Doctor Of Worship Studies – Pastoral Counseling Online Degree
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
Feb 10, 2020
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Pursue Doctoral Studies in Worship and Pastoral Counseling that Equip You for More

You already know how powerful worship can be — and the healing it can bring. Learn to guide others toward healing for difficult issues by earning a Doctor of Worship Studies degree with a pastoral counseling emphasis.

Take your current worship ministry to new levels, while sharpening your biblical theology and developing the understanding and skills to counsel your congregation.

Liberty’s online Doctor of Worship Studies in Pastoral Counseling emphasizes the practical application of worship studies and godly counseling to your ministry. Courses are designed to help you meet the demands of the 21st-century evangelical worship community. You can advance in your knowledge of theology, philosophy, and leadership so you can meet the spiritual needs of your congregation through worship and counseling.

Why Choose Liberty’s Worship Studies Doctoral 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 – Pastoral Counseling Degree?

With our core worship studies online courses, you will focus on enhancing your worship theology as a whole. Learn how to integrate foundational philosophies and methodologies central to biblical worship into your ministry. Explore cultural and contextual aspects of worship, as well, so you can meet a variety of congregational needs.

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Highlights of Our Online Doctor of Worship Studies in Pastoral Counseling

  • 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 Pastoral Counseling 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 the 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 Pastoral Counseling 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 in Worship Studies

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.