Doctor Worship Studies
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
July 2, 2018

Guide Your Ministry to a Full Biblical Understanding of Worship by Earning a Doctor of Worship Studies Degree

Do you want to help your ministry team bring profound theological truths to your congregation through music? Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS) degree program is designed to equip worship ministry professionals to dig deep into the scriptures and learn how to enhance their worship ministry with advanced study of the art of leading worship. The online Doctor of Worship Studies degree equips you with a biblical foundation for leadership and management in a worship ministry role and provides you with the tools and skills essential to creating thoughtful, theologically-deep worship that will help bring your congregation closer to God.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Doctor of Worship Online Program?

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 (DWS) Studies degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to lead worship teams. If you are looking for advanced doctoral studies at a school of worship or a terminal degree designed for worship pastors, the professional focus of our online Doctor of Worship Studies degree will provide the training you need. Our Worship degree program emphasizes the application of worship studies to the ministry field, rather than being overly theoretical in emphasis.

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

Our online Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS) degree expands on your previous ministry experience and biblical and theological studies to develop an essential foundation of worship theology. Students in the online Doctor of Worship Studies degree will study the theology, philosophy, and methodology of worship, and gain an understanding of the foundations and history of corporate worship. Students will also learn about the cultural and contextual nature of worship in different ministry settings and research skills that will help them meet the needs of worship ministry. Students will apply their foundational and contextual knowledge to specific worship ministry problems through a series of advanced worship classes that will ensure they are equipped for leadership and developing the community of a music ministry.

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Program Highlights
Degree Info
Career Options
Admission Requirements

Program Highlights for the Online Doctor of Worship Studies

  • By earning your online Doctor of Worship Studies 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. 
  • You can complete our online Doctor of Worship degree in under 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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Online DWS Degree Information and Requirements

  • This 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 Career Options for Graduates of the Online Doctor of Worship Studies Program

The online Doctor of Worship Studies 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. While providing worship teachers for the growing worship discipline is not the only purpose for the online Doctor of Worship Studies degree, 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 Online Graduate Certificate Programs

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:

*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.