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Certificate 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.

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 31 credit hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

  • 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 Certificate in Worship Ministry program requires 10 courses + Student Orientation (or 31 credit hours), which can be completed in 1 year 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.

2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Tuition Rate

$230 per credit hour


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 Graduate 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 Electives

Students Must Complete All Twelve 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: 12

General Studies Nonelectives

All Students Must Take ENG 111

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Writing 3
Total Credit Hours: 3

General Studies Electives

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 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
HUM 101 Introduction to Fine Arts 3
HUM 110 Survey of Biblical Literature 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
MTH 230 Introduction to Statistics 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 3

Leadership Electives

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
Total Credit Hours: 3

Ministry Electives

Select Any Nine 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 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
Total Credit Hours: 9


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

All applicants applying for admission to one of Manna U’s graduate programs must submit official transcripts showing an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent academic achievement approved by Manna U’s Academic Office. Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I complete the program completely online?

    Yes! Classes do require that you are actively serving in a local church so that you can record your experiences and our Applied Instrumental classes will require a coach to guide your progression. However, all of the courses can be completed online. 

  • Do I need to play an instrument to complete the degree?

    Yes. To complete the Applied Instrumental courses, you must be coached on a particular instrument such as guitar, piano or vocal studies. 

  • What can I do with a degree in worship?

    Our program trains and equips you to lead worship teams in your local church. With a worship degree from Manna University, you will be prepared to not only lead the music of Sunday worship experiences but also to be a valuable member of the administration in your local church. 

  • Does this program require an audition?

    Yes. Those seeking a major or minor (Bachelor’s Degree only) in Worship Ministry must audition with the Program Director or their designated representative prior to admission to the university. Applicants who are not eligible for admission to the Worship Ministry program but are otherwise admitted to the university will need to select a different program. 

Student Story

Faith's Story

“One of my favorite things about Manna University is the intentionality of the professors and staff members! Growing up, school was never something that I took seriously. Because of this, higher education was not something I felt qualified for. The teachers and instructors here at Manna U go out of their way to truly make you feel empowered. I am beyond grateful to be in an environment full of people who believe more for me than I believe in myself!”

Effective Leaders Bring Lasting Impact

Jesus chose twelve leaders who were from differing backgrounds. Many religious leaders in that time would have overlooked them. Through teaching and training, He prepared them to lead a movement that changed the world. Whatever your call may be, training at Manna U can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.

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