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. Click on the logo below for a brief overview, then fill out the form to the right to contact multiple schools.

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Baylor University
Waco, TX

The Church Music Program at Baylor University is dedicated to encouraging excellence in music and ministry. Students in the Program are exposed to a rigorous, yet nurturing, atmosphere where they are encouraged to explore new and innovative ways for helping others experience God. The curriculum offers students the resources to build a foundation for future worship leadership.

Bachelor of Music in Church Music
Bachelor of Arts in Church Music
Music Minor in Church Music

Master of Music in Church Music (MM)
Master of Music/Master of Divinity at George W.
Truett Theological Seminary (MM/MDiv)

Doctor of Philosophy in Church Music
Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music

Baylor University School of Music
Email: Randall_Bradley@baylor.edu




Cedarville University
Cedarville, OH

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs.  The BA in worship is an interdisciplinary degree designed to help prepare students who are interested in careers in worship leadership and related fields.

B.A. in Worship (and Worship minor)

Roger O’Neel



Charleston Southern University
Charleston, SC

Charleston Southern University’s vision, to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving, is fulfilled in its Bachelor of Arts in Music and Worship Leadership, offered through the Horton School of Music.  The degree equips worship leaders to meet modern career expectations and current trends, while preparing them to handle future changes.

Bachelor of Arts in Music and Worship Leadership
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance
Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy

Allen S. Hendricks



Dallas Baptist University
Dallas, TX

DBU’s worship 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.

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)

Dr. Robert R. Brooks,
Director of the Master of Arts in Worship Leadership



Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
South Hamilton, MA
(D.Min. specializations include off-site experiences)

Gordon-Conwell is passionate about equipping church leaders. Renewing and transforming those already holding their theological masters degree, our D.Min. specializations in Formational Worship and Spiritual Formation help leaders craft an everyday posture of worship individually and among the people they serve. Our MAR in Spiritual Formation equips believers to provide spiritual formation through worship, spiritual direction and counseling.

Formational Worship Doctor of Ministry track
Spiritual Formation Doctor of Ministry track
Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation

Sara Coons, Doctor of Ministry Admissions Coordinator
978.646.4163 or 1.800.816.1837

MAR Representative
978.428.7111 or 1.800.428.7329



Grace Bible College
Grand Rapids, MI

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.

WORSHIP ARTS – Bachelor Degree in music focused on leading worship and audio technology.
MINISTRY MAJORS – GBC provides excellent degrees in Youth Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Biblical Studies and Intercultural Studies (missions).
EDUCATION – Programs in Elementary, Secondary and Early Childhood designed to develop skills and disciplines necessary for a career in teaching various ages.
HUMAN SERVICES – 4-year program provides an understanding of helping others with their emotional, mental, physical, social and spiritual needs and healing relationships.
BUSINESS – 4-year program offers the opportunity for a career in a variety of business and business-related fields.

Or contact Adam Wolf  awolf@gbcol.edu




Hillsong International Leadership College
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Hillsong College will equip you with the necessary principles and tools to lead and impact in every sphere of life. With a specific focus on raising and training local Church leaders, the college is strategically placed within the life of Hillsong Church allowing every student the opportunity to apply the skills learnt in the classroom in a practical ministry setting within the Church.

Worship Music
Pastoral Leadership
TV and Media
Bachelor in Contemporary Ministry



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Judson University
Elgin, IL

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.

Nate McNeely



 The King’s University
Southlake, TX (Dallas/Ft. Worth area)

The King’s University is an accredited, Spirit-empowered, evangelical university based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. TKU offers its students a complete educational experience by combining higher education with practical ministry experience within Gateway Church at TKU’s main campus, and other dynamic churches at its branch campuses and teaching sites.

Associate of Worship Leadership

Jillian Wolf




Lancaster Bible College
Lancaster, PA

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.

Worship Arts:  mentoring worship leaders to serve in and through the local church
Music Performance (vocal, instrumental, composition):  equipping musical artists to serve in the world of the performing arts
Music Performance – Musical Theatre: equipping musician actors to serve in the world of musical theatre
Music Pedagogy:  equipping educational artists to minister in private settings and higher education
Music Education:  equipping educational artists to serve in public and private music education settings (PA certification)

Nancy Alt



Lee University
Cleveland, TN

Lee University is 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.

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.





Liberty University
Lynchburg, VA

Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University is the largest Christian University in the world.  With more than 13,000 resident and 82,000 on line students, the university offers more than 250 unique programs of study. Worship programs of study provide quality education, meaningful experience, and professional enrichment through The Liberty University School of Music.


B. S. in Music and Worship with a choice of 12 concentrations (127-130 hours):
Worship Leading
Artist Development
Music and World Cultures (Ethnomusicology)
Youth Ministry
Biblical Studies
Technology (Graphics and Journalism)
Technology (Radio and Television)
Youth Ministry
Women’s Ministry

M.A. in Worship Studies with a choice of 3 concentrations (45 hours):
Church Planting

M.A. in Music and Worship (45 hours)
M.A. in Ethnomusicology (45 hours)
D. Min. in Worship Studies (33 hours above the M.Div.)

Dr. Lavon Gray
Associate Dean of the Center for Music and Worship
Liberty University
1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515
llgray2@liberty.edu or worship@liberty.edu




Lincoln Christian University
Lincoln, IL

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.

BA in Worship Ministry: gain a better understanding of worship in all its dimensions.
MA, MDiv with Worship Studies Specialization: a theological degree, rather than a music performance degree.

Jeff Colleen, Undergraduate Studies




North Central University
Minneapolis, MN

North Central University offers programming in the Colleges of Fine Arts, Arts & Sciences, Ministry, and Missions, as well as the Institute for Biblical & Theological Studies. The challenging, Christ-centered education lets you explore a field that taps your interests and God-given talents. The curriculum at NCU is reality based, blending classroom teaching with real-world experience.

Degrees are offered in Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Business, and five different tracks within the Worship Arts degree: Recording Artist, Recording Arts, Theatre, Music Pastor, and Worship Leading.

Admissions Department




North Park University
Chicago, IL

North Park University’s degree program Bachelor of Music in Music in Worship is designed to provide students with the skills to be well-rounded musicians and strong music ministry leaders.    NPU’s musical training is practical and broad – offering opportunities to develop performance skills in voice, piano, organ, guitar or other instruments.    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.   Students can also take advantage of further opportunities for practical experience by leading worship for University and Seminary chapel services and through supervised internships at Chicago-area churches.   In summary, this program will equip future church leaders with the skills required to plan and lead a worship experience in whatever church they are called to serve.

Rebecca Olthafer, music admissions counselor
(773) 244-5623


Ocean’s Edge School of Worship
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Ocean’s Edge School of Worship is a 10-month, full time program based out of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale.  Our goal is to provide practical, hands-on training and education for the next generation of worship leaders, songwriters, and musicians. We place an emphasis on personal mentoring and discipleship with advanced music, technology, and leadership training in order to provide an environment that will equip students for a lifetime of ministry. Our hope is to be a catalyst to those who are called to serve in music ministry, fulfilling God’s call on their life by equipping them spiritually, technically, and artistically.

Certificates: Worship Track, Artist Development, Performance, and Production

Jessica Buikema




Regent University
Virginia Beach, VA

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.

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.
  • Online | On Campus | Fully Accredited




Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies
Orange Park, FL

The Institute for Worship Studies is 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.

Master of Worship Studies (MWS): 30 credit hours, applicable program designed for worship leaders, church leaders and teachers.
Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS): 34 credit hours, applicable program designed for worship leaders, church leaders and teachers.

Mark Murray, Admissions Director





Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Fort Worth, TX

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.

Bachelor of Arts in Music – an undergraduate program with concentrations in worship, performance and composition
Master of Music in Church Music –  applies graduate-level education in church music with a corresponding amount of theological and ministerial training.
Master of Arts in Church Music – prepares students for comprehensive local church music ministry by providing training in music coupled with extensive biblical and ministerial studies.
Master of Arts in Worship – a specialized degree designed to provide the biblical, technological, philosophical, and practical tools needed for an effective minister of music to lead worship in the wide and ever-changing arena of the local church.
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Church Music – brings doctoral students to the highest levels of development in church music, with an emphasis on performance
PhD in Church Music – brings doctoral students to the highest levels of development in church music, with an emphasis on creative scholarship

Office of Admissions



Sterling College
Sterling, KS

Sterling College is a Christ-centered, four-year college located in Sterling, Kansas, with a mission to develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith. Our online program offers a flexible education that easily fits into your schedule and lifestyle. We offer quality Christ-centered academics at a convenient pace in order to help you balance life, work, and family.

Theological Studies and Christian Ministries

Piper Harding



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Trevecca Nazarene University
Nashville, TN

For 112 years, Trevecca Nazarene University has  served  the needs of the church by training leaders and servants through a liberal arts education. To its 2400+ students, Trevecca offers three associate and eighty-five baccalaureate degree majors, master’s  in seven areas, and two doctorates. Trevecca is a Christian community in which persons learn to integrate faith and learning.

Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts – Graduates in worship arts will be equipped to   for ministry through the arts in the local church.
Certificate in Worship Arts – This 9-month certificate program is designed to enrich the ministry of those who are minister through the arts.

Sam Green





University of Northwestern – St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

University of Northwestern – St. Paul (Minnesota) is a nondenominational Christian university offering 70+ undergraduate and adult undergraduate areas of study and six master’s degrees. Northwestern enrolls more than 3,000 students in its various academic programs. Northwestern Media, a ministry of the university, owns and operates 15 Christian radio stations throughout the Midwest.

Music Ministry
Christian Ministries
Early Adult Ministry
Pastoral Ministry

Jeremy Kolwinska




University of Valley Forge
Phoenixville, PA

The University of Valley Forge 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. UVF offers 47 areas of study in 25 majors. For more information about the college visit valleyforge.edu.

Undergraduate Programs
Church Music Major – Instruction in worship leading, conducting, composition, administration,   preparing students for leadership in church music roles.
Digital Media-A multidisciplinary degree in Photography, Graphic Design, Web Design, Video and Audio Production.
Music Education-Designed to prepare band, choral, music teachers for public & private schools leading to K-12 certification.
Music Performance-Designed to prepare students for successful careers as performing artists and private music teachers.
Music Technology and Drama Concentration (Christian Ministries Major)-Designed to prepare   students with proficiency and creativity in the field of Music Technology and Drama
Music Technology and Video production Concentration (Christian Ministries Major)-Designed to prepare students with proficiency and creativity in the field of Music Technology and Video Production.

Graduate Programs
Music Technology-Musical and technical training for professional musicians, performers, educators, ministers, producers, composers, and developers.
Worship Studies-A Program of quality academic research integrating theological knowledge and    practice in the field of worship studies.

Dave Lanzone


Visible Music College
Memphis, TN + Chicago, IL

Visible Music College trains and equips musicians, technicians, and business professionals in skill and character for effective service in the music industry and the church. Offering bachelor degrees in modern music, music production, and music business, Visible Music College is dedicated to student growth in three areas: spiritual, professional, and academic, achieving a vibrant spiritual walk, discipline, and technical excellence.

Modern Music
Music Production
Music Business

Susan Harris
Admissions Director


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 Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University

Our Worship Arts specialization consists of four courses dedicated to covering the knowledge and skills needed to grow in the worship arts. Emerging Trends in Worship examines the changing face of worship in the 21st century and offers helpful tools for discerning how emerging worship styles may be integrated into the student’s own worship context. Time and Space in Worship explores Christian worship – its rhythms, rituals, spaces and sacred actions – through the thematic lens of time and space, offering a holistic understanding of worship practices integrated with biblical, theological, and historical perspectives. Music and Arts in Worship incorporates examines the role of music and the arts in congregational worship including the biblical, theological, and historical foundations of music and the arts in the church. Finally, Media and Technology in Worship an interdisciplinary examination of the nature of technology and its relationship to and role within Christian worship.

The Worship Arts specialization is available in the 36 credit hour MA in Ministry and the 75 credit hour Master of Divinity programs. Please visit here for more information.




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West Coast Bible College & Seminary
100 Percent Online

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 westcoastbible.org.

Bachelor of Worship Arts – Learn the “nuts and bolts” of worship leading and music ministry administration.
Master of Worship Studies – Take your knowledge of worship leading and music ministry administration to the next level!

Rebecca Harrison




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