Doctor of Music Education (D.M.E.)
The Doctor of Music Education is a 45‐hour post‐graduate, professional, non‐terminal doctorate (commensurate to the Doctor of Worship Studies) that places emphasis on practical application of music education studies to the field of music teaching and learning. The program is designed to equip the music education professional with skills that will prepare them to assume leadership roles within various organizations in the context of music education. The graduates of this program will be prepared to lead at the district level of K‐12 music education as well as in institutions of higher education.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Construct a culturally contextualized music teaching methodology that includes spiritual formation and Christian ethics.
- Formulate a philosophy of music education informed by the contexts of sociology, psychology, aesthetics, and a Biblical worldview.
- Design music education initiatives within the practitioner responsibilities of administration and community leadership.
- Synthesize knowledge of the literature of the discipline with the professional practices of music educators through research for the teaching environment.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Doctor of Music Education must meet the following requirements:
- An earned master’s degree in music or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.). Master degrees qualifying for entrance into the Doctor of Music Education degree may include:
- Master degree in Music
- Master degree in Music Education
- Master degree in Music and Worship
- Or a related discipline from an accredited institution
- A graduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
- TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).
Transfer students will be required to submit transcripts for evaluation as per the normal process established by the University. Students may transfer a maximum of 12 hours of coursework from an accredited institution. In order to be eligible for transfer credit, course work must have a minimum grade of B-, and must have been completed within the past seven (7) years. Credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.
The following courses are not eligible for transfer credit: MUSC 880 Intro Thesis Writing Project (3 c.h.), MUSC 892 Comprehensive Exam (0 c.h.), MUSC 889 Thesis Project Proposal & Research (3 c.h.), and MUSC 890 Thesis Project Defense (3 c.h.).
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Doctor of Music Education program must meet the following requirements:
- Complete 45 hours.
- A minimum of 33 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
- A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
- Required 3.00 GPA.
- No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+/C-).
- No grade of D or lower may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+/D-).
- For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
- Degree must be completed within 7 years.
- Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date.