Getting a Worship Arts Degree

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March 17, 2023

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Are you called to lead God’s people in worship? Studying at seminary is a great way to pursue a worship arts degree.

What Is Worship Arts?

Worship arts are various forms of worship to turn our hearts to God. Worship arts can include music, dance, visual art, poetry, drama, and more. A worship arts degree can prepare someone to lead one or many areas of worship by possessing a strong background in theology, church leadership, and worship best practices.

Worship Arts Degree Programs in Seminary

Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

Pursuing the Calvin Theological Seminary’s worship concentration of the MA in Christian Leadership program is one way of following your calling to lead worship. You will be trained in forming and nurturing worship communities, and you’ll have the opportunity to take worship electives that best fit your vocational goals. You will also participate in a contextual learning placement to gain further experience and reflect on your work in the area of worship arts.

Master of Theology

You may also consider Calvin Theological Seminary’s Master of Theology (ThM) program. This is a great option if you’ve already earned a Master of Divinity or Master of Theological Studies degree, as having one of these degrees is a prerequisite for the ThM program. This program is for you if you are looking for academic mastery in a specific field of ministry, such as worship. Use your gifts in both the worship arts and academic thought to make your learning come alive in this advanced program.

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The Calvin Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program is an excellent way to pursue questions of worship within the concentrations of homiletics, urban ministry & prophetic method, spiritual formation & missional leadership, or a general track. In the future, Calvin Theological Seminary hopes to create another concentration focused on worship. Contact us if you’re interested in this emerging concentration.

Certificate in Christian Leadership

For professionals who are not seeking a worship degree but would benefit from the credentials of a certificate, the worship concentration of Certificate in Christian Leadership program can be an effective and efficient learning option. Earn your credentials more quickly through a certificate program, connecting you with expert professors and ministry peers through a streamlined learning program.

What to Look for in Worship Ministry Schools

Check for Accreditation

Accreditation is an important mark of a theological school and offers external accountability for coursework and degrees. Calvin Theological Seminary is accredited.

Consider Getting Your Worship Arts Degree Online

Some schools offer both on campus and online options for seminary worship degrees. Calvin Theological Seminary offers the following course delivery options, based on degree:

  • Master of Arts in Christian Leadership worship concentration: On-campus, fully online, or hybrid
  • Master of Theology (ThM), worship concentration: On-campus only
  • Doctor of Ministry: Hybrid only
  • Certificate of Christian Leadership, worship concentration: On-campus, fully online, or hybrid

Find a Worship Arts Program That Aligns with Your Goals

To take your bachelor’s learning a step further, consider attending seminary to earn a graduate-level worship arts degree. Another level of theological understanding, worship training, and guided experience can be beneficial in meeting your goals as a worship leader.

Even if your bachelor’s degree is in a completely different field, you can still take your next step in graduate school through a Calvin Theological Seminary program focused on worship arts. In some cases, a bachelor’s degree is not required for Calvin Theological Seminary programs. Contact us if you do not have a bachelor’s degree but are interested in inquiring about admission under special circumstances.

What Can You Do with a Music Ministry Degree?

Here are potential career paths for graduates with a worship arts degree. Some positions may require additional degrees or training.

  • Worship/worship arts/praise team leader
  • Worship director
  • Worship pastor
  • Nonprofit leader

Learn How to Become a Worship Leader

To inquire about a specific worship arts program at Calvin Theological Seminary, or to further explore the host of learning options available to you here, contact us. We can’t wait to connect with you!


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