Master of Music in Worship Leadership

School of Church Music and Worship

Master of Music in Worship Leadership

Training leaders in musical excellence and ministry experience

The Master of Music in Worship Leadership (MMWL) 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.

Degree Highlights

  • 59 hours
  • Complete in as little as 2 years
  • Provides a foundation in biblical and theological studies

Student testimonial

Entrance Requirements

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.

Completing Your Degree


MMWL students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.00.

Time Limit

The MMWL 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.

Degree Requirements

Theology and Spiritual Formation
Spiritual FormationSPFRM 30222
Christian LeadershipEDMIN 34033
Systematic Theology ISYSTH 30533
Systematic Theology II or IIISYSTH 3063 or SYSTH 30733
Old Testament I or IIOLDTS 3313 or 33233
New Testament I or IINEWTS 3313 or 33233
Baptist HeritageBPTST 32033
Introduction to Missiology or Contemporary EvangelismMISSN 3363 or EVANG 33033
Worship Theology Core
The Church Gathered: Theology of WorshipWORSP 43233
Congregational SongWORSP 42222
Philosophy of Worship MinistryWORSP 43122
Worship Leadership Development
Comprehensive Worship Ministry: Best PracticesWORSP 42422
Worship Band TechniquesWORSP 42522
Technology and Media Worship IWORSP 42622
Advanced Dynamics of Worship Leadership and DesignWORSP 43322
Advanced Techniques for Effective Choral ConductingCONDG 45122
Advanced Techniques in Vocal Ensemble LeadershipCONDG 45222
Music Theory and Improvisation for Worship LeadersMUTHY 44322
Choir LabWORSP 4008.5
Rhythm Section Techniques (select three different instruments)Select three1.5
Techniques in Acoustic Guitar IWORSP 4018
Techniques in Bass Guitar IWORSP 4028
Techniques in Drum Set IWORSP 4038
Techniques in Keyboard IWORSP 4048
Techniques in Electric Guitar IWORSP 4058
Techniques in Acoustic Guitar IIWORSP 4118
Techniques in Bass Guitar IIWORSP 4128
Techniques in Drum Set IIWORSP 4138
Techniques in Keyboard IIWORSP 4148
Techniques in Electric Guitar IIWORSP 4158
Colloquium (required every semester in residence)WORSP 47000
Field Education (two semesters)WORSP 43300
Applied Study
Applied Voice IVOIPR 48111
Applied Voice IIVOIPR 48211
Applied Voice IIIVOIPR 48311
Applied Voice IV and Worship Ministry ProjectVOIPR 48422
Voice Master Class (must enroll concurrently with applied study)VOIPR 49000
Secondary Applied I (Piano or Guitar)PIAPR/GTRPR 49511
Secondary Applied II (Piano or Guitar)PIAPR/GTRPR 49611
Performance Lab (two semesters)PFMLB 30100
Ensemble (four semesters)ENSEM 3xx82
Select two courses:Select three:4
Technology and Media in Worship IIWORSP 4282
Children’s Music Ministry in the ChurchWORSP 4272
The PsalmsWORSP 4602
Song Writing or Advanced Song WritingCOMPN 4412 or COMPN 4422
Advanced Conducting: Instrumental and ChoralCONDG 4542
Advanced Techniques in Vocal Pedagogy for Large GroupsVOICL 4942
Voice ProficiencyVOICL 49700
Piano ProficiencyPIACL 48700
Music School OrientationORIEN 40000
M.M.W.L. Comprehensive ExaminationsMUMST 49500

Total Hours

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