Higher Education


oday’s worship leaders have a broader role than ever before. With this new reality confronting us, the good news is that many schools around the country are heeding the call to prepare women and men worship leaders by offering specific worship degrees. To assist you in your continuing education search; Worship Leader has partnered with some of the leading colleges and seminaries to provide you more information on the various degree programs that are available and specifically designed for worship leaders.

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Azusa Pacific
Azusa Pacific University 
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Degrees Offered: Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies with a concentration in Worship Leadership
Azusa Pacific University offers more than 60 areas of undergraduate study, 26 master’s degree programs, and 7 doctorates to a total enrollment of more than 8,500 students. The institution’s founding vision is to develop disciples and scholars, doing so through on-campus education, off-site regional centers, study abroad programs, and outreach opportunities. Striving to maintain the motto God First, Azusa Pacific prepares Christian scholars to serve and influence the world for Christ through excellence in higher education.
Brehm Center
The Brehm Center for Worship Theology and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary www.fuller.edu/worshipmusicministry Admissions Department admissions@fuller.edu Majors offered: MA and MDIV with Worship, Theology and the Arts emphasis

The Worship, Theology, and the Arts emphasis at Fuller is for students interested in ministries relating to worship and the arts. Students incorporate biblical, historical, theological, and cultural foundations of worship and the use of the arts in ministry. Students have the opportunity to choose a more specific focus under the WTA emphasis.


Central Christian College

www.centralchristian.edu Jake KaufmanDepartment Chairman of Contemporary Christian Music  620-241-0723 ext. 367  jacob.kaufman@centralchristian.eduMajors offered: Contemporary Worship Arts Contemporary Christian Music Church Music General Music

CCC’s Worship Arts major is for those who have gifts in music, art, and/or drama who sense that God has called them to serve Him in a worship leadership role. This major is helpful for those wishing to serve in our current multicultural and multigenerational churches or for those who have the desire to further their education at seminary.

www.dbu.edu/leadership/mawl Dr. Jim Lemons Director of the Master of Arts in Worship Leadership (214) 333-5366 jiml@dbu.edu

DBU’sworship studies engage students in a holistic study of Christian worship.  Each program assists students in developing a philosophy of worship education and in gaining the artistic skills necessary to be a leader in the realm of worship through the fine arts.  The Master of Arts in Worship Leadership offers flexible scheduling with online, hybrid and evening course offerings.Degrees offered:
  • Master of Arts in Worship Leadership (MAWL)
  • MAWL/Master of Arts in Theological Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Education (Worship Studies concentration)
  • B.A. or B.S. in Christian Studies/MAWL
  • Bachelor of Music in Church Music
  • B.A. or B.S. in Music Business (Worship Leadership concentration)
Grace Bible College
www.gbcol.edu  Tommee Profitt tprofitt@gbcol.edu 800-968-1887

Grace Bible College sets out on a mission to graduate godly individuals prepared to serve Christ in church and society. We truly believe servant leadership coupled with the strong Bible-centered academics at Grace will help your contribution to make an extraordinary impact on this world.Majors offered:

  • Worship Arts – Bachelor Degree in music focused on leading worship and audio technology.
  • Business – 4-year program for business and business-related fields.
  • Ministry Majors – degrees in Youth Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Biblical Studies and Intercultural Studies (missions).
  • Education – Programs in Elementary, Secondary and Early Childhood
Indiana Wesleyan University
www.indwes.edu Dr. Constance Cherry Associate Professor of Worship (765) 677-2250 constance.cherry@indwes.edu

Providing liberal arts and professional education through undergraduate and graduate programs, Indiana Wesleyan Universityis an evangelical university that has enjoyed 34 percent enrollment growth in the last five years. While adult education programs are offered at 15 regional campuses in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, the main campus in Marion, Ind., offers 70 majors including 11 theology and ministry-related majors, one of which is the Christian Worship major.Majors offered:

  • Major (and minor) in Christian Worship


www.iws.edu Mark Murray Director of Admissions (800) 282-2977 admissions@iws.edu

The Institute for Worship Studiesis the only school in North America dedicated to graduate education in worship.  Its mission is to form leaders in worship renewal.  Courses are prepared with the conviction that worship must be rooted in the Biblical narrative and the treasures of Christian history, applied in the postmodern context.  IWS combines distance education with on-campus classes.Degrees offered:

  • Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS)
  • Master of Worship Studies (MWS)
Integrity's Worship Institute
  www.integrityworshipinstitute.com Dr. Pete Sanchez VP/Dean 888-634-9001 information@integrityworshipinstitute.com

The Integrity Worship Institute(IWI) Online Campus offers three levels of Certificate of Worship Studies as well as accredited courses that may be added to existing undergraduate or graduate degree programs.  Taught by knowledgeable and experienced instructors and worship artists, the IWI Online Campus provides transformational leadership training to help students develop a lifestyle of worship that equips them for effective worship ministry.Programs offered:

  • Foundational Certificate of Worship Studies
  • Specialist Certificate of Worship Studies
  • Professional Certificate of Worship Studies
Judson College

Since 1963, Judson University has provided the Fox River Valley with a private, Christian education by offering four-year Bachelor of Arts in more than 60 majors/ minors, including worship arts, communication arts, Christian ministry, youth ministry, family ministry, music, psychology and biblical studies. To learn how you can prepare for a successful career and experience Judson’s Christian community, visit JudsonU.edu.Majors offered:

  • Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Christian Ministries
  • Communication Studies
  • Music Performance
  • Music Ministry
  • Worship Arts
  • Youth Min/Adolescent Studies
  • Music Education
Lancaster BIble College
wpa.lbc.edu Nancy Alt (717) 560-8218 music@lbc.edu

Lancaster Bible College exists to educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving Him in the Church and society.  Students in the worship and performing arts are equipped for missional ministry by partnering professional studies with real-world learning, all centered in the Word of God.Majors offered:

  • Worship Arts
  • Music Performance (vocal, instrumental, composition)
  • Music Performance – Musical Theatre
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music Education


Lee Universityis a private liberal arts college in Cleveland, Tennessee, with an enrollment of 4300 and a rich reputation for excellence in Christian higher education. Lee’s nationally accredited (NASM) School of Music has produced many of today’s top worship leaders and continues to prepare worship leaders for today and tomorrow.Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music — Applied Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Music in Church Music
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Music – Music Business Emphasis
  • Master of Music in Church Music, Music Education or Performance


** other degrees of interest to worship/media students available through Lee’s School of Religion, Department of Communications and Internet Degree Programs.

LeTourneau University
Dr. Mark A. Jonah Director of Worship Arts (903) 233-3379 markjonah@letu.edu

LeTourneau University is a co-educational, interdenominational Christian university built upon a foundation of biblical authority, which seeks to glorify God by integrating faith, learning and living.LeTourneau’s Worship Arts program is designed both to inform and form you, to teach and inspire you and to equip and train you in worship ministry. It’s biblically based, theologically grounded, and culturally engaged.Worship Related Majors:

  • Bachelor of Christian Ministry – Worship Arts Concentration
  • Bachelor of Christian Ministry – Worship Arts and Youth Ministry Concentration
  • Worship Arts Minor
Lincoln Christian University
Dr. Dinelle Frankland, Seminary dfrankland@lincolnchristian.edu Jeff Colleen, Undergraduate Studies jcolleen@lincolnchristian.edu (888) 522-5228

Located halfway between Chicago and St. Louis, Lincoln Christian University (LCU) serves approximately 1,000 on campus, on-site and online.  Our mission is to nurture and equip Christians with a Biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world. Worship degrees are designed to be well-rounded and highly-relevant. Undergraduate and graduate students are equipped to be worship leaders theologically, pastorally, and artistically.Worship Related Majors:

  • BA in Worship Ministry
  • MA, MDiv with Worship Studies Specialization: a theological degree, rather than a music performance degree.
North Park University
Rebecca Olthafer Music Admissions Counselor (773) 244-5623 rolthafer@northpark.edu

North Park University’s worship degree is designed to provide students with the skills to be well-rounded musicians and strong music ministry leaders.   Students are involved in hands-on directing and coaching of worship teams and choral groups, and will receive a solid foundation in a wide variety of musical styles – traditional, contemporary and multicultural. In partnership with the North Park Theological Seminary, this unique curriculum offers courses in Bible, the theology of worship and spiritual formation taught by seminary faculty.Worship Related Majors:

  • Bachelor of Music in Worship – emphasis in voice, piano, organ, guitar or other instruments.


Jeremy Kolwinska music@nwc.edu
(888) 878-5514

Northwestern College is a Christian liberal arts college in St. Paul, Minn., offering 50+ undergraduate majors and  a growing graduate studies program. Northwestern enrolls more than 3,000 students, representing 31 states and 28 countries, in its various academic programs. Northwestern Media, a ministry of the college, owns and operates Christian radio stations in 15 Midwestern cities.Worship Related Majors:

  • Music Ministry
  • General Music
  • Christian Ministries
  • Early Adult Ministry
  • Ministry
  • Pastoral Ministry

Dr. Rob Hewell
Director of OBU Worship Studies Program hewellr@obu.edu

Ouachita Baptist University’s School of Fine Arts, Division of Music and Pruett School of Christian Studies are collaborating to offer three interdisciplinary majors in the university’s innovative Worship Studies Program. The curriculum is designed to develop skilled and scholarly musicians, ministers and artists with a strong focus on degrees that are purposeful, practical, personal and professional.Majors Offered:

  • Bachelor of Music in Worship Arts: Foundational and advanced music study, integration of worship and other arts as well as Christian Studies courses in theology, ministry and related issues.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry: Courses in Christian ministries, Biblical studies, theology and worship arts as well as a minor in music.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Church Media/Production Arts: Courses in Christian Studies, fine arts and humanities, including video production and photography, as well as electives in related fields.
Regent University
  regent.edu/divinity 800.723.6162

Regent University is an evangelical liberal arts university located in Virginia Beach, Va. Known as a leading center of Christian thought and action, the university offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the fields of business, communication, divinity, education, government, law, leadership and psychology. In partnership with the School of Divinity, Regent’s International Center for Worship serves as a dynamic fountainhead of worship-leading from a Spirit-filled perspective, under the leadership of renowned teacher, writer and musician David M. Edwards.Worship Related Majors:

  • Master’s of Divinity in Practical Theology
  • Worship & Renewal Track – Combines the expertise of world-class worship leaders with the core of the school’s practical seminary degrees.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Office of Admissions Toll free 1-800-626-5525
Direct (502) 897-4617 admissions@sbts.edu

The mission of the School of Church Ministries is to equip students for theologically-grounded ministry roles in local churches and church-related institutions. In keeping with the mission of Southern Seminary, the School of Church Ministries is committed to prepare God-called individuals to serve in the fields of discipleship, family ministry and worship leadership in local churches, in Christian schools and in denominational agencies at home and abroad.Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma in Worship Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Worship Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Church Music
  • Master of Divinity in Worship Leadership
  • Master of Divinity in Church Music
  • Master of Church Music
  • PhD in Christian Worship
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Office of Admissions (800) SWBTS-01

The School of Church Music celebrates a legacy of preparing leaders in music who will actively engage the church, the classroom and the performance hall. We have programs that study a broad array of genres and styles of music. Our programs in worship, ministry, jazz, composition, history and performance are all enhanced by a solid foundation in the scriptures and supported by world-class faculty.Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music with concentrations in worship, performance and composition.
  • Master of Music in Church Music
  • Master of Arts in Church Music
  • Master of Arts in Worship
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Church Music
  • PhD in Church Music
Spring Arbor University
Randy Comfort Executive Director, Admissions (517) 750-6475

Spring Arbor University is a Christian, liberal arts university located in southern Michigan. Offering a wide range of majors and programs, for those pursuing careers in worship ministry and leadership, the Departments of Theology and Music offer biblically-based and culturally-relevant programs that continually grow, adapt and adopt new techniques to help mold the next generation of worship leaders.Worship Related Majors:

  • Worship Arts
  • Worship Ministry
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Pastoral Ministry
Valley Forge Christian College
Dave Lanzone (610) 917-1469

Valley Forge Christian College is a leader in the fields of worship and music technology with daily chapel services emphasizing passionate worship.  State-of-the-art equipment featuring a fully digital recording studio, HD broadcast studio, and Apple computer labs provide students with hands on experience.  VFCC offers 47 areas of study in 25 majors.  For more information about the college visit www.vfcc.edu.Worship Related Majors:Undergraduate Programs

  • Church Music Major
  • Digital Media
  • Music Education
  • Music Performance
  • Music Technology and Drama
  • Music Technology and Video Production

Graduate Programs

  • Music Technology
  • Worship Studies

Rebecca Harrison (800) 921-4561

West Coast Bible College & Seminary is a 100% online Bible college and seminary dedicated to training ministers in all walks of life, without creating disciples of debt. Earn a quality bachelor, masters, or doctoral degree with no residency requirements at the most affordable tuition rates anywhere. Find out more by going to www.westcoastbible.org.Worship Related Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Worship Arts
  • Master of Worship Studies



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