Bachelor Of Science In Music And Worship Worship Bachelor's Degrees
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You Have Never Been Closer to a Career in Music and Worship than Now

Prepare for an exciting career in the worship arts! Become equipped with the leadership tools you need to guide and manage and the collaboration skills you need to create unity within the church. If you want to be a part of shaping tomorrow’s music culture, start with a bachelor’s degree in music and worship from Liberty.

Our students and alumni are making some noise in the professional music industry. Our vocalists continue to win state and regional competitions, our LU Praise team’s latest album is nominated for a Dove award.

Earn a degree in music and worship that takes you further. Our students’ success comes from the care provided by our highly trained faculty, our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and our passion to put God first and do everything for His glory. Be a part of a university that sharpens your talents and skills for the career you have ahead.

Award-Winning Campus

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’s Top 3 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.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Music and Worship Bachelor’s Degree?

Partner with Liberty to get the hands-on experience and career opportunities you need to make a difference! Our award-winning School of Music offers various ways for you to get involved and develop your talent.

As the nation’s seventh-largest school of music, we offer students like you the following resources:

  • Our recording studio and Liberty Music Group (LMG) publishing company.
  • Our Center for Music and the Worship Arts building, which contains a 1,600 seat concert hall, state of the art lighting and audio technology, various rehearsal halls and classrooms, and 2 state-of-the-art Mac labs.
  • 45 full-time degreed faculty excited to share their industry expertise!
  • It’s also important to note that by attending Liberty you will be studying in a School of Music that is:

    • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
    • Designated as an “All-Steinway” school.
    • Providing students with opportunities to compete in state and regional competitions, perform at events such as the ACDA National Convention and Inaugural Prayer Service, and produce albums that have been nominated for various Dove awards.

What Will You Learn in Our Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Worship?

Develop your musical skills and become a biblically grounded worship leader. Your general courses will develop your creativity, collaboration, and conducting abilities. If you choose to specialize in one of our eight cognates below, you will study additional key areas of interest. If you pursue our general track, you will have some flexibility to mix and match elective courses.

Today’s music ministers and worship leaders need to be more than skilled musicians. Our bachelor’s in music and worship will develop your teaching, training, team management and discipleship, worship evangelism, marketing, technology, drama, and music skills! Become well rounded in all aspects of worship so that you can be your very best in the career God has called you to.

View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying!

    Featured Courses

    MUSC 105 – Harmonic Practices and Theory I

    Here’s what you’ll learn:

    • A practical introduction to harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic principles of music.
    • Musical elements including key signatures, scales, intervals, chords, chord construction and chord progression are introduced as the foundation for harmonic analysis of traditional, contemporary Christian, popular, and jazz music.
    • Special attention is given to the Nashville number system and jazz harmony practices as accepted methodology for music analysis.
    MUSC 107 – Musicianship I

    Here’s what you’ll learn:

    • Listening skills are developed through rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic dictation.
    • Skills are refined through daily sight singing and rhythm exercises from a variety of styles.
    • Special attention is given to tonal center referencing, the ability to identify harmonic rhythm while listening to a variety of musical styles.

    MUSC 201 – Creative Worship

    Here’s what you’ll learn:

    • This course is an introductory study of the practical issues involved in planning and facilitating creative corporate worship.
    • Application is made to worship planning, lighting design, audio and video production, presentation software, vocal and instrumental team communication and rehearsal, staging, banners, liturgical dance, and a variety of multi-media possibilities.

    MUSC 315 – Basic Conducting

    Here’s what you’ll learn:

    • Rudimentary instruction in conducting techniques for traditional and non-traditional settings.
    • Knowledge and skill areas stressed are basic conducting gestures and patterns; score interpretation; rehearsal management and technique; programming considerations; and special problems in vocal and instrumental situation.
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    Highlights of Our Music and Worship Bachelor’s Degree

    Some of the benefits of studying at Liberty’s School of Music include the following:

    • Access to 45 full-time faculty degreed from many of the most prestigious music schools in the nation.
    • Our music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
    • Our 141,000-square-foot Center for Music and the Worship Arts building, within which our Center for Worship has been voted “Best of the Best in Higher Education” six years in a row by Worship Leader Magazine.
    • Our school is a designated “All-Steinway” school.
    • We provide our own recording studio and professional music publishing and recording company, Liberty Music Group (LMG).
    • Our alumni have gone on to become Dove-award winning Christian artists and songwriters.
    • All coursework is market-driven, focusing on developing your skills for the current industry. 

    Music and Worship Degree Information

    Career Opportunities for Music and Worship Graduates

    Liberty University’s Bachelor of Science in Music and Worship prepares you for the following occupations:

    • Associate Director of Worship Programming
    • Contemporary Christian Artist
    • Director of Worship and Drama
    • Director of Worship Arts
    • Director of Worship Conferences
    • Director of Worship Technology
    • Music and Worship Evangelist
    • Music Minister
    • Worship and Missions Director
    • Worship Leader or Pastor

    Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

    Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

    • Admission application
    • Official high school transcripts
    • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
    • Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.
    • Admission essay

    *Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.

    Biblical Studies

    Our B.S. in Music and Worship: Biblical Studies places an emphasis on scriptural context and study so you can better incorporate biblical principles into your worship.

    View the Degree Completion Plan to see the full list of courses you will be taking.

    Featured Courses

    • BIBL 324: Pastoral Epistles & Leadership
    • BIBL 350: Inductive Bible Study
    • BIBL 364: Acts
    • BIBL 410: Genesis


    Our B.S. in Music and Worship: Business will help you incorporate business practices like marketing, accounting, and communications into your degree. This is especially helpful if you are thinking about owning your own music studio or being a bigger part of the operations side of the church.

    View the Degree Completion Plan to see the full list of courses you will be taking.

    Featured Courses

    • ACCT 211: Financial Accounting
    • BUSI 300: Business Communications
    • BUSI 301: Legal and Ethical Concepts for Decision Makers
    • BUSI 330: Principles of Marketing

    Pastoral Leadership

    Our B.S. in Music and Worship: Pastoral Leadership degree will provide you with additional courses in how to lead in the church at the pastoral level, including staff management and family ministry within the church.

    View the Degree Completion Plan to see the full list of courses you will be taking.

    Featured Courses

    • PLED 301: Family Ministry in the Church
    • PLED 302: Staff management & Relations in Pastoral Leadership
    • PLED 350: Pastoral Duties
    • PLED 421: Homiletics I

    Women’s Leadership

    Our B.S. in Music and Worship: Women’s Leadership allows you to spend time developing leadership skills for women’s ministry!

    View the Degree Completion Plan to see the full list of courses you will be taking.

    Featured Courses

    • CHMN 450: Leadership & Management in Ministry
    • WLED 220: Survey of Women’s Ministries
    • WLED 320: Spiritual Formation & Development for Women in Leadership
    • WLED 330: The Role of Christian Women in Ministry

    Worship Technology (Audio)

    Our B.S. in Music and Worship: Worship Technology (Audio) degree is a helpful specialization for individuals looking to run the technical side of audio production.

    View the Degree Completion Plan to see the full list of courses you will be taking.

    Featured Courses

    • DIGI 224: Fundamentals of Audio Production
    • DIGI 290: Post Production Sound Design
    • DIGI 337: Music Recording
    • DIGI 474: Advanced Audio Production

    Youth Ministries

    Our B.S. in Music and Worship: Youth Ministries degree will expand your knowledge and allow you to develop strategies for youth outreach as a part of your career in music and worship.

    View the Degree Completion Plan to see the full list of courses you will be taking.

    Featured Courses

    • CHMN 201: Introduction to Church Ministries
    • YOUT 201: Survey of Youth Ministries
    • YOUT 220: Global Youth Culture
    • YOUT 310: Strategies for Student Outreach