Doctor of Worship Studies / Pastoral Counseling
Liberty University

Program Details

Liberty’s 100% online Doctor of Worship Studies – Pastoral Counseling provides students with a balanced approach to worship ministry that includes studies of theology, biblical worship, and counseling ministry. This degree equips students with the knowledge and expertise needed to function in a variety of music and worship cultures and contexts within the evangelical community. The specialization in pastoral counseling also equips students to provide biblical counseling ministry to their congregations as well as to approach worship with discipleship and spiritual growth. This program targets career ministers of music or worship pastors who have first-hand ministry experience and want to better serve their congregations while growing in their individual and congregational discipleship skills. This doctoral degree will also equip students to teach worship studies in a college or university setting, write professionally in worship studies topics, and to pursue leadership roles in worship-related fields such as Christian music publishing.


  • 3.0 or above GPA
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • A regionally or nationally accredited Master of Music or its equivalent

School Accreditation Statement

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.