Bachelor 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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Overview

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 121 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 B.A. Worship Ministry degree requires 40 courses + Student Orientation (or 121 credit hours), which can be completed in 4 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

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Application Fee: $50

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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

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Semesters 2 - 10

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

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

Total Fees: $2,745

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Worship Practicum Fees

WSH 110 Applied Instrumental Techniques I: $350

WSH 111 Applied Instrumental Techniques II: $350

WSH 410 Applied Instrumental Techniques III: $350

WSH 411 Applied Instrumental Techniques IV: $350

Total Practicum Fees: $1,400

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Graduation Fee: $200

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TOTAL COST: $29,310

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.

Courses

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 (Eight Semesters) Pass/Fail
Student Orientation

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

ENG 107

Undergraduate Student Orientation

1

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
General Studies Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Writing 3
ENG 112 Research for Writing 3
HST 110 World History I: World History to 1500 3
HST 120 World History II: World History Since 1500 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 21
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
Bible & Theology Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 301 Synoptic Gospels 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership 3
BIB 303 Book of Romans 3
BIB 330 Book of Revelation 3
BIB 401 Book of Mark 3
BIB 411 1 Peter: Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation 3
ELE 109 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
HUM 110 Survey of Biblical Literature 3
THE 103 Introduction to Apologetics 3
THE 104 Apologetics Issues for Cross-Cultural Engagement 3
THE 201 Systematic Theology I 3
THE 202 Systematic Theology II 3
THE 300 Writings of the Church 3
Total Credit Hours: 9
General Studies Electives

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 110 General Psychology 3
CNS 120 Human Growth and Development 3
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
ELE 101 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ELE 102 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ELE 103 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ENG 201 The Writings of C.S. Lewis 3
HST 302 History of Great Leaders 3
HST 320 History of Missions 3
HUM 101 Introduction to Fine Arts 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
MTH 230 Introduction to Statistics 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
Total Credit Hours: 3

 

Open Electives

Select Any Fifteen 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 Intercultural Communication I: General Focus 3
MIS 311 Intercultural Communication II: Middle East Focus 3
MIS 312 Intercultural Communication II: U.S. Indigenous Populations Focus 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

 

Program Nonelectives

B.A.W.M. Students Take the Following Courses as a Part of Their Major

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
ENG 495 Senior Seminar & Capstone 3
HUM 101 Introduction to Fine Arts 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership 3
LEA 440 Collaborative Teams and Innovation 3
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 123 Music Theory II 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
WSH 340 Infuse Leadership III 1.0
WSH 341 Infuse Leadership IV 1.0
WSH 350 Weekend Experience 3(a) 0.5
WSH 360 Weekend Experience 3(b) 0.5
WSH 410 Applied Instrumental Techniques III 1
WSH 411 Applied Instrumental Techniques IV 1
WSH 450 Weekend Experience 4(a) 0.5
WSH 460 Weekend Experience 4(b) 0.5
Total Credit Hours: 45

Courses for Minor

Bachelor’s Degree students at Manna University may select an Academic Minor. Minors are 15 credit hour programs within the 121 credit hour Bachelor of Arts degree that indicate a specialization in an academic subject other than the Major. Christian Counseling students are not eligible to declare a Minor at this time.
An audition is required for Minor in Worship Ministry students.
Minor in Worship Ministry

Worship Ministry Minor students take the following courses as a part of their minor.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
WSH 110 Applied Instrumental Techniques I 1
WSH 122 Music Theory I 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
Total Credit Hours: 15

Admissions

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 registrar@manna.edu, 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.

Sofia’s Story

Like most of today’s college students, Sofia leads a busy life. Fitting in time for studies was a challenge on top of work and serving in her local church, but she sensed the need to be more prepared for her calling.

“The atmosphere of open mindedness and consistent encouragement is what I have appreciated the most during my time at Manna U. It has taught me to not be ruled by people’s expectations but instead be ruled by God’s voice as he reveals my calling step by step. For that I am truly grateful.”

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