The purpose of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music is to provide intensive study in the student’s major field of performance augmented by integrative study of church music with theoretical and historical subjects. The D.M.A. degree emphasizes the advanced development of both musical artistry and scholarly achievement in an applied area of specialization. Students enrolled in the program follow the current Doctor of Philosophy Handbook, which is also provided by the Research Doctoral Studies Office.
A prerequisite for the D.M.A. is a master’s degree from an accredited college, university, or seminary whose requirements approximate those of the Master of Music degree at Southwestern Seminary, and a minimum grade point average of 3.30.
Students who have not completed their master’s degree at Southwestern will need to take WORSP 4932 Theology of Pedagogy as a leveling class. Students in piano concentrations will take MUTHY 4501 Applied Theory at the Keyboard as a leveling class.
Prospective doctoral students will submit a general seminary application to the Office of Admissions.
International applicants must submit scores from either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the DuoLingo English Test (DET). For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based test or 250 on the computer-based test is required. Students who complete the computer-based TOEFL must also complete the TSE (Test of Spoken English). For the DET, a score of 120 is required.
An applicant must be interviewed by the Advisor to Graduate Studies and a representative from the applied department of the applicant’s concentration.
The student may pursue the D.M.A. in one of the following concentrations: Piano Pedagogy, Piano Performance, Voice Pedagogy, and Voice Performance.
Applicants for the D.M.A. degree will perform an audition before the faculty of the proposed department of concentration, either in person on the Fort Worth campus or by submitting a digital audition. Please consult the Prospective Music Students page for details on scheduling or submitting an audition.
The applicant for a piano concentration will be required to play a thirty- to forty-minute entrance audition. The repertoire should represent a contrast of styles and should reflect a level of achievement equivalent to a master’s degree recital.
The D.M.A. student who expects to concentrate in voice should arrive on campus in time to confer with an accompanist before the audition. The audition material will consist of six songs from memory: four art songs (one each in German, Italian, French, and English), one opera aria in its original language, and one oratorio aria in English. The selections should represent the major periods of music history, including the modern era. If approval is granted, a thirty-minute jury performance at the end of the first semester will qualify the student for continuation in the voice concentration on the D.M.A. degree.
All D.M.A. students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the reading of German. Students who have not passed the German reading examination by the time they have completed eighteen hours of doctoral seminars may enroll only for Doctoral Continued Enrollment (MUDOC 8100) until the German language requirement has been satisfied.
Two consecutive semesters in which the student satisfactorily completes sixteen hours of graduate coursework will satisfy the residence requirements of the institution.
Doctoral students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.30.
Doctoral students must enroll in the fall and spring semesters each year and pay enrollment fees from the time they begin their program until they graduate or withdraw from the program. Doctoral students who are not enrolled in regular coursework or doctoral examinations must enroll in MUDOC 8100 Doctoral Continued Enrollment.
The D.M.A. degree must be completed within a period of seven years from the time of admission. Extensions may be granted to students who are serving in an international mission field.