Other BU Music Programs

The degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music, Master of Arts (MA) in Music, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Music are offered through the College of Arts & Sciences and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Boston University. The School of Theology jointly offers with the School of Music the Master of Sacred Music degree as well as the Church Music Training program. For further information on these programs, please contact the respective school.

College of Arts & Sciences

Covering a wide range of disciplines in the arts and sciences, including 25 academic departments and a growing number of interdisciplinary programs, the College of Arts & Sciences is closely aligned with the College of Fine Arts, School of Music, in offering the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music — College of Arts & Sciences
  • Master of Arts in Music — Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
  • PhD in Music — Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

School of Theology — Master of Sacred Music

The Master of Sacred Music (MSM) degree program at Boston University is at the forefront of professional training in sacred music. Students are prepared for leadership roles in communities of faith, and as performers, scholars, and teachers using the incomparable resources of the Boston University School of Music and School of Theology. Boston University houses the headquarters of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, the editorial office of Studia Liturgica (the journal of the international and ecumenical Societas Liturgica), the AGO organ library, and one of the finest hymnological collections in North America.

The Master of Sacred Music degree is offered jointly through the School of Music and the School of Theology. Since the MSM is essentially professional training for employment as a church musician, the program is offered with two concentrations: organ and choral conducting. The curriculum follows the pattern of the MM degree with an additional five courses taken at the School of Theology: a course each on theology, worship, bible and history and the sacred music practicum, a course that provides essential professional training for the church musician in areas such as hand bells, children’s choir, recruitment, and professional concerns. Full details of the degree, audition requirements, and application processes can be found on the MSM Degree Program page.  Prospective MSM students are encouraged to contact Dr. Andrew Shenton with any questions.

Courses for the BU Community

The School of Music welcomes participation in many of its classes by students from all parts of the BU community.  Please refer toCourses for the BU Community for a complete listing.