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Doctor of Music


The purpose of the degree of Doctor of Music is to establish students as front runners of the 21st century global leaders with the excellent competence through the rigorous training in the area of their fields. From various applied areas to such courses as music history, Choral with Orchestral Music Literatures and Colloquium of Church Music Philosophy, the students will advance their performance techniques and profound musical knowledge preparing artists for careers in higher education.


Upon completing this degree, students will be able to:

  • Exhibit the qualities of a professional performer through deeper training in their applied areas.
  • Establish a research skills and performance ability in outstanding interpretation in music.
  • Prove outstanding communication skills in their research assignment.


  • Application form for admission
  • $100.00 non-refundable application fee
  • A brief autobiographical statement
  • Official transcript appropriate for the program:
    • Master's Degree in either Music or Church Music, or its equivalent with a 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA.
  • Audition
    Students who are applying for the Degree of Doctor of Music should make submit an audition in their applied areas by submitting a recording on a DVD with their admission application to the Admission committee. For more information, they may be referred to the Department of Music.
    An applicant for the DM whose master’s degree was in a different applied area will be required to take two master level courses and a master’s recital for the same DM applied area. The graduate recital requirement may be waived if the applicant had already completed three applied area courses or wants to take them all. If the prospective students decide to follow the admission policy regarding taking a prerequisite three courses of applied area as a pre-doctoral study, they will not need to be required to follow the audition procedure.
  • Applicaton Essay
  • Recommendation from church pastor or former teacher
  • Two recent photographs (for student ID)


  • The Doctoral Program is designed to be completed within five academic years. A maximum of seven years may be granted upon appeal to the Academic Dean.
  • The student must successfully complete a prescribed course of study with a minimum of 3.00 (B) grade point average on a 4.00 scale.
  • The awarding of a “C” in a Doctoral course constitutes a failure (unsuccessful completion of the course).
  • The student must pass a qualifying examination. The student can take the exam 2 times if they fail it first. The opportunity to retake the exam will be held after minimum one month later in semester. This exam will be taken before dissertation.
  • The student must effectively complete doctoral recital before taking an oral defense.
  • The student must successfully complete a dissertation and pass the oral defense.
  • The Christian Service Program requirement must be complete for graduation.
  • Prior to graduation the student must meet all financial obligations to the institution.


Music History and Theory

9 Credit Hours (Select 3 courses)

MU 801 Music of the Middle Ages and Early Baroque 3
MU 802 Music from Late Baroque to Classical Period 3
MU 803 Music in Romanticism and later 3
MU 807 Musical Evolution in Modern Cross-Cultural Society 3
MU 808 Orchestral Music in Analysis 3

Applied Area Courses

15 Credit Hours

MU 811 Doctoral Applied Area I 3
MU 812 Doctoral Applied Area II 3
MU 813 Doctoral Applied Area III 3
MU 814 Doctoral Applied Area IV 3
MU 818 Doctoral Recital 3

Theory Courses in Appied Area

6 Credit Hours

< Piano Applied Area >
MU 841 Doctoral Seminar of Piano Literatures I 3
MU 842 Doctoral Seminar of Piano Literatures II 3
< Voice Applied Area >
MU 843 Doctoral Seminar of Solo Vocal Literatures I 3
MU 844 Doctoral Seminar of Solo Vocal Literatures II 3
< Conducting Applied Area >
MU 845 Doctoral Seminar of Instrumental Conducting 3
MU 846 Doctoral Seminar of Choral Literatures 3
< Composition Applied Area >
MU 847 Doctoral Seminar in Analysis I 3
MU 848 Doctoral Seminar in Analysis II 3
< Instrument Applied Area >
MU 849 Doctoral Seminar of Instrumental Music Literature I 3
MU 850 Doctoral Seminar of Instrumental Music Literatures II 3
< Church Music Applied Area >
MU 804 Church Music and Literature 3
MU 805 Colloquium of Church Music Philosophy 3


9 Credit Hours

RS 805 Dissertation Research Seminar3
RS 807 Dissertation6

Free Electives

6 Credit Hours

Capstone Course

3 Credit Hours

CP 890 Capstone3


48 Credit Hours


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851 Parr Rd, Wentzville, MO 63385
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