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Master of Arts in Worship Studies 

The Master of Arts in Worship Studies program provides an academic course of study for theological training in Christian worship and practice. The program of study equips students with biblical, theological, historical, and practical foundations for worship ministry in preparation for lifelong servant leadership in a variety of worship contexts. Students receive not only a biblical foundation of worship but also explore the practical and artistic skills needed to effectively lead worship experiences.

All students take 18 hours of core courses, 9 hours of program-specific courses, plus 9 hours of worship praxis courses to prepare them to serve as worship educators and leaders. The core requirements are designed to provide a strong biblical, theological, and philosophical foundation in Christian worship for students currently serving or preparing to serve in worship ministry.

In addition to previously stated admission requirements, the following program-specific requirements must be met:

  • Evidence that the student is a Christian and is compatible with DBU's mission by proven conduct in accordance with Christian standards set forth in the Bible, announced intent, and by church involvement.

  • Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.

Admission into the MA in Worship Studies program is by audition only in consultation with the Program Director.


  • Old Testament Survey

  • New Testament Survey 

Prerequisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution or from a passing grade on the GSOM Old Testament and New Testament equivalency exams and do not count toward degree completion.


Credit hours

Core Courses


DISC 5302 - Biblical Servant Leadership

GSOM 6310 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)

THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics

THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage

THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology

WORS 6303 - Spiritual Formation and Worship

Program Specific Courses


WORS 5307 - History of Worship Song

Select one of the following:

WORS 5309 - Worship Life: Education and Administration

WORS 6308 - Worship Through the Ages

WORS 6316 - Worship Theology for Contemporary Ministry

And select one course from the Graduate School of Ministry with approval of Program Director.

Worship Praxis


Select three of the following:

WORS 6325 - Worship Praxis I: Worship Song: Creation, Selection, and Implementation

WORS 6326 - Worship Praxis II: Worship Media: Technology and Production

WORS 6327 - Worship Praxis III: Worship Leading: Preparation and Presentation

WORS 6328 - Worship Praxis IV: The Instruments of Worship

WORS 6329 - Worship Praxis V: Worship Leader Travel Study

The Worship Praxis courses are offered in an intensive format on the DBU main campus, except Worship Praxis I and V.

Total Credit Hours Required


(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.


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