Worship Arts Major (BS)

Musical excellence for the glory of the Lord.

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout to the Rock of our salvation. Psalm 95:1

Houghton University’s Worship Arts program allows you to dive deeper into the connection between music and worship. In this program you'll excel towards your professional aspirations while extending your gifts for God's glory.

Excellence in Music

Houghton have been an accredited member of NASM (National Association of Schools of Music), the principal U.S. accreditor for music in higher education, since 1947. In addition, enjoy top-notch facilities and study with distinguished faculty who have mastered their musical craft.

Flexible Electives

In addition to the core curriculum, this program has a system of flexible electives. Pursue courses in theology, biblical studies, and music technology based on your interests and desired career path.

What will I learn?

Through Houghton’s Worship Arts program, develop into a well-rounded musician through:

  • Gaining proficiency with your voice or preferred instrument
  • Administering use of music theory into your musicianship skills
  • Developing knowledge of musical history and philosophy of worship
  • Formulating rehearsal and improv techniques to enhance your performances; music accompaniment is free to students
  • Obtaining basic skills in conducting and technology
  • Refining skills in songwriting, arranging, and composing music
  • Strengthening your faith with theology and biblical studies

66-85 Credits


Required Courses

25-37 hrs


Degree Requirements

Practical and Theoretical

Grow into a well-rounded musician by blending the practical and theoretical. Gain a deeper understanding of the how's and why's of various contemporary and traditional worship practices while developing your musicianship and leadership skills.

Hands-on Learning

Take classes that provide hands-on, practical experience in worship leading, including built-in junior and senior internships working with church worship leaders to hone your skills.

Christian Learning Community

Engage in a community that will challenge you to grow musically, intellectually, and spiritually.

Program Outcomes

Students earning a B.S. degree in Worship Arts from Houghton University are prepared to for careers in ministry, including but not limited to:

Employment Expected to Grow 10%

U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsSource

Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript and your test scores (can be waived)
Testing Policy

Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
Personal Statement

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