Master of Arts in Worship Leadership

The Masters 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.

A student in the Master of Arts in Worship Leadership program may transfer to the Master of Music in Worship Leadership at any time with all completed credits applying toward the new degree.

Entrance Requirement

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.


Master of Arts in Worship Leadership students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.00.

Method of Study

The courses in theological studies may be completed on campus or online. The courses in worship studies are offered online in eight-week intensives throughout the year (Fall A, Fall B, Spring A, Spring B, Summer A, Summer B).

Worship Ministry Project

Following the completion of all course requirements for the Master of Arts in Worship Leadership, students will meet with a faculty supervisor to design, conduct, and complete a worship ministry project. Depending on the student’s goals, the project may be a practical ministry project or a formal research thesis.

Time Limit

The Master of Arts in Worship Leadership degree must be completed within a period of five 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

Master of Arts in Worship Leadership

Theological Studies
Christian Formation EDMIN 3022 2
Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3053 3
Systematic Theology II or III SYSTH 3063 or 3073 3
Old Testament I or II OLDTS 3313 or 3323 3
New Testament I or II NEWTS 3313 or 3323 3
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
  Total Theology Hours 17
Worship Leadership Studies
Worship Theology Core    
The Church Gathered: Theology of Worship WORSP 4323 3
Philosophy of Worship Ministry WORSP 4312 2
Congregational Song WORSP 4222 2
Worship Leadership Development    
Dynamics of Worship Leadership and Design WORSP 4232 2
Creating a Comprehensive Music and Worship Ministry WORSP 4242 2
Technology and Media in Worship WORSP 4262 2
Techniques for Effective Choral Conducting CONDG 4512 2
Techniques in Vocal Ensemble Leadership CONDG 4522 2
Worship Ministry Project and Colloquium    
Worship Ministry Project WORSP 4402 2
Colloquium (two semesters) WORSP 4700 0
  Total Worship Leadership Hours 19
  Total Degree Hours 36