Worship & Pastoral Studies

Bachelor of Science

Be equipped for pastorally-focused worship leadership.

Our faculty have been or are currently worship pastors, they have the pastoral experience and hearts necessary to shepherd their students ministerially as well as academically.

Musically diverse

Students and faculty contribute knowledge and skill in diverse musical styles, seen in ensembles, various recording projects, and private lessons.

Gospel centered

The gospel is the focus in every area of this degree. All of our classes, services, and training is centered on Christ.

“ Boyce College does not compromise in its curriculum. If you seek a challenge and desire to experience world class teaching about the sacred act of worship, there is no better option than Boyce College. ”

Dan Villanueva — Lombard, IL

Course Information

Use the tabs below to explore the courses, outcomes, and further information on this program.

General Studies 33 Credits
EN 101 English Composition I 3
EN 102 English Composition II 3
HU 421 Great Books Seminar I 3
HU 422 Great Books Seminar II 3
MA — Math Elective 3
PH 103 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PH 108 Worldview Analysis 3
PH 311 Introduction to Ethics 3
PH 321 Religion in the Public Square 3
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PS 221 Marriage and the Family 3
Ministry Studies 15 Credits
CN 101 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
MS 101 Introduction to Christian Missions 3
MS 105 Personal Evangelism 3
PR 205 Preaching I 3
PR 206 Preaching II 3
Biblical and Theological Studies 33 Credits
BL 101 Old Testament Survey I 3
BL 102 Old Testament Survey II 3
BL 111 Hermeneutics 3
BL 151 New Testament Survey I 3
BL 152 New Testament Survey II 3
HS 201 Church History I 3
HS 202 Church History II 3
HS 205 Baptist History 3
TH 211 Christian Theology I 3
TH 212 Christian Theology II 3
TH 311 Christian Theology III 3
Major Studies 33 Credits
MU 110 Music Theory I: Music Analysis 3
MU 115 Aural Skills I 1
MU 120 Music Theory I: Songwriting 3
MU 125 Aural Skills II 1
MU 210 Music Theory I: Arranging 3
MU 215 Aural Skills III 1
MU 226 Music Styles Lab 1
MU 361 Beginning Conducting 2
MU 381 Worship Ministry in the Church 2
WL 181 Introduction to Worship 3
WL 251 Historical Survey of Worship Music I 3
WL 252 Historical Survey of Worship Music II 3
WL 316 Biblical Principles of Worship 3
WL 421 Worship Technology 2
WL 491 Dynamics of Modern Worship Leadership 2
Worship Teams 6 Credits
MU 150 Students must enroll in four semesters of Boyce College Choir 6
Applied Major 6 Credits
Main area of private study: voice, piano, guitar, other 6
Applied Minor 4 Credits
Secondary areas of private study: piano for Applied Major Voice or Instrumental students, voice for Applied Major Piano students 4
Field Education 4 Credits
WL 141 Supervised Worship Ministry Experience: Spiritual Disciplines .5
WL 142 Supervised Worship Ministry Experience: Managing Your Ministry .5
WL 241 Supervised Worship Ministry Experience: Worship Resources .5
WL 242 Supervised Worship Ministry Experience: Team Ministry .5
WL 341 Supervised Worship Ministry Experience: Soul Care .5
WL 342 Supervised Worship Ministry Experience: Leadership .5
WL 481 Senior Seminar .5
WL 489 Worship Internship .5
Total Degree Hours 134 Credits
  • Prerequisite: CP 100. Students needing this course should register for it during their first semester of study. All course work is completed online. There is no charge for this course.
    The Worship and Pastoral Studies major is reserved for male students. Female students should consider the Worship & Music Studies program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the language of music through theoretical analysis and aural skills performance.
  • Students will describe the historical practice and philosophy of the role of music in the church.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in the performance of music as a musician and the application of music to the local church as a music ministry leader.

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates will be prepared to serve the church with proper musical, theological, and pastoral training necessary to lead the church.

Professor Kha Do serves as the Program Coordinator for the Boyce worship department.

You can meet Professor Do and the rest our faculty here.

As a prospective student, we have two next steps that we would love for you to consider taking. Follow the links below to take your next steps!

  • Visit Campus
  • Start your Application
  • Students who start their application must complete their application and submit the following additional documents:

  • Pastoral Recommendation
  • Spiritual Autobiography
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Official ACT, SAT, or CLT test scores
  • Application Fee

  • You can view more information about our admissions requirements here.

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