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Exaltation of Christ through worship is a necessary component in creating a spiritually healthy church and music ministry. The methods of how worship is conducted change with each decade, but purpose and intent do not. Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Worship Studies is a National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredited online program. Each of the courses in the Master of Arts in Worship Studies are designed to equip you to better serve the church as a skilled, passionate leader of worship, able to fit the needs of today’s postmodern culture. This specialized Liberty University online program will allow you to study and practice context-specific Biblical and theological competencies in worship and worship theories practical to the local church. You will receive comprehensive training in qualitative and quantitative research methods, developing knowledge and expertise to function in a variety of worship cultures and contexts.
Being the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation and the largest university in Virginia means that Liberty University strives to provide you with quality training in methods of worship and other music ministry fields to promote your success. If you choose to pursue a Liberty University online Worship Studies degree, you will have the opportunity to study under seasoned professors who will impart their knowledge in your worship classes from a spiritually mature worldview.
Through our four available cognates, or specializations, Ethnomusicology, Leadership, Pastoral Counseling, and Worship Techniques, you will be able to customize your degree to enhance your worship study needs and training. You will complete core courses in leadership fundamentals of worship that will enhance your strengths and build upon foundational knowledge. The goal of the Master of Arts in Worship Studies is to develop your knowledge and expertise to excel in a variety of worship cultures and contexts within the evangelical community.
Students who are in pursuit of obtaining a Master of Arts in Worship Studies degree will be trained in Biblical insights to have an effective worship music ministry. Context-specific biblical and theological competencies in worship theories practical to the local church, and career specific principles as applied to leadership, church planting or ethnomusicology will be explored in-depth.
Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Worship Studies will cover both the technical and relational side of worship. Training in technology and audio-video recording practices, sound shaping music-recording software, and distributing songs through appropriate media will be conducted. Students will learn the role of the worship leader and more about the relationship a worship leader should have with the senior pastor.
WRSP 510 – Biblical Foundations of Worship
WRSP 502 – History and Philosophy of Worship
WRSP 520 – The Role of the Worship Leader
WRSP 540 – Current Issues in Worship
By earning your online Master of Arts in Worship Studies degree 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 complete this Master of Arts in Worship Studies degree program in less than two years.
Music and Worship
Liberty’s Master of Arts in Music and Worship will offer you advanced core classes in music, as well as innovative courses in biblically grounded worship. You will be equipped with the knowledge and understanding to practice biblical worship as you actively lead others. This degree will focus on the past, present, and future of music in worship.
Our Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology, a 100% online program, is designed to offer an innovative education in world music for those seeking careers in cross-cultural environments. You will with the knowledge and skills essential to understanding music systems in a variety of cultures and communities. Through research, performance, and application your education will be a well-rounded experience.
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Music Education is NASM accredited. This program is designed to help you strengthen your understanding of music theory while increasing your skills in education and application of music. You will remain active in the field of music as you study advanced music techniques and performance tools.
Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:
Tuition discounts - $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).
*Optional Intensives are available
This program falls under the School of Music.
Please refer to cognates the of this program for individual Degree Completion Plans.
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After completion of your Master of Arts in Worship Studies online degree, you will have the ability to pursue careers as a:
Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Worship Studies must select one of the four available cognates:
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Worship Studies - Ethnomusicology, 100% online program, will equip you to serve in cross-cultural ministry settings. You will be given the musical training and theological foundation necessary to be effective leaders of worship in a myriad of cultural environments. This program will train you to learn the language and musical constructs of a particular region in order to share the Gospel with its people groups.
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Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Worship Studies - Leadership, 100% online program, will equip you to be an effective, purposeful, and dynamic worship leader by providing you with integral skills in leadership and music development. Through this program, you will be given the tools needed for ministry success, music education, and leadership techniques.
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Worship Studies - Pastoral Counseling, 100% online program, will provide you with a pastoral foundation integral to reaching a congregation through worship. You will focus on a variety of communication and leadership skills that develop your skills as a worship practitioner.
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Worship Studies – Worship Techniques, 100% online program, is designed to train you in both theology and music, equipping you for the increasing demand of worship leaders who can read music as well as lead and teach worship.
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