Master of Arts in Worship : MAW

Program Type

Masters Degree


54 Hours


3 Years

The Master of Arts in Worship (MAW) is a dynamic and enriching program of personal, professional, and spiritual development. Students develop a strong biblical, theological, and practical foundation upon which to craft and lead liturgies for the weekly gatherings of local congregations. This part-time program is designed to supplement the life and ministry of worship leaders and  includes courses in Bible, Theology, and Church History to strengthen worship practices.

Classroom instruction will take place on our main campus and via live-stream technology. Our program also hosts a yearly (one week) intensive where we dive deeper into the practices of worship leading and theology.

Requirements for Completion

Click here for an updated Progress Report to help you to stay on track.


Christian Heritage Core Courses

  • IN 304 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
  • OT 307 Pentateuch, Poetry and Wisdom Books
  • OT 308 Historical Books and the Prophets
  • WT 307 Women in the OT
  • NT 307 Gospels and Acts
  • NT 308 New Testament Letters and Revelation
  • WT 308 Women in the NT
  • TH 301 Christian Theology I
  • TH 302 Christian Theology II
  • WS 309 Theology and Gender
  • CH 301 History of Christianity I (Early & Medieval)
  • CH 302 History of Christianity II (Ref. & Modern)
  • WT 311 Women in the Early Church
  • WT 310 Women of Color in the Church
  • CT 324 Introduction to the Black Church

Worship & Supervised Ministry Courses

  • WO 301 Call to Worship
  • WO 405 Work of Worship
  • WO 412 Everything but Sermon and Song
  • WO 440 Sending in Worship
  • WO 444 The Influence of a Worship Pastor
  • SM 305 or 306 or 307 Formation for Ministry or Pastoral Leadership
  • WO 500 Annual Worship Conference

Final Project – Choose Internship or Project

  • WO 401 Internship 1
  • WO 402 Internship II
  • WO 502 Designing and Leading Worship Project

*Master of Divinity students will complete these Worship specialization courses as well as the other Master of Divinity requirements.


Check out our most common questions:

When does the next academic term begin? 

Northern Seminary does not run on a traditional semester calendar. Classes begin every 10 weeks. Open enrollment allows you to register throughout the year.

Are the classes virtual or in-person?

Northern classes are primarily virtual but include several in-person sessions per year.  

What are the costs for the program?

You can find tuition information here. You can also contact Josh Carney at 630.620.2188 or at

How do I apply for financial aid?

You can apply for financial aid by filling out this application.

Are there scholarships available?

You can find scholarship information here.

Can I sit in on a class to get a feel for the program? 

Call and or email Greg Armstrong at 630-620-2175 or for upcoming Taste of Northern events, which allow potential students to sit in on several of our current classes.

Who do I contact for more information?

Reach out to Greg Armstrong, Director of Enrollment, at  

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