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)
40650 Worship Assessment1 0
Master of Arts Core Studies 30
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
Worship Leadership Concentration 24
40200 The Worshiping Church 3
40605 History of Christian Worship and Song 3
40610 Worship Ministry as Discipleship 3
40615 Guiding the Worship Ministry 3
40620 Worship Leadership and Design 3
40625 Leading Worship Ensembles 3
40650 Worship Assessment 0
40679 Worship Portfolio 0
Worship and Music Electives2 6
Thesis Track (optional)3
Total Master of Arts in Worship Leadership Requirements 54
Written Communication (if required) +2
Thesis Research and Writing (optional) +2

*See Written Communication Requirement here.

1Students in their first semester will have assessments in music theory, ear training, sight singing, and conducting. Students showing deficiencies in a skill will be required to take 50001 Worship Musicianship I and/or 50002 Worship Musicianship II. These courses may be counted as Worship and Music Electives.

2Students may choose from the following 3 hour or 1 hour electives: 40606 The Psalms and Christian Worship, 40635 Technology for Music & Worship Ministry, 40670 Songwriting for Worship Leaders, Private Music Study (1), or Worship Ensemble (1) with a max of four semesters.

3Students interested in doctoral studies have the option, in consultation with the department chair for Biblical Worship, to take the following courses: 25100 Introduction to Church History I and 25120 Introduction to Church History II and 40699 Thesis Research and Writing.

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