Liberty University provides a Master of Arts in Worship Studies degree with a specialization in Leadership that is intended for students who have interest in fulfilling worship leadership roles within a church organization. Some specific course topics are research methods, worship culture communication, and leadership principles. The program is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply their biblical knowledge, theological foundations, and worship theory to a church setting. In addition, students may learn how to minister effectively within a number of different church cultures. Many of the program’s courses are taught by experienced Christian musicians and songwriters.
The program’s courses are offered predominately online; however, students will be required to attend six campus-based intensives throughout the program. Intensives are one-week long, accelerated courses that provide students the opportunity to work with instructors and fellow students within a variety of workshops and classes.
To graduate successfully, students must complete the program with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Once the program has begun, students have a maximum of five years to complete the necessary requirements. Students may transfer up to 12 credits from a previous academic institution.
The 45 credit program requires students to complete courses within a variety of subjects. Students must complete 12 Foundational Studies, 15 Worship Studies, 15 Leadership Cognate and three Practical Theology in Worship credit hours. Some of the Leadership Cognate’s courses are The Dynamics of Corporate Worship, Building a Balanced Worship Ministry, and The Role of the Pastor with the Worship Leader.
Students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from either a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution with a minimum GPA of 2.0. The previously completed bachelor’s degree must be within music, worship(or another related field) or have had five years experience in music ministry.
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Accreditation & Licensing
Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.
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