Follow Christ, Lead the Way

The BA in Worship Leadership prepares students for authentic, Gospel-centered, life-changing worship ministry. Students experience growing musical skills and technical expertise, as they develop a biblical, pastorally-shaped perspective of worship leadership with application in the context of ministry.


The program is designed to prepare graduates who can:
  • Demonstrate excellent musicianship.
  • Lead and mentor other musicians in ministry.
  • Articulate biblically grounded convictions for worship ministry.
  • Plan and lead gospel-centered, edifying worship.
This degree program is available in the following format:

Explore the full enrichment of the traditional collegiate experience and make new friends on our lively campus in Circleville Ohio. Serves 17-24 year-old undergraduate students.

MAJOR47 Hours

*Requires 24 credit hours of 3/4000-level courses

Music Studies18
  • Music theory electives in MUS8
  • Music performance electives in MUS* (4 hours at 3/4000 level)9
  • Worship Keyboard or Worship Guitar in MUS1
Biblical Studies6
  • Biblical interpretation elective in BIB3
  • Book study elective (3/4000 level in BIB)3
Worship Core17
  • Audio and video needs of small to large worship settings, including spirit-guided technology ministry, the nature of sound, industry-standard terms, signal flow, audio and video systems, theatrical and video lighting, and video editing software.
  • The ministry and calling of a worship leader, including current leadership and ministry practices, an introduction to worship planning, and a survey of biblical and historical foundations of worship. Overview of the OCU Worship Leadership program, including typical career opportunities.
  • Participation in an approved setting with an experienced worship leader as part of a local church or youth group worship band, or an auditioned worship group. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory;
    Prerequisite: WOR1100
  • Students gain basic experience in playing worship band instruments. Students who have skills in an instrument gain experience coaching less-experienced peers.
  • Methods for planning worship. Topics include personal spiritual preparation, use of resources with emphasis on the use of Scripture, selection of worship materials, engagement with the Christian Year, discipleship, and pastoral care through worship.
  • Assistant role in worship planning, band rehearsal and service leadership in an approved setting with an experienced worship leader, leading a local church or youth group worship band. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory;
    Prerequisite: WOR1102 or permission of the instructor
  • Participation in the leadership of a local church’s worship ministry.
    Prerequisite: Worship Leadership Professional Core
Worship Electives6
Choose two of these courses:
  • Church history elective (History Elective)*3
  • A survey of music literature for worship: the history of worship song, expressions of worship from world cultures, and contemporary worship music.
  • A biblical understanding of worship with emphasis on how God has chosen to relate with people, especially those he has redeemed, and on implications for ministries in the local church.

*Marked courses (up to 9 hours) may be applied to GenEd requirements.

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to the courses listed on this page, graduates must meet the requirements listed here, including:

  • A General Education Core
    • Associate degrees – 36 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 45 credit hours
  • Minimum credit hours
    • Associate degrees – 60 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 120 credit hours
  • Notes:

    1. Some majors require more credit hours than the listed minimums.
    2. Students choose elective courses to complete credit hour requirements.
    3. Electives may apply toward a minor, certificate, associate degree, or second major.
    4. Sometimes a course required in a student’s major can also fulfill a requirement in the GenEd core. (See notes on the individual major pages.)

Find complete information in the OCU Academic Catalog.

Contact the University Registrar's Office if you have graduation questions: 1 (740) 477-7780 or