Pursue Advanced Training in Worship Techniques by Earning our Master of Arts in Religion – Worship Degree
Worship softens hearts and prepares the worshiper to hear and accept the gospel message. Our Master of Arts in Religion – Worship degree will teach you why people worship as they do, the biblical and historical insight into the nature of worship, and how to minimize and resolve conflicts over competing visions of what worship should be. At Liberty, we are dedicated to training worship leaders and pastors to lead with excellence and integrity. You will be equipped with the knowledge, tools, and skills you need to promote worship that draws people closer to God – regardless of style.
Your divinity degree is approved by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and has met rigorous accreditation standards. You can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.
Why Choose Liberty’s Master’s Degree in Religion?
Pursuing your master’s in worship degree with us residentially gives you the opportunity to learn from experienced pastors and theologians. Our professors’ offices are always open to you, and they invite you to speak with them one on one with questions you may have or about where God is leading you in your ministry.
Our M.A.R. program offers you the opportunity to earn your degree from a school that is more than a Bible college. At Liberty, you can build a community that’s as unique as you are. As you earn your master’s degree in religion, you can meet other graduate students studying a variety of subjects, allowing you to witness first-hand how God’s truth is being revealed through fields like biology and cinematography.
While here, you will have the opportunity to network with organizations like the International Mission Board (IMB), Summit Church, and Samaritan’s Purse. We also partner with a multitude of local churches and ministries within Lynchburg as well, so you can gain hands-on ministry experience while you complete your degree. Additionally, our new Monday-only program gives you the option to take the majority of the classes you need on Mondays, so you can remain involved in full-time ministry.
At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among Niche.com’s Top 5 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.
What Will You Learn in Our M.A.R. in Worship Degree Program?
In our master’s in worship program, you will conduct in-depth studies of the Old and New Testaments, giving you a foundational knowledge of the Bible. You will take classes designed to give you the skills you need for successful ministry within the church, like apologetics, hermeneutics, sermon preparation, and systematic theology.
If you choose to pursue our worship specialization, you will examine the historical and biblical foundations of worship so you can understand the context of current practices and trends. Additionally, you will study key characteristics of godly leaders, such as integrity, organization, good decision-making, and compassion for others. By understanding both the theoretical and practical aspects of leading worship, you will be prepared to lead worship that deepens both your congregation’s understanding and desire for God.
View our M.A.R. in worship Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information!
THEO 510 – Survey of Theology
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- The basic disciplines of theology
- Systematic, dogmatic, and contemporary approaches to theology
- The history of theology and the various theological approaches
THEO 620 – Ecclesiology
THEO 626 – Doctrine of God
THEO 630 – Eschatology
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Character traits of good leaders
- How to help your staff develop their gifts
- Keys to planning and organizing effectively
- Methods for decision-making
Highlights of Our M.A.R. in Worship Degree Program
- In addition to their hands-on ministry experience, our faculty are theologians who are well-respected authors, speakers, and researchers.
- We are committed to defending the authority of scripture and conservative evangelical theology.
- Our master’s degree provides hands-on experience within the local church as well as opportunities to serve with churches and organizations like the International Mission Board, Hume Lake, Samaritan’s Purse, and Second Baptist Houston.
- Our Scriptorium houses the Rawlings Foundation rare books collection valued at over $1 million, a 111 ft.-long Torah scroll that dates to the 16th century, and a functioning replica of the Gutenberg Printing Press.
- Monday-only classes allow residential graduate students to complete large portions of their M.A. in Religion attending classes one day a week.
- We offer multiple scholarship opportunities to our residential students, including the full-tuition Keesee Scholarship.
Our Master’s of Religion – Worship Degree Information
- 60 total credit hours
- Transfer in up to 50% of your required credits
- This program falls under the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity
- Download the M.A.R. in Worship Degree Completion Plan
- Download and view our course catalog
Career Opportunities for Graduates of Our M.A.R. in Worship Degree
- Director of worship ministries
- Minister of music
- Program director for contemporary worship
- Vocational worship leader
- Worship pastor
Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:
- Admission application
- Official bachelor’s degree transcripts with a 2.0 GPA or higher
- Self-certification form for students in the final term of their bachelor’s degree
- John W. Rawlings School of Divinity questionnaire
- Pastoral recommender contact information
- Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a degree completion application through their ASIST account