Doctor of Philosophy in Church Music

The Ph.D. in Church Music is designed to foster in students the highest levels of knowledge and skill in the practice of church music and in research. The curriculum is composed primarily of research-oriented courses in Church Music and related musical fields. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to pursue study in appropriate areas of other disciplines, such as theology or church history in the Religion Department and/or George W. Truett Theological Seminary, educational psychology in the School of Education, or sociology in the Department of Sociology.

The Ph.D. is intended principally for students who desire to concentrate their program on academic studies in Church Music. These students will choose a minor area either in music or in an area related to religious studies and will write a dissertation.

The Ph.D. information packet available on this page details degree entrance and completion requirements, curriculum and course descriptions, student expectations, and financial resources.  If, after viewing our website, you have questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Monique Ingalls at

Application Deadline

The deadline for completed applications for the Fall of 2022 is February 1, 2022.

A “completed application” means that all application materials, including the application, application fee, transcripts, letters of recommendation, TOEFL or other language scores (if applicable), writing sample, and any required auditions or audition materials have been received.