May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Music - Sacred Music, MM

The School of Music offers a Sacred Music emphasis within the Master of Music in Performance program.  Requirements for this emphasis are listed below. 

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Admission Requirements 

The applicant for the master’s degree is expected to have earned an appropriate undergraduate degree in music (which should involve a performance component) and successfully audition for the faculty. 

Entrance Requirements  

Applicants must meet the entrance requirements of The Graduate School as well as those of the School of Music. Applicants for performance degrees must audition. Some areas require a pre-recorded preliminary audition as part of the screening process. Live auditions should be scheduled by contacting the faculty member in charge of the student’s performing area or filling out an audition request form on the School of Music web page. 

For performance majors the entrance exams in Music History and Music Theory (written and aural) are given the week before classes begin to determine whether review classes are necessary in the first semester of study.  For academic degrees, entrance exams and an interview are required of the application process. Specialized exams may be required in certain performance and academic areas.  Students should contact the Division Coordinator or Director of Graduate Studies to schedule exams.  Admission for all degrees is conditional upon passing the entrance exams or passing any required review classes with a grade of A or B before accumulating 12 credit hours. 



Degree Requirements  

General Requirements for Master of Music Degree   

At least fifty percent of all course credits must be at the 600 level or above.  For students in M.M. degrees, entrance exams will be scheduled the week before the first semester of classes to assess competency in music history and music theory.  Students who have not passed the entrance exams in music history and/or music theory will be required to take review classes in those areas during the first 12 hours of study.  


Master of Music (Sacred Music)   

  • UK Requirements: (27)   
  • Music History and Literature (3)   
  • Music Theory (including a minimum of one course from MUS 670 , MUS 671 , MUS 672 , or MUS 676 ) (3)   
  • Ensemble (2)   
  • Music Education (Choose from MUS 560 , MUS 561 , MUS 650  or other graduate music education course in consultation with advisor) (3)  
  • Internship (3)   
  • Specialized area of study (10)   
  • Course work at an accredited seminary or other institution specializing in religious studies (6-9) (Choose from topics such as Music in Worship, Designing Worship, Congregation, Worship and Spirituality, Worship and Music in the Liturgical Year, or other courses. Credits must be completed with a grade “B” or above and must be transferred to UK officially prior to graduation)   

Total (33)   


Specialized areas of study:   

Voice or Keyboard (organ or piano)   


Choral Conducting  


+ An audition in the performing area (voice, organ, or piano) is required.   

* A 15-minute jury before either the voice faculty (for vocal emphasis) or the keyboard faculty (for piano or organ emphasis) is required at the end of the applied study.