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Bachelor of Arts in Worship

About the B.A. in Worship Degree

Cedarville’s Bachelor of Arts in worship degree will prepare you for a career as a worship leader, and more importantly, inspire you to be a greater worshiper of our great God! As a worship major, you’ll study music, theology, worship, and multimedia and choose a practical area for concentrated study such as electronic media, music, theatre, preseminary, or communication.

Our goal is to guide you through the ever-changing climate of modern worship while grounding you in the never-changing truth of God’s Word.

This program is also available as a minor.

You can expand your worship training with Cedarville's Master of Arts in Worship and Theology (M.A.W.T.) With our accelerated completion plans, you will be able to complete a B.A. in worship plus a M.A.W.T. in just four or five years.

Worship at Cedarville

Worship Program Highlights

Theological Foundation

Your study will have a strong theological foundation, grounded in biblical truth. Your Bible minor courses will emphasize a biblical foundation for worship ministry.

Musical Emphasis

As a worship major, you will receive core musical training. We value contemporary music as the voice of our culture, so you will be equipped to be musically and methodologically relevant in the "real world."

Interdisciplinary Nature

You will be encouraged to add interdisciplinary study in fields related to worship ministry. We value each student developing God-given talents and interests, resulting in an individualized degree tailored for each student.

Selective (Audition Required)

 You will be accepted into the worship program — and be eligible for a department scholarship — based on a successful  audition with worship faculty.

What Can You Do With a Worship Degree?

The demand for worship leaders is very high, and upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for ministry in the local church. However, some graduates may choose to continue their musical or theological education at seminary while others attend seminary to study to be a pastor or youth pastor, or serve Christ on the mission field using music as a ministry tool, or combine their worship major program with another professional degree anticipating lay ministry in the local church, as double-majors or minors who desire to serve the church in a local church as a layperson.

With the B.A. in worship degree, you will be able to find employment in the following fields:

  • Director of Fine Arts
  • Director of Music / Music Ministries
  • Director of Worship
  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Resource Developer
  • Worship Coordinator / Leader / Pastor
  • Writing

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

On Campus

As a worship student, you’ll have many opportunities to participate in various musical activities on campus. Our campus culture is very musical, and options range from music department  ensembles, worship department  bands, chapel bands, on-campus concerts, worship events, to groups of students in the residence hall who play together for fun. Upperclassmen worship students also often lead worship in chapel.

Off Campus

Many area churches use our worship students to play in their praise bands and to lead worship. There are many opportunities to play as well as hone your skills as a worship leader. Our music department  ensembles, worship department  bands, and  HeartSong teams all tour off campus. Our students are also completing internships at churches like Fairhaven Church in Centerville, OH; Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, IL; and Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, many of which lead to full-time, permanent positions.

Worship band leads students in chapel

Worship Scholarships

Cedarville University offers worship scholarships of up to $4,000 per year for students majoring in worship. You can combine your worship scholarship with Cedarville’s other generous academic and need-based scholarships.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 100% of 2020 graduates from the Department of Music and Worship were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville's other placement rates.

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Michael O'Brien Endorses Cedarville's Worship Programs

Michael O'Brien, worship leader, performing artist, and Cedarville dad, encourages you to consider Cedarville's outstanding undergraduate and graduate worship programs to hone your worship skills and establish a strong theological foundation.

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Why Study Worship at Cedarville?

Why should you study worship at Cedarville? Watch for a professor's perspective.

Cedarville junior worship major Noah Ayers

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Worship Students Serve Their Music Heros During Dove Awards

Moving from on stage to behind the curtain, 16 Cedarville worship majors will volunteer at the 52nd annual Dove Awards on October 19.
Matt Papa in concert with the Gettys on October 28, 2019

Dove-Nominated Singer-Songwriter Is Cedarville Artist-in-Residence

Matt Papa, who co-wrote "His Mercy is More" and "Behold the Wondrous Mystery," will serve as artist-in-residence at Cedarville University for the 2021-22 academic year.
Female pianist accompanying a female soloist

Worship Culture Creates Songwriting Minor

The new songwriting minor will be offered this fall and include seven classes, four of which are new classes to the music and worship department specifically created for the minor.

Program Faculty

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Jim Cato

Associate Vice President of Christian Ministries

  • Location DMC 172 A
  • Phone 937-766-7610
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John Chilcote, M.Div.

Assistant Professor of Worship

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Dan Estes

Distinguished Professor of Bible

  • Location BTS 258
  • Phone 937-766-7978
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Tom Hutchison

Theology of Worship

  • Location BTS 256
  • Phone 937-766-7641
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Worship Program Curriculum

Building on your general education liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take a wide array of core music and worship courses.

This major is offered with either a  three-year or four-year completion plan.

This major is offered with a  B.A-to-master's accelerated completion plan.

Sample courses:

  • Music and the Arts in Worship
  • Theology of Worship
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog