Masters Degree In Music And Worship Music
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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
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Aug 19, 2024

Become a Professional Worship Leader with Liberty’s Master of Arts in Worship Studies

Your love for worship can go beyond a once-a-week Sunday morning service. Take your passion and turn it into a career with a master’s degree in worship studies from Liberty! We offer this graduate degree in worship studies to allow students like you to get on track for an exciting career in worship ministry.

At Liberty, we take music seriously. If you love music as much as we do, partner with us and see your career goals realized.

Your success is our success. Our professors are excited to pour their years of industry experience into you, providing academic and spiritual mentorship as they pray for you throughout your studies. With our mission to Train Champions for Christ, we are so thankful for our faculty who make it possible to equip and train musicians like you to make a difference for Christ around the globe.

Get excited about your future in worship studies. Why wait? A rewarding career in a field you love is calling!

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 Master of Arts in Worship Studies?

Your career in worship and ministry leadership starts right here at Liberty! Our campus houses a Center for Worship with countless rehearsal rooms, Mac labs, and a $2.2 million recording studio. Gain the hands-on experience you need to enter your field with confidence.

As a student, you can have access to all of these resources, as well as our Liberty Music Group (LMG) publishing company. Many of our graduates have gone on to become award-winning Christian artists and songwriters using the skills they developed on our industry-standard equipment. 

Take advantage of our award-winning School of Music and walk away with a degree that means more. All of our music degrees are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). This means you can rest assured that employers and churches across the nation can recognize the caliber of your degree.

What Will You Learn in Our M.A. in Worship Studies?

Gain a better understanding of the theology, cultural influencers, and historical events that have laid the foundation for contemporary worship. As a master’s student in worship studies, you can examine doctrine with an emphasis on Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, and the Church as a whole. This can better prepare you to use your worship leadership position to spread the gospel.

Our worship studies courses highlight the dynamics of corporate worship. These dynamic influences contain a multitude of areas of influence, from personal to historical to professional to corporate and local church ministry. By the end of your time studying these concepts, you can complete an honest personal assessment of your responsibility to music, preaching, and ministry.

All of our courses are designed to bring out your greatest ministry potential. Let us come alongside you to help ensure you get the most out of your graduate studies. Check out our featured courses below for more information about the type of classes you can take!

Featured Courses

THEO 530 – Systematic Theology II

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The study of systematic theology with special attention given to the doctrines of the person and work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things
  • Issues such as nature and extent of salvation, the origin, nature, and future of the church, and the eternal state

WRSP 501 – The Dynamics of Corporate Worship

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • This course involves a study of the dynamic influences of personal, biblical, historical, professional, and practical worship to the corporate ministry of the local church.
  • Application is made to the presentation and influence of singing, praying, preaching, evangelism, and the great modern revival movements on corporate worship in the church today.
  • Graduate students complete a personal assessment that relates honest, genuine, unhindered, and biblical worship to their own responsibility to music, prayer, evangelism, preaching, and corporate ministry.

WRSP 510 – Biblical Foundations of Worship

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A study of the principles of worship as found in the Old and New Testaments
  • The Tabernacle as a model of worship, worship in the lives of biblical characters, and the biblical roots of worship practices developed by the early church

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 given to practical issues related to rehearsal techniques, programming, MIDI technology, sound reinforcement, use of drama, use of drama as script, and worship events
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Highlights of Our Master’s in Worship Studies Degree

  • Nearly a 100% job placement rate for our recent residential graduate students.
  • 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.
  • 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 Studies Master’s Degree Information

  • Residential
  • 36 total credit hours
  • Transfer in up to 50% of your credits
  • This program falls under the School of Music
  • View the course catalog for additional information

Career Opportunities for Worship Studies Graduates

  • Choir director
  • Director of worship ministries
  • Minister of music
  • Missionary
  • Professor
  • 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
  • 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
  • A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing