Inspire Others and Praise God Through Worship with Liberty’s Worship Studies Degree in Commercial Music
Are you passionate about leading worship? Maybe you’re musically inclined, and you’d like to use your talents for the glory of God. If so, Liberty University’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Worship Studies – Commercial Music may be a great fit for you.
This online music degree is primarily offered in convenient 8-week sections with no set login times and no required intensives, allowing you to remain committed to your job, family, and community as you further your education.
Through our online worship degree, you can become equipped with an in-depth knowledge of techniques for leading worship. The commercial music specialization builds on the strong foundation of our BS in Worship Studies program, offering training in commercial music skills needed in church ministry today. By enhancing your communication and leadership skills through this online worship studies degree, you can lead and foster a heart of worship in your church.
Don’t put your career in worship music on hold any longer. Partner with us, gain valuable skills, and take your career to new heights!
*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.
Why Choose Liberty’s BS in Worship and Commercial Music Degree?
As a pioneer in distance education since 1985, we understand what it takes to develop a flexible, affordable online degree program that challenges you academically and respects your personal commitments. Choosing Liberty for your online degree in commercial music means you won’t have to put your life on hold to pursue your degree. By partnering with us, you’re choosing a commercial music program that can enhance both your current and post-graduation life.
This commercial music degree online offers you both worship and commercial music training, so you can get the best of both disciplines and see how they overlap. Our courses are taught by a cadre of expert professors whose heart for worship and music is preceded only by a passion for your success. Our instructors have years of experience in worship, music, and academia – so you can feel confident in the quality of education that you’ll receive.
Our tradition of academic excellence is backed by institutional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This means that our degree programs have met rigorous academic standards. While many colleges and universities have attained national accreditation, Liberty has regional accreditation – which is a step above.
What Will You Learn in Our Worship Degree in Commercial Music?
In addition to general education courses, our commercial music degree online consists of 2 sections: worship courses and commercial music courses. In the worship studies section of this degree, you will study creative worship, Old and New Testament principles of worship, the history and philosophy of worship, and congregational ministry. You’ll also explore principles of worship leadership, the mission and mandate for worship, and a biblical model for 21st-century worship.
From there, this degree covers building relationships through worship, strategies for leading worship, and basic music skills for worship leaders. You’ll also study dynamics of worship leadership, basic conducting for the worship leader, and tools for worship.
In the commercial music section of this degree, you’ll explore commercial theory and harmonic practices, commercial musicianship, and music technology. You’ll also survey commercial music literature and participate in an ensemble course, which can be completed at an approved location near you. Furthermore, our worship training online degree allows you to complete 19-22 elective credit hours, which means you’ll be able to study topics you’re most passionate about and customize your degree to your unique interests.
- CMUS 102 – Survey of Music Technology
- CMUS 106 – Commercial Theory and Harmonic Practices II*
- CMUS 107 – Commercial Musicianship I
- CMUS 213 – Survey of Commercial Music Literature
*Course guide coming soon
BS in Commercial Music Online Degree Information
- This program falls under the School of Music.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
- View the Undergraduate Music Course Guides (login required).
BS in Worship Studies – Commercial Music Degree Military Benefits
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.
As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:
- Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
- Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 per course)
- 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
- Potential college credit for military training
Potential Career Opportunities for Commercial Music Degree Graduates
Upon completion of your worship studies degree in commercial music, you can pursue a variety of ministry-related careers, including:
- Church music director
- Music and family minister
- Worship leader
- Worship pastor
Highlights of Our Worship and Commercial Music Degree
- We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
- Your success is our success, which is why we’re committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we’ve frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years — and counting.
- To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for all undergraduate courses at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!
- Gain a solid Christian foundation in worship studies to glorify God and lead others to follow.
- You can complete the online BS in Worship Studies in as little as 3.5 years!
Admission Requirements for Our Bachelor of Science in Worship Studies
Applicants must have a 2.0 or above cumulative GPA for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission application
- Application fee*
- Official college transcripts
- Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
- High School Self-Certification form and official high school transcripts within first 12 credit hours
- Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)
*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.
**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.