Confidently Lead Your Ministry with a Doctoral Degree in Worship Studies and Leadership
Whether you already work in your dream ministry position or you are looking to advance to a teaching role at the university level, our online doctoral degree in worship with an emphasis in leadership can equip you to become the Christian leader God created you to be. Graduate with the advanced theology training, principles of effective worship, and leadership development that can help you lead others as they lead in worship.
Pursuing doctoral studies can open up career opportunities, professional contacts in your field, and increased earning potential. In addition to those benefits, Liberty’s Doctor of Worship Studies can provide you with strong biblical training and in-depth research opportunities to take your current skill set even further.
Why Choose Liberty’s Doctor of Worship Studies Degree?
If you are considering an online doctoral degree in worship studies, you have likely spent years serving in ministry. Your previous ministry experience is valuable, and a portfolio of your work detailing that experience could earn you course credit. Depending on what you’ve already accomplished in your career, this credit can help you complete a doctoral degree in less time and at a lower cost.
Additionally, our online worship studies degree is offered 100% online. You have a family, work, and other important responsibilities, so at Liberty, you won’t find required on-campus intensives or set login times — you are free to complete your degree wherever and whenever you choose. Pursue new career opportunities, influence others, and deepen your spiritual walk with Liberty’s Doctor of Worship Studies in Leadership online.
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 Doctor of Worship Studies – Leadership Degree?
Within our core worship studies online courses, you will enhance your understanding of how biblical theology affects worship. Learn how to integrate foundational philosophies and methodologies central to biblical worship into your ministry. Explore cultural and contextual aspects of worship so you can meet a variety of congregational needs.
During your time as a doctoral worship studies student with Liberty, you will have the opportunity to complete an integrated thesis project. This experience will allow you to evaluate your current ministry or seek mentorship from experienced worship leaders. Even the most trained individuals pursuing this degree can see incredible personal and professional growth through this project.
By specializing your worship studies degree in leadership, you will study leadership best practices that will help you implement biblical principles and lead others strategically. You will gain advanced leadership skills that can equip you to lead your worship ministry at the highest level while collaborating effectively with your church and pastor.
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying.
- WRSP 801 – Theological and Historical Developments Influencing Corporate Worship
- WRSP 810 – Foundations of Christian Worship
- WRSP 835 – Theology, Philosophy, and Methodology of Worship
Highlights of Our Online Doctor of Worship Studies in Leadership Degree
- Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by BestColleges.com — and ranked as the #2 online school in America by Niche.com. 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 5 years – and counting.
- You can complete our online Doctor of Worship degree in about 2.5 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.
Online Doctor of Worship Studies in Leadership Degree Information
- This program falls under the School of Music.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
- View the Thesis Handbook for more information about the required integrated thesis project.
- View the Graduate Music Course Guides (login required).
Career Opportunities for Doctor of Worship Studies in Leadership Graduates
- Head worship pastor
- Music and worship instructor
- Professor of worship studies
- Worship coach or analyst
- Worship counselor and advisor
- Worship theologian
Admission Requirements for Doctoral Degrees
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.