Get Equipped with the Tools You Need for Success in Music Ministry
Imagine a career where you can do ministry using your passion for music. At Liberty, choosing to pursue our Master of Arts in Music and Worship will help you take the next step towards that goal. Develop the technical and spiritual skill set you need to stand out in the competitive music industry.
Our program focuses on training students to serve Christ with their musical ability. One of the cornerstone principles of this degree is teaching you how to develop relationships between the worship leader, staff, singers, instrumentalists, pastor, and congregation. By understanding how these dynamics work, you can help achieve harmony in your ministry.
Not only that but by choosing the worship music studies concentration, you will gain vital experience with state-of-the-art equipment and music software. The ability to work on stage and behind the scenes will allow greater career opportunities and increase your marketability. Get ready to develop your theology, technical skill, and scriptural applications with our master’s degree in music and worship.
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 as Niche.com’s #4 college campus 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.
Why Choose Liberty’s Worship Music Studies Master’s Degree?
Choosing Liberty means partnering with a school that provides limitless opportunity for professional and spiritual growth. Join a student body that has made a difference in the music industry. From state and regional competition winners to award-winning songwriters, our graduate music students are a big part of why our School of Music has been so successful.
With years of experience in the music industry and degrees from Liberty University and other prestigious music schools in the nation, our team of professors exhibits a high level of musical expertise. From vocalists to violinists, our faculty have spent years refining their talent and performing worldwide. Our entire faculty use their talents to honor God.
If you are looking for a master’s degree that develops both your talent and your faith, look no further. Our degree in worship music studies can help equip you for whatever career or ministry goal you feel God is leading you towards. Let us come alongside you for each step of the journey ahead.
What Will You Learn in Our Music and Worship – Worship Music Studies Degree?
The core curriculum of our music and worship degree allows you to analyze the historical differences in music literature and practice, from the Old Testament through the modern period. You will also learn how to apply various melodic concepts and music forms to contemporary worship, including jazz and extended harmonies, as you study advanced music theory.
By specializing your degree in worship music studies, you will develop advanced skills for arranging vocal and instrumental ensembles and learn how to score for praise bands and orchestras. You will also become proficient in the use of various recording software and state-of-the-art music equipment. By focusing on both your talent and your ability to lead behind the scenes, you will set yourself apart to future employers.
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information!
WMUS 525 – Advanced Contemporary Arranging Techniques for Worship
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course is designed to teach and develop advanced skills as an arranger of vocal and instrumental ensembles.
- Chord chart writing and arranging techniques relevant to the rhythm section (keyboards, bass, guitar, drums, and percussion) and contemporary rhythm idioms will be explained and studied.
- Students will be expected to demonstrate skill in scoring for praise bands, orchestras, singers, and choirs.
- A worship-arranging project is required.
WMUS 610 – Tools and Techniques for Contemporary Worship
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- A study of the current available resources and techniques employed by contemporary worship leaders.
- Consideration is given to practical issues related to rehearsal techniques, programming, MIDI technology, sound reinforcement, use of drama, use of drama as script, and worship events.
WMUS 630 – Principles of Worship Technology
Here’s what you’ll learn: the study of computer applications in music, including competencies in the use of notation software, music recording software; sequencing; using loops in live and recording applications; integrating midi and digital audio; capturing, editing, and storing digital audio data; multi and single tracking; VSTs; and sound shaping.
WRSP 635 – Building a Theology of Worship
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course is a comprehensive study of the purpose and practice of a theology of worship in the local church.
- The study is divided into two parts: cognitive theology that includes the understanding and discovery of a biblical theology of worship and music; and, practical application of theology, which includes developing a strategy for teaching theology as a worship leader.
- The class is guided by a series of projects whereby students build a personal theology for private and public worship.
Highlights of Our Master’s in Music and Worship Degree
- Nearly a 100% job placement rate for our recent residential graduate students.
- 141,000-square-foot Center for Worship has been voted “Best of the Best in Higher Education” six years in a row by Worship Leader Magazine.
- We offer exceptional opportunities for our students including our 2.2 million dollar state-of-the-art recording studio and songwriting labs. In partnership with the Michael W. Smith Center for Commercial Music, students also have the opportunity to have their original music published before they graduate!
- Designated as an “All Steinway” school.
- Liberty University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and is regionally accredited by SACSCOC.
- School of Music was rated #1 Christian Music School by Christian Universities Online.
- One of the nation’s largest music schools.
- 44 full-time faculty with degrees from many of the most prestigious music schools in the nation.
- Our students have produced albums that have been nominated for awards with Liberty alumni going on to become Dove award-winning Christian artists and songwriters.
Worship Music Studies Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Worship Music Studies Graduates
- Concert ministry program director
- Director of worship technology
- Minister of music
- Music and worship evangelist
- Worship leader or 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
- Self-certification form (for students who are in the final term of their bachelor’s degree)
- Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a degree completion application through their ASIST account
- Completion of an earned baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in one of the following areas: bachelor’s degree in music, music education, or Music & Worship
- 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing