Master of Arts in Worship Studies – Ethnomusicology Bridge Cultures Through Music


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Are you interested in leading worship in a cultural context? Do you have a desire to understand the music and culture around you? If so, our Master of Arts in Worship Studies – Ethnomusicology online degree is for you! You can use your degree to create awareness of varied musical expressions, guide worship teams, and provide training to those preparing for music ministries in other cultures. You will study key differences in musical backgrounds while re-affirming a biblical foundation for worship.

You can finish our online master’s degree in worship studies in 36 credit hours and apply what you have learned in your local church or other ministries. As you seek to take on a greater role in worship or music ministries, our online master’s degree will map out important comparative studies in ethnomusicology to help you and those around you become more culturally knowledgeable. As a worship leader, pastor, or teacher, you will be responsible for setting the tone for more than just musical performance. That is why this degree program will provide you with a solid biblical foundation to cast the vision for a unified and God-honoring understanding of worship and how it plays a vital role in the life of both the worship leader and the individual worshipper.

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With your passion for understanding diverse cultural expressions in music and worship, our online master’s program in worship studies will help you translate that desire into relevant practice.

Our 100% online master’s degree in worship studies – ethnomusicology can help you uncover the importance of worship and its biblical backgrounds as well as renew your focus on what the role of a worship leader should be in diverse cultural contexts. Regardless of your musical preference, our program emphasizes how biblical worship unifies us in the pursuit of worshipping God.

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and the School of Music is accredited by NASM, the National Association of Schools of Music. All the courses within the worship studies degree can be completed online, which allows you time to manage your family, work, and ministry life. Liberty’s mission is to see you impact lives for Christ by using your abilities in music and leadership to enhance understanding of your relationship with God and others through worship.

In our Master of Arts in Worship Studies – Ethnomusicology online degree program, you will explore the differences in worship practice across the world and learn how to apply techniques in ethnomusicology to grow a culturally rich understanding of music and worship. You will also research the beginnings of worship from biblical times to the present day, and uncover current issues in worship that shape the modern worship landscape.

When you complete our online worship studies degree, you will be prepared for the dynamics of corporate worship, worship culture, pastoral collaboration within a leadership team, and be equipped with the tools and techniques of the latest methods in worship.

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