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Bachelor's in Worship Arts

If you feel a calling to pursue a career leading worship in church or para-church settings, the BS in Worship Arts at Indiana Wesleyan University was designed for you. With the skills learned in this bachelor’s in worship arts program, you can become an inspiring Christian leader in your community. As a Christian university, teaching theology, ministry, and worship-based programs comes naturally to us. All our faculty lead Christ-centered lives and teach students how to integrate biblical worldviews into their careers. In this program, students may choose a specialization, including music leadership, media communications, visual communication design, theatre, and creative arts.

Why Pursue My Bachelor’s in Worship Arts at IWU?

There are several benefits to pursuing your BS in Worship Arts at IWU. This accredited degree program is taught by faculty with experience as church leaders with experience designing and delivering worship services to diverse congregations. We also provide student services, from tech support to tutoring, to help you succeed in this worship arts program. Students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth.

What Will I Learn in this BS in Worship Arts Program?

The courses in this bachelor’s in worship arts program are designed to help students develop the knowledge, leadership, and pastoral care skills to engage diverse populations of all ages through ministry worship. The student experience combines traditional knowledge-based coursework and an internship experience in the field of Christian worship. Course topics cover systematic theology, biblical foundations of worship, evangelism, and discipleship, and more.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in This Bachelor of Science in Worship Arts

Coursework for this BS in Worship Arts program helps students:

  • Understand the principles and practices of evangelism and discipleship in contemporary contexts
  • Develop clarity on a biblical, theological, and practical understanding of calling and how it is expressing itself in the student's life
  • Explore the four primary art forms regularly used in congregational worship: congregational song, Scripture presentation, visual art, and media/technology
  • Work under the supervision of an effective worship pastor who will serve as mentor/evaluator

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Worship Pastor
  • Worship Leader
  • Media Technology Pastor
  • Visual/Graphic Arts Pastor
  • Music Director
  • Theatre Arts Pastor

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements

Admission to Professional Majors

Admission to the majors within the Division of Practical Theology may require a formal screening process separate from the initial declaration of intent. The process includes the successful completion of the prescribed courses designated by each major. Students need to have a GPA of 2.25 cumulative and 2.5 in the coursework required for the major. Students must also file application forms including a written essay and references. In some cases a personal interview with school faculty may also be required. Enrollment in some advanced courses in the division is restricted to those admitted to these majors. A student needs to start the application to the major process by the end of their sophomore year (60 credit hours) and after the successful completion of the designated courses in his or her respective majors. Delay on this process will prohibit students from enrolling in advanced courses in their professional major.

Continuation in Professional Majors

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.25 GPA and a 2.50 academic GPA in coursework required for the major. Failure to do so may necessitate repeating courses or withdrawal from the major. The School of Theology and Ministry faculty reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any student who in its judgment fails to satisfy the standards of Christian character, moral integrity, and social fitness required for a professional minister.

Wesleyan Students

Students anticipating future service in The Wesleyan Church should include Wesleyan Church History/Discipline (REL-431) among their elective courses. The Christian Ministries and Pastoral Ministries majors are specifically designed to meet all the academic requirements for ordination in The Wesleyan Church. Any deviation from the course requirements should be approved in writing by both the Dean and the Executive Director of Education and Clergy Development for The Wesleyan Church. Students who are members of The Wesleyan Church should be in contact with their District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) prior to applying for admission to the professional majors.

  • Completion of 124 semester hours; however, some majors may result in the student earning greater than 124 credit hours by graduation.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a GPA of 2.25 or higher as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  • Completion of all general education requirements
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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