General Description and Program Goals

The Master of Arts in Worship Studies provides training in the knowledge and practice of Christian worship from diverse perspectives – theological, historical, missiological, and ministerial. Students will be equipped for effective leadership in promoting worship experience in diverse styles through this program designed primarily for current and future worship leaders/pastors, worship educators, evangelists/missionaries, etc.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this degree, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate worship biblically and theologically.
  • Demonstrate spiritual formation as a worship leader.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills to manage effective ministry.
  • Demonstrate competence in worship ministry.
  • Demonstrate understanding of worship from the historical and missiological perspectives.


Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Master of Arts in Worship Studies program, the student is required to have completed a minimum of 48 semester credits of course work with a 2.5 GPA or above. At least 22 credits must be completed at World Mission University.


Course Titles and Level

All courses at the Master level are numbered 500 – 699. Course descriptions are provided in this catalog.


Degree Requirements (48 Credits)

The M.A. in Worship Studies requires 48 semester credits of course work comprised of 12 semester credits of Biblical/Theological studies and 9 semester credits of leadership and spiritual formation and 18 credits of worship ministry and practice, 4 credits of Field Education and 5 credits of musical development and practicum.


Theological Foundation (12 credits)

BT501 Intro to Old Testament AND

BT502 Intro to New Testament

ST502 Theology I OR ST503 Theology II

MW506 Theology of Worship


Leadership Formation (9 credits)

PT543 Spirituality and Leadership

MW502 Worship Leadership

MW503 Worship Leadership Praxis


Worship Ministry (9 credits)

MW507 Worship Ministry

MW508 Worship Models and Issues

MW513 Music and Media in Worship [combined MW501 & MW504]


Worship in Context (9 credits)

MW509 Global Worship

MW511 History of Worship [added]

MW512 Worship in Missiological Perspective [added]


Field Education: 4 credits

PT695-698 Supervised Ministry I-II, Worship Ministry III-IV (.5 credit each)

PT685-688 Student Chapel I-IV (.5 credit each)


Electives (5 credits)


Field Education

World Mission University is committed to equipping students to become full-time ministers or lay leaders in Christian ministry. In order to serve God more effectively, all students at World Mission University are required to participate in ministry outside of the classroom experience.

Supervised Ministry

Master of Arts in Worship Studies students are required to complete four semesters of supervised ministry. Each supervised ministry course is worth .5 credits.

Supervised ministry courses are graded pass/fail. Supervised Ministry “PT695-698” must be taken beginning during the first semester of enrollment at WMU and must be taken consecutively. Students register for the course during registration and must also submit the Supervised Ministry Registration Form. Students who need less than four semesters to graduate (transfer students) will not be required to complete four semesters of supervised ministry, but will be required to take a supervised ministry course every semester they study at WMU.

For transfer students, the number of semesters he/she must register for supervised ministry depends on the number of credits the student transferred and has remaining to complete their degree program. A general rule for transfer students is for every 15 credits remaining the student must register and successfully complete one supervised ministry course.

When the student decided on the area of Christian service (i.e., type of ministry) he/she will sign up for, the student needs the approval of the faculty advisor and must submit the Supervised Ministry Registration Form at the time of registration or to the Dean of Student Affairs at the Supervised Ministry Chapel that is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday of the second week of each semester or at the time of registration for courses.

Graduate students are required to submit two Graduate supervised Ministry Self Report Form three times during the semester. At the end of the semester, students must submit the Supervised Ministry Evaluation Form.


Student Chapel

Master of Arts in Worship Studies students are required to register and complete four semesters of student chapel. Each student chapel course is worth .5 credits.

Student chapels are graded pass/fail. Student Chapel “PT685-688” must be taken beginning with the first semester of enrollment at WMU and must be taken consecutively. Students register for the course during registration.

In order to pass the student chapel, students must not miss it more than twice. Chapel occurs every Tuesday and Thursday. Students who are not able to attend chapel on campus may sign up for online chapel.

Students must ensure that they register for online chapel. Students who register for online chapel must follow the regulations of the online chapel. Students who have a campus course before or after Tuesday or Thursday chapel must register for campus chapel. No exceptions will be made.