Sacred Music: MSM

Graduate Program in Sacred Music

Dec. 15
Master of Sacred Music
4 semesters

Program Handbook

The master of sacred music (MSM) interdisciplinary program combines academics and performance training with the primary purpose of forming professional musicians for work in Christian churches while also providing them with the foundations to pursue a doctorate of musical arts in performance or Ph.D. in music history, ethnomusicology, or liturgics. Through a program of study that builds on Notre Dame's strengths in theology (liturgical studies, lay ministry formation) and music (performance, history, theory), graduates of the program develop high levels of musical skill, as they also gain working knowledge of the worship lives of Christian congregations, integrating the artistic, scholarly and pastoral dimensions requisite for the profession. Students are admitted into one of three studios: organ, choral conducting, or voice. Each graduate is expected to be a well-rounded musician, possessing the necessary skills in playing, conducting, and singing to shape music programs in churches, schools, and the community-at-large. All students have assistantships, many in local churches or in the Notre Dame Children's Choir. The program has an excellent placement rate of nearly one hundred percent.

Last updated: 08/31/2023

Application Materials:
  • GRE General Test not accepted
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo for non-native speakers of English
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Audition materials - refer to program site for details
  • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary institution required at the time of application. (Official transcript showing conferral of a bachelor's degree due upon enrollment.)
  • Applicant must hold a bachelor's degree in music (BM, BS, BA, or BME)

Gabriel Radle
Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (574) 631-1300