Doctor of Worship Studies Online Degree Program

Doctor in Worship Studies Online Degree Program

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Guide your Ministry to a Full Biblical Understanding of Worship by Earning our Online Doctor of Worship Studies Degree

Do you want to help your ministry team bring profound theological truths to your congregation through music? Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Worship Studies degree program is designed to equip worship ministry professionals to dig deep into the scriptures and learn how to enhance their worship ministry with advanced study of the art of leading worship. The online Doctor of Worship Studies degree equips you with a biblical foundation for leadership and management in a worship ministry role and provides you with the tools and skills essential to creating thoughtful, theologically-deep worship that will help bring your congregation closer to God.

The Doctor of Worship Studies online degree program was uniquely designed by the Liberty University Rawlings School of Divinity and School of Music to integrate a biblical and educational focus with music. If you have a graduate music or music ministry degree, the online Doctor of Worship Studies will advance your worship ministry skills, knowledge and training.

Why Choose Liberty’s Doctor of Worship Online Program?

Whether you are a professional musician and find yourself in a worship ministry leadership role, or you want to deepen your worship ministry through formal studies, our online Doctor of Worship Studies degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to lead worship teams. If you are looking for advanced doctoral studies at a school of worship or a terminal degree designed for worship pastors, the professional focus of our online Doctor of Worship Studies degree will provide the training you need. Our Worship degree program emphasizes the application of worship studies to the ministry field, rather than being overly theoretical in emphasis.

Liberty’s online Doctor of Worship degree provides theological, philosophical and practical studies based on the demands of the 21st - century evangelical worship ministry. You will be provided with advanced studies at the professional doctorate level to expand your skill set, knowledge and expertise to function in a variety of music and worship cultures and contexts within the evangelical community. With the hands-on practicum, optional on-campus intensives, and integrated thesis project, you can be confident that you will be prepared to apply your worship studies training to solve real ministry problems and create divine, life-affecting worship.

What Will You Learn in the Online Doctor of Worship Studies Degree?

Our online Doctor of Worship Studies degree expands on your previous ministry experience and biblical and theological studies to develop an essential foundation of worship theology. Students in the online Doctor of Worship Studies degree will study the theology, philosophy, and methodology of worship, and gain an understanding of the foundations and history of corporate worship. Students will also learn about the cultural and contextual nature of worship in different ministry settings and research skills that will help them meet the needs of worship ministry. Students will apply their foundational and contextual knowledge to specific worship ministry problems through a series of advanced worship classes that will ensure they are equipped for leadership and developing the community of a music ministry.

Students can gain hands-on experience through optional on-campus intensive courses, giving them the chance to meet peers and professors while working on ministry skills and learning methods of worship. The Doctor of Worship Studies online degree also has students apply their worship studies to ministry through a worship self-study and apprenticeship practicum, which is designed to allow students to use their current ministry or to seek mentorship under a more experienced worship minister.

All of these courses are designed and delivered in a way to help you think through and develop your research for the final Thesis project which will be focused on a ministry topic of your choice. The thesis project will not only provide evidence of your expertise but help you get mentorship and guidance from Liberty’s experienced music ministers and worship professionals to solve a specific and practical problem in your ministry.

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Program Highlights for the Online Doctor of Worship Studies

  • By earning your online Doctor of Worship Studies from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • Students can complete the online Doctor of Worship degree in under three years.
  • You will complete an integrated thesis project that will demonstrate your expertise and ability to apply advanced worship theology and Christian scholarship to practical worship ministry problems.

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Doctor of Worship Studies Online Program Format

  • 100% online*
  • 45 total credit hours
  • Eight-week format, eight different start dates per year and no set login times.
  • An integrated thesis project is required for graduation.
  • A Worship Self-Study and Apprenticeship practicum are required for graduation.
  • A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit is allowed for the online Doctor of Worship Studies.

*Optional intensives are available

Online DWS Degree Information and Requirements

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Potential Career Options for Graduates of the Online DWS Degree

  • Worship Pastor
  • Worship Theologian   
  • Worship Coach or Analysts
  • Worship Counselor and Advisor
  • Professor of Worship Studies
  • Music and Worship Instructor

The online Doctor of Worship Studies equips students to serve in administrative roles such as the Chair of a Department of Worship or Coordinator of Worship Studies, or as a music minister or worship pastor at a church. While providing worship teachers for the growing worship discipline is not the only purpose for the online Doctor of Worship Studies degree, completing this degree will also equip you for teaching the next generation of music ministry students and provide opportunities for college-level teaching.