Doctor of Church Music (D.C.M.)


Students may pursue the Doctor of Church Music degree with a major in either organ or choral conducting. A minimum of 72 semester units of course work beyond the bachelor's degree is required for the degree. In addition to the courses required for the master of arts degree in church music, the following are required:

  • MUS 309 Words and Music in the Middle Ages (interdisciplinary) 4 units
  • MUS 401-406 Era Courses (choose two) 8 units
  • Music Electives (variable, as needed)
  • Individual Lessons 12 units
  • REL 307 Basic Aspects of the Study of the First Testament
    Or, REL 303 Basic Aspects of the Study of the New Testament 3 units
  • REL 301 Major Christian Doctrines or REL 302 Backgrounds of Twentieth Century Theology 3 units
  • Elective in Theology 4 units
  • Recitals (3)
  • DCM Paper
  • Transdisciplinary course requirement. For more information, please see the T-course page.

Transfer Units

Doctoral degree students may request the transfer of a maximum of 24 units of appropriate course work, completed with a grade of B or better at other accredited graduate institutions. Up to thirty units of credit for master's degrees in music received from Claremont Graduate University may be applied toward doctoral degrees. Transfer units to be applied toward a degree should be requested within two weeks of the beginning of the semester in which a student enters a graduate program.

Obtaining a Master's Degree Along the Way to a Doctorate

Music students entering doctoral programs without a master's degree already in hand may qualify to receive one while working towards the doctorate: see Master's Degree Along the Way to a Doctorate for details, including the procedure for requesting such a degree.  In addition to the requirements stated on that page, Music students who wish to receive a master's 'along the way' must have completed at least 48 units at CGU that are both applicable to the doctoral degree they are earning and that include the core course requirements for the master's degree they wish to receive.  Such Music students also must satisfactorily complete all recital (or, if appropriate, composition) and language-tool requirements for the specific master's degree they seek.

Other Requirements

It is the responsibility of the student to meet all the degree requirements outlined in the official CGU Bulletin and other pertinent documents governing specific degree programs. A student requesting an exception to a degree requirement must submit a petition to the registrar well in advance of the deadline for the requirement. All such petitions must have the endorsement of the student's graduate faculty.

For detailed information about degree requirements, please refer to the Music Department Handbook and the CGU Bulletin.

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