M.A. In Pastoral Counseling Degree — Leadership Degree Online
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
Jan 13, 2020
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

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 will 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. This credit can help you complete a doctoral degree in less time and at a lower cost, depending on what you’ve already accomplished in your career.

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: Leadership online.

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.

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Highlights of Our Online Doctor of Worship Studies in Leadership Degree

  • By earning your worship studies doctoral degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top 1% 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 4 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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Online Doctor of Worship Studies in Leadership Degree Information

  • Online format
  • 45 total hours
  • This program falls under the School of Music
  • Up to 12 credit hours of the degree total can be transferred into Liberty
  • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan
  • View the Thesis Handbook for more information about the required integrated thesis project (login required)
  • View our online course syllabi (login required)
  • A worship self-study and apprenticeship practicum are required for graduation

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Career Opportunities for Doctor of Worship Studies in Leadership Graduates

  • Head Worship Pastor
  • Music and Worship Instructor
  • Professor of Worship Studies
  • Worship Coach or Analysts
  • 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.