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Bachelor of Arts in Worship and Music Studies

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Bachelor of Arts in Worship and Music Studies

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Bachelor of Arts in Worship and Music Studies

Graduates of this program will be competent to serve as the Minister of Music or Worship pastor in a local church, and to effectively develop and lead all aspects of a church music program.

Admission requirements

The following information is specific to the traditional undergraduate programs of the University. Admissions to the College of Adult and Professional Studies, Oregon extension, Online Programs, or Graduate Programs are detailed in their respective section of this catalog or student handbooks.

International Students

International applicants must complete the same admissions process as other freshman or transfer students.

English Testing Requirement

Citizens of approved countries with English as an official language and/or the language of academic instruction are exempt from the TOEFL and IELTS. A current list of approved countries is maintained by the Center for English Language Education.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Core Curriculum Requirements

Bible and Theology

  • The Christian Scriptures
  • Work of God, Work of Humanity
  • How to read the Bible
  • Foundations of Christian Faith

Written and Verbal Communications

  • Composition I: Expository Writing
  • Composition II: Rhetoric and Research Writing
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication


  • Any literature course 3 credits
  • Any history course 3 credits
  • 3 credits from: Art, Bible, Drama, English, History, Language, Music or Theology

Social Sciences

  • Minimum 2 courses from the following:
    • Business Administration, Communication, Economics, Education, Geography, Health & Fitness, Information Technology, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, or User Experience Design

Science and Mathematics

  • College-level Mathematics
  • Science course with Lab

Formation and Calling

  • Life Calling
  • Gospel and Culture

Professional Readiness

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 60 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 47-59 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives

Select any college-level courses

Worship and Music Studies Major:

Music Core:

  • Introduction to Theory
  • Written Theory I
  • Ear Training & Sight-Singing I
  • Written Theory II
  • Ear Training & Sight-Singing II
  • Music History and Literature II
  • Basic Computer Notation

Select one of the following:

  • Choral Conducting or
  • Instrumental Conducting

Applied Music Requirements:

Ensemble Requirements:

  • Concert Choir
  • Northwest Choralons
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Northwest Jazz Band
  • Northwest Vocal Jazz
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Chamber Choir
  • Jazz Combo

Private Music Lessons:

  • Private Music Lessons

International Experience:

  • Biblical Lands Experience
  • International Bible/Theology Tour
  • Cross-Cultural Experience

Worship Ministry Requirements:

Biblical and Theological reflection:

  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Theology of Worship
  • Ministry Foundation:
  • Classics of Christian Devotion
  • Ministry Life and Calling

Ministry Practice:

  • Songwriting
  • Current Issues in Worship Ministry
  • Worship Leadership
  • Music Ministry Internship

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Total Tuition fee : $33,500


Credits: 125 semester

Academic Award: Bachelor of Arts

Graduates with a degree in Worship and Music Studies will be able to:

  1. Evaluate musical genres based upon their stylistic characteristics.
  2. Create music utilizing an undergraduate proficiency level of music theory.
  3. Translate notes into sound, and sound into notes utilizing ear training.
  4. Integrate the study of music and the Christian faith.
  5. Design an effective plan to serve the musical needs of the church.

Career paths

A degree from NU can help you launch your career immediately after graduation. Some of the fields that a degree in worship and music studies can open up for you include:

  • Music minister in a church setting
  • Graduate studies in the areas of sacred music or worship studies

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Northwest University

Northwest University was founded on October 1, 1934. We are a Christian co-educational institution accredited at the highest institutional level nationally and regionally. We awards associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in over 70 programs. Northwest University is a Christian...

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  • Small Class Size: At NU, the student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1, allowing for the kind of personalized education you may not find elsewhere.
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5520 108th Ave NE
98003 Kirkland Washington
United States of America

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