Doctor of Worship Studies Online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Feb 15, 2021
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Help Promote a Biblical Understanding of Worship with Liberty’s Doctor of Worship Studies Degree

Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS) degree program is designed to help you bring your congregation closer to God by giving you the tools you need to create thoughtful, theologically enriched worship based on biblical truth. Our online Doctor of Worship Studies degree integrates a biblical, educational focus with the musical knowledge you developed during your graduate music or music ministry degree. You have a passion for leading others in worship, and our online DWS degree will help you expand your worship ministry skills so you are better able to minister to your congregation.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Doctor of Worship Degree?

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. Our doctorate in worship program emphasizes the practical application of worship studies to the ministry field, so you can be confident your degree will teach you useful skills. If you are looking for an advanced doctoral studies degree designed for worship pastors, the professional focus of our online DWS degree will help provide the training you need to grow your ministry and be respected in your field. 

Our online doctor of worship degree provides theological, philosophical, and practical studies based on the demands of twenty-first-century evangelical worship. 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. 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 sincere, impactful worship opportunities.

Military Tuition Discount

Lead your field with the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and reach the pinnacle of your profession — for less.

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

Our online DWS degree expands on your previous music ministry experience and biblical studies to help you further develop an essential foundation of worship theology. In our online Doctor of Worship Studies degree program, you will study the theology, philosophy, and methodology of worship as well as learn about the foundations and history of corporate worship. You will also explore the cultural and contextual nature of worship throughout our online DWS degree program and learn skills that will help you meet a variety of congregational needs.

You can gain hands-on experience through optional on-campus intensive courses, giving you the chance to meet peers and professors and receive instruction in person. Our Doctor of Worship Studies – General online degree program also guides you in applying your studies to ministry through a worship self-study and apprenticeship practicum, allowing you to evaluate your 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. Your 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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Our Online Doctor of Worship Studies Program Highlights

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by — and one of the top 10 online schools in America by Earning your online Doctor of Worship Studies degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.
  • 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 our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 6 years – and counting.
  • You can complete our online Doctor of Worship degree in about 3 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.

Our Online DWS Degree Information

  • This DWS program falls under the School of Music.
  • View the Thesis Handbook for more information about the integrated thesis project.
  • View the online Graduate Music Course Guides (login required).
  • An integrated thesis project is required for graduation.
  • A worship self-study and apprenticeship practicum are required for graduation (general cognate only).
  • View the Degree Completion Plan for the general track.

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Potential Careers with a Doctorate Degree in Worship Studies 

Our online Doctor of Worship Studies degree equips students to serve in administrative roles such as the chair of a department of worship, coordinator of worship studies, or as a music minister or worship pastor at a church. Providing worship leaders for the growing worship discipline is not the only purpose for our online Doctor of Worship Studies program. Completing this degree will also equip you to teach the next generation of music ministry students and provide opportunities for college-level teaching.

  • Worship pastor
  • Worship theologian   
  • Worship coach or analysts
  • Worship counselor and advisor
  • Professor of worship studies
  • Music and worship instructor

Admission Requirements for Our Online DWS Degree Program

A regionally or nationally accredited master of music or its equivalent with a 3.0 or above GPA is required 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*
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency

*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. 




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