Increase Your Skills and Techniques with Liberty’s Master of Arts in Worship Studies – Worship Techniques!
Do you want to gain new technical skills, musical abilities, and a deeper understanding of leadership methods for your worship ministry? Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Worship Studies – Worship Techniques degree provides advanced training in the best practices behind contemporary worship music theory and some of the technical aspects behind recording and creating contemporary worship music.
Our School of Music is the seventh-largest school of music in the nation, so we have the resources and expertise to teach you how to be successful in your worship ministry. As you pursue your worship studies degree, you will have opportunities to gain hands-on experience in our Center for Worship, voted “Best of the Best in Higher Education” six years in a row by Worship Leader Magazine!
Partner with us to develop not only your worship and music skills, but expand your knowledge of the industry and resources available to you in your career. You can fulfill your passion for reaching people with the gospel while using your abilities to teach and preach to God’s people. Get started today because a rewarding career in a field you love is calling.
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 Master of Arts in Worship Studies – Worship Techniques?
Your career in worship and the music industry starts right here at Liberty. Our campus houses a 141,000-square-foot Center for Worship with countless rehearsal rooms, Mac labs, and a $2.2 million recording studio. As a worship studies student, you will 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.
An accredited degree is a plus for your résumé and your future. We know accreditation matters, so we’ve worked hard to achieve accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). With all of our amazing resources, learning opportunities, and accredited programs, you can find success in worship and music careers.
What Will You Learn in Our M.A. in Worship Studies – Worship Techniques?
As a master’s student in worship studies, you will examine doctrine and theology with an emphasis on Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, and the role of the church as a whole. You will pair this training with an exploration of worship techniques and best practices so that you are better prepared to present the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our worship studies courses highlight the role and responsibilities of a worship leader. The relationship you have with your pastor, staff members, and worship team members set the tone for the worship experience. Forming and maintaining a cohesive worship team provides a firm foundation for the vision of your church and plays a vital role in its connection to the individual worshiper.
Our worship techniques specialization provides the training and resources you need to build worship programs, instrumental and choral ensembles, all in traditional and non-traditional worship settings. You will evaluate audio, visual, software, and musical resources used for a contemporary Christian music ensemble. In addition, you will study the history of melodic concepts and how the music of the past has influenced present-day worship practices.
Review the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying!
WRSP 510 – Biblical Foundations of Worship
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- 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
WRSP 520 – The Role of the Worship Leader
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- A study of the many and varied roles and relationships of the worship leader
- The special relationship between the worship leader and the pastor, worship leader and other staff members, singers/instrumentalists, and the congregation
WMUS 524 – Analytical Techniques for the Worship Leader
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course is a foundational course for graduate contemporary music theory practices. The study includes a thorough investigation of jazz and extended harmonies used in contemporary worship music.
- Worship students continue to learn and apply analytical technique to various music styles. Melodic concepts and music form are explored in the literature from historical music periods and compared to present worship music literature and practice.
- Principles of harmonic function are taught and applied to representative worship literature forms.
WMUS 600 – Music Resources & Literature for Worship Leading
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- A study of the materials used in program building of instrumental and choral ensembles in non-traditional worship settings
- Evaluation of select publishers to investigate musical, audio, video, and software resources availability with application to contemporary Christian worship ensemble
Highlights of Our Master’s in Worship Studies – Worship Techniques 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 Studies – Worship Techniques Master’s Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Worship Studies – Worship Techniques Graduates
- Director of worship and drama
- Minister of music
- Music and family minister
- Worship pastor
- Program director for contemporary worship
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 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