BS in Worship Studies – Commercial Music Degree Study worship fundamentals to understand commercial music better


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100% online,* 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total

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.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral 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.

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.

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of 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!

Undergraduate Full Time $390/Credit
Undergraduate Part Time $455/Credit
Military Undergraduate $250/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service 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

*Not applicable to certificates.