BA in Worship Leadership

The Worship Leadership program is designed to prepare students who will serve as a leaders or participants in worship ministry. The program grounds students in a biblical understanding of worship’s role in a healthy church, nurtures in them an evident commitment to spiritual life, and orients them to servant leadership through music. It is structured to ensure competency in knowledge and skills that support worship ministry, with a particular emphasis on musical skills.


Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate readiness for ministry through an evident and attractive Christian witness.
  • Communicate an understanding of the biblical foundations for spiritual life and worship ministry.
  • Demonstrate the musical and leadership gifts and abilities requisite for worship ministry.
  • Plan and lead worship that is rooted in the gospel, appropriate for the setting in which it functions, and edifies those whom it engages.
  • Relate to a wide variety of individuals to and with whom they are called to minister.


Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, worship leadership applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • References
  • Essay (Personal Testimony, Calling to Ministry)
  • Audition
  • Music Theory Placement Exam
  • Keyboard or Guitar Proficiency
  • Voice Proficiency

For a full descriptive list of admissions requirements, click here. 


Introduction to Mathematical Systems or: Other Mathematics Elective - 3 hours
Technology in the Church
Principles of Physical Science and Laboratory or: Other Science Elective with Lab - 4 hours
English Composition I
English Composition II
Basic Oral Communication or: Preaching I
Student Success
Introduction to Sociology
General Psychology
Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Ethics or: Introduction to Philosophy
Survey of Music History I
Church History I or: Church History II

RELIGION - 27 Credits

Biblical Theology of Worship
Personal Evangelism
Bible Study Methods
Introduction to Christian Missions
Systematic Theology I
Systematic Theology II
Holiness for the 21st Century

MAJOR - 50 Credits

Worship Leadership Forum (listed below) is required each semester.
Worship Keyboard
Worship Guitar
Fundamentals of Conducting
Introduction to Worship Ministry
Music Literature for Worship
Planning and Leading Worship
Junior Worship Project
Senior Worship Project
Spiritual Disciplines for Ministry
Worship Ensemble Practicum
Worship Planning Practicum
Worship Technology Practicum
Ensemble Leadership Practicum
Worship Leadership Forum
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Music Theory III
Songwriting & Arranging
Sight-Singing and Ear Training I
Sight-Singing and Ear Training II
Sight-Singing and Ear Training III
Sight-Singing and Ear Training IV

Applied Studies

Seven (7) credits of applied studies are required. This requirement must be completed through MU171 Applied Voice I, MU191 Applied Piano I, or Applied Instrument(s), such as guitar, trumpet, clarinet, etc.
Applied Voice I or: Applied Piano I or: Applied Instrument I (100 Level)


Eight (8) credits of ensemble are required. Four (4) of these credits must be completed through MU109 OCU Chorale. The remaining four (4) credits can be completed through MU109 OCU Chorale, MU140 University Band, or small ensembles.
OCU Chorale or: University Band or: Small Ensembles (such as MU119 Chamber Singers or MU145 Chamber Ensemble)

Worship Leader Internship

Two (2) semesters of Worship Leader Internship are required during the senior year.
Worship Leader Internship