bachelor of worship arts and biblical studies

Overview of Worship Arts and Biblical Studies

The worship arts degree prepares students to lead worship with theological depth, musical and technological excellence, and pastoral wisdom. Students will explore the biblical and historical foundations of Christian worship and how it impact our churches today. Oak Hills creates the atmosphere for students to develop their skills and grow as worship arts team leaders.

Who Should Apply

If you love the Word of God and how it impacts our times of corporate and individual worship; if you love to explore how God can speak through multiple instruments; if you love to use technology to guide people closer to the Lord; than this degree is for you.

Career Paths

Graduates with this degree will be prepared for a variety of different ministry settings. Examples of employment opportunities upon graduation include: worship leader, children and youth worship pastor, technical director, teacher, composer, performer, or creative arts director.

Required Credits

120 credits required including: Worship Arts (29), Biblical Studies (30), General Education (30), Christian Ministry (18), Free and/or Emphasis Electives (13). 


Each academic program of the college provides the context for whole life transformation through biblical life preparation. Students come to learn, learn to serve, and serve to change lives. Through the courses offered in each program, students will develop a Christ-centered worldview and be prepared to make a difference in the world through their lives, work and service to others.

The courses of study in each degree proceed from foundational to exploratory to immersion courses. Areas of study for each degree will include general education, biblical studies, Christian ministry and service, and core courses in the major.

Students will be challenged to grow in their knowledge of self, others, the world and the Bible. They will be challenged to grow in their critical
thinking, development of a biblical worldview and the integration of their faith and learning.

Foundational courses – 40 credits

General Education – 15 Credits
  • College Writing I (3 credits)
  • College Writing II (3 credits)
  • Intercultural Communications (3 credits)
  • Music Theory for Worship Arts (3 credits)
  • Math/Science Elective (3 credits)
biblical studies – 12 Credits
  • Old Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • Interpretation of Biblical Literature (3 credits)
  • Christian Faith (3 credits)
Christian ministry – 11 Credits
  • Spiritual Formation I (3 credit)
  • Spiritual Formation II (3 credits)
  • Foundations of Christian Ministry (3 credits)
  • Faith and Life (2 credits)
worship arts – 2 Credits
  • Private Music Lessons (2 credits)

exploration courses – 38 credits

General Education – 12 Credits
  • Worldviews (3 credits)
  • History Elective (3 credits)
  • General Education Elective (6 credits)
Biblical Studies – 6 Credits
  • Bible Electives (6 credits)
Christian ministry – 10 Credits
  • Student Outreach (2 credits)
  • Intercultural Outreach (2 credits)
  • Organizational Issues in Christian Ministry (3 credits)
  • Teaching in Ministry (3 credits)
Worship arts – 10 Credits
  • Private Music Lessons (2 credits)
  • Worship Arts Practicum (2 credits)
  • Planning and Leading Worship (3 credits)
  • Use of Technology in Worship (2 credits)

immersion courses – 28 credits

General Education – 3 Credits
  • Senior Seminar (3 credits)
Biblical Studies – 12 Credits
  • Old Testament Elective (3 credits, upper level)
  • New Testament Elective (3 credits, upper level)
  • Mentoring and Leadership in Ministry (3 credits)
  • Bible/Theology Elective (3 credits, upper level)
Worship arts – 13 Credits
  • History and Theology of Worship (3 credits)
  • Private Music Lessons (2 credits, Upper Level)
  • Worship Arts Practicum (2 credits)
  • Worship Arts Internship (6 credits)

free and/or Emphasis electives – 14 Credits

Matt Graf

college chaplain

Program Director: Worship Arts 
Instructor: Worship Arts and Christian Ministries 

Bachelor of Music and Worship  
Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO 
M.A. in Christian Ministries 
Northern Seminary, Lombard, IL

Matt Graf