Music Ministry Major

Music Ministry Major

It's a skill, an art, an act of worship—music inhabits all these spaces and is an integral part of the life of the church. If you want to learn how music and ministry unite to become a means of hope, healing, and encouragement, then Northwest University's music ministry program is for you. Whether you're participating in one of our choirs or ensembles, leading worship at a local church, or trying out our state-of-the-art recording studios, you'll be preparing for a career characterized by effective, meaningful ministry.

Why Music Ministry at NU?

  • Attend small classes where you receive personal attention from instructors who have both high academic qualifications and years of music industry and ministry experience.
  • Learn to understand and perform music in an exciting, hands-on environment that includes access to top-tier, industry-rated recording equipment and facilities.
  • Integrate your faith with your education, studying music from a perspective that sees music as both art and worship.
  • Gain practical experience through a one-year music ministry internship, applying your learning in a local church.
  • Join a variety of on-campus choirs and ensembles.

Internship Opportunities

  • Westminster Chapel in Bellevue, Wash.
  • Bethany Christian Assembly in Everett, Wash.
  • Neighborhood Church in Bellevue, Wash.
  • University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Wash.

Common Career Paths

  • Music minister in a church setting
  • Graduate studies in the areas of sacred music or worship studies

A degree from NU can help you launch your career immediately after graduation. Some of the fields that a degree in Music Ministry can open up for you include:

Word from the Music Department

Bill Owen

Bill Owen

Associate Professor of Music

"NU's music ministry program successfully prepares students for vocational music ministry in the local church. Built on a solid biblical and liberal arts core, it also takes the student through an additional 20 credit hours of Bible; theology; and practical, music ministry-related courses. This degree is for students who are looking for a course of study that gives them a solid foundation for music ministry or graduate work in worship studies and beyond."

Course Listings

A complete list of courses for the Music Ministry Major can be found in the Academic Catalog »

Academic Catalog

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