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Admission Requirements by Degree

Applicants for the above degree programs must have completed an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in a well-balanced, pre-theological curriculum. Other considerations include seriousness of purpose, potential for growth in the preparation for the profession of ministry (M.Div. and M.A.M only), emotional stability, and likelihood of satisfactory performance in the degree program.

A cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required for admission to the Master of Sacred Music program. The concentration in Liturgical Musicology requires a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.5 for admittance and that the student maintain at least a 3.5 for all graduate work. Although one application is made through Perkins School of Theology, successful applicants for the M.S.M. program are accepted by both the Division of Music in the School of the Arts and the School of Theology. 

Applied Concentrations

Choral Conducting: Submit a 20 minute video link(s) and writing sample

Composition and Arranging: Submit links to recordings, PDF of scores, and goal statement

Keyboards: Register for an audition on campus or submit a recorded audition

Organ: Register for an audition on campus or submit a recorded audition

Academic Concentrations

Music Education: Submit a 20 minute video link(s), writing sample and schedule interview with sarahallen@smu.edu

Worship Arts: Register and submit a writing sample

Liturgical Musicology: Register and submit a writing sample

 Further instructions for application materials for each concentration may be found by clicking here. From this link you may select “Audition Requirements” and “Academic Concentration Requirement.”

Applicants for the Th.M. degree program must have successfully completed an Association of Theological Schools - accredited degree at the master's level requiring at least 2 years of full-time study or the equivalent credential from an institution outside the U.S. and Canada. Academic ability, as shown by a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in a previous master's-level program, is required.

Los postulantes al programa de Maestría en Teología (Th.M.) deben haber completado una Asociación de Escuelas Teológicas: un título acreditado a nivel de maestría que requiera al menos 2 años de estudio a tiempo completo o una credencial equivalente de una institución fuera de los EE. UU. y Canadá. Se requiere habilidad académica, comprobable con un GPA (promedio general) mínimo de 3.00 (en una escala de 4.00) en un programa de maestría anterior.

(non-degree programs)

Applicants must have a B.A. or equivalent degree and who wish to take courses for credit but who do not wish to enter a degree program may seek admission to Perkins as non-degree student. Application, official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic work, two letters of reference and an explanation of the proposed plan of study indicating the courses desired is required.