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Worship Arts and Ministry, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Riverside, OH, United States
The Worship Arts and Ministry program at California Baptist University emphasizes theological foundations of worship in the church and provides an extensive internship/mentorship program through church plants and influential church bodies nationwide.
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The call of the worship leader is the call of a servant. Worship leaders are to be individuals who disown self-glory and self-preference and lay down their lives to serve the body of Christ through the mission of facilitating authentic, Spirit-filled, corporate worship in the house of God. 

Why study Worship Arts and Ministry program at California Baptist University?

CBU’s unique worship program was developed by a team of church and worship industry leaders and has been designed to fully equip the 21st-century worship leader for success in the highly eclectic worship culture of the modern evangelical church. Throughout the program, students lead consistently in local churches and weekly CBU chapels, and also complete a summer internship with a church worship ministry. 

As the Church in America attempts to connect with existing and emerging subcultures through worship style, the musical skillset of the worship leader must be increasingly diverse. In addition, today’s worship leader is called upon to incorporate an expansive palate of technical, studio production, and even theatrical elements in each worship experience. CBU’s objective is to prepare future worship leaders to be competent in a multitude of styles—from modern to choir and/or orchestra models, from hymnody and liturgy to multicultural music—equipping them to utilize these eclectic styles individually, or in concert, to create a coherent, unified, and powerful worship experience.

Career opportunities

  • Worship leader
  • Musician 
  • Songwriter

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    79 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Class Piano 
  • Private Instruction: Voice
  • Private Instruction: Piano
  • Private Instruction: Guitar
  • Worship Studio Forum
  • Music Theory 
  • Musicianship Lab 
  • Survey of Live AVL Technology
  • Music in Global Cultures

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Official transcripts. Send us the official sealed copies of all academic records (including transcripts, mark sheets and grade reports, as well as graduation certificates, diplomas and/or completion certificates) from secondary schools, showing dates of attendance, courses taken and grades received. Transfer applicants are required to submit all official college transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • An essay or personal statement. Submit a personal statement (minimum 3–5 paragraphs) responding to "What do you hope to gain from your experience as a student at CBU?"
  • Minimum of 430 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing  on the SAT.
  • Minimum of 16 on the English section of the ACT.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16471 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    32942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16471 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Traditional Program Per Unit 1,267 USD


Ambassador’s Scholarship (Incoming Freshmen)

  • $12,000 per year
  • 3.5 cumulative weighted GPA and above
  • 1000 SAT or 20 ACT
International Transfer Scholarship (Incoming Domestic Transfers)
  • $8,000 per year
  • 3.3 GPA and above
Need-Based Grants 
  • Global Initiatives Grant – Up to $10,000 per year
  • Grant based upon financial need as determined. International financial aid application required.

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