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Online Graduate Certificate in
Songwriting in Global Cultures

School: Creative Expression  // Study Area: Creating Compelling Stories

⚜   Rarely Offered in Christian Universities, Bible Colleges or Seminaries

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Graduate Certificate in
Songwriting in Global Cultures?


The Graduate Certificate in Songwriting in Global Cultures equips students to write and produce music in a variety of musical styles and genres. Students develop skills in evaluating Western and non-Western music, folk music and contemporary oral music traditions to fuel creative, original musical fusions. Building on a theology of worship that spans both corporate worship and embodied worship in everyday life, students develop skills in writing music that reflect the Christian message as well as creating compositions as a catalyst for missional living.

Christians musicians today are in a unique position to use the influence of music to serve in the mission of God. While many focus on writing music for the church, missional musicians also employ their songwriting skills as a means of developing relationships with non-Christians, thereby enhancing their opportunities to both demonstrate Christ's love and to share the good news of the gospel. Christian musicians may serve in many different sociocultural settings - where they interact interculturally. The Graduate Certificate in Songwriting in Global Cultures offers students the opportunity to serve in the mission of God where they are or around the globe through composing music.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Master's degree program

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Credits Required

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving through composing music in the mission of God.

A study of biblical theology that provides the foundations of the praxis of worship in personal, community, and marketplace settings. Students will gain theological insight through the study of scripture with the specific focus of worship. They will study the establishment of worship from the Old Testament and realize the connection to New Testament church worship traditions. A cornerstone of worship transcending culture and time will be defined. Students will capture the theology of worship as it relates to the local congregation and the global church.

An advanced, theoretical analysis of selected musical styles in folk music, non-Western art music and contemporary music in oral tradition. The course compares, contrasts and critiques global variations in structures of pitch, rhythm, or form. Students are introduced to basic transcription and analysis of global music genres as a foundation for moving beyond ethnocentric approaches.

In this class we will zoom in, as through a video lens, into the musical fabric of the last two-thousand years. We will visit the likes of those writing Gregorian Chant, Baroque Exuberance, Renaissance Innovation, Steam-Punk, Clave, and more. In parallel to our investigation and discovery of music’s historic and cultural timeline, we will learn to harvest defining principles of each style, and compose our modern rendition.

Introduces the composer to the biblical, historical, and theological principles that are not limited to, but do include music. In discovering God’s pattern for worship within the biblical, historical, and theological timeline, the composer will be better equipped to connect the rhythms of God’s church as it gathers, to the rhythms of people as they go out and are ‘sent’ into their day-to-day life.

Concept Projects are a dying art in modern day, particularly in the composing world. The student will learn the art of bringing together biblical interpretation (hermeneutics), ecclesiology (church planting), storytelling, through-composition, and the practicality of helping the orphan, widow, fatherless, and oppressed, via various elements, movements, script, song, and liturgy.

Optional Additional Courses

Language is a unique gift from God to create meaning and conduct communication. This course introduces key concepts and principles in the study of the social functions and context of language. We will focus on how language is relational and how meaning is produced, maintained, negotiated, manipulated and changed in the dynamics of social relationships. Students will design a poster to map a concept or a principle of their choice. They will then present the topic to the class. Students will also present a systematic analysis of a case study of language learning or teaching in the rich social contexts of meaning negotiation. By reflecting on the relational and dynamic change of meaning creation, negotiation and change, they will develop a framework to understand and articulate how language works and grow in professional knowledge and skills for their language learning and teaching practice.

This course will explore the complex relationship between the media and society and learn how the media communicate, persuade, and construct meaning across cultures. This course recognizes that people gain information about other cultures and people groups through mass media, so it seeks to enable students to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media in various cultural contexts.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






A Career in Communicating Creatively

Is this Your Mission?

Music Missionary, Music Producer, Songwriter, Composer, Arranger, Singer, Lyricist, Conductor, Choir Director, Worship Leader



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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


100% Tuition


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3 credit course

Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.