Master of Divinity with an Emphasis in Worship Leadership

A Master of Divinity at GCU opens a pathway in service to the Church. It appeals to learners who have devoted their lives to ministry and faith. The Master of Divinity is a standard theology degree that sets the stage for ordained professional ministry and the foundational elements for a successful academic career.

The emphasis in worship leadership enables a scholar to advance in a worship ministry setting. The program offers an additional skill set for a worship leader to deeply engage within the ministry of a church and other Christian worship environments.

Learners are exposed to a profound depth of biblical and theological knowledge, as they nurture the skills of a leader in Christian study. An integrative examination of the bible allows a scholar to connect with the world through powerful expository sermons that deliver the word of God in its true intent.

Course Content

The programs pastorally oriented curriculum focuses on several key areas, which include:
  • The centrality of the gospel
  • The significance of the church, and
  • The pressing need to advance the Kingdom of God through missions

The crucial components of a well-rounded theological education are captured in this online theology degree, inspiring a life of faithful ministry and worship leadership.

Early in the program, learners progress through a series of focused interpretive classes on the Bible that instill a precise understanding of the Word of God. Learners explore the great doctrines of Christian faith and the significance of these doctrines in life and ministry.

After establishing a strong foundation in biblical and theological knowledge, the program turns its attention from the study of Scripture to the contexts where ministry happens. Scholars reflect on biblical patterns of worship and praise in the context of contemporary expressions, while developing a deep understanding of personal and corporate worship.

The program examines the impact of various media channels and developing technologies on the expression of a Christian worldview.


The residency component of the Master of Divinity degree is strategically designed to further student learning in a conference-style environment at key points within the program of study. Residency courses provide excellent opportunities for students to work collaboratively with professors and colleagues to deepen understandings, enhance skills, and cultivate lifelong relationships. Students will travel to Phoenix three times during the course of their program (approximately once per year) in order to participate in residency courses while earning an MDiv degree.

The immersive concept for residency has the power to strengthen the relationships that are rooted in a community, aligned with the dynamic capabilities of GCUs online programs.

At the same time, the spiritual depth at GCUs College of Theology deepens a scholars ability to develop Christ-like character inwardly. Learners are equipped to minister with wisdom and sensitivity in a community of faith and as leaders in the public domain.

Read more about the MDiv residency component.

Worship Leadership Components
  • Biblical Worship
  • Christian Worldview and Media
  • Theology of Worship
  • Nature and practice of worship ministry

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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