Worship Leadership

Master of Arts in Worship Leadership

The Master of Arts in Worship Leadership is a professional degree program that prepares persons for specialized ministry in local church worship leadership and is designed to provide the student a solid background in biblical studies and Christian life and thought, combined with a core of studies in the field of worship leadership.

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Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate a growing, Christ-like character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry.
  • Understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Demonstrate competence in worship leadership.

Program Requirements

Remedial/Prerequisite Courses
31980 Written Communication (if required)* (2)
Master of Arts Core Studies 36
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
26200 Southern Baptist Heritage and Mission 3
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 3
45260 Discipleship and Family Ministry 3
Worship Leadership Concentration 28
40200 The Worshiping Church 3
40605 Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 2
40610 Discipling Music Ministry I 2
40615 Discipling Music Ministry II 2
40620 Worship Leadership and Design 2
40625 Vocal Ensemble Leadership 2
40630 Worship Band Techniques 2
40635 Technology for Music and Worship Ministry 2
40670 Song Writing for Worship Leaders1 2
40680 Worship Band Lab: Guitar2 or 1 1/2
40681 Worship Band Lab: Keyboard2 or
40682 Worship Band Lab: Bass Guitar2 or
40683 Worship Band Lab: Drum Set2
40688 Worship Band Lab: Choir 1/2
40693 Worship Leadership Field Education: Leadership 1/2
40694 Worship Leadership Field Education: Current Trends 1/2
41016 Integrative Seminar in Church Music and Worship 1
55100 Private Study: Voice (2 semesters) 2
40675 Graduate Worship Project 2
Ensembles (4 semesters)3 0
Total Master of Arts in Worship Leadership Requirements 64

*See Written Communication Requirement here.

1Students may choose one of the following courses: 40636 Recording Techniques for Worship Leaders, 40670 Songwriting for Worship Leaders, or 41090 Congregational Song in World Cultures

2Students are required to take only 3 of the 4 Worship Band Labs (Level I or II 40680-40687). Students who demonstrate proficiency may substitute a Level II Worship Band Lab course (40684-40687).

3Minimum of two semesters of ensembles must be Southern Chorale (50740). Students in the M.A. professional track are only required to take three ensembles.

Professional Track

The Master of Arts in Worship Leadership is now available in a new Professional Track delivery model that allows students to study online throughout the year and attend a two week summer intensive for three summers. The Professional Track program is specifically designed for worship leaders with seven or more years of local church experience.

For more information about this innovative new program, contact Dr. Greg Brewton.

Next Steps

Be prepared to lead the church in the praise of God's glorious grace.

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