Top 20 Best Universities & Schools for Worship Ministry

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Top Worship School BadgeIf you want to be a worship leader or serve as a worship pastor and are looking for higher education options this list will give you a healthy start. We chose schools based on reputation for worship arts offerings, both in facilities and faculty. Larger and smaller schools both made this list as one size does not fit all. Also, regions were considered, giving a head start no matter where you live. Do you already have an undergraduate degree? We also made sure to list some schools that offered graduate level programs.

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cedarville logoCedarville University

Cedarville, OH
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3.711 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville University has been honored as the top-ranked Christian university granting bachelor’s degrees and a best college for studying the Bible. Cedarville University academic teams regularly win or rank in the top tier of national and international competitions. Cedarville is also recognized among the best universities in Ohio.

Major: Bachelors of Arts in worship degree is an interdisciplinary degree designed to help prepare students who are interested in careers in worship leadership and related fields.
Accreditation: Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as well as others such as the National Association of Schools of Music.
Tuition: $27.5k per year. (Addition fees, housing, etc.)

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.cedarville.edu
Worship Program Info – https://www.cedarville.edu/Academics/Music-and-Worship/Worship/Program-Information.aspx
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/cedarville/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/cedarville

Contact:
Dr. Roger O’Neel
oneelr@cedarville.edu
(937) 766-7635

 

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lancasterLancaster Bible College

Lancaster, PA
Lancaster Bible College exists to educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving Him in the Church and society.  Students in the worship and performing arts are equipped for missional ministry by partnering professional studies with real-world learning, all centered in the Word of God.

Major: Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts and Biblical Studies.
Accreditation: Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation (ABHE).
Tuition: $19.3k per year. (Addition fees, housing, etc.)

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.lbc.edu
Program site – http://wpa.lbc.edu/content/worship-arts-0
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/worshipartsmusic
Twitter – https://twitter.com/lbcwpa

Contact:
music@lbc.edu
(717) 560-8218

 

hope logoHope International University

Fullerton, CA
Hope International University is a private Christian university founded in 1928. HIU’s mission is to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the Church and impact the world for Christ. HIU is regionally accredited and offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, certificate programs, and credential programs to more than 2,000 students world-wide.

Majors:

  • Bachelor of Music, Music & Worship Arts
  • Master of Church Music, Music & Worship Arts

Accreditation: Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
Tuition: $27.9k per year for undergraduate. $16.2k for Masters of Arts degree.

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.hiu.edu
Program info – http://www.hiu.edu/undergraduate-on-campus/academics/colleges/pacific-christian-college-of-ministry-and-biblical-studies/worship-arts
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HIUnow
Twitter – https://twitter.com/HIUnow

Contact:
Email cmwa@hiu.edu
Phone (888) 352-HOPE

 

dallas logoDallas Baptist University

Dallas, TX
Dallas Baptist University has 5,319 students on a 292 acre campus near the Dallas metro, with other sites and online options as well. The worship studies engage students in a holistic study of Christian worship.  Each program assists students in developing a philosophy of worship education and in gaining the artistic skills necessary to be a leader in the realm of worship through the fine arts.  The Master of Arts in Worship Leadership offers flexible scheduling with online, hybrid and evening course offerings.

Majors:

  • Master of Arts in Worship Leadership (MAWL)
  • MAWL/Master of Arts in Theological Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Education (Worship Studies concentration)
  • B.A. or B.S. in Christian Studies/MAWL
  • Bachelor of Music in Church Music
  • B.A. or B.S. in Music Business (Worship Leadership concentration)

Accreditation: Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission and also by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
Tuition: $26.3k per year for undergraduate. $49.3k for 60 hour Masters

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.dbu.edu
Program info – http://www.dbu.edu/leadership/mawl
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DallasBaptistUniv
Twitter – https://twitter.com/DBUPatriots

Contact:
Dr. Robert R. Brooks,
Director of the Master of Arts in Worship Leadership
(214) 333-5411
bobb@dbu.edu

 

libertyflames-logoLiberty University

Lynchburg, VA
Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University is the largest Christian University in the world.  With more than 13,000 resident and 82,000 online students, the university offers more than 250 unique programs of study. Worship programs of study provide quality education, meaningful experience, and professional enrichment through The Liberty University School of Music.

Majors:

  • B.S. in Music and Worship with a choice of 12 concentrations (127-130 hours): Worship Leading, Songwriting, Artist Development, Music and World Cultures (Ethnomusicology), Youth Ministry, Theatre, Biblical Studies, Business, Technology (Graphics and Journalism), Technology (Radio and Television), Youth Ministry, Women’s Ministry
  • M.A. in Worship Studies with a choice of 3 concentrations (45 hours):
  • Leadership, Church Planting, Ethnomusicology
  • M.A. in Music and Worship (45 hours)
  • M.A. in Ethnomusicology (45 hours)

Accreditation: Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Tuition: $22k for undergraduates. $22k for 45 hour Masters of Arts

Website Links:
Main site – http://liberty.edu
Program info – http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=1191
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/centerforworship/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LibertyWorship

Contact:
Dr. Lavon Gray
Associate Dean of the Center for Music and Worship
llgray2@liberty.edu or worship@liberty.edu

 

warner logoWarner Pacific College

Portland, OR
Warner Pacific College an urban college designed to serve students from diverse backgrounds, we know that for a city to flourish, its leaders must be prepared to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Their Worship Arts Leadership major will prepare students to be worship leaders with an emphasis on the spiritual aspect through relevant intensive studies in communication arts, drama, music theory, and technology. Students seek the heart of God to be ministers of truth with a goal to take the church to new levels.

Major: Bachelor of Arts, Worship Arts Leadership
Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, member of Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Tuition: $20.8k per year

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.warnerpacific.edu
Program site – http://www.warnerpacific.edu/academics/worship-arts-leadership-major/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WarnerPacific
Twitter – https://twitter.com/WarnerPacific

Contact:
admissions@warnerpacific.edu
(503) 517-1020

 

grace logo2Grace Bible College

Grand Rapids, MI
Grace Bible College sets out on a mission to graduate Godly individuals prepared to serve Christ in church and society. We truly believe servant leadership coupled with the strong Bible-centered academics at Grace will help your contribution to make an extraordinary impact on this world. Their new worship arts degree is designed to transform students into creative multi-faceted artists who excel in creating biblically-grounded, multi-sensory worship experiences.

Majors:
Bachelor Degree Worship Arts.
Accreditation: Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education

Tuition: $10.8k per year.
Website Links:
Main site – http://www.gbcol.edu
Program info – http://www.gbcol.edu/academics/programs-of-study/worship-arts
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GraceBibleCollege

Contact:
Adam Wolf
awolf@gbcol.edu
(616) 261-8529

 

Robert_E._Webber_Institute_for_Worship_Studies_(emblem)Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Jacksonville, FL
IWS and its worship degree programs were initiated by Robert E. Webber to meet this need and prepare leaders for the challenging task of worship ministry in a complex and rapidly changing world. The Institute for Worship Studies is the only school in North America solely dedicated to graduate education in worship.  Its mission is to form leaders in worship renewal.  Courses are prepared with the conviction that worship must be rooted in the Biblical narrative and the treasures of Christian history, applied in the postmodern context. IWS combines distance education with on-campus classes.

Majors:

  • Master of Worship Studies (MWS): 30 credit hours, applicable program designed for worship leaders, church leaders and teachers.
  • Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS): 34 credit hours, applicable program designed for worship leaders, church leaders and teachers.

Accreditation: Accredited with the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

Tuition: $10.8k for 30 hour Masters. $13.4 for 33 hour Doctoral degree.
Website Links:
Main site – http://iws.edu
Program info – https://iws.edu/about/curriculum/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/iwsfla
Twitter – https://twitter.com/iwsfla

Contact:
Mark Murray, Admissions Director
mark.murray@iws.edu
(800) 282-2977

 

baylor logoBaylor University

Waco, TX

The Center for Christian Music Studies was founded at Baylor University with the intent to provide leadership in all aspects of Christian music within today’s society. As we continually strive to become a preeminent Christian music center worldwide, we foster the growth and effectiveness of efforts to utilize Christian music to its God-given potential.

Majors:

  • Bachelor of Music in Church Music
  • Bachelor of Arts in Church Music
  • Music Minor in Church Music
  • Master of Music in Church Music (MM)
  • Master of Music/Master of Divinity at George W. Truett Theological Seminary (MM/MDiv)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Church Music
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music

Accreditation: Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and The National Association of Schools of Music.
Tuition: $26.4 per year for undergraduate. $15.5 per year for graduate (9 hours).

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.baylor.edu/
Program site – http://www.baylor.edu/ccms/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BaylorChurchMusic
Twitter – https://twitter.com/baylor

Contact:
Dr. Randall Bradley
Baylor University School of Music
Email: Randall_Bradley@baylor.edu
(254) 710-6522

 

fuller LOGOFuller Theological Seminary

Pasadena, CA
Fuller Theological Seminary is one of the world’s most influential evangelical institutions, the largest multidenominational seminary, and a leading voice for faith, civility, and justice in the global church and wider culture. With deep roots in orthodoxy and branches in innovation, we are committed to forming Christian women and men to be faithful, courageous, innovative, collaborative, and fruitful leaders who will make an exponential impact for Jesus in any context.

Majors: Emphasis with Worship and Music Ministry or Worship Theology and the Arts
Master of Divinity

  • Master of Arts in Theology
  • Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
  • Master of Arts in Global Leadership

Accreditation: Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Schools of Theology and Intercultural Studies are also accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

Tuition: $45.6k for MDiv. (120 hours). $30.4k for MA Theology, TH and IS (80 hours). $27.4 for MA in Global Leadership.

Website Links:
Main site – http://fuller.edu
Program info – http://fuller.edu/worshipmusicministry
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/fullerseminary
Twitter – https://twitter.com/fullerseminary

Contact:
Admissions
admissions@fuller.edu
(800)-2-FULLER or (626) 584-5400

 

APU_Red_S_0Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA
Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. APU is committed to excellence in higher education. They offer more than 100 associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at six regional centers across Southern California. As a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is a part of a strong Christian alliance that enables faculty, staff, and students with numerous resources. APU is also recognized in the U.S. News & World Report, APU ranks in the top 200 Universities best universities across the nation.

Majors:

Bachelor’s of Music in Music and Worship

Accreditation: Azusa Pacific University (APU) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). A Music degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally, and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Tuition: $34.2k per year for undergraduate. (Additional fees, housing, etc. not included in this price)

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.apu.edu/
Program info – http://www.apu.edu/cma/music/undergraduate/musicworship/about/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/azusapacific
Twitter – https://twitter.com/azusapacific
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/UniversityRelations

Contact:
Music and Arts Department
aeaston@apu.edu
(626) 804-2550

 

biola-university_miniBiola University

La Mirada, CA
The prestigious Biola University nestled in La Mirada, CA is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost Christian universities in the U.S. The U.S. News and World Report recognized Biola University as one of America’s top 10 “up and coming” national universities. Biola offers a biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development and vocational preparation within a unique learning community where all faculty, staff, and students are professing Christians. The La Mirada campus enrolls 6,000 students including online and distance programs throughout the world.

Majors:

Bachelor’s of Science in Music in Worship

Accreditation: Biola University holds institutional accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (1961). Biola University Conservatory of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Tuition: $36.7k per year for undergraduate. (Additional fees, housing, etc. not included in this price)

Website Links:
Main site – https://www.biola.edu/
Program info – https://www.biola.edu/music-in-worship-bs
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Biola
Twitter – https://twitter.com/biolau
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/BiolaUniversity

Contact:
Admissions
1-800-OK-BIOLA

 

circle_largeMessiah College

Mechanicsburg, PA
Messiah College is a nationally ranked, private Christian college with a student body of just over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Being a smaller private college has the benefit of a student to faculty ratio of 13:1. This means a greater opportunity to build meaningful relationships with educators and classmates and an overall greater in-depth education. The College was founded in 1909 and today the College’s faith base is broadly evangelical and includes students and employees from a variety of denominations and Christian faith traditions. Through their 80+ majors, their mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society.

Majors:

Bachelor’s of Arts Music (Music and Worship)

Accreditation: Messiah College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. A degree in Music is recognized by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Tuition: $31.4k per year for undergraduate. (Additional fees, housing, etc. not included in this price)

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.messiah.edu/site/index.php
Program info – http://www.messiah.edu/music-and-worship-major-pennsylvania
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MessiahMusic
Twitter – https://twitter.com/messiahMUS
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/messiahcollege

Contact:
Admissions
admiss@messiah.edu
(800) 233-4220

 

CCUSealColorado Christian University

Lakewood, CO
Founded in 1914, Colorado Christian University is now the premier interdenominational Christian college in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. As a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, CCU is ranked among the top universities nationwide, and has been named a top Colorado University and one of the top Christian colleges in Colorado and in the nation. In addition, CCU is also known as being the only Christ-centered university in Colorado with this title. 

Majors:

Bachelor’s of Music in Worship Arts

Accreditation: Colorado Christian University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. CCU’s School of Music is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Tuition: $28.9k per year for undergraduate. (Additional fees, housing, etc. not included in this price)

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.ccu.edu/
Program info – http://www.ccu.edu/academics/worshiparts/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/myCCU
Twitter – https://twitter.com/my_ccu
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/ColoradoChristianU

Contact:
General Inquiry (Music Department)
music@ccu.edu
(303) 963-3130

 

logo-ncu-white-300x200North Central University

Minneapolis, MN
North Central University is a Christ-centered, Bible-based, Pentecostal school with a commitment to academic excellence that prepares students to fulfill biblical models of leadership and ministry throughout the world. Students say the main reason they go to North Central is the apparent spiritual atmosphere. If you want to grow in your Christian faith, you’ll find that the faculty and staff at North Central University are eager to help. Located in the heart of Minneapolis, North Central University is a coeducational, undergraduate, primarily residential college owned and operated by 11 Assemblies of God districts of the upper Midwest.

Majors:

Bachelor’s of Arts or Science in Music Worship Leading

Accreditation: North Central University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Tuition: $21.1k per year for undergraduate. (Additional fees, housing, etc. not included in this price)

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.northcentral.edu/
Program info – http://www.northcentral.edu/academics/programs/worship-leading?section=academics%2Fprograms
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/northcentraluniversity/?ref=ts
Twitter – https://twitter.com/NorthCentral_MN

Contact:
Administrative Contact
Karla Johnson
(612) 343-4701

 

visibleVisible Music College

Memphis, TN
Visible Music College is at the intersection of spiritual, professional and academic. They offer three bachelor degree programs in music business, music production, and music performance. The goal is to equip aspiring Worship Leaders for effective service in the music industry and the Church. Christian musicians, producers, managers and industry professionals must be well developed equally in these three areas to find success in life, career and ministry.

Majors:

Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Music, Music Production, or Music Business

Accreditation: Visible Music College is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).

Tuition: $19.5k per year for undergraduate. (Additional fees, housing, etc. not included in this price)

Website Links:
Main site – http://visible.edu/?page=0
Program info – http://visible.edu/academics/modern-music/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/visiblemc
Twitter – https://twitter.com/visiblemc
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/visiblemc

Contact:
Susan Harris
susan@visible.edu
(901) 381-3939

 

Lincoln_Christian_College_and_Seminary_1_233309Lincoln Christian University

Lincoln, IL
Lincoln Christian University is a Christian higher education community whose mission is to nurture and equip Christians with a Biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world. The principal means they use to accomplish this mission are teaching, learning, leading, and serving through undergraduate and graduate programs. The average size of their classes is 12 students which provide a more personable  atmosphere for learning and growth.

Majors:

Bachelor’s of Arts in Worship Ministry

Accreditation: Lincoln Christian University achieved accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education and Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $12.9k per year for undergraduate. (Additional fees, housing, etc. not included in this price)

Website Links:
Main site – https://www.lincolnchristian.edu/
Program info – https://www.lincolnchristian.edu/academics/programs/ba-worship-ministry.php
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LincolnChristian
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LCU1944
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/LincolnChristianUniv

Contact:
General Inquiry
info@lincolnchristian.edu
(217) 732-3168

 

B compCorban University

Salem, OR
Corban is a gospel-driven community of scholars and leaders who seek to bring a biblical perspective to all areas of study and practice. They offer deep scriptural rooting to students while training them for any of a wide variety of professions—from education to business and from counseling to political science. The best way to make a difference in the world is to send biblically and theologically grounded graduates into a wide variety of fields.

Majors:

Bachelor’s of Science in Music: Worship Arts

Accreditation: Corban University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Tuition: $38.9k per year for undergraduate. (Additional fees, housing, etc. not included in this price)

Website Links:
Main site – https://www.corban.edu/
Program info – https://undergrad.corban.edu/majors
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CorbanUniversity
Twitter – https://twitter.com/corbanu
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/CorbanUniversity

Contact:
General Inquiry
info@corban.edu
(503) 581-8600

 

csu_logo_blue_on_white2Charleston Southern University

Charleston, SC
Charleston Southern is a Christian liberal arts university and is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities, enrolling 3,600 students. Affiliated with the  South Carolina Baptist Convention, the University’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving. CSU has been named a College of Distinction, America’s 100 Best College Buys, Military Friendly Schools, America’s Best Christian Colleges, VA Yellow Ribbon Program and  The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Majors:

Bachelor’s of Arts in Music and Worship Leadership

Accreditation: Charleston Southern University is the only university in the lower part of the state that is National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education approved at the undergraduate music education level and offers both choral and instrumental certification.

Tuition: $23.4k per year for undergraduate. (Additional fees, housing, etc. not included in this price)

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.charlestonsouthern.edu/
Program info – http://www.charlestonsouthern.edu/music/index.html
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/charlestonsouthernuniversity
Twitter – https://twitter.com/csuniv
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/CharlestonSouthern

Contact:
Admissions
(800) 947-7474

 

swbts-Logo-PMS289CSouthwestern Baptist Theology Seminary

Fort Worth, TX
One of the largest seminaries in the world, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary equips men and women with a strong theological foundation to fulfill God’s calling on their lives. Rooted in Scripture and branching out to fulfill the Great Commission, Southwestern’s motto is “Preach the Word, Reach the World.” The School of Church Music celebrates a legacy of preparing leaders in music who will actively engage the church, the classroom and the performance hall. We have programs that study a broad array of genres and styles of music. Our programs in worship, ministry, jazz, composition, history and performance are all enhanced by a solid foundation in the scriptures and supported by world-class faculty.

Majors: 

  • Bachelor’s of Arts in Music
  • Master of Music in Church Music
  • Master of Arts in Church Music
  • Master of Arts in Worship
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music
  • Ph.D in Church Music

Accreditation: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The School of Church Music is an accredited member institution of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Tuition: $470 per credit hour (Additional fees, housing, etc. not included in this price). Credit hours vary based on degree selection.

Website Links:
Main site – http://swbts.edu/
Program info – http://college.swbts.edu/academics/degrees/bachelor-of-arts-in-music/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/swbts?_rdr=p
Twitter – https://twitter.com/swbts
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/SouthwesternSeminary

Contact:
Admissions
admissions@swbts.edu
(817) 923-1921 x 7200

 

Top 10 Worship Training Programs

In addition to the top universities in the nation that have programs, tracks, or certificates in Worship, there are also a multitude of non-accredited worship programs in the United States. These programs strictly focus on worship leadership and development and offer more focused courses in shorter terms. Although these programs are currently non-accredited, they offer amazing curriculum at a lower cost in comparison to universities. Cost can be a huge factor when it comes to education in any form, so for worship leaders that want to work on their skill, technique, and knowledge while keeping out of debt, these programs are a great resource. If you are strictly looking into developing your worship skills and don’t necessarily want or need an accredited degree in Worship, check out one of these Top 10 Worship Programs.

 

WUWorship U

Redding, CA
WorshipU is a unique online training program that exists to equip and empower worship leaders, musicians, and worshippers. The classes are not accredited, however, they provide a comprehensive set of teachings that will benefit worshippers of every skill level and experience. Based out of Redding, CA, the primary focus of WorshipU is to transform Worship Leaders in a modern and practical way. Core lessons are provided for students from an extensive library of videos. Applicational learning through a progress-based system provides the student with hands-on experience from beginning to end. And WorshipU has access to multiple Bethel Music Musicians that are more than happy to share their knowledge and wisdom with instruments, singing, and songwriting techniques. With resources like this, it’s easy to see why this program is highly successful and desirable for aspiring Worship Leaders.

Programs: 

  • Basic Training – $9.95/month OR $99.95/year
  • Advanced Training – $19.95/month OR $199.95/year

Accreditation: None.

Website Links:
Main site – https://www.worshipu.com/
Program info – https://www.worshipu.com/faq/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/worshipuniversity
Twitter – https://twitter.com/WorshipUni
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/worshipuni
Blog – https://www.worshipu.com/blog/

Contact:
General Inquiry
hello@worshipu.com
(855) 939-6774

 

OceansEdgeOcean’s Edge

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Ocean’s Edge seeks to build up the next generation of worship leaders, Christian musicians and artists.
Based out of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, Ocean’s Edge provides an environment that combines personal mentoring and discipleship with modern music, technology and leadership training in an approach that will equip students for a lifetime in ministry. Its strategic location in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, emphasizes the majesty of our Lord and Savior and magnifies His presence here on earth. Through helpful partnerships, Ocean’s Edge offers and receives transferable credits on a growing scale to achieve well-rounded Worship Leaders, Artists, Musicians, and Producers.

Programs: 

  • Worship Track

Accreditation: None.

Tuition: Base – $8,430 for certificate (30 credits)

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.oceansedgeschool.com/
Program info – http://www.oceansedgeschool.com/curriculum
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/oceansedgeschool
Twitter – https://twitter.com/oceansedge
Blog – http://www.oceansedgeschool.com/visit-our-blog/

Contact:
General Inquiry
info@oceansedgeschool.com
(954) 556-4301

Juliana Kotrady, Admissions
julianak@calvaryftl.org

 

logoWest Coast Bible College & Seminary (WCBCS)

Waco, TX
WCBCS is a non-denominational seminary based in Waco, TX. WCBCS exists to provide high-quality ministry training at the lowest cost possible to ensure that finances will not be a hindrance to the global training of leaders and the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Together with a team of educated men and women who have a passion for God and compassion for people, WCBCS is on a mission honor God by educating and ministering to a diverse community of students for the purpose of developing servant-leaders who will radically impact the world where they live.

Major: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Worship Arts

Accreditation: January 29, 2016, is a historic day for WCBCS as they submitted our application for accreditation to The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).

Tuition: One-time payment of $1,500

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.westcoastbible.org/
Program info – http://www.westcoastbible.org/degrees/
Blog – http://www.westcoastbible.org/#/dfd/

Contact:
General Inquiry
info@westcoastbible.org
(800) 921-4561

 

Heart of DavidHeart of David

Round Rock, TX
Heart of David is a one-year discipleship school. The two tracks focus on heart and leadership development. Heart of David is different from many of the other worship leader schools in this article because they provide the opportunity for short-term mission trips.

Programs: 

  • Discipleship – Semester 1: $3,100
  • Discipleship – Semester 2: $3,100

Accreditation: None.

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.heartofdavid.org/#ride
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HeartOfDavidAustinTX

 

HillsongCollegeHillsong College

Sydney, Australia
Hillsong International Leadership College is located in in Sydney, Australia. Led by Hillsong members and faculty, the curriculum provides in-class training, ministry experience, and a life-changing experience of community involvement.

Programs: 

  • Bachelor’s of Theology: Worship Music Stream

Accreditation: The College and its courses are accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority, the federal government agency charged with the quality and regulation of the vocational education and training sector in Australia.

Tuition: Year 1: $6,309 (USD); Year 2: $6,256 (USD); Year 3: $3,976 (USD)

Website Links:
Main site – http://hillsong.com/college/
Program info – http://hillsong.com/college/worship-music-stream/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hillsongcollege?_rdr=p
Twitter – https://twitter.com/hillsongcollege
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/HillsongCollegeSyd
Blog – http://hillsong.com/collected

Contact:
General Inquiry
college@hillsong.com

 

IHOPInternational House of Prayer

Kansas City, MO
IHOPU is an intensive discipleship track that places a premium on practical ministry experience. IHOP is recognized for its around-the-clock worship ministry.

Programs: 

  • Leadership
  • Performance
  • Worship

Accreditation: None.

Tuition: Freshman: $2,750/semester; Sophomore: $2,500/semester; Junior: $2,250/semester; Senior: $2,000/semester

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.ihopkc.org/
Program info – http://www.ihopkc.org/ihopu/schools/fma/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ihopkc
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ihopkc
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/IHOPkc
Blog – http://www.ihopkc.org/resources/blog/

Contact:
General Inquiry
ihopu@ihopkc.org
(816) 763-0243

 

SOWSchool of Worship

Orange County, CA
Calvary Chapel’s School of Worship operates a nine-month curriculum. The program is for worship leaders, worship musicians, and church media personnel.

Programs: 

  • Music Track
  • Media Arts Track

Accreditation: None.

Tuition: $4,100 per year

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.schoolofworship.net/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ccschoolofworship?_rdr=p

Contact:
General Inquiry
sow@calvarychapel.com
(714) 979-4422 ext 5560

 

World RevivalWorld Revival

Kansas City, MO
PraiseCharts is well known to many worship leaders. The PraiseCharts training arm, Worship Training, is an online program for worship and arts. The faculty is drawn from many denominations all around the world.

Programs: 

  • Certificate of Worship or Bachelor’s of Ministry Degree with emphasis in Worship

Accreditation: World Revival School of Ministry is registered with the largest non-governmental accrediting agency in the world – Accrediting Commission International.

Tuition: $720 per quarter

Website Links:
Main site – http://worldrevivalschool.com/
Program info – http://worldrevivalschool.com/schools/school-of-worship
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/worldrevivalschool
Twitter – https://twitter.com/wrsmkc
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/worldrevivalschool

Contact:
General Inquiry
wrsm@wrckc.com
(816) 777-0733

 

RhemaRhema Bible Training College

Broken Arrow, OK
If leading worship is your thing, you’ll fit in perfectly at Rhema’s School of Worship. At RSW, you’ll learn the musical, technical, and organizational skills that all great worship leaders must have. But you’ll also receive rich biblical insights into all areas of praise and worship. You’ll learn to flow with the Holy Spirit as you lead congregations into God’s presence.

Programs: 

  • School of Worship Specialty Program

Accreditation: RBTC is accredited by Transworld Accrediting Commission International. Serving the Christian education community for over 30 years, Transworld is a federally recognized, non-profit church educational organization.

Tuition: Year 1 & 2: $2,850; Year 3 & 4: $2,965

Website Links:
Main site – http://www.rbtc.org/
Program info – http://www.rbtc.org/academics/third-year-programs/school-of-worship
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rbtcusa
Twitter – https://twitter.com/rbtc_usa
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/RhemaUSA

Contact:
General Inquiry
rbtc@rhema.org
(918) 258-1588 ext. 2260


 

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Rich is a writer, blogger, speaker, musician, father and husband to his best friend. You can check out his latest book, The Six Hats of the Worship Leader, on his website RKblog.com

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  • DARLA B MULHALL

    Read your article on worship schools. Missing one very important one – University of Mobile under the direction of Dr. Roger Breland and Dr. Miller. World class musicians come out of that school.

    • Sharefaith Team

      Thanks for the info Darla!

  • Bikash Mainali

    Brother Thank you So much. You are doing a great work. May God bless you.

  • TexasRedbud

    Thanks for putting this list together. One thing that concerns me a great deal is the theological position these schools may have. More and more churches and denominations are ‘leaving their first love’. What are you thoughts on the biblical grounding of these schools?