Worship Studies (D.W.S.)

Worship Studies (D.W.S.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2022 through summer 2023. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Biblical & Theological Studies Courses
WRSP 801Historical Developments of Christian Worship3
WRSP 810Biblical Foundations of Christian Worship3
WRSP 835Theology of Christian Worship3
Total Hours9
Advanced Worship Studies Courses
WRSP 820History and Practice of Congregational Song3
WRSP 840Current Trends and Transitions in Christian Worship3
WRSP 845Philosophy of Music and Christian Worship3
WRSP 846Growth, Development, and Spiritual Formation3
WRSP 851Planning and Leading Christian Worship3
Total Hours15
Elective Courses
Elective 1,23
Elective 1,23
Elective 1,23
Total Hours9

Choose from the following courses: WRSP 501 Principles of Worship and Ministry (3 c.h.), WRSP 502 A History of Worship Music (3 c.h.)WRSP 510 Biblical Foundations of Worship (3 c.h.)WRSP 520 The Role of the Worship Leader (3 c.h.)WRSP 530 Principles of Leadership for the Worship Leader (3 c.h.)WRSP 540 Current Issues in Worship (3 c.h.)WRSP 545 Global Worship (3 c.h.)WRSP 551 Building a Balanced Worship Ministry (3 c.h.)WRSP 631 Spiritual Formation for Leading African American Worship (3 c.h.)WRSP 632 Emerging Issues in African American Worship (3 c.h.)WRSP 635 Building a Theology of Worship (3 c.h.)WRSP 641 Team Building in African American Worship (3 c.h.)WRSP 645 The Role of the Pastor with the Worship Leader (3 c.h.)WRSP 671 God's People and the History of African American Worship (3 c.h.)WRSP 811 Principles of Ethno-doxology (3 c.h.)WRSP 812 Cultural Contextualization in Christian Worship (3 c.h.), or WRSP 997 Advanced Seminar in Worship Studies (3 c.h.)


Other Masters and Doctoral level courses which support the purpose of the Doctor of Worship Studies may be approved on a case-by-case bases by the School of Music Online Chair or School of Music Online Dean

Research Studies Courses
WRSP 880Introduction to the Thesis Writing Project3
WRSP 888Thesis Project Proposal & Research I4
WRSP 889Thesis Project Proposal & Research II 15
WRSP 890Thesis Project Defense0
Total Hours12

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in WRSP 890 Thesis Project Defense (3 c.h.) after completing WRSP 889 Thesis Project Proposal & Research II (3,5 c.h.) may be required, as determined by the student's thesis chair, to repeat WRSP 889 Thesis Project Proposal & Research II (3,5 c.h.) until deemed ready for enrollment in WRSP 890 Thesis Project Defense (3 c.h.)

All Applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 45 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

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