Church music (master’s)
Church Music students (Protestant and Catholic) can earn a performance degree in the Music Promotion program.
Successful graduates of the bachelor's program can continue with a four-semester master’s program in Church Music. Here it is possible to choose between three areas of focus, which nevertheless reflect the entire range of Church Music studies with different weightings of content: Focus on instrumental, focus on vocal/ensemble or focus on church music promotion.
Detailed information about the sequence and contents of the program can be found in the Church Music (master’s) module overview.
Networking of study content and practice
In a closely networked program structure, the university attaches great importance to ensuring that training is oriented to later professional practice, and removes individual subject matter from its isolation and places it in a holistic context. Thus, for example, the contents of popular music are connected in a natural way with the contents of the instruction in Organ Performance or Choral Conducting. This is also reflected in the performance projects of the institute. It is particularly noteworthy that an endowed chair for Choral Pedagogy was established by the Archdiocese of Cologne to support the academic program of the Institute of Church Music.
Study program coordinator
Prof. Jürgen Kursawa
Candidates for the Church Music master’s program must complete a proficiency test: Requirements for the Church Music master’s program.
Proficiency in German
International applicants must possess adequate German language skills. The B2 certificate (according to the Goethe Institute classification system) or a comparable qualification is required. This also applies to direct enrollment in a higher semester.
Commencement of studies and application deadlines
In the Church Music master’s program, studies can commence in the winter or the summer semester. The application deadline is March 1 (for studies commencing in the winter semester) and October 31 (for studies commencing in the summer semester). The date-of-receipt stamp of the university applies.
Applications must be submitted online, along with access to the online application portal Muvac. Further information can be found here (German).
Questions about the academic program will be answered by subject tutors and the Registrar’s Office.