Worship Arts

Bachelor of Arts

The BA Worship Arts is designed to develop the student's worship leadership and ministry skills while building a framework for understanding worship and the arts in light of historical movements and biblical principles. The program is built upon a foundation of courses in biblical studies, theology, and arts and science.

The BA Worship Arts is designed to develop the student's worship leadership and ministry skills while building a framework for understanding worship and the arts in light of historical movements and biblical principles. The program is built upon a foundation of courses in biblical studies, theology, and arts and science.

Successful graduates of the program are prepared to become competent music and worship leaders for churches, para-church ministries, and mission organizations. This program lays a solid foundation for further study at the graduate or undergraduate level, particularly in the areas of music or pastoral ministry.

Program Entrance

Students who wish to enrol in the BA Worship Arts should apply either prior to arrival or during their first year. In their first semester, students are encouraged to audition for an ensemble, write the Theory Placement Test, and enrol in private lessons. Students are required to take the Piano Proficiency Exam before completion of the program. Students applying to the BA Worship Arts program are required to submit two reference letters from people who can speak to the applicants' abilities and calling as worship leaders, along with an audio or video recording. Each applicant will be required to have an interview/audition with the program coordinator.

Transfer students should contact the Performing & Worship Arts office to arrange for an audition and interview for direct entry into the program.


The BA Worship Arts requires 42 credit hours of Worship Arts-related course work and 6 credit hours of cognate requirements with a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work at 300+ level within the context of a 126 credit hour degree.

Students will complete the four-year BA degree Core Curriculum, as well as 6 semesters of Service and Experiential Learning. As part of their graduation requirements, all four-year BA students will also complete the Senior Portfolio (PRT 400).

New students:  apply to the college now  and our admissions advisors will work closely with you throughout the rest of the process.

Current students: contact Academic Services to change programs and/or to be connected with a faculty adviser.

Degree Requirements

(126 credit hours: minimum 30 at 300+ level)

BA Core Curriculum

(66 credit hours)

Theory Requirements

(9 credit hours) *

MUS 115 Musicianship I 3
MUS 116 Musicianship II 3
MUS 301 Contemporary Musicianship 3

History Requirements

(3 credit hours)

FIN/MUS 216 History of Western Music I 3

Worship Arts Requirements

(12 credit hours)

THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Tradition 3
WA 411 Arranging for Worship Teams 3
WA 420 Worship Leadership 3
WA 437 Worship Arts Internship 3

Applied Requirements

(15 credit hours)

Private Lessons (6 ch):

  • 4 semesters on major instruments, 1 on voice, 1 on another rhythm section instrument (6 total)

Ensemble Requirements  (6 ch):

Students commit to ensembles for the whole year, therefore in miltiples of 2

  • 2-4 small, 2-4 large (total of 6 ch)
MUS 323 Conducting I 3


(3-6 credit hours) *

  • Choose 3 credit hours from the following:
COMM 120 Video Production I 3
COMM 121 Video Production II 3
COMM/MUS 203 Recording Arts I 3
COMM/MUS 303 Recording Arts II 3
MUS 130 Basic Voice 3
MUS 140 Basic Piano 3
MUS 160 Live Sound and Production 3
MUS 206 Musicianship III 3
MUS 260 Introduction to Electronic Music 3
MUS 310 Songwriting 3
MUS 324 Conducting II 3
MUS 330 Vocal Master Class I 3
MUS/THEA 340 Musical Theatre Workshop 3
MUS 350 Keyboard Improvisation 3
MUS 363 Advanced Electronic Music 3
MUS 410 Vocal and Instrumental Arranging 3
MUS 430 Vocal Master Class II 3
Private Lessons 1 maximum
Ensembles 2 maximum

Cognate Requirements

(6 credit hours)

Required (3 ch):

CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry 3

Elective (3 ch):

  • Select one course from the following:
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration 3
CM 461 Issues of Ministry Leadership 3
COMM/PAST 355 Homiletics 3
PAST 437 Pastoral Theology I 3
PAST 438 Pastoral Theology II 3
PAST 466 Soul Care 3


(12-24 credit hours)

Free Electives 12-24
Piano Proficiency Exam (pass/fail) non-credit 
PRT 400 Senior Portfolio non-credit
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning non-credit

*Students who 'test out' of MUS 115 have an additional 3 credit hours of elective room within their major.

Ron de Jager, DMA
Associate Professor of Music and Voice
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Keith Molberg, MMus
Instructor in Worship Arts
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September Russell
Adjunct Instructor of Music History and Theory