Master of Arts in Church Music
The Master of Arts in Church Music degree program is designed to prepare the student philosophically, practically, and theologically for a career in many aspects of church music ministry. By integrating studies in theology and music, this program will help the student develop and enhance his/her skills as a church musician.
The Master of Arts in Church Music program enables students to:
1. Apply principles of the Christian faith in different musical and life settings;
2. Understand church music practice including worship, hymnology, church music history, church music administration and the relationship between church music and culture.
3. Develop their musical skills in composing, conducting, and performing; and
4. Evaluate current issues in church music.
Students receive the M.A.C.M degree when they complete a minimum of 48-semester units.
1. Biblical & Practical Theology (18 Units)
2. Music Requirements (30 Units)
Last 24 Units must be taken at IRUS.
A minimum full-time course load is 9 units per semester. A maximum full-time load is 15 units per semester; however, students may petition for additional units if their cumulative average is 3.0 or higher.
Official classification is based on the number of units completed toward graduation as follows: 1st-year students 0-24; sophomores 25-48.
The following are the course requirements for the M.A.C.M.
1. Biblical & Practical Requirements (18 Units)
OT505 Introduction to the Old Testament (3 Units)
NT505 Introduction to the New Testament (3 Units)
ST 501 Prolegomena & Theology Proper (3 Units)
ST 505 Anthropology & Christology (3 Units)
HT 502 Medieval Church & Reformation Period (3 Units)
PT 502 Missions (3 Units)
PT 511 Christian Education (3 Units)
HT701 American & Korean Presbyterian Church History (3 Units)
ST701 Christian Ethics (3 Units)
ST702 Cults (3 Units)
PT505 Cross-Cultural Ministry (3 Units)
2. Music Studies (Required) (21 Units)
CM500 Church Music History (3 Units)
CM520 Survey of Music Theory (3 Units)
CM521-524 Individual Instruction 1-4 (2 Units Each, 8 Total)
CM530 Ensemble I (2 Units)
CM600 Seminar in Music History (3 Units)
CM680 Graduate Recital (2 Units)
3. Music Studies (Electives) (9 Units)
CM550 Praise and Worship (3 Units)
CM570 Choral Conducting I (2 Units)
CM580 Choral Conduction II (2 Units)
CM630 Ensemble II (2 Units)
CM650 Vocal Pedagogy I (2 Units)
CM660 Vocal Pedagogy II (2 Units)
PT503 Introduction to Worship (2 Units)
Total Degree Units: 48 units