CBU Worship Studies

Equipping students and churches for worship leadership in the 21st Century

CBU Worship Studies

The Worship Studies division of the Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University is committed to preparing men and women for a lifetime of service in music and worship leadership for the glory of God, the building up of his church, and the good of the world.


We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in worship arts and ministry in a variety of delivery means, led by a team of talented faculty and our world-class advisory board of worship artists.


Through conferences, podcasts and digital media, articles, and musical resources, CBU Worship Studies is also committed to providing resources for local churches throughout the country.

Why Study Worship at CBU?

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“Never in history has there been a time when the Church is more in need of fully equipped worship leaders to shepherd God’s people in biblical, excellent, and authentic worship. In the Worship Studies division at CBU, we are committed to preparing current and future worship leaders for musical, pastoral, administrative, technical, and theological effectiveness in this eternal endeavor. If God has stirred in you a passion for leading the church in worship, I encourage you to explore our undergrad and graduate worship degrees and let us partner with you to increase your impact and fulfill your calling!”

Dr. Joseph Bolin, DMA
Dean, School of Music

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This Worship Studies degree programs are designed to fully equip the 21st-century worship leader for success in the highly eclectic worship culture of the modern evangelical church.

Program Highlights

Bachelor of Music in Worship Arts and Ministry

Study music, theology, platform effectiveness, pastoral leadership, administration, technical arts, music production, and much more.

Study with some of the nation's leading worship leaders, innovators, and influencers including Meredith Andrews, Hector Jimenez, Anthony Evans, Dr. David Toledo, Mike Harland, Tommy Walker, Cliff Duren, John Bolin, and many more.

Consistent opportunities to apply skills and hone craft through interactive worship forums, large and small church internships, CBU chapel services, and local and regional worship events.

Master of Arts in Worship Arts

Fully-accredited, 34-unit, virtual (online) worship degree that can be completed in 1 or 2 years.

Deep dive into worship theology, pastoral leadership, and platform effectiveness.

Relevant, experienced faculty featuring some of the nation's leading worship leaders, innovators, and influencers including Dr. David Toledo, Mike Harland, Tommy Walker, Cliff Duren, Tom Brooks, and many more.

Industry Projections

Did you know ...

Opportunities are plenteous for those who are fully equipped to facilitate authentic and excellent worship in the modern church!

According to LifeWay Research, of the 200,000+ evangelical churches in the United States, over 73% of them pay consistently for worship leadership.

According to a 2019 university study, over 5,000 full-time worship leader positions are currently vacant in the US and seek qualified worship leaders/pastors.

According to Dr. Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, one of the greatest needs of the modern church planting movement is musically and ministerially equipped worship leaders to partner with NAMB church planters.

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