Master of Arts in Music and Liturgy - Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements


Required Courses

  • The Second Vatican Council: Ecclesial Renewal and Liturgical Reform
  • Worshiping Well: Ritual, Music, Planning, Celebration
  • Development and Practice of Congregational Song
  • Celebrating Sacred Time: Seasons, Saints, Hours, Calendars
  • Celebrating the Eucharist and Sacraments
  • Liturgy and Music in a Culturally Diverse Church
  • Conducting Volunteer Choirs and Ensembles
  • Composing and Arranging for Pastoral Musicians
  • Liturgical Music as Pastoral Care: Insights from Psychology of Music
  • Music Ministry Management
  • Applied Music – three summers
  • Ensemble (Chorus) – three summers
  • Accompanist as Leader of Congregational Song
  • Training Psalmists and Cantors
  • Capstone Ritual Event
  • Theology of Ministry and Comprehensive Review

Performance Studies (Choose two. Others may be taken as electives.)

  • Gregorian Chant: Interpretation and Chironomy
  • “Praise and Worship” Repertory and Performance
  • The Music of African American Catholic Worship
  • Spanish and Bilingual Repertory and Practice

Liturgy Electives (Choose 3)

  • Traditions of Popular Piety
  • Liturgical Catechesis and Mystagogical Reflection
  • Liturgy and Music in Merged and Multi-Site Parishes
  • Spirituality and Traditions of Latino Catholics (variable)
  • African American Catholic Worship and Spirituality (variable)
  • Training and Organizing Liturgical Ministers
  • Leading Public Prayer
  • Liturgy Seminar (variable content)


Music Electives (Choose 3)

  • Technology for Music Ministers
  • Vocal Pedagogy for the Choir Director
  • Working with Children’s Choirs
  • Choral Music for the Liturgical Year
  • Leading Choirs and Ensembles from the Keyboard
  • Liturgical Music Seminar (variable content)