Collaborative Piano and one semester of MUPF 515  Recital Accompaniment.
  • Piano Proficiency:
    • Graduate students who have not passed this examination on the undergraduate level must take the examination prior to the first registration. Students who do not pass this examination must enroll in the undergraduate piano proficiency sequence.
  • Comprehensive Exam:
    • Students should consult with their advisor concerning the appropriate time to apply for these examinations and for guidance in preparing for them. 

Maintaining Active Status

After completing all course requirements, all graduate music students must maintain an active status continuous enrollment for both Fall and Spring semesters until the degree is granted.  This is accomplished by enrolling in MUHL665 Comprehensive Exam Preparation (non-repeatable with fee attached), MUHL670 Comprehensive Exam (non-repeatable), or MUHL655 Program Continuation (repeatable with fee attached) until the degree is earned.  A student who fails to maintain continuous enrollment as defined here, will not be allowed to finish their degree requirements until he/she applies to the Department of Music for degree reactivation and pays the established fees for each semester of absence in the program.  The reactivation fee used will be the latest AU Bulletin fee listed for MUHL655 Program Continuation.

Admission Requirements

  • General requirements for admission to graduate study as stated in the Admissions section of this bulletin.
  • Musicians with various backgrounds often qualify to study music at the graduate level. Normally, a baccalaureate degree with a major in music is required; however, the following categories may also qualify:
  1. Students with an earned baccalaureate degree within any major, assuming adequate undergraduate preparation in music. Adequate preparation includes mastery of music theory equivalent to content of MUCT242 Music Theory IV and MUCT153 Ear Training Laboratory III; mastery of music history equivalent to content of MUHL446-448 Music Literature and Style (Antiquity to 20th Century); and mastery of level of performance appropriate to the specific chosen master’s program.
  2. Students who have completed programs comparable to the baccalaureate degree from non-United States institutions.
  • The Department of Music requires placement examinations in music history and literature, music theory, piano proficiency, and an audition in the major area of performance for all entering students prior to registration. Admission status is provisional until these examinations are completed and any deficiencies removed. Courses used to make up for a deficiency may be taken for graduate credit but may not count for graduate requirements; a minimum grade of B must be earned.
  • A Graduate Scholarship Tuition Reduction is available to students with a minimum GRE Exam score of 297 (quantitative + verbal) or Music Placement Exam average score of 70.

Non-degree (Guest) Students. A student who plans to study music under this classification may be admitted to courses as approved by the department chair.

English Proficiency Tests. English is the language of instruction at Andrews University. International and domestic prospective students whose first language is not English must submit English proficiency test scores. English proficiency tests must be taken within two years prior to admission.

Minimum English proficiency tests scores:

English Proficiency Test Minimum Scores Required
Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)* 80
IELTS (Academic) 6.5
PTE (Academic) 54

*Paper-based TOEFL is only accepted when administered by our Center for Intensive English Programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

  • Exhibit advanced technical and artistic skills in their area of expertise.
  • Learn and apply pedagogical methods, techniques, and tools related to their area of expertise, as appropriate to their degree track.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of music history – including the development of musical styles and the contextual forces that have influenced and shaped their development, primarily in the Western art music tradition.
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency in the theoretical foundations of Western music through aural skills, analysis, and understanding of historical context.
  • Demonstrate astute skills in music research and writing.
  • Hone critical thinking skills by:
    • Responding to scholarly research both orally and in written form.
    • Preparing informed musical performances (or compositions) based on their theoretical and historical understanding of the repertoire.
    • Preparing and bringing to completion their capstone.

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