Degree Overview

The School of Church Music and Worship offers fourteen programs of study.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is intended for students who desire music studies on a less intensive track with a greater emphasis on biblical and historical studies. The goal of the degree is to train each student to be a well-rounded musician who will be equipped with an appreciation of musical style and an understanding of music history, music theory, and theology.

Bachelor of Music in Performance

The Bachelor of Music in Performance is a comprehensive music degree that is supported by a track in general and theological studies. This degree is structured to develop musicians who will utilize their talent to serve and lead in churches, concert halls, missions, or school settings. Students successfully completing this performance degree may choose to continue their preparation at the graduate level in music performance or church music. Students choose an applied concentration in voice, piano, or guitar.

Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies

The Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies is a comprehensive music degree that is supported by a program of worship, theological, and general studies. This degree is structured to develop musicians who will utilize their talent to serve and lead in church or mission settings. Students successfully completing this specialized worship degree may choose to continue their preparation at the graduate level in church music or worship studies.

Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies/Master of Music in Worship Leadership Five-Year Degree 

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 degree provides academically strong students with the opportunity to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees in as little as five years.

Master of Music in Church Music

The Master of Music in Church Music is designed to provide advanced training in church music and an applied concentration. Additionally, the degree provides a strong foundation in biblical and theological studies. This degree is for students with a bachelor's degree in music. 

Master of Music in Worship Leadership

The purpose of the Master of Music in Worship Leadership is to train worship leaders in a competency-based curriculum with an emphasis on musical excellence and practical ministry skills grounded in the Word of God to serve the local church. Additionally, the degree provides a strong foundation in biblical and theological studies that are necessary for those pursuing Christian ministry.

Master of Arts in Church Music

The Master of Arts in Church Music is designed to provide essential musical training integrated with a broad study in church music and worship. Additionally, the degree provides a strong foundation in biblical and theological studies. Students who succesfully complete the M.A.C.M. are prepared to serve the local church, missions, or concert hall, or pursue additional graduate studies in church music. For students with a bachelor's degree without a major in music.

Master of Arts in Worship Leadership

The Master of Arts in Worship Leadership is designed for worship leaders who seek to deepen their understanding of authentic expression of faith and develop their leadership and creative abilities. Through graduate study in worship, theology, culture, leadership, and artistic skills, students will be prepared to plan and lead worship. This degree is for students with a bachelor's degree in any subject and is offered completely online.

Master of Divinity in Worship Leadership

The Master of Divinity with a concentration in Worship Leadership (M.Div.W.L.) combines robust theological study with competency-based skill development in the area of music and worship. The M.Div.W.L. is an 86-credit hour degree comprised of 36 hours dedicated to courses specific to local church worship leadership and 50 hours focused on biblical, theological, Great Commission, and educational ministry studies. This degree prepares future church leaders to serve in a variety of leadership roles, including preaching, teaching, and worship leadership.

Master of Theology (Worship)

The most advanced master’s degree in the School of Church Music and Worship, the Master of Theology with a concentration in Worship allows students to gain a high level of competency in the scholarly study of Christian worship after completion of the Master of Music degree. The Th.M. enhances worship leadership practice and also serves as preparation for doctoral studies.

Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Educational Ministry

The purpose of both of these professional doctoral degrees is to develop expert practitioners in music and worship ministry who will grow not only in ministry comprehension, skill, and competence, but also in character and virtue. Through collaboration with SWBTS faculty, engaging coursework, significant interaction with other doctoral students, and practical applications to their ministries, students in the Worship Leadership concentration will demonstrate a thoroughly biblical vision for ministry practice. The Doctor of Educational Ministry has a prerequisite of an MTS or equivalent degree; the Doctor of Ministry has a prerequisite of an M.Div.

Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music

The purpose of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music is to provide intensive study in the student’s major field of performance augmented by integrative study of church music with theoretical and historical subjects. The D.M.A. degree emphasizes the advanced development of both musical artistry and scholarly achievement in an applied area of specialization.

Doctor of Philosophy in Church Music and Worship

The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy in Church Music and Worship degree is to provide intensive study in the field of church music and worship integrated with biblical, theological, philosophical, historical, and theoretical perspectives. The Ph.D. degree emphasizes rigorous scholarship and original research.