Master of Music in Worship Leadership

The Master of Music in Worship Leadership (M.M.W.L.) is designed 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. 

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

Time Limit

The Master of Music in Worship Leadership can be completed in as little as two years. The degree 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 Music in Worship Leadership

Theology and Spiritual Formation    
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
Christian Formation EDMIN 3022 2
Christian Leadership EDMIN 3403 3
Introduction to Missiology or Contemporary Evangelism MISSN 3363 or EVANG 3303 3
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
  Total 23
Worship Theology Core    
The Church Gathered: Theology of Worship WORSP 4323 3
Congregational Song WORSP 4222 2
Philosophy of Worship Ministry WORSP 4312 2
  Total 7
Worship Leadership Development    
Creating a Comprehensive Music and Worship Ministry WORSP 4242 2
Worship Band Techniques WORSP 4252 2
Dynamics of Worship Leadership and Design WORSP 4332 2
Techniques for Effective Choral Conducting CONDG 4512 2
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 WORSP 4018  
Techniques in Bass Guitar WORSP 4028  
Techniques in Drum Set WORSP 4038  
Techniques in Keyboard WORSP 4048  
Techniques in Electric Guitar WORSP 4058  
Advanced Techniques in Acoustic Guitar WORSP 4118  
Advanced Techniques in Bass Guitar WORSP 4128  
Advanced Techniques in Drum Set WORSP 4138  
Advanced Techniques in Keyboard WORSP 4148  
Advanced Techniques in Electric Guitar WORSP 4158  
Colloquium (required every semester in residence) WORSP 4700 0
Field Education (two semesters) WORSP 4330 0
  Total 14
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
  Total 9
Select three courses: Select three: 6
Technology and Media in Worship WORSP 4262  
Children's Music Ministry in the Church  WORSP 4272  
The Psalms WORSP 4602  
Song Writing COMPN 4412  
Advanced Techniques in Instrumental  Conducting  CONDG 4532  
Advanced Techniques in Vocal Pedagogy for Large Groups VOICL 4942  
  Total 6
Voice Proficiency VOICL 4970 0
Piano Proficiency PIACL 4870 0
Music School Orientation ORIEN 4000 0
M.M.W.L. Comprehensive Examinations MUMST 4950 0
  Total Degree Hours 59