Worship matters.

Worship Arts students recognize that people are starving for the greatness of God. Training you to respond, a major in Worship Arts integrates three areas of study: Music, Bible and Media. Our four-year degree program prepares you to become well-equipped for fruitful ministry in the local church, grow as a skilled musician and excel as a leader who possesses strong interpersonal skills.

Do you seek to grow in your capacity to create opportunities for a gathered church to encounter Him? Your passion for His word and creative spirit matter.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Music
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Program Details

    • Major Credit Hours: 86
    • Program Acceptance: Requires participation in a first semester jury exam.
    • Career Opportunities:
      • Church music director
      • Worship leader
      • Worship musician
      • Youth music ministry
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
      • Fall semester—August 15
      • Spring semester—January 1

    Degree Completion

    Earn your Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts degree in four years.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide to preview the steps required to complete your degree.

  • Related Majors

    If you have interest in worship arts, learn more about other degree programs the Music Division offers:

    Internship Locations

    100% of Cornerstone University's traditional undergraduate students complete an internship experience.

    Worship arts majors have received hands-on, professional training as interns with these organizations:

    • Central Wesleyan Church
    • Cornerstone University
    • Faith Baptist Church
    • Harvest Naperville
    • Tabernacle Community Church

Major Courses and Catalog

In addition to completing the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts degree requires the following classes:

  • CMI-221 Learning, Liturgy and Technology — 3 credit hours
  • CMI-252 Interpersonal & Intrapersonal Relationships in Ministry — 3 credit hours
  • CMI-334 Spiritual Formation — 3 credit hours
  • MDA-262 Live Sound with Lab — 4 credit hours
  • MDA-281 Audio Production II — 3 credit hours
  • MUA-XXX Applied Major—8 semesters — 8 credit hours
  • MUP-X01, X11, X21 Large Ensemble—Chancel Singers, Chorale or Symphonic Winds — 8 credit hours
  • MUP-141, 171 Contemporary Ensemble or Worship Ensemble — 2 credit hours
  • MUS-099 Performance Lab—8 semesters
  • MUS-113, 114, 213 Aural Perception I, II, III — 3 credit hours
  • MUS-117, 118, 217 Music Theory & Analysis I, II, III — 9 credit hours
  • MUS-171 Introduction to Music Technology — 3 credit hours
  • MUS-221, 222, 225 Music History, Literature and Form I, II, III — 9 credit hours
  • MUS-251 Basic Conducting — 3 credit hours
  • MUS-334 Music & Worship — 3 credit hours
  • MUS-337 Church Music, Methods & Materials — 3 credit hours
  • MUS-380 Internship — 3 credit hours
  • MUS-440 Senior Recital
  • MUS-441 Capstone Seminar: Senior Recital Project — 1 credit hour
  • REL-103 Biblical Hermeneutics — 3 credit hours
  • REL-33X Biblical Literature Course — 3 credit hours
  • REL-43X Bible Analysis Course — 3 credit hours
  • Program electives — 6 credit hours

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Cornerstone University Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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