Degree Programs

Bachelor of General Studies in Music

This degree allows a student to combine a second field of study if so desired. Students may choose to take a minimum of 36 hours in music or 18 hours of music and 18 hours of another field. This degree can provide an excellent alternative route to teacher certification.

Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Worship Ministry

This is the most innovative and creative degree in church music anywhere. Preparation as a musician, teacher, minister, conductor, and performer will prepare students for ministry in the local church and continued study. This practical approach to training worship leaders addresses the issues that church music leaders encounter in the churches of today.

 [Requirements]: 130 hours  

Bachelor of Music with a Major in Performance

Concentration in Guitar, Organ, Piano, or Voice - The Bachelor of Music in performance is offered in the areas of voice, piano, organ, and guitar. Courses are offered in literature and pedagogy, preparing students for graduate study and teaching careers.

 [Guitar/Piano/Organ]: [Vocal Performance]:131-133 hours 

Bachelor of Music Education - Vocal Certification

Vocal/Choral Certification - The music education program is certified by the Mississippi Department of Education for teaching K-12. The music education degree involves four years of course work plus a trimester of supervised teaching. Courses in classroom methods and professional education prepare the student for a career in elementary or secondary public school teaching.

 [Requirements]: 131 hours 

Bachelor of Music with a Major in Music Therapy

William Carey College is accredited by the American Music Therapy Association and offers one of only two music therapy programs in Mississippi. Through the strong support of the medical and educational community in south Mississippi, students receive more extensive field experience than many larger schools offer. The music therapy degree requires four years of course work followed by a six-month internship leading to eligibility to sit for the national exam leading to certification.

 [Requirements]: 139 hours 

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music

The Bachelor of Arts degree combines the study of music with a strong liberal arts core and an outside minor.

 [Requirements]: 135-138 hours

Bachelor of Music Education: Instrumental Certification

This degree is designed to prepare students to be instrumental educators, band directors, instrumental conductors and performers. Students have opportunities to conduct live instrumental performance groups and participate in a variety of instrumental ensembles.
Contact Wes Dykes, Coordinator of Instrumental Activities for additional information at or 601-318-6053.
 [Requirements]: 143 hours which includes internship 

Master of Music Education

Carey’s program in graduate music education offers advanced specialized experienced for professional music educators. The program is offered so that a student may complete the degree and maintain a job.

For information regarding a master’s degree in music education, contact Dr. Mark Malone at

 Requirements: 30 Hours (with either a thesis or non-thesis focus)