Associate of Arts in Worship Ministry

This program of study includes both instrumental and/or vocal training, as well as opportunities for biblical studies and team leadership training.

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Solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Worship Ministry students are required to participate in local-church worship-team practices and church services at designated times each week of the semester. Distance education and online students will complete this worship-team requirement at a local church within each of their own communities.

Worship Ministry students must also pay a Worship Practicum fee for each Applied Instrumental Techniques course that they take. For the 2021-22 year, this fee is $300 per Applied Instrumental Techniques course (12-15 vocal or instrumental lessons per course). For each A.I.T. course, students may specialize in one area or complete a combination of two. It is strongly recommended that students take only one Applied Instrumental Techniques course per semester.

All students, both on-campus and distance education, who intend to enroll in the School of Worship Ministry must audition with the program director either in-person or digitally. In addition to the 61 credit hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.


Program Objectives

  • Equip the student with the tools to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Give the student a sense of preparedness by providing practical worship ministry experience.
  • Equip the student to integrate Christian principles into critical thinking and decision-making in one’s personal and/or professional life.
  • Give the student a working knowledge of Biblical concepts of worship ministry to meet the needs of diverse audiences/targeted age groups and organizational settings.
  • Equip the student to integrate a Biblical worldview into the practice of worship ministry and leadership.
  • Give the student an understanding of music theory and application within a worship ministry context.
  • Equip the student with an understanding of historical and Biblical models of worship ministry with their implications for the contemporary context.

Time & Cost

Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt. 

The A.A. Worship Ministry degree requires 20 courses + Student Orientation (or 61 credit hours), which can be completed in 2 years for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online).  Manna U’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2022-2023 Undergraduate Tuition Rate = $210 per credit hour


Example Breakdown


Application Fee: $50


Semester 1

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,520
Tuition for Student Orientation: $210
Library fee: $75 *
Technology fee: $150 *

Total Fees: $2,955

* This is per semester


Semesters 2 - 5

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,520

Library fee: $75 *
Technology fee: $150 *

Total Fees: $2,745


Worship Practicum Fees

WSH 110 Applied Instrumental Techniques I: $350

WSH 111 Applied Instrumental Techniques II: $350

Total Practicum Fees: $700


Graduation Fee: $200


TOTAL COST: $14,885

Note: books and required class resources are not included in this breakdown, but can be estimated at $100 per course.  Tuition rates and fees are subject to change at the discretion of Manna U’s Board of Directors.

Scholarships are available for students who do not use military education benefits or federal financial aid.


Full details can be found in the 2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Leadership in Action
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Four Semesters) Pass/Fail


Student Orientation

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

ENG 107

Undergraduate Student Orientation


Bible & Theology Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 21


English Nonelectives

All Students Must Take ENG 111 & ENG 112


Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Writing 3
ENG 112 Research and Writing 3
Total Credit Hours: 6
Math or Science Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
MTH 230 Introduction to Statistics 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
Personal Formation Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Six Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
Total Credit Hours: 6
Ministry Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
WSH 110 Applied Instrumental Techniques I 1
WSH 111 Applied Instrumental Techniques II 1
WSH 122 Music Theory I 3
WSH 155 Introduction to Audio Technology in Worship 3
WSH 156 Live Sound Techniques in Worship 3
WSH 180 Weekend Experience 1(a) 0.5
WSH 181 Weekend Experience 1(b) 0.5
WSH 210 Worship Foundations 3
WSH 230 Worship Essentials 3
WSH 240 Infuse Leadership I 1
WSH 241 Infuse Leadership II 1
WSH 250 Weekend Experience 2(a) 0.5
WSH 260 Weekend Experience 2(b) 0.5
Total Credit Hours: 12
Open Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I (a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I (b) 1.5
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II (a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II (b) 1.5
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
CLG 351 Changing the World by Making Disciples/Mentoring 3
CLG 401 Pastoral Ministry 3
CLG 410 Homiletics 3
CLG 480 Church Growth 3
CNS 201 Counseling I 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
CNS 230 Research Methods 3
CNS 302 Marriage & Family in Society 3
ELE 104 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ELE 105 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ELE 106 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ELE 107 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ELE 108 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
GRK 305 Greek I(a) 1.5
GRK 306 Greek I(b) 1.5
HEB 301 Hebrew I 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 330 Foundations of Marketing 3
MIS 130 Concepts in Leading Short-Term Missions 3
MIS 200 Missions and the Local Church 3
MIS 201 World Missions 3
MIS 202 Cross Cultural Ministry I: General Focus 3
MIS 311 Cross Cultural Ministry II: Middle East Focus 3
MIS 312 Cross Cultural Ministry II: U.S. Indigenous Populations Focus 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 12



To become a student at Manna U, follow these two steps:

1.  Complete an application, which includes:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
  • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
  • A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
  • A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
    * Applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.

2.  Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to, or a paper copy can be sent to our mailing address:

Manna University
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

If you are a student transferring from another college or university, click here for more information.

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