Certificate in Music Ministry

Completion of the Certificate in Music Ministry requires five courses, following the requirements below. The certificate can be earned in conjunction with degree program requirements or as a stand-alone certificate. If a student wants to substitute other courses including those from one of the other schools in the Boston Theological Institute, they will need to consult with Dr. Andrew Shenton, Associate Professor of Music, and receive approval by petition to the academic dean. Students wanting more information about the Music Ministry Certificate or the value of such certification may contact Dr. Shenton at shenton@bu.edu. Students wanting more information about getting the certification from their board of ordained ministry may contact Dr. Wanda Stahl, Co-Director of the Contextual Education office (wstahl@bu.edu).

Requirements (at least one course must be taken from each area)

  1. Bible (other Bible courses may substitute by petition)
  • STH TN 721 New Testament Introduction
  • STH TO 704 Hebrew Bible
  1. United Methodist Studies
  • STH TH 821 History and Doctrine of United Methodism
  • STH TT 723 United Methodist Polity
  • STH TT 825 John Wesley’s Theology Today
  1. Theology
  • STH TT 731 Theology & World Religions
  • STH TT 732 History of Christian Theology in Philosophical Perspective
  • STH TT 733 Constructive Theology
  • STH TT 825 John Wesley’s Theology Today
  • STH TT 862 Theologies of Liberation
  • STH TT 866 Feminist and Womanist Theologies
  1. Music Ministry
  • STH TA 801 OL Sacred Music Methods & Materials
  • STH TA 810 Hymns and their Music
  1. Specialized Skill Development (some of the courses are only available to students enrolled in the conducting or organ studios)
  • CFA ML 505 Organ
  • CFA MP 581 Continuo
  • CFA MP 690 Orchestral Conducting
  • CFA MP 691 and 692 Choral Conducting
  • CFA MP 791 and 792 Choral Repertoire
  • STH TA 715 Organ Seminar