Master - Music and Worship Studies

Are you seeking to draw on your love of music, leadership abilities, and strong Christian faith? Receive the advanced education you need to prepare for such a profession when you become a student of Liberty University's Master of Arts in Music and Worship Studies program. For more information about this online master's degree program, read on.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The coursework of Liberty University's Master of Arts in Music and Worship Studies program provides you with the opportunity to study various worship techniques and practices as well as advanced topics in music arranging and conducting. Topics addressed in music and worship courses include music theory, management techniques for music rehearsals, vocal and instrumental management, worship presentation, worship leader roles, worship styles, and arrangement techniques for bands, singers, and choirs. Corporate ministry, worship organization, staff management, worship pastoral duties, and global worship may also be explored. You will also have the opportunity to write a worship thesis paper, participate in a supervised internship in an approved ministry, or organize a 55-60 minute worship recital program.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in applying to Liberty University's Master of Arts in Music and Worship Studies program, you must have already earned your high school diploma or GED. Additionally, you should hold a bachelor's degree and have an academic background in religion or music.

What Are the Course Requirements?

As a student of the Master of Arts in Music and Worship Studies program, you will be required to complete a total of 45 credits. This total reflects 18 credits in music studies and 15 credits in worship studies, in addition to nine credits in foundational courses and three credits in research studies. You must have a computer with Internet access as all courses and correspondence are conducted online.

Master of Arts in Music and Worship Studies Course Requirements

Course NumberCourse Title
Foundational Studies
WMUS 524 Analytical Techniques for the Worship Leader
WRSP 510 Biblical Foundations of Worship
WRSP 650 Bibliography and Research in Music and Worship
Music Studies
WMUS 515 Graduate Conducting for the Worship Leader
WMUS 525 Advanced Contemporary Arranging Techniques
WMUS 550 Applied Music
WMUS 610 Tools and Techniques for Contemporary Worship
Select two of the following:
WMUS 600 Music Resources and Literature for Worship Leading
WMUS 630 Principles of Worship Technology
WMUS 670 Principles of Music and Worship Pedagogy
Worship Studies
WRSP 502 History and Philosophy of Worship
WRSP 520 The Role of the Worship Leader
WRSP 540 Current Issues in Worship Ministry
WRSP 635 Building a Theology of Worship
Select one of the following:
WRSP 501 The Dynamics of Corporate Worship
WRSP 530 Principles of Leadership for the Worship Leader
WRSP 545 Global Worship
WRSP 551 Building a Balanced Worship Ministry
WRSP 645 The Role of the Pastor with the Worship Leader
Research Studies
Select one of the following:
WMUS 687 Music and Worship Ministry Project
WMUS 690 Worship Program Recital
WRSP 690 Thesis
WRSP 699 Worship Internship

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you have earned the Master of Arts in Music and Worship Studies from Liberty University, you could explore employment opportunities in various religious institutions. You might seek responsibilities in music selection, sound and video direction, worship planning, or youth music and worship program development.

Career possibilities might include:

  • Worship Pastor
  • Ministry Music Director