Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies: Worship & Pastoral Studies


Program Description

Pastorally focused

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.


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

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  2. Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  3. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the language of music through theoretical analysis and aural skills performance.
  4. Students will describe the historical practice and philosophy of the role of music in the church.
  5. 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.

Program of Study

Course Credits

General Studies

EN 101 English Composition I 3
EN 102 English Composition II 3
HS 105 Ancient Near Eastern History 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
PH311 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
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
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 305 Baptist History 3
TH 211 Christian Theology I 3
TH 212 Christian Theology II 3
TH 311 Christian Theology III 3
Major Studies 33
MU 110 Music Theory I: Music Analysis 3
MU 115 Aural Skills I 1
MU 120 Music Theory II: Songwriting 3
MU 125 Aural Skills II 1
MU 210 Music Theory III: 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 492 Dynamics of Modern Worship Leadership 2
Worship Teams 6
Four semesters must be MU 150, the Boyce College Choir
Applied Major 8
Main area of private study: voice, piano, guitar, other.
Applied Minor 4
Secondary areas of private study: piano for Applied Major Voice or Instrumental students, voice for Applied Major Piano students.
Field Education 4
WL 141 Supervised Worship Ministry Experience: Spiritual Disciplines 1/2
WL 142 Supervised Worship Ministry Experience: Managing Your Ministry 1/2
WL 241 Supervised Worship Ministry Experience: Worship Resources 1/2
WL 242 Supervised Worship Ministry Experience: Team Ministry 1/2
WL 341 Supervised Worship Ministry Experience: Pastoral Care 1/2
WL 342 Supervised Worship Ministry Experience: Leadership 1/2
WL 481 Senior Seminar 1/2
WL 489 Worship Internship 1/2
Total Degree Hours 134

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.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Pastor/Church Recommendation Form
    When filling out our online application, recommendation forms are emailed to those whom you’ve indicated should receive them.
    Family members may not complete a recommendation form. Recommenders must have known the applicant for a minimum of one year. If for some reason, recommendations do not reflect the proper amount of diversity, the Admissions Office may request additional recommendations.
  2. Spiritual Autobiography
    When filling out the online application you’ll find a space to type your Spiritual Autobiography. The Spiritual Autobiography is a typed essay — no longer than 500 words — documenting your conversion, concisely articulating the gospel and telling your reasons for choosing Boyce College.
  3. Official Transcripts
    Transcription from all educational institutions is required. Official High School transcripts or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test scores are necessary unless the applicant has more than 24 college hours of post-high school college credit (dual enrollment courses do not count towards these 24 hours). It is best for applicants to request that transcripts be sent directly from their school to the Southern Seminary Admissions Office. In no case will the seminary consider as official a transcript marked “Issued to Student.” For transfer students, we also require other college and/or university transcripts
  4. Application Fee
    A $40 non-refundable application fee is due to the admissions office before the student’s application packet can be processed.
  5. ACT/SAT/CLT Scores
    All applicants (including home-schooled students) are required to submit scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Test (ACT), or the Classic Learning Test (CLT). The SAT code for Boyce College is 3858 and the ACT code is 5522. Applicants who are 24 or older or have passed 15 hours (post-high-school) from (a) a regionally accredited college or (b) a college with AABC accreditation, and have maintained at least a C average, are not required to submit these standardized test scores. (SAT, ACT, and CLT scores are not used as a basis of admission to Boyce College but are used to help evaluate a student’s ability to do college-level work.) Test scores can be waived for applicants 24 years or older.
  6. Housing Application
    All applicants (including internet and extension center applicants) are required to affirm or deny their need for campus housing. Campus housing constraints require us to know of housing needs at the earliest possible date. The following link will take you to our housing application.
  7. Documents of Citizenship
    Documentation of immigration classification for students who are not citizens of the United States.

Tuition and Fees

*Thanks to the generosity of the Southern Baptist Convention, students that are members of Southern Baptist Churches receive a steep discount on tuition. Tuition at Boyce is more than $20,000 less per year than the average Christian college. For students affiliated with SBC Churches, each class costs $1,257.

  • $419.00 per credit hour for Southern Baptist students
  • $838.00 per credit hour for non-Southern Baptist students
  • $447.00 student enrollment and student life fees

Average cost per semester: $10,357

Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

Love God. Love Neighbor. Boyce College stands on the gospel and has since its founding. Our faculty's commitment to the Bible and to cultural engagement, along with our vibrant student life culture an ... Read More

Love God. Love Neighbor. Boyce College stands on the gospel and has since its founding. Our faculty's commitment to the Bible and to cultural engagement, along with our vibrant student life culture and academic programs, will equip students for faithfulness in all of life. Read less