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Master of Arts - Music Ministry

The Master of Arts in Music Ministry (MAMM) provides academic and professional preparation for music leadership and ministry in the worship life of the church.

The Master of Arts in Music Ministry also provides the academic qualifications for Certification in Music Ministry and for ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. This degree is also appropriate for person of most Protestant denominations who are serving or will serve as directors or ministers of music in the local church.


Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in music from an accredited college or university;
  • A grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Proficiency in the English language. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to give evidence of such competence (demonstrated by a TOEFL score).

A completed application consists of:

  • Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • $75 application fee
  • Interview and/or audition
  • Background check (conducted by the seminary, may take up to two weeks to complete)
  • Additional financial and church documents are required of international students in order to satisfy internal and federal requirements.

Applications will be reviewed upon completion.  The admissions committee reserves the right to determine, in its sole judgment, whether an applicant is a suitable candidate for a specific degree program or for the vocation that the program represents.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing, rolling-admission basis and are due six weeks before date of entry for domestic students. International applications are due March 1st.


MA Music Ministry Degree - 56 semester hours
MAMM Degree Grid

Designated Field Courses -  23 Semester Hrs  
Bible                                                                                      8 Hrs
Church History                                                                                      6 Hrs
Theology & Ethics 6 Hrs
Theory & Practice of Ministry                                                                3 Hrs


Music Ministry - 16 Semester Hrs  
Christian Education                                                                                16 Hrs


Integrative Courses - 8 Semester Hrs  
1st Year  Vocational Formation & Church Leadership (VFCL)         2 Hrs
Music Ministry in the Local Church                                                3Hrs
Music Ministry Project 3 Hr

Open Electives - 9 Semester Hrs

Spiritual Formation
Spiritual formation is intrinsic to the degree. While it is part of coursework, students are also expected to devote time outside of class to significant formative experiences such as corporate worship, community meals, service, and spiritual direction. Students are introduced to designated spiritual practices (the historic "rule of life") within the Vocational Formation and Church Leadership course. Vocational Formation and Church Leadership (VFCL) and field education continues the covenantal community. The student's "rule of life" is reviewed regularly with faculty advisors.

Cross-Cultural Education

Students live in a world of differences, cross-cultural in terms of ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, religion, ideology, gender, and nationality. Cross-cultural dimensions are intrinsically part of the whole curriculum at Garrett-Evangelical. Students complete a cross-cultural requirement both to gain a deepened awareness of the cultural and religious world of ministry and a heightened awareness of their own cultural context and personal identity. Students may meet this requirement through a variety of means (courses, travel courses, field education, independent studies, and/or exchange programs).

Continuing Evaluations
In consultation with advisors, students develop, update, and review a portfolio that cumulatively expresses student development through the curriculum. It includes a variety of materials (e.g., written course materials, external evaluations, field education reports, interviews, examinations) appropriate to expected degree learning outcomes.

Dual Program

MDiv and MA
Use your MA as a specialization within the larger MDiv program.

To learn more about the MDiv degree, click here.

Organ Focus

Organ Performance Focus
The MA currently offers an optional Organ Performance focus. Requirements for MAMM with Organ Concentration are the same as the Master of Arts in Music Ministry requirements, but with organ electives. The degree total is still 56 semester hours.

MAMM - Organ Performance Degree Grid

The Margaret McElwain Kemper Music Ministry Scholarship

Garrett-Evangelical is grateful for Maggie Kemper's faithful music ministry and her desire to train others to follow in her footsteps.  In recognition of her outstanding leadership, Garrett-Evangelical has established the Margaret McElwain Kemper Music Ministry Scholarship.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to deserving students who wish to pursue a calling to music ministry, particularly those seeking a concentration in organ.  If you would like more information about the MAMM with Organ Concentration and the Kemper Music Ministry Scholarship contact the Admissions Office at GetAdmitted@garrett.edu or by phone at 847.866.3945.

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