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.

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

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Students must demonstrate basic competencies in the following areas: applied instrument or voice, conducting, music history, and music theory and musicianship. These competencies may be demonstrated by transcript evidence, completion of an undergraduate degree in music or the equivalent, and/or by placement examinations. If needed, all leveling courses may be completed through the School of Church Music and Worship.


M.Div.W.L. students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.00.

Time Limit

The Master of Divinity with a concentration in Worship Leadership must be completed within a period of seven 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 Divinity in Worship Leadership

Biblical Studies    
Old Testament I OLDTS 3313 3
Old Testament II OLDTS 3323 3
New Testament I NEWTS 3313 3
New Testament II NEWTS 3323 3
Biblical Hebrew I HEBRW 4313 3
Biblical Greek I GREEK 3313 3
Biblical Greek or Hebrew II GREEK 3323 or HEBRW 4323 3
Biblical Hermeneutics BIBST 3203 3
Theological Studies    
Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3053 3
Systematic Theology II SYSTH 3063 3
Systematic Theology III SYSTH 3073 3
Christian Formation EDMIN 3022 2
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
Great Commission and Educational Ministry Studies
Christian Leadership EDMIN 3403 3
Contemporary Evangelism or Introduction to Missiology EVANG 3303 or MISSN 3363 3
Select two courses: Select two: 6
Principles of Biblical Counseling  CNSLN 3203  
Biblical Anthropology and Discipleship EDMIN 3003  
Foundations for Bible Teaching EDMIN 3033  
Strategies for Disciple-Making EDMIN 3053  
Family Ministry and the Church EDMIN 3063  
Introduction to Expository Preaching or Introduction to Expository Teaching PRCHG 3313 or WOMST 4043  
  Total Divinity Core 50
Worship Theology Core    
The Church Gathered: Theology of Worship WORSP 4323 3
Congregational Song WORSP 4222 2
Philosophy of Worship Ministry WORSP 4312 2
The Psalms WORSP 4602 2
Worship Leadership Development    
Comprehensive Worship Ministry: Best Practices WORSP 4242 2
Worship Band Techniques WORSP 4252 2
Technology and Media in Worship I WORSP 4262 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
Choir Lab WORSP 4008 .5
Rhythm Section Techniques (select three different instruments)   1.5
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  
Colloquium (required every semester in residence) WORSP 4700 0
Field Education (two semesters) WORSP 4330 0
Applied Study    
Applied Voice I VOIPR 4811 1
Applied Voice II VOIPR 4821 1
Applied Voice III VOIPR 4831 1
Applied Voice IV and Worship Ministry Project VOIPR 4842 2
Voice Master Class (must enroll concurrently with applied study) VOIPR 4900 0
Secondary Applied I (Piano or Guitar) PIAPR/GTRPR 4951 1
Secondary Applied II (Piano or Guitar) PIAPR/GTRPR 4961 1
Performance Lab (two semesters) PFMLB 3010 0
Ensemble (four semesters) ENSEM 3xx8 2
Select one course: Select one: 2
Children's Music Ministry in the Church  WORSP 4272  
Technology and Media in Worship II WORSP 4282  
Song Writing or Advanced Song Writing COMPN 4412 or COMPN 4422  
Advanced Conducting: Instrumental and Choral  CONDG 4542  
Advanced Techniques in Vocal Pedagogy for Large Groups VOICL 4942  
Voice Proficiency VOICL 4970 0
Piano Proficiency PIACL 4870 0
Music School Orientation ORIEN 4000 0
M.Div.W.L. Comprehensive Examinations MUMST 5010 0
  Total Worship Leadership Studies 36
  Total Degree Hours 86