Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Worship (Ph.D.)

Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Worship (Ph.D.)


The purpose of the Ph.D. in Christian Worship is to provide intensive scholarly study in Christian worship. It trains leaders in the church and aspiring worship professors to think rigorously and biblically in the fields related to local church corporate worship. In doing so it integrates the field of Christian worship with its theological, philosophical, methodological and historical perspectives.

Program Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Examine the biblical instruction that informs worship in the Christian life.
  • Develop theological and philosophical constructs to govern the practice of worship in the Christian church.
  • Evaluate literature of the discipline, historical developments, and modern trends related to corporate worship.
  • Design methodological approaches for the function of worship in a local church.
  • Evaluate pedagogical concepts and conduct research as a practitioner and scholar in the field of Christian worship.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Ph.D. in Christian Worship must meet the following requirements:

  1. An earned master’s degree in music or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. A graduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).

Transfer Credit

Transfer students will be required to submit transcripts for evaluation as per the normal process established by the University. Students may transfer a maximum of 30 hours of coursework from an accredited institution.  In order to be eligible for transfer credit, course work must have a minimum grade of B-, and must have been completed within the past seven (7) years. Credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

Delivery Format: Online Only

  • Worship Leader
  • College Professor
  • Worship Researcher
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