Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies/Master of Music in Worship Leadership

*Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies/Master of Music in Worship Leadership is a comprehensive, competency-based degree earned through rigorous study in worship, music, and theology. The BMWS/MMWL is structured to develop worship leaders who are called to serve the local church or in great commission initiatives. This accelerated degree option provides academically strong students with the opportunity to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees in as little as five years.

All students in the School of Church Music and Worship are required to minister in the music program of a local church or organization during the time they are enrolled in their degree programs.

Entrance Requirement

After successful completion of 45-60 hours of BMWS undergraduate study, qualifying students may apply for admission into the BMWS/MMWL accelerated track. Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Maintain an overall 3.0 GPA
  • Receive a recommendation from an SCMW faculty member
  • Successfully complete a comprehensive exam in the areas of Biblical Theology, Old Testament, and New Testament

Time Limit

The Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies/Master of Music in Worship Leadership five-year accelerated track must be completed within ten years from the time of admission.  Extensions may be granted to students who are serving in an international mission field.

Course Title Course Number Hours

Undergraduate Music Core

Theory and Musicianship I THY 1104 4
Theory and Musicianship II THY 1204 4
Theory and Musicianship III THY 2104 4
Theory and Musicianship IV THY 2204 4
Musics of the World MHS 2002 2
Music History I: Antiquity-Renaissance MHS 2102 2
Music History II: Baroque-Classical MHS 2202 2
Music History III: Nineteenth Century to Present MHS 2302 2
Conducting I CON 3622 2
Conducting II: Choral and Instrumental CON 3652 2
Voice Pedagogy VOI 1902 2
Rehearsal Techniques for Vocal Ensembles WOR 3112 2
Texas Baptist College Choir (four semesters) ENS 1008 2
Worship Band (two semesters) ENS 1xx8 1
Ensemble (two semesters) ENS 1xx8 1
Piano Proficiency (students may need to complete Piano Foundations I-IV in preparation for PIA 1500) PIA 1500 0
Voice Proficiency VOI 1500 0
Students who do not pass the Voice Proficiency audition will take VOI 2402 and 2502 to satisfy the Voice Proficiency.    
Performance Lab (eight semesters) PFL 1100 0
Applied Study (must enroll concurrently in Master Class)
Voice must be Applied or Secondary Applied.
Applied I (Voice, Piano, or Guitar) VOI/PIA/GTR 1105 1.5
Applied II (Voice, Piano, or Guitar) VOI/PIA/GTR 1205 1.5
Applied III (Voice, Piano, or Guitar) VOI/PIA/GTR 2105 1.5
Applied IV (Voice, Piano, or Guitar) VOI/PIA/GTR 2205 1.5
Sophomore Upper Level Examination VOI/PIA/GTR 2000 0
Applied V (Voice, Piano, or Guitar) VOI/PIA/GTR 3105 1.5
Applied VI and Junior Recital (Voice, Piano, or Guitar) VOI/PIA/GTR 3202 2
Applied VII (Voice, Piano, or Guitar) VOI/PIA/GTR 4105 1.5
Applied VIII and Senior Worship Project (Voice, Piano, or Guitar) VOI/PIA/GTR 4202 2
Secondary Applied Study (after completion of appropriate proficiency)    
Secondary Applied I (Voice, Piano, or Guitar) VOI/PIA/GTR 1111 1
Secondary Applied II (Voice, Piano, or Guitar) VOI/PIA/GTR 1211 1
Secondary Applied III (Voice, Piano, or Guitar) VOI/PIA/GTR 2111 1
Secondary Applied IV (Voice, Piano, or Guitar) VOI/PIA/GTR 2211 1
  Total Undergraduate Music 53

Undergraduate Worship Studies

Biblical Foundations of Worship WOR 1102 2
The Ministry of Planning and Leading Worship WOR 3102 2
Culture, Philosophy, and Worship WOR 3222 2
Arranging and Orchestration THY 4122 2
Song Writing for Corporate Worship COM 4232 2
Worship Leading Lab I WOR 2108 .5
Worship Leading Lab II WOR 2208 .5
Field Education    
Worship Internship I WOR 2068 .5
Worship Internship II WOR 2078 .5
Worship Internship III WOR 2088 .5
Worship Internship IV WOR 2098 .5
Summer Internship WOR 4401 1
  Total Undergraduate Worship Studies 14

Texas Baptist College Core

General Education Core    
English I - Academic Writing ENG 1113 3
English II - Advanced Academic Writing ENG 1213 3
Natural Science NAS 4203 3
Critical Thinking REA 1153 3
Introduction to Christian Ethics SOS 3313 3
Introduction to Missiology* MIS 2013 3
Evangelism* EVA 2213 3
Spiritual Formation BIB 1013 3
Chapel (six semesters) CHP 1000 0
Biblical and Theological Studies    
Old Testament I* OTS 1113 3
Old Testament II OTS 1123 3
New Testament I* NTS 2113 3
New Testament II NTS 2123 3
Biblical Theology BIB 1173 3
Systematic Theology I* THE 3033 3
*Course taken at the undergraduate level that fulfills the MMWL requirement through the successful completion of an advanced standing exam    
  Total College Core 42

MMWL Graduate Studies

Systematic Theology II** SYSTH 3063 3
Systematic Theology III** SYSTH 3073 3
Christian Formation EDMIN 3022 2
Christian Leadership EDMIN 3043 3
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
The Church Gathered: Theology of Worship WORSP 4323 3
Congregational Song** WORSP 4222 2
Comprehensive Worship Ministry: Best Practices** WORSP 4242 2
Rehearsal Techniques for Worship Bands** WORSP 4252 2
Technology and Media in Worship I** WORSP 4262 2
Technology and Media in Worship II** WORSP 4282 2
Philosophy of Worship Ministry WORSP 4312 2
Advanced Dynamics of Worship Leadership and Design WORSP 4332 2
Advanced Techniques for Effective Choral Conducting CONDG 4512 2
Advanced Techniques in Vocal Ensemble Leadership CONDG 4522 2
Music Theory and Improvisation for Worship Leaders MUTHY 4432 2
Rhythm Section Techniques (select four different instruments)   2
Techniques in Acoustic Guitar I** WORSP 4018  
Techniques in Acoustic Guitar II** WORSP 4118  
Techniques in Bass Guitar I** WORSP 4028  
Techniques in Bass Guitar II** WORSP 4128  
Techniques in Drum Set I** WORSP 4038  
Techniques in Drum Set II** WORSP 4138  
Techniques in Keyboard I** WORSP 4048  
Techniques in Keyboard II** WORSP 4148  
Techniques in Electric Guitar I** WORSP 4058  
Techniques in Electric Guitar II** WORSP 4158  
Graduate Applied Voice I VOIPR 4852 2
Graduate Applied Voice II and Worship Ministry Project VOIPR 4863 3
Master Class (must enroll concurrently with Applied Study) VOIPR 4900 0
Ensemble (two semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 1
Colloquium (required every semester in residence beginning in the fourth year of academic study) ORIEN 4000 0
Electives (select two courses)   4
Children's Music Ministry in the Church WORSP 4272  
The Psalms WORSP 4602  
Song Writing or Advanced Song Writing COMPN 4412 or COMPN 4422  
Advanced Conducting: Instrumental and Choral CONDG 4532  
Advanced Techniques in Vocal Pedagogy for Large Groups VOICL 4942  
**Course that is taken at the graduate level that fulfills a degree requirement for both the BMWS and the MMWL    
M.M.W.L. Comprehensive Examinations MUMST 4950 0
  Total Graduate Studies  49
  Total Combined BMWS/MMWL  158