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Master of Arts in Music Ministry (MAMM)

The Master of Arts in Music Ministry prepares you for leadership in the worship life of a congregation as a minister or director of music. Though similar to Master of Sacred Music programs, the MAMM is distinguished by its focus on theological and spiritual formation. You will study the role music has in the liturgy and life of a congregation, as well as the history, theory, and practice of music to prepare you for ministry.
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Through the MAMM degree my ministerial capabilities have been broadened and my ability to lead worship has been greatly enhanced. This could only have happened because of the renowned and caring faculty in the area of liturgical studies at Garrett-Evangelical.

Organ Performance Focus

The Master of Arts in Music Ministry offers an optional Organ Performance focus. Requirements for MAMM with an Organ Performance focus are the same as the Master of Arts in Music Ministry requirements, but with organ electives. The degree total is still 56 credit hours.

The Margaret McElwain Kemper Music Ministry Scholarship

In recognition of her outstanding leadership in music ministry, Garrett-Evangelical has established the Margaret McElwain Kemper Music Ministry Scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to deserving students who wish to pursue a calling to music ministry, particularly those seeking a concentration in organ. If you would like more information about the MAMM with Organ Concentration and the Kemper Music Ministry Scholarship contact the Admissions Office at or by phone at 847.866.3945.

Music Ministry Stance

The Master of Arts in Music Ministry stance is an integrative project or essay developed during the final year of the program and reviewed by a team from the field during the spring term. The MAMM stance will integrate work from the practicum and reflect on degree goals and certification competencies related to music ministry.

Renowned Faculty Dedicated to the Practice of Music Ministry

Our faculty is one of Garrett-Evangelical's greatest assets. They are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the Church and academy. They represent most of the major denominations and a variety of theological perspectives. Our faculty members have published hundreds of books and articles, and several hold places of international recognition and preeminence in their fields.

Our faculty in the area of worship include:

Dr. Ron Anderson is the Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Worship and Director of the Nellie B. Ebersole Program in Music Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical. An ordained elder in full connection in the Minnesota Conference of The United Methodist Church, Dr. Anderson has served in parish ministry as pastor, musician, and educator. He has written numerous articles, papers, book chapters, and books including Liturgy and the Moral Self (Liturgical Press, 1998) and Worship and Christian Identity: Practicing Ourselves (Liturgical Press/Pueblo Books, 2003). Dr. Anderson is a member of several professional associations including The American Guild of Organists, The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, and The North American Academy of Liturgy.

Dr. Ruth Duck, Professor of Worship at Garrett-Evangelical, began her hymn writing by adapting older hymns with language that was more inviting. She edited several inclusive language hymn collections, including Everflowing Streams: Songs for Worship (1981). Her work as a hymn text writer has now spanned over 40 years. She has written over 160 hymns and psalm paraphrases, which have appeared in many hymnals and supplements in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Scotland, and England. Her most recent project is a textbook on worship titled Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for the 21st Century (Westminster John Knox Press, 2013).

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Music Ministry is a 56-credit hour program.

Online Learning

While we honor the traditional methods of instruction and rich heritage of academia, we also embrace non-traditional methods such as online learning and hybrid classes. The maximum number of courses which may be taken in an online format is 1/3 of the degree. Students receiving advanced standing or transfer can take no more than 1/3 of remaining credits toward the degree in an online format. Students seeking ordination should check with the appropriate church authorities to see if there are more specific guidelines that must be met.

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in music from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proficiency in the English language

Admission Process

Applications will be reviewed upon completion. The admissions committee reserves the right to determine, in its sole judgment, whether an applicant is a suitable candidate for a specific degree program or for the vocation that the program represents. Applications are accepted on an ongoing, rolling-admission basis and are due six weeks before date of entry for domestic students. International applications are due March 1st.