Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

School of Music

Administration

Vernon M. Whaley, B.A., M.C.M., M.A., D.Min., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Music
Professor of Music and Worship

Sean Beavers, B.M., M.M., D.M.
Associate Dean, Center for Music and the Performing Arts
Professor of Music

John D. Kinchen, III, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Associate Dean, Center for Music and Worship
Associate Professor of Music and Worship

Mark Greenawalt, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Applied Music Studies
Associate Professor of Music and Voice

David Hahn, B.M., M. M., D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Commercial Music
Associate Professor of Music and Worship

John W. Hugo, B.M., M.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Music Theory and History
Professor of Music

Stephen P. Kerr, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of University Bands
Professor of Music

Katherine Morehouse, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Multi-Ethnic Music Studies
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology

Paul Randlett, B.S., M.A.
Acting Chair, Department of Music and Worship
Assistant Professor of Music and Worship

Paul Rumrill, B.A., M. M., D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Music Education
Associate Professor of Music and Piano


PROGRAM DIRECTORS
A listing of program directors can be viewed at http://www.liberty.edu/programdirectors.


Liberty University School of Music is the seventh largest collegiate level institution in America devoted to training and equipping professional musicians as performers, music educators, worship leaders, ethnomusicologists, artists, film score composers, music publishers, recording engineers and producers, and songwriters. The School of Music is a member of and Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).  NASM is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as a programmatic accreditation organization for institutions offering degree and non-degree educational programs in music and music-related disciplines

MISSION
The mission of the Liberty University School of Music is to train and equip musicians to be Champions for Christ.  The School of Music is a community of God-honoring musicians committed to a culture of manifest core values that include:

  • Worship Lifestyle
  • Servant Leadership
  • Stylistic Diversity
  • Academic Inquiry
  • Skilled Musicianship
  • Artistic and Creative Expression
  • Sharing Christ through Music

These core values demonstrate what the music faculty believes a “Champion for Christ Musician” is devoted to in their everyday private and professional life. It is the general consensus of the School of Music faculty that the mission statement and clearly articulated core values conform to and promote the broader university mission to “develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world”.

While the School of Music has only one mission, two distinctly unique and focused tasks emerge.  These tasks are accomplished through two organizations within the School of Music structure: 1) The Center for Music and the Performing Arts – trains and equips passionate musicians as skilled performers, and music education specialists;” and, 2) The Center for Music and Worship –trains and equips highly skilled musicians to serve as worship practitioners and commercial musicians in the evangelical community. In fulfillment of the School of Music Mission, communication of the Core Values and application of the Focused Tasks and the various entities representing the music unit, it is the aim of the School of Music leadership to graduate students that are thoroughly equipped to assume their role in the market-place. And, that the School of Music provides for these student-musicians comprehensive curricula that is broad enough to encourage collaboration, imagination, diversification, scholarship and practical application.  It is important to the leadership of the School of Music that students are equipped to identify their calling (desired career), find gainful employment (a job) and contribute to their chosen vocation(s) for many years to come.


FACULTY
The School of Music (SOM) faculty includes full-time and adjunct and/or part time resident and on-line highly skilled professionals.  The School of Music faculty adhere to and adopt five personal and professional goals, including a commitment to:

  1. Embrace, develop, grow and exemplify a spirit of Christian grace, character, integrity and mercy in all areas of professional and private life. [Spiritual Disciplines]
  2. Intellectual discovery, educational enrichment and rigorous pursuit of knowledge for the advancement of their own individual disciplines. [Educational Enrichment]
  3. Develop and grow as professional practitioners. [Professional Development]
  4. Make honest contribution to local and global communities for the purpose of spreading the gospel and proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ. [Community and Mission]
  5. Grow in their understanding of institutional mission, love for one another, vision for the future, and support of Liberty University School of Music.  [University Mission]

Additionally, and in an effort to enrich our student’s lives, SOM faculty promise, to the best of their ability, to provide:

A quality, world-class education experience. [Quality Education]

  1. Opportunity to grow in their aptitude and ability and performance skill in their instrument of choice. [Personal Growth]
  2. Opportunity for spiritual, educational, and social transformation and growth sufficient to make meaningful contribution to their culture, discipline and the Kingdom of God. [Contribution to Culture]
  3. Opportunity to discover potential through mentoring and discipleship experiences. [Opportunity to Discovery and Creativity]
  4. Assistance in finding career placement in their chosen area of music performance, skill set and/or ministry. [Career Placement]

It is the conviction of the School of Music faculty that the manifestation of these qualities in the lives of ALL resident and on-line music professors is critical to the success of the School of Music.  The personal commitment to these ten statements is used as one of several criteria for the annual evaluation of School of Music faculty.

All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster. There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty. The entire roster can also be viewed online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=28 where faculty can be searched for by Department


PURPOSE
The purpose of the Graduate Music Studies Division is to train highly skilled musicians to serve as music and worship practitioners, music educators and ethnomusicologists specifically for and in the evangelical community. These purposes are accomplished through curricula development, student internship and apprenticeships, local church ministry, professional teaching opportunities, publishing and recording, artist development and empirical research.

PROGRAMS OF STUDY
Graduate programs offered by the Graduate  Music Studies Divison prepares students to meet the challenge of their profession with skill, insight, and intentionality.


Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology (M.A.)

(Online Music Degree)

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology equips students to work in a diverse global society using the medium of music, including: foundational scholarship (history and theory), skill development (analysis and technology), performance of non-Western music, and practical application through field experience and independent research. The program at Liberty University fits well with the institution’s emphasis on intercultural studies and its stated aim to “contribute to a knowledge and understanding of other cultures”. Music is a universal form of expression in which cultures of the world capture the essence of their worldview, and it is the system of memory in which cultural history and religious belief is recorded. The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology provides musicians, social scientists, and worship leaders, music educators, ministers of music and church leaders an understanding of ethnic music culture that facilitates the use of indigenous music in cross-cultural communication, ministry, and research.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize various historical and contemporary theories of ethnomusicology.
  2. Integrate Christian principles into the use of indigenous music in worship, discipleship and evangelism.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of non-Western systems of music through cultural and theoretical analysis, including application of technology.
  4. Demonstrate acquisition of beginning to intermediate performance skill in a selected area of ethnic music.
  5. Apply ethnomusicology principles through practical experience and research.
  6. Relate knowledge of the literature of the discipline to the professional practices of ethnomusicologists on the mission field.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology requires the completion of 42 hours of graduate coursework. Students complete their course of study using a blended delivery system of 16-week online courses combined with on campus summer intensives.  Students who do not have an undergraduate course in world music must complete ETHM 511 – Introduction to Ethnomusicology in addition to the 42 hours required.  

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, applicants to our Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology program must have:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be considered for enrollment in the program on a cautionary basis.  The cautionary range will begin at a GPA of 2.5 through 2.99 with the stipulation that the students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. Contact information for one recommendation.
  4. Students seeking admission to the program must perform an audition that demonstrates musical proficiency sufficient to meet the requirements of the degree.
  5. An interview with the Program Director of MA in Ethnomusicology Degree.  During the interview with the Program Director, the student must provide evidence of proficiency in at least one foreign language.
  6. Statement-of-purpose essay.
  7. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

TRANSFER CREDIT
Transfer students will be required to submit transcripts for evaluation as per the normal process established by the University. Students may transfer up to 21 hours of coursework from an accredited institution.  In addition, transfer students will be required to perform an entrance interview and audition with the Coordinator of Ethnomusicology.

In order to be eligible for transfer, course work must have a minimum grade of B-, and must have been completed within the past 10 years.  Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Successful completion of all course and thesis requirements (42 semester hours).
  2. Students must complete all courses with a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA.
  3. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  4. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  5. No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Degree must be completed within seven years.
  8. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9.  Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology (M.A.)


Master of Arts in Music Education (M.A.)

(Resident and Online Music Degree Options)

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Music Education is a unique degree offering among colleges and universities, both private and public.  The 39 hour graduate degree program is designed to provide four essentials needed for successful development of music education: Foundational Studies (9 hours); Professional Concentration: Music Studies, Conducting, or Performance  (18 hours); Music Education Studies (9 hours); and Research (3 hours).

The degree is designed to meet the needs of four distinct groups:

  1. Those currently working in the profession as music educators.  Many states require that public and private school teachers continue to develop themselves educationally, often toward receiving advanced degrees. 
  2. Students currently completing their B.M., B.A., or B.S. in Music, B.M. in Music Performance, B.M. in Music with a Teacher Licensure, or B.M. in Music Education, who desire to continue their studies, better preparing them for the job market.  The M.A. in Music Education also establishes academic credential for those teaching on the primary, secondary, or college level. 
  3. Teachers employed in public or private schools looking for educational alternatives that allow them to remain active in their current career.  These teachers are often required to fulfill mandates for continuing education for the purpose of remaining current in the discipline, but are concerned about the realities of resigning from their job and relocating to an on-campus program of study.
  4. Students desiring to complete a Ph.D. in Music.  The M.A. in Music Education allows students who have a B.M., B.S., or B.A. in other music disciplines (performance, worship, commercial music, songwriting, etc.) to be prepared to enter a Ph.D. program for Music Education.

The M.A. in Music Education helps students evaluate historical, philosophical, and methodological issues related to music education through a grid rooted in and formulated by a Christian worldview; and, demonstrates the “mission-centered integration of teaching and research.”  Further, this degree program is designed to prepare students as scholars in the field of Music Education.

CONCENTRATION OPTIONS
Three professional concentration options are available for the MA in Music Education: Music Studies, Conducting, or Performance.  The Music Studies Concentration is available for resident and on-line students.  This concentration focuses on the broader application of music to the teaching profession.

The Conducting and Performance Concentrations are available for resident graduate students only.  Both of these concentrations focus on sharpening musical skills necessary for presentation in applied music classroom situations.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Compare historical and contemporary theories of Music Education.
  2. Integrate Christian worldview within a music education philosophy and methodology.
  3. Analyze and arrange music in traditional and contemporary styles with the appropriate use of technology.
  4. Perform and conduct within the music education discipline.
  5. Develop strategies for music education through curricular design or research.
  6. Relate knowledge of the literature of the discipline to the professional practices of music educators in the classroom.

Conducting Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Lead music ensemble with advanced conducting competency.
  2. Teach a music ensemble using effective rehearsal strategies.

Music Studies Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Analyze and arrange and conduct music in traditional and contemporary styles with the appropriate use of technology.

Performance Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Play an instrument or sing at an advanced skill level in solo or ensemble context.
  2. Teach instrumental or vocal skills in solo or ensemble contexts.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Music Education must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of an earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.) in one of the following areas: B.A./ B.S./B.M. in Music Education; Bachelor of Music Education; Bachelor of Music; B.A./ B.S. in Worship Studies; B.A./ B.S. in Music and Worship; or equivalent in music, music education, or music and worship. 
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).  Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be considered for enrollment in the program on a cautionary basis. The cautionary range will begin at a GPA of 2.5 through 2.99 with the stipulation that students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

TRANSFER CREDIT
Transfer students will be required to submit transcripts for evaluation as per the normal process established by the University. Students may transfer up to 18 hours of coursework from an accredited institution.  In order to be eligible for transfer, course work must have a minimum grade of B-, and must have been completed within the past 10 years.  Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits. 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Successful completion of all course, comprehensive exam and thesis or research project requirements (39 semester hours).
  2. Students must complete all courses with a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA.
  3. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  4. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  5. No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Degree must be completed within five years.
  8. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10.  Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Arts in Music Education (M.A.) - Music Studies

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Master of Arts in Music Education (M.A.) - Conducting
Master of Arts in Music Education (M.A.) - Performance


Master of Arts in Music and Worship (M.A.)

(Resident and Online Music Degree Options)

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Music and Worship is a 42-hour graduate vocational degree that equips and trains skilled musicians as worship pastors.  It provides students opportunity to study and practice (1) context-specific biblical and theological competencies in worship; (2) identify and develop music theories and skills through “praxis” experiences; (3) worship theories practical to the local church; (4) and empirical researchthatenhances individual leadership roles in music and worship. Students also receive training in qualitative and quantitative research methods. The end goal is to develop the students knowledge and expertise to excell in a variety of music and worship cultures and contexts within the evangelical community.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Build a worship strategy based on biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations of worship.
  2. Evaluate theological, musical, cultural, and ecclesiastical standards for the worship leader.
  3. Apply principles of critical contextualization to current issues confronting worship leaders in the evangelical tradition.
  4. Analyze various roles for the worship leader.
  5. Relate knowledge of the literature of the discipline to the professional practices of worship leaders in the evangelical tradition.

Commercial Music Performance Concentration
The student will be able to play an instrument or sing at an advanced skill level in commercial music styles.

Conducting Concentration
The student will be able to lead a music ensemble with advanced conducting competency.

Worship Music Studies Concentration
The student will be able to lead worship using appropriate musical techniques and skills.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Music and Worship program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of an earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.) in one of the following areas: B.A./ B.S. in Music Education; Bachelor of Music Education; Bachelor of Music; B.A./ B.S. in Worship Studies; B.A./ B.S. in Music and Worship; or equivalent in music, music education, or music and worship. 
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).  Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be considered for enrollment in the program on a cautionary basis. The cautionary range will begin at a GPA of 2.5 through 2.99 with the stipulation that students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

TRANSFER CREDIT
Transfer students will be required to submit transcripts for evaluation as per the normal process established by the University. Students may transfer a maximum of 21 hours of coursework from an accredited institution.  In order to be eligible for transfer, course work must have a minimum grade of B-, and must have been completed within the past 10 years.  Credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

The following courses are not eligible for transfer credit:  WMUS 525 and WRSP 690.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Arts in Music and Worship program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 45 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved an allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Required 3.00 GPA.
  4. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ and C-).
  5. No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  8. All Resident students must enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10.  Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Arts in Music & Worship (M.A.) - Worship Music Studies

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Master of Arts in Music & Worship (M.A.) - Commercial Music Performance
Master of Arts in Music & Worship (M.A.) - Conducting


Master of Arts in Worship Studies (M.A.)

(Non-Music Degree)

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Worship Studies is a 42-hour non-music graduate program that provides students opportunity to study and practice: 1) context-specific biblical and theological competencies in worship; 2) worship theories practical to the local church; and 3) career specific principles as applied to leadership, church planting or ethnomusicology. The goal is to develop student knowledge and expertise to excel in a variety of worship cultures and contexts within the evangelical community.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Build a worship strategy based on biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations of worship.
  2. Evaluate theological, musical, cultural, and ecclesiastical standards for the worship leader.
  3. Apply principles of critical contextualization to current issues confronting worship leaders in the evangelical tradition.
  4. Analyze various roles for the worship leader.
  5. Relate knowledge of the literature of the discipline to the professional practices of worship leaders in the evangelical tradition.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Worship Studies program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of an earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).  Applicants with a GPA of 2.00 to 2.99 (on a 4.00 scale) may be considered for admission on Academic Caution. These students are required to take and pass GRST 500 Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

TRANSFER CREDIT
Transfer students will be required to submit transcripts for evaluation as per the normal process established by the University. Students may transfer a maximum of 21 hours of coursework from an accredited institution.  In order to be eligible for transfer, course work must have a minimum grade of C-, and must have been completed within the past 10 years. Credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Arts in Worship Studies program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 42 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Required 2.00 GPA.
  4. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  5. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  6. All Resident students must enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  7. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  8.  Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Arts in Worship Studies (M.A.) - Ethnomusicology
Master of Arts in Worship Studies (M.A.) - Leadership
Master of Arts in Worship Studies (M.A.) - Pastoral Counseling
Master of Arts in Worship Studies (M.A.) - Worship Techniques


Doctor of Worship Studies (D.W.S.)

(Non-Music Degree)

PURPOSE
The Doctor of Worship Studies is a 45-hour post-graduate, non-music, professional, non-terminal doctorate (commensurate to the Doctor of Ministry) that places emphasis on practical application of worship studies to the ministry.  It is primarily targeted to the career minister of music/worship pastor constituent and provides theological, philosophical and practical studies based on the demands of the 21st evangelical worship ministry. Built on a graduate degree in music, church music or worship, the DWS provides an option for advanced studies at the professional doctorate level for worship practitioners desiring to expand their skill set to reflect a rapidly changing worship culture.  As with all graduate degrees in the School of Music, the end goal is to develop knowledge and expertise to function in a variety of music and worship cultures and contexts within the evangelical community.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Examine the pastoral and worship leader roles in evangelical worship.
  2. Synthesize the historical development and relationship of worship to the Christian Church.
  3. Evaluate contextual approaches for worship leading.
  4. Analyze trends in worship theology, philosophy and methodology.
  5. Investigate the pedagogical role of the worship leader in evangelical worship.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Doctor of Worship Studies must meet the following requirements:

  1. An earned master’s degree in music or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).  Master degrees qualifying for entrance into the Doctor of Worship Studies degree may include:
    1. Master of Divinity in Worship Studies
    2. Master of Arts in Worship Studies
    3. Master of Arts in Music and Worship
    4. Master of Arts in Worship Leadership
    5. Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology
    6. *Master of Arts in Church Music
    7. *Master of Music in Church Music
    8. *Master of Church Music
    9. *Master of Music
    10. *Master of Arts in Music
    11. *Master of Worship Studies
    12. *Master of Arts or Master of Science in Related Degrees
  • *Applicants must finish the equivalent of 45 graduate hours of which at least 9 of these hours must successfully be completed with a minimum of a “B” grade in: WRSP 635 Building a Theology of Worship, WRSP 510 Biblical Foundations of Worship, and WRSP 502 History and Philosophy of Worship.
  1. Contact information for two recommendations from a pastor and/or college or university professor may be requested as an additional requirement on a case-by-case basis.
  2. A graduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).   
  3. Consideration will be given to those without a master level degree in music or worship [or equivalent] upon completion of an interview with and recommendation from the Program Director of the Doctor of Worship Studies degree.
  4. Professional vita showing three years of experience in full-time ministry
  5. Applicants must submit a 1000-to-1500-word Statement of Purpose that answers the following questions:
    1. How has your previous education and/or work experience prepared you for doctoral studies at Liberty University?
    2. What is your goal with regard to pursuing doctoral education at Liberty University?
    3. Please describe the character and values you possess that will help you succeed in your desired field.
  6. Interview and recommendation from the Doctor of Worship Studies Degree Program Director.
  7. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

TRANSFER CREDIT
Transfer students will be required to submit transcripts for evaluation as per the normal process established by the University. Students may transfer a maximum of 12 hours of coursework from an accredited institution.  In order to be eligible for transfer credit, course work must have a minimum grade of B-, and must have been completed within the past seven (7) years. Credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

The following courses are not eligible for transfer credit:  WMUS 525 and WRSP 890.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Arts in Music and Worship program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete 45 hours.
  • A minimum of 33 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  • A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  • Required 3.00 GPA.
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+/C-).
  • No grade of D or lower may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+/D-).
  • For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years.
  • Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Doctor of Worship Studies (D.W.S.)

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS
Degree Completion Plans for programs offered by the School of Music can be accessed at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


School of Music - Graduate Certificates

The School of Music offers graduate certificates in several areas of study through Liberty University Online.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS   
Please refer to the Admissions Requirements Matrix for Certificates in the Graduate Admissions section of this Catalog.

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

  1. 12 total hours
  2. All courses must be completed through Liberty University.
  3. 2.00 GPA
  4. No grade of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the certificate.
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Certificate must be completed within 3 years.
  7. Submission of Certificate Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Note: Students who want to apply certificate courses to a graduate or seminary degree program will have to abide by the GPA and grade requirements of that degree program.


Graduate Certificate in Music in World Cultures – Ethnomusicology

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Ethnomusicology is to provide for the professional missionary or musician training in five basic areas of Ethnomusicology. It is generally assumed students pursuing this program of study are not interested in completing a degree in the discipline. Students entering this area of study are not required to complete an audition for admittance to into the program.  Students are required to submit an enrollment application for graduate studies.

Delivery Format: Online Only
Music in World Cultures - Ethnomusicology


Graduate Certificate in Worship Studies

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Worship Studies is to provide for the professional musician training in five basic areas of Worship. It is generally assumed students pursuing this program of study are not interested in completing a degree in the discipline. Students are required to submit an enrollment application for graduate studies.

Delivery Format: Online Only
Worship Studies


CERTIFICATE COMPLETION PLANS
Certificate Completion Plans (CCP) can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=2981.



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