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St. Mary’s College of Maryland plans to offer two post-baccalaureate certificates in music study starting as soon as next year.

Trustee Larry Leak said during a Saturday meeting on campus that the certificates would allow for students to continue their music studies at St. Mary’s College beyond the first four years. Leak described the certificates as being “in between a bachelor’s and master’s degrees.”

The music performance studies certificate would require an additional 12 credits, or one semester, of study beyond the bachelor’s degree.

The advanced music performance studies certificate would require 24 credits, or two semesters, of work beyond a bachelor’s degree.

The trustees voted Saturday in favor of creating the two new certificates.

Trustee Tom Daugherty cast the lone vote against the creation of the two music certificates. He did not say why he voted against the certificates, nor did he return a phone call by press time Tuesday.

With the board of trustees’ approval, the ability to grant the two music-related certificates will now go to the Maryland Higher Education Commission for final approval.

“We do hope we can start in the fall of 2013,” Beth Rushing, dean of faculty, said.

She said the certificate program, which the faculty had earlier voted in favor of creating, will offer a small handful of students an opportunity to continue their music studies. Some of the classes will be graduate-level courses, but will not require any new professors.

Rushing said that the college does not have any other graduate programs planned. Currently the only other program beyond a bachelor’s degree offered at St. Mary’s College is its master of arts in teaching program.

jyeatman@somdnews.com