Master of Arts in Worship Studies – Pastoral Counseling Called to Comfort and Guide


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Do you want to combine your passion for worship and pastoral leadership through counseling in ministry? Our 100% online master’s degree in worship studies with a specialization in pastoral counseling is a degree program that will provide a deeper appreciation and understanding of worship by studying worship history and philosophy while staying close to the biblical foundation for worship. Through our specialization in pastoral counseling, you will gain keen insights into how psychological and theological concepts relate to each other and how to use that relationship to better the lives of your congregation and ministry leaders.

You can complete your online Master of Arts in Worship Studies – Pastoral Counseling in 36 credit hours and apply what you have learned in your local church and ministry. Through our 8-week online course format, you can take multiple courses each semester with the flexibility of creating a schedule that best fits your needs. As a worship leader and counselor, people will look to you for guidance in their everyday lives. Learn to be the source of comfort and guidance in marriages, family relationships, and critical life turning points.

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  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and the School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). This accreditation helps to position your degree as one that is well respected within the field of worship leadership.

Our specialization in pastoral counseling will allow you to gain skills and knowledge that are unique and useful in your church. Our online format is an added benefit, allowing you to remain active in your family, church, and community while gaining essential experience that will ensure you will be an invaluable member of your ministry.

Throughout our online Master of Arts in Worship Studies – Pastoral Counseling degree, you will be trained in all matters of worship studies so you can impart to your ministry team and congregation a true understanding of biblical worship. Besides training in worship leading, you will also acquire a deeper understanding of the spiritual formation and life-changing strategies needed for both yourself and your congregation.

When you graduate from our Master in Worship Studies – Pastoral Counseling online degree program, you will have gained an understanding of the theories and skills required to provide pastoral crisis intervention and counseling that will cultivate resiliency and promote spiritual growth. You will pay special attention to the role you will play as a worship leader in your church and how you will interact with the pastor for the growth and health of your congregation. This degree is unique in that you will not only learn how to lead and inspire your church through music, but you will also learn how to foster spiritual growth to help them through hardships they might face in life.

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Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.