Theology: Master of Sacred Music

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M.S.M. Program Information

Degrees Offered

Application Requirements

  • GRE General Test
  • TOEFL or IELTS for non-native speakers of English
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of intent
  • Audition materials; see the program website for more details
  • Three letters of recommendation

Application Deadline

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: Admission granted in special circumstances


The Master of Sacred Music Program’s purpose is to train professional musicians for work in Christian churches and to prepare those who desire it for the Doctorate in Musical Arts in performance or the PhD in music history or liturgics. Students are admitted with concentrations in organ, choral conducting or voice. Through a program of study that takes advantage of Notre Dame’s strengths in Liturgical Studies, graduates of the program develop a working knowledge of the worship lives of Christian faiths and learn to work skillfully with priests, pastors, and congregations, integrating the pastoral, artistic, and scholarly dimensions requisite for the profession.

Program Statistics

Associated Resources

The DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart
The Department of Music
The Institute for Church Life


  • Margot Fassler, Director of Graduate Studies
  • Peter Jeffery, Associate Director of Academics
  • Michael Driscoll, Associate Director of Student Life and Formation
  • Carmen-Helena Tellez, Associate Director of Performance/Production
  • Janet L. Rudasics, Administrative Assistant


Telephone: (574) 631-5349
Fax: (574) 631-4291

Financial Support

Tuition Scholarships
Professional Development

Cost of Living

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Featured Faculty

Peter Jeffery

Peter Jeffery

Past recipient of a “Genius Award”€ Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Prof. Jeffery’™s publications have focused on medieval music, especially liturgical chant. Learn More.

Margot Fassler

Margot Fassler

Renowned for her work at the intersection of musicology and theology, Margot Fassler is an internationally recognized expert in sacred music of all periods, but in particular of the medieval period. Read More