Music Education (Ph.D.)

Music Education (Ph.D.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2022 through summer 2023. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Foundational Studies Courses
MUSC 801Historical Developments Influencing Music Education3
MUSC 805Foundations of Doctoral Research in Music Education3
MUSC 807Literature Review for Music Education3
MUSC 835Philosophies of Music Education3
WRSP 810Biblical Foundations of Christian Worship3
Total Hours15
Advanced Music Education Studies Courses
MUSC 820The Music Educator3
MUSC 840Current Issues in Music Education3
MUSC 845The Role of the College Music Teacher3
MUSC 846Role Music Educ Administrator3
MUSC 851Community, Culture and Relationship in Music Education3
Total Hours15
Elective Courses
Elective 1,23
Elective 1,23
Elective 1,23
Total Hours9

Choose one of the courses listed in the Education Elective Courses table below.


Other Masters and Doctoral level courses which support the purpose of the Ph.D. in Music Education may be approved on a case by case basis by the School of Music Online Chair or School of Music Online Dean.

Research Courses
MUSC 915Quantitative Methods of Research3
MUSC 917Qualitative Methods of Research3
Total Hours6
Dissertation Writing Courses
MUSC 982Qualitative Comprehensive Exam0
or MUSC 983 Quantitative Comprehensive Exam
MUSC 987Dissertation I5
MUSC 988Dissertation II5
MUSC 989Dissertation III 15
MUSC 990Dissertation Defense 10
Total Hours15

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in MUSC 990 after completing MUSC 989 may be required, as determined by the student’s dissertation chair, to repeat MUSC 989 until deemed ready for enrollment in MUSC 990.

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education Elective Course Options*

MUSC 843The Music Educator as Advocate3
MUSC 850Applied Music3
MUSC 870Curriculum Development3
Worship Studies
WRSP 801Historical Developments of Christian Worship3
WRSP 811Principles of Ethno-doxology3
WRSP 812Cultural Contextualization in Christian Worship3
WRSP 820History and Practice of Congregational Song3
WRSP 835Theology of Christian Worship3
WRSP 840Current Trends and Transitions in Christian Worship3
WRSP 845Philosophy of Music and Christian Worship3
WRSP 846Growth, Development, and Spiritual Formation3
WRSP 851Planning and Leading Christian Worship3
WRSP 997Advanced Seminar in Worship Studies3
EDUC 701Advanced Learning Theory and Research3
EDUC 703Theories of Historical and Social Foundations of Education3
EDUC 730Issues & Trends in Learning Technologies3
EDUC 731Instructional Design Theory3
EDUC 735Issues and Trends in Curriculum and Instruction3
EDUC 741Theories of Educational Leadership3
EDUC 742Educational Leadership and Public Relations3
EDUC 747Advanced Educational Law3
EDUC 758Teaching the College Student3
EDUC 759College and University Administration3
EDUC 771Curriculum Theory3
EDUC 782Historical Perspectives of Higher Education3
EDUC 783Economic Impact in Higher Education3
EDUC 784Assessment & Accreditation3
EDUC 840Issues and Trends in Educational Leadership3
EDUC 872Research in Curriculum Design and Development3

 *Other Masters and Doctoral level courses which support the purpose of the Ph.D. in Music Education may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the School of Music Online Chair or School of Music Online Dean.

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 60 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of a post-graduate and doctoral degree may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • 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

Program Offered in Online Format

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