Worship Studies (M.A.) - African American Worship

Worship Studies (M.A.) - African American Worship

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2024 through summer 2025. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Foundational Studies Courses
WRSP 501Principles of Worship and Ministry3
WRSP 510Biblical Foundations of Worship3
WRSP 650Bibliography & Research in Music & Worship3
Total Hours9
Worship Studies Courses
WRSP 502A History of Worship Music3
WRSP 520The Role of the Worship Leader3
WRSP 635Building a Theology of Worship3
Total Hours9
African American Studies Cognate
WRSP 631Spiritual Formation for Leading African American Worship3
Choose two of the following:6
Emerging Issues in African American Worship
Team Building in African American Worship
God's People and the History of African American Worship
Total Hours9
Practical Skills in Worship Courses6
Choose two of the following courses
Analytical Techniques for the Worship Leader
Advanced Contemporary Arranging Techniques for Worship
Applied Music
Music Resources and Literature for Worship Leading
Tools and Techniques for Contemporary Worship
Principles of Worship Technology
Principles of Leadership for the Worship Leader
Current Issues in Worship
Global Worship
Building a Balanced Worship Ministry
The Role of the Pastor with the Worship Leader
Research Studies Courses
WMUS 692Graduate Music and Worship Comprehensive Exam0
WRSP 689Master's Thesis Proposal and Research 1,23
Choose one of the following courses:
Music and Worship Ministry Project 2,3
Worship Lecture Recital 2,3
Thesis 2,3
Total Hours3

Any student who needs to enroll in WRSP 689 more than 3 times must seek School of Music administration approval.  


Any student who is not ready for enrollment in their choice of WMUS 687, WMUS 691, or WRSP 690 after completing WRSP 689 may be required to repeat WRSP 689 until deemed ready for enrollment in WMUS 687, WMUS 691, or WRSP 690.


Choose one of the following courses: WMUS 6872, WMUS 6912, or WRSP 6902

 All Applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 36 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
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Degree must be completed within 5 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

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
WRSP 501 Principles of Worship and Ministry 3
WRSP 510 Biblical Foundations of Worship 3
Practical Skills Elective 1 3
Second Semester
WRSP 502 A History of Worship Music 3
WRSP 631 Spiritual Formation for Leading African American Worship 3
WRSP 650 Bibliography & Research in Music & Worship 3
Second Year
First Semester
WRSP 520 The Role of the Worship Leader 3
WRSP 635 Building a Theology of Worship 3
Cognate Elective 2 3
Second Semester
Cognate Elective 2 3
Practical Skills Elective 1 3
WRSP 689 Master's Thesis Proposal and Research 3
Research Studies Elective 3 0
 Total Hours36

Choose one of the following courses: WMUS 524, 525, 550, 600, 610, 630, WRSP 530, 540, 545, 551, or 645


Choose one of the following courses: WRSP 632, 641, or 671


Choose one of the following courses: WMUS 687, 691, or WRSP 690

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