Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Music; Arts
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Music with an Emphasis in Sacred Music Bachelor’s Degree Program

Four-year degree; Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Sacred Music degree at the University of Mary offers a well-rounded curriculum in liberal arts, music, and theology to prepare you to serve as a music minister or church musician, seek additional training in theology, apply to graduate studies in music or theology, or complement another undergraduate degree with a double major.

The Bachelor of Arts with an Emphasis in Sacred Music degree automatically earns a minor in Liturgy.

Music with an emphasis in sacred music Degree Program Highlights

Grounded in the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine tradition of the University of Mary, the Bachelor of Arts with an Emphasis in Sacred Music degree prepares you with a strong background in theology and music training you can apply to a career in music ministry or graduate study. At the University of Mary, you will enjoy unique opportunities to:

  • Study historical trends and church teachings on music in worship.
  • Gain practical experience in planning, preparing, and leading music in worship.
  • Develop personal performance skills in voice, piano, organ, and other areas of interest in preparation for music ministry.
  • Learn in a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values that you can apply to your career and your life.

The Music with an Emphasis in Sacred Music Bachelor of Arts degree program includes courses in liberal arts, theology, and music courses in music theory, sight singing, piano, sacred music, conducting, arranging, and music technology, ensembles, private lessons in organ and voice, and a capstone practicum working in a parish music setting.

Required Courses

  • Three semesters of concert choir
  • Total of seven semesters of primary major performance ensemble
  • Piano proficiency level four
  • Six semesters of perform lab
  • 30 volunteer hours in a parish setting
  • Three semesters of class or applied voice
  • Four semesters of class or applied piano
  • Two semesters of applied organ
  • Six semesters in one primary area of applied music
  • Two theology courses that include either THE 332 Eucharist, THE 346 Liturgical Theology, or THE 423 Liturgical Celebration. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application to the Music Department takes place in the first semester of the sophomore year, or during the first fall semester for transfer students.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.

You may audition for music scholarships which can be stacked with most academic scholarships. If you live more than 250 miles from campus, you may submit a video recording, or audition during your campus visit.

The deadline for priority consideration for scholarships is February 20, although applications are welcome at any time. For more information please contact the Music Department or University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Program Advisor: Dr. Tom Porter - [email protected]

To learn more about the Bachelor of Arts with an Emphasis in Sacred Music program, please contact the Music Department or University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279.

If you are thinking about pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in sacred music, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary: