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Doctor of Worship Studies Online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8 Week Courses
Transfer Credits
Up to 12 credit hours can be transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Mar 18, 2019
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

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

At Liberty University, our 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 deep worship based on biblical truth. Our online Doctor of Worship Studies degree was uniquely designed to integrate a biblical, educational focus with the musical knowledge you already have from 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 to better serve your congregation. 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 D.W.S. degree will help provide the training you need to grow your ministry and be respected in your field. 

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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 the 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. 

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Degree Info
Career Options
Admission Requirements

Our Online Doctor of Worship Studies Program Highlights

  • By earning your online Doctor of Worship Studies from a nonprofit 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.
  • 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 three years – and counting.
  • You can complete our online Doctor of Worship degree in about 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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Our Online DWS Degree Information and Requirements

  • This DWS program falls under the School of Music.
  • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan for this program.
  • View the Thesis Handbook for more information about the integrated thesis project (login required).
  • View the online Doctor of Worship Studies degree’s Course Syllabi (login required).
  • An integrated thesis project is required for graduation.
  • A Worship Self-Study and Apprenticeship practicum are required for graduation.

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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 or Coordinator of Worship Studies, or as a music minister or worship pastor at a church. Providing worship teachers 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 for teaching 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; if not available, submit a transcript request form.
  • 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.