School of Church Music

Musical Artistry. Biblical Theology.
A Heart for Ministry and Worship.

At Southwestern Seminary’s School of Church Music, you will grow as a musical artist at a fully accredited NASM school of music, you will receive theological education only a seminary can provide, and you will develop a heart to minister in the local church and throughout the world.

Who We Are

Our 16 full-time music professors possess world-class credentials, a multitude of experiences, and a passion for using music for the glory of God. They, as well as our numerous artists-in-residence and adjuncts from the vibrant Dallas-Fort Worth music community, will challenge and inspire you.

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Degree Options

The School of Church Music offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees that will prepare you to use music in any area of artistic ministry. These degrees will train you in worship, performance, composition, education, missions, and community arts. A unique feature of Southwestern's music degree is the combination of in-depth theological studies with training for musical excellence.

Read here about our newly streamlined Master of Arts in Worship degree featuring online and hybrid course options.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Music

    The Bachelor of Arts in Music at The College at Southwestern, which is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, contains all of the courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities except the languages, physical education, and fine arts. The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers three areas of concentration: Worship, Performance, and Composition.


  • Master of Music in Church Music

    This degree prepares you for service in any area of music ministry or performance, with nearly half of the degree building upon the musical skills you gained in your bachelor’s studies. The other half of the degree will train you to connect your love for music with sound theology and the realities of ministry.


  • Master of Arts in Worship

    The Master of Arts in Worship is a unique degree combining theological and worship studies with practical ministry preparation for vocationally called worship leaders. The degree can be completed without leaving your worship leadership position.


  • Master of Arts in Church Music

    Tailored for students without bachelor’s degrees in music, this degree will give you the essentials of musical knowledge and skill. It will also train you to enhance the musical worship of the church.


  • Doctor of Philosophy

    Southwestern Seminary offers Ph.D. degrees within each of its schools, providing you the opportunity to gain advanced training in specified areas of theology, archaeology, evangelism and missions, church and family ministries, or church music.


  • Doctor of Musical Arts

    The D.M.A. is Southwestern Seminary’s advanced performance degree. Through this degree, you can gain expertise in composition, conducting or voice as well as piano or organ performance.


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