Master of Arts in Worship Ministry

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve the local church in the area of worship leadership. Foundational courses offering a broad theological understanding are complemented by in-depth studies in the field of worship.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate an ability to interpret and teach biblical and theological truths that promote healthy corporate worship in a local church or ministry.

  2. Students will demonstrate foundational understanding of worship leadership philosophy, principles, and ministry models in the local church and its ministries.

  3. A. Students will be equipped to create and lead a comprehensive worship ministry for a church or ministry.

    B. Students will demonstrate competency in one of several specialized contexts of worship ministry (preaching, worship education, music, or missions/church planting)

  4. Students will demonstrate understanding of the effective use of technology in worship ministry.

  5. Students will demonstrate understanding of the effective use of congregational song in corporate worship.

  6. Students will demonstrate growth in personal and spiritual maturity.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Adam Hughes (Program Supervisor)

  • Dr. Greg Woodward (Program Coordinator/Advisor)

Program Requirements

Master of Arts Core (27 hours)

Biblical Studies (12 hours)

course

hours

Interpreting the Old Testament 1

3

Interpreting the Old Testament 2

3

Interpreting the New Testament 1

3

Interpreting the New Testament 2

3

Theological/Historical Studies (9 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2 

3

Baptist Heritage

3

Applied Ministry Studies (6 hours)
*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format

course

hours

Evangelism (M)

OR

Christian Missions (M)

3

Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (M)

3

Worship Ministry Competency (18 hours)

Worship Ministry Core (12 hours)

course

hours

Theology of Worship 

3

Congregational Song in Corporate Worship 

3

Planning and Leading Worship

3

History of Worship 

3

Church Music/Worship Component (6 hours)

course

hours

Select six hours from Church Music and/or Worship courses**

6

Total Required: 45 hours

(M) Indicates course is available in a mentoring format, as well as other formats.

*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format.

**Students may take up to 2 hours of ensembles as Church Music/Worship electives.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Arts in Worship Ministry requires the following:

  • Applicants must fulfill all the normal admission requirements for NOBTS, including the admission form, transcript, church endorsement, statement of call, medical clearance, TOEFL for international students, etc.

  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accreditation agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or holding membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada, or the educational equivalent.

Academic Requirements

The 45-hour course requirement of the Master of Arts in Worship Ministry degree is intended to introduce students to Christian worship in its biblical, historical, and theological dimensions. This two-year program of study offers a curriculum of basic ministry courses combined with specialized worship offerings.

PhD or DMin Eligibility

Students who complete all the degree requirements of the MA in Worship Ministry need to have the equivalent of a Master of Divinity degree in order to be eligible to apply to the PhD, DMA, or DMin program at NOBTS.