MA in Worship Ministries
Midwestern offers the Master of Arts in Worship Ministries degree (MAWM) with a primary focus on equipping an individual for leadership in the specialized area of worship and music ministry. Because we exist to serve the church, efforts to prepare students to serve a myriad of local-church contexts includes a foundation in biblical and theological course study while integrating a theology and philosophy of worship and acquiring the basic musical and unique ministerial skills with which one may oversee, develop, and grow such ministries.
The MAWM degree is a master’s degree designed to be completed by proficient, full- time students within two years. While an undergraduate degree in music is desirable, it is not required nor is it a prerequisite for admission to the degree program. Please note, however, that all incoming MAWM students must show proficiency in fundamental musical skills and will be required to take a short series of competency tests* upon entering the program—scheduled during the week of orientation—in the areas of music theory, conducting, piano, and church-music history, as well as a proficiency in a major musical skill such as singing or playing an instrument.
[*See “Competency Test” information in the Course Descriptions section for a thorough explanation.]
MAWM Degree Objectives
Students graduating from the Master of Arts in Worship Ministries degree will be able to:
- Demonstrate appropriate competencies in music theory, history, and literature.
- Demonstrate a high level of applied musical skills and performance discipline.
- Demonstrate organizational and leadership skills in worship and church music ministry.
- Integrate a Christian lifestyle and professional musical development.
- Demonstrate a balanced approach to church music.
Worship Ministries Course Catalog
FOUNDATIONAL COURSES (30 HOURS)
BS2210 Old Testament Survey I or BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I or BS2311 New Testament Survey II
CE8301 Church Administration
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3400 Christian Ethics
MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
MS7001 Theology & Philosophy of Missions
GS1801 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
GS1802 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
GS1803 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)
WORSHIP MINISTRIES COURSES (30 HOURS)
CM9100 Biblical Foundations of Worship
CM9205 Survey of Christian Worship & Congregational Song
CM9421 Worship Technology
CM9401 Worship Ministry Administration
CM9403 Corporate Worship Leadership
CM9103 Preparing Vocalists for Worship
CM9104 Preparing Instrumentalists for Worship
CM9565 Integrative Worship Ministry Experience
Applied Music Lessons (3 hrs)
Choose major lesson area from voice, guitar, or piano (3 consecutive semesters at one (1) credit hour per semester)
Music Ensemble Participation (3 hrs)
3 semesters. Choose from the following: 9580 Chapel Choir, CM9582 Chapel Band I/II*, CM9583 Voices of Midwestern**
**audition only / traveling group / both vocalists and instrumentalists