Higher Education
Today'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.


Azusa Pacific

Location: Azusa, CA

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.

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Location: Waco, TX

Degrees offered:
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
Dr. Randall Bradley

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.

Location: Online

Courses and Certificate Programs offered:
Music Production
Music Business
Songwriting & Arranging
Music Theory

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Berkleemusic is the award-winning online extension school of Berklee College of Music, delivering online access to Berklee’s acclaimed curriculum from anywhere in the world. Since 2002, over 20,000 students from more than 130 countries have studied music online with Berkleemusic.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Majors offered:
MA and MDIV with Worship, Theology and the Arts emphasis

The Brehm Center for Worship Theology and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary
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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.

Location: Langhorne, PA

Majors Offered:
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music: Church Music, Music Composition, Music Education K-12, Music Performance
Bachelor of Science in Bible: Biblical Studies, Youth Ministries


Cairn University exists to educate students to serve Christ in the church, society, and the world as biblically minded, well-educated, and professionally competent men and women of character. Cairn offers over 50 academic programs and diverse opportunities that form the skills, habits, and worldview necessary for students to live out their faith and succeed at their work.
Central Christian College
Location: McPherson, KS

Majors offered:
Contemporary Worship Arts
Contemporary Christian Music
Church Music
General Music

Jake Kaufman
Department Chairman of Contemporary Christian Music
620.241.0723 ext. 367

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.
Central Christian College
Location: Charleston, SC

Degrees offered:
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

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.
Cedarville University
Location: Cedarville, OH

Degrees offered:
B.A. in Worship (and Worship minor)



Roger O’Neel
Director of Church Music and Worship programs

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.

Location: Dallas, TX

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)

Dr. Jim Lemons
Director of the Master of Arts in Worship Leadership

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.

Grace Bible College

Location: Grand Rapids, MI

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

Adam Wolf

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.

Hillsong College

Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Majors offered:
Worship Music
Pastoral Leadership
TV and Media
Bachelor in Contemporary Ministry

Aaron Mullay

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 learned in the classroom in a practical ministry setting within the Church.

Indiana Wesleyan University

Location: Marion, IN

Majors offered:
Major (and minor) in Christian Worship

Dr. Constance Cherry
Associate Professor of Worship

Providing liberal arts and professional education through undergraduate and graduate programs, Indiana Wesleyan University is 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.


Location: Orange Park, FL

Degrees offered:
Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS)
Master of Worship Studies (MWS)

Dianna Andrews

The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (IWS) is a non-denominational, low-residency graduate school in Orange Park, Florida. Combining distance learning with on-campus intensives, IWS offers both a Master of Worship Studies (MWS) and a Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS). IWS graduates are academically and spiritually formed servant leaders who participate intentionally in the story of the Triune God, fostering renewal in the local and global church.

International House of Prayer University

Location: Kansas City, MO & Online

Programs offered:
Forerunner Music Academy: Prophetic Worship Program, Music Production Program
Forerunner School of Ministry: Forerunner Program, Biblical and Theological Studies Program
Forerunner Media Institute


IHOPU’s mandate is to equip and send out believers who love Jesus and others wholeheartedly to preach the Word, heal the sick, serve the poor, plant churches, lead worship, start houses of prayer, and proclaim the return of Jesus. IHOPU exists within a missions organization centered on 24/7 prayer with worship and built around the centrality of Scripture.

Judson College

Location: Elgin, IL

Majors offered:
Biblical and Theological Studies
Christian Ministries
Communication Studies
Music Performance
Music Ministry
Worship Arts
Youth Min/Adolescent Studies
Music Education

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.

Lancaster Bible College

Location: Lancaster, PA

Majors offered:
Worship Arts
Music Performance (vocal, instrumental, composition)
Music Performance – Musical Theatre
Music Pedagogy
Music Education

Nancy Alt

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.

Location: Cleveland, TN

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


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

LeTourneau University

Location: Longview, TX

Majors Offered:
Bachelor of Christian Ministry – Worship Arts Concentration
Bachelor of Christian Ministry – Worship Arts and Youth Ministry Concentration
Worship Arts Minor

Dr. Mark A. Jonah
Director of Worship Arts

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.

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Location: Lynchburg, VA

Degrees Offered:
B. S. in Music and Worship (127-130 hours) (12 concentration choices below)
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 (45 hours) (3 concentration choices: Leadership, Church Planting & Ethnomusicology)
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

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.

Lincoln Christian University

Location: Lincoln, IL

Majors Offered:
BA in Worship Ministry
MA, MDiv with Worship Studies Specialization: a theological degree, rather than a music performance degree.

Dr. Dinelle Frankland, Seminary
Jeff Colleen, Undergraduate Studies

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.

Missouri Baptist University

Location: St. Louis, MO

Programs Offered:
Worship Arts
Worship Arts Technology
Broadcast Media
Music Ministry
Music Education
Music Performance
Music with electives in Business
Musical Theatre
Ministry & Leadership

Office of Admissions

Missouri Baptist University is an evangelical Christian, liberal arts institution that offers over 60 programs of study in an environment where academic excellence is emphasized and a Biblically based Christian perspective is maintained. The University is committed to enriching its students’ lives spiritually, intellectually, and professionally, and to preparing students to serve in a global and culturally diverse society.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Location: Mount Vernon, OH

Programs Offered:
Music and Worship Major
Worship Music minor

Dr. Robert Tocheff, Chair – Music Department
740.397.9000 ext. 3001

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,600 students from 26 states and seven countries/U.S. territories.

National Praise and Worship Institute

Location: Nashville, TN

Programs Offered:
One-Year Certificate
Two-Year Certificate

Dr. Randall Bayne, Executive Director

NPWI is a relevant, uniquely design two-year rigorous conservatory approach program where all students participate in a worship band daily as noted Nashville’s artists, producers, and songwriters serve as instructors. Students receive individual instruction in desired performance interest, instruction in songwriting, and gain practical hands-on ministry experience. The culture of NPWI is cross-denominational while encouraging spiritual and artistic excellence.

North Central University

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Degrees Offered:
Music Education
Music Performance
Music Business
Five different tracks within the Worship Arts degree:
Recording Artist
Recording Arts
Music Pastor
Worship Leading

Admissions Department

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.

North Park University

Location: Chicago, IL

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

Rebecca Olthafer
Music Admissions Counselor

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.

Ocean's Edge School of Worship

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Certificates Offered:
Worship Track
Artist Development

Jessica Buikema

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.

Ohio Christian University

Location: Circleville, OH

Degrees Offered:
Music Education (BA)
Worship Leadership (BA, AA & Minor)

University Admissions

Ohio Christian University is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally and spiritually. OCU offers programs in Business, Criminal Justice, Disaster Management, Education, Government, Leadership, Ministry, Music, Nursing and Psychology for traditional undergraduate students, graduate students, and adult and online students. All programs are designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families, and the world.

Location: Arkadelphia, AR

Majors Offered:
Bachelor of Music in Worship Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry
Bachelor of Arts in Church Media/Production Arts

Dr. Rob Hewell
Director of OBU Worship Studies Program

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.

Regent University

Location: Virginia Beach, VA

Majors Offered:
Master’s of Divinity in Practical Theology
Worship & Renewal Concentration – Combines the expertise of world-class worship leaders with the core of the school’s practical seminary degrees.


At Regent University, we prepare extraordinary students to fulfill their callings as effective 21st century ministers, worship leaders, professors, and other ministry professionals. Our fully accredited School of Divinity programs provide academic and leadership excellence with emphasis on spiritual transformation and Biblically grounded theological training that highlights the vital role of the Holy Spirit. In a diverse, multidenominational environment, Regent’s International Center for Worship also provides world-class training in worship leading under the direction of renowned musician David M. Edwards.

Samford University

Location: Birmingham, AL

Majors Offered:
Minor in Worship Leadership
Bachelor of Music in Church Music
Master of Music in Church Music
Master of Divinity with Emphasis in Church Music

Faculty and students in Samford University‘s Church Music and Worship Leadership programs believe Christian worship is one of the most important activities in the church. Whether you are a worship leader or an aspiring worship leader, Samford offers multiple opportunities. Classes, on-campus worship events and focused dialogue offer you chances to refine musicianship, develop skills in worship planning, learn effective rehearsal techniques, explore innovative uses of technology and practice artful worship leadership.

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Location: Louisville, KY

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

Office of Admissions
Toll free 1.800.626.5525
Direct 502.897.4617
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.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Location: Waxhachie, TX

Bachelor’s Degrees Offered:
Church ministries
Church planting & revitalization
Music ministries
Music performance (instrumental, vocal, piano)
Pastoral ministries
Music education (instrumental, piano, vocal)
Theological studies
World ministries
Youth & student ministries

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associates, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu <http://www.sagu.edu> or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Location: Fort Worth, TX

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

Office of Admissions

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.

Spring Arbor University

Location: Spring Arbor, MI

Majors Offered:
Worship Arts
Worship Ministry
Children’s Ministry
Youth Ministry
Pastoral Ministry

Randy Comfort
Executive Director, Admissions

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.

Sterling College

Location: Sterling, KS

Majors Offered:
Theological Studies and Christian Ministries

Piper Harding

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.

Trevecca Nazarene University

Location: Nashville, TN

Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts
Certificate in Worship Arts

Heather Daugherty

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.


Location: St. Paul, MN

Majors Offered:
Music Ministry
Christian Ministries
Early Adult Ministry
Pastoral Ministry

Jeremy Kolwinska

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.

Valley Forge Christian College

Location: Phoenixville, PA

Majors Offered:
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

Dave Lanzone

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.

Visible Music College

Location: Memphis, TN & Chicago, IL

Degrees Offered:
MMM – Modern Music Ministry
Worship Leadership
MPM – Music Production Ministry
MBM – Music Business Ministry

Susan Harris

Visible Music College equips musicians, audio technicians and business professionals in skill and character for service in the music industry and the Church. Through rigorous training, students gain knowledge on the essential elements of theory and practice, grounded in Biblical training, in a three-year intense degree program that shapes students in three key areas: spiritual, professional and academic. Founded in 2000 by Ken Steorts, founding guitarist for Skillet, Visible Music College is accredited by TRACS and has a 4 to 1 student-staff ratio.

West Coast Bible

Location: Online

Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Worship Arts
Master of Worship Studies

Rebecca Harrison

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.myWC.me.