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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 2019-20 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 60 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 (or 60 credit hours), which can be completed in 2 years for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online).  GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2020-2021 Undergraduate Tuition Rate = $200 per credit hour

Example Breakdown

Application Fee: $50

Semester 1

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,400
Library card fee (one-time): $10
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,510

Semesters 2 - 5

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,400
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,500

*This is per semester.

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Graduation Fee: $100

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TOTAL COST: $12,660

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 GCD’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 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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


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

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
General Studies Electives

Select Any Six Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
ELE 101 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 102 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
HST 101 Church History I 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
Total Credit Hours: 6
Natural Science/Mathematics Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
Leadership Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I 3
CLG 114 Leadership Habits & Attitudes II 3
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II(a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II(b) 1.5
CLG 260 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II 3
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
LEA 202 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Leadership 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
LEA 230 Strategic Leadership 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 9
Ministry Electives

Select Any Fifteen 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 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 251 Weekend Experience 2(b) 0.5
WSH 270 Songwriting 3
Total Credit Hours: 15


Admissions section: To become a student at GCD, 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 by mail to our physical address:

Grace College of Divinity
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 transfering from another college or university, click here for more information.

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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.

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