What Is a Worship Ministry Bachelor of Arts Degree?
The BA in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Worship Ministry program at GCU prepares students for careers in worship leadership and ministry. The worship ministry emphasis allows GCU students to focus on the creativity, artistry, musical ability and performance aspects of ministerial leadership.
Graduates who earn this degree in worship ministry develop an important foundation of biblical and theological knowledge. They are also capable of songwriting and arranging as well as leading worship and musical performance.
The basis of the worship ministry Bachelor of Arts degree program is theology and spiritual formation. The emphasis in worship ministry coursework focuses on a number of engaging topics, including:
- Musical direction
- Music theory for contemporary worship
- Musical arrangement
- Sound recording
- Training in piano, voice, guitar and percussion
Gain Musical Direction Skills and Knowledge
The GCU worship ministry Bachelor of Arts degree coursework ensures a well-rounded program theological education and emphasizes musical direction for contemporary worship. This means that graduates learn the fundamentals of music theory, have the ability to write and arrange songs and record music. Training is developed in several instruments as well as an emphasis in a primary performance instrument. Additionally, GCU’s Center for Worship Arts has a recording studio for music production.
Prospective students of the worship ministry degree are required to audition for the program. This ensures that students have sufficient musical skill and aptitude to be successful with this particular emphasis.
Students get real world practice as they participate in a variety of worship-related ensembles throughout the degree program. Graduates must complete a capstone internship. This experience provides GCU students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge under the supervision of experienced worship leaders in local ministry settings.
Graduates from the BA in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Worship Ministry have chosen to follow paths to nurture their creativity and artistry.
Pursue Your Passion to Impact Others With a BA in Worship Ministry
The BA in worship arts – emphasis in worship ministry degree program instills the musical ability, ministerial skills and theological knowledge for students to lead in Christian organizations. Graduates can continue their creative paths by following many different career paths.
Some grads have gone on to be music directors with such titles as:
- Artistic Director
- Choir Director
- Children's Choir Director
- Handbell Choir Director
- Music Director
- Music Minister
- Music Ministries Director
- Worship Arts Director
A BA in worship arts – worship ministry program will lead you on a path to support others with your strong belief system and creative genius. Join us in the Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Worship Ministry degree program at GCU.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.