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Worship Leadership Advanced Diploma

The Worship Leadership Advanced Diploma is a 129 credit hour program in our School of Worship that is equivalent to a college worship degree. It is designed to lay a solid foundation for leading a worship program in a local church.

For our two year program see our Worship Leadership Diploma or see our Worship Degree Paths

For our one year program go to our Worship Leadership Certificate.

Worship Degree Career and Ministry Opportunities

  • Church Staff - Worship Leader, Worship Pastor, Worship Director, Choir Director
  • Lay Ministry – Worship Musician, Choir Member, Deacon/Elder of Worship

No Debt Worship Major

Our tuition is $200 per credit, so your annual cost (based on 24 credits) is only $4,800. All students receive a Vanguard Scholarship of $100 per credit, reducing your annual tuition to only $2,400.

The total cost for the Worship Leadership Advanced Diploma is $12,900 + fees and books.

A Worship Degree is only available at a private christain college so compare our tuition to the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of over $30,000. We believe we are the most affordable option for college level worship training.

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Worship Degree Paths

Program Goals

Upon graduation, the student will

  • Have a general knowledge of the Bible and its doctrines.
  • Understand how to develop a growing relationship with God, in Christ, through the Spirit.
  • Be well rounded in General Studies.
  • Understand music theory.
  • Have the skills necessary to lead a church worship ministry.


General Education – 44 credits hours

Health requirement: Introduction to Worship Dance - 3 credit hoursTechnology requirement: Introduction to Worship Technology - 3 credit hours

Bible Core Classes – 18 credit hours

General Music – 18 credit hours

Music Theory I – 3 credit hours
Ear Training I – 1 credit hour
Music Theory II – 3 credit hours
Ear Training II – 1 credit hour
Music Theory III – 3 credit hours
Ear Training III – 1 credit hour
Music History I – 3 credit hours
Music History II – 3 credit hours

Performance – 28 credit hours

Voice Class – 2 credit hours
Guitar Class – 2 credit hours
Piano Class – 2 credit hours
Ensemble Credits – 4 credit hours
select from any MUS-240 or MUS-250 class
Contemporary Worship Ensemble – 1 credit hour
Choral Conducting – 3 credit hours
Instrumental Conducting – 3 credit hours
Applied Study I – 2 credit hours
Applied Study II – 2 credit hours
Applied Study III – 2 credit hours
Applied Study IV – 2 credit hours
Senior Recital - 3 credit hours

Worship – 18 credit hours

Introduction to the Visual Arts – 2 credit hours
Introduction to Theater – 2 credit hours
Worship Band Techniques - 3 credits
Worship Music History - 2 credits
Worship Service Planning – 3 credit hours
Worship Administration – 2 credit hours
Worship Internship – 4 credit hours

Leadership – 3 credit hours

Church Leadership – 3 credit hour