Accelerated Degree Program: B.A./B.S. in Christian Studies (Applied Ministry)/M.A. in Worship Leadership

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The Accelerated B.A./B.S. in Christian Studies/M.A. in Worship Leadership degree plan is designed for students who are preparing for careers related to the field of worship and worship leadership, providing them a seamless interface between undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through Christ-centered, quality higher education, students will prepare to work in a variety of vocational worship ministry contexts with a particular preparatory focus on the theological, biblical, historical, transformational, and practical dimensions of worship and worship leadership for the 21st century.


Course Requirements

Computer Science
  COSC 1301
Developing a Christian Mind
  DCM 2301    
  ENGL 1301, 1302, and 2301 and/or 2302
Fine Arts
  FINE 1306
Foreign Language
  *Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met
Foundations for Excellence
  FOUN 1101 is required of all freshman and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count towards these 15 credit hours).
  HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, or 2302
  KNES 1101 and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived

(B.A.) MATH 1301 or 1303 or 1307 or 1405
(B.S.) MATH 1303 or 1307 or 1405

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Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
  One laboratory science (B.A.) or 15 semester hours of laboratory science (B.S.) selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics
  RELI 1301, 1302, and six additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
  POLS 2301 American National Government required for all students.  An additional 3 credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology
Applied Ministry Courses

Shared Courses B.A./M.A. (12 hours)

MAWL 6303 Spiritual Formation and Worship
THEO 5313 Applied Hermeneutics
THEO 6305 Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 Systematic Theology

Required Courses (9 hours):

CHST 3301 Survey of Christian Education
RELI 2304 Christian Doctrine
RELI 3386 Practicum in Personal Evangelism

The student will have the opportunity of selecting one course from the following courses (3 hours):

CHST 4301 Teaching Ministry of the Church
CHST 4330 Introduction to Missiology
MUSI 4306 Church Music/Worship Administration
Electives 26-45 32-42
  Sufficient to complete 114-credit-hour minimum for bachelor's degree, including 30 upper-level semester hours.    

Additional M.A. in Worship Leadership Requirements:


Core Course Requirements


MACE 5302  Biblical Servant Leadership (to be taken during the first year of the program)

  MAWL 5307 History of Worship Song    

MAWL 5310  Worship Philosophy and Practice (to be taken during the first year of the program)

  MAWL 6308  Worship Through the Ages    
  MAWL 6316  21st Century Transformational Worship    
  MAWL 6380  Worship Practicum (MAWL capstone course) (S-L)    
Concentration Requirements:

There are three concentration options for students from the MAWL program: Communication Ministry, Worship Ministry, and Worship Music.  Each concentration consists of four courses (12 hours). Students may be able to transfer up to 12 hours from an accredited master's program upon approval.

All graduate worship leadership students are required to complete the prerequisite M.A. in Worship Leadership Concentration Foundational Requirements for the appropriate concentration of study through undergraduate courses. Students who have not completed appropriate undergraduate courses will be required to complete all foundational courses prior to full acceptance into the program. Students who have completed appropriate course work may have any (or all) of the prerequisite foundational courses waived, if the courses meet the waiver criteria.

Please see the M.A. in Worship Leadership degre plan found in the Graduate Catalog for a complete listing of these foundational requirement courses.

Communication Ministry Concentration
MAWL 6314 Worship Technology  
MACE 6360 Communication Strategies for Ministy  
And select two of the following:  
MACE 6361 Writing and Editing for Christian Publishing  
MACE 6362 Christian Public Relations and Marketing for Ministry  
COMA 6321 Strategic Communication for Organizations  
COMA 6322 Communication Campaigns  

Concentration Prerequisites:

RELI 1301, 1302 and one upper-level course in religion or theology.



Worship Ministry Concentration
MACM 6309 Shepherding in the 21st Century  
MAWL 6313 21st Century Transformational Worship  
And any two MACE/MACH/MACM/MAGL/MAST/MATS/MAWL courses in the student's area of interest upon approval of the director.  

Concentration Prerequisites:

RELI 1301, 1302 and one upper-level course in religion or theology.



Worship Music Concentration*
MAWL 5312 Worship Songwriting and Arranging  
MAWL 5315 Vocal and Instrumental Techniques in Worship  
MAWL 6314 Worship Technology  
MAWL 6319 Rehearsal Techniques for Worship Ensembles  

Concentration Prerequisites:

RELI 1301, 1302 and one upper-level course in religion or theology.

* The Worship Music Concentration requires the completion of an undergraduate degree in Music, Music Business, or comparable experience in the music field. Students wishing  to undertake this concentration without an undergraduate degree in the discipline of music may complete the M.A. in Worship Leadership Worship Music Foundational Courses prior to entering this concentration upon approval of the program director.
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED                                                   156

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.


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