Master of Arts in Worship Studies

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The Master of Arts degree in Worship Studies is the first of its kind within the Assemblies of God and is a degree that can be completed in approximately two and a half years. The program is designed for worship leaders, music pastors, church musicians, lead pastors, associate pastors, missionaries, and laypersons interested in pursuing graduate studies in worship. It will focus on unchanging Biblical truth as a basis for assessing the appropriateness and usefulness of innovations and traditions in worship. The curriculum provides Evangelical and Pentecostal hermeneutic competencies for original research of the Scriptures.

The program is designed for music pastors, church musicians, lead pastors, associate pastors, missionaries, and laypersons interested in pursuing graduate studies in worship. The program focuses on unchanging biblical truth and emphasis will be placed on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in private and public worship.


Students will..

  1. perform quality academic research in the field of worship studies using the most advanced and up to date scholarly works, and prepare them for entry into additional degree programs and doctoral studies.
  2. integrate theological knowledge and worship practice within the framework of a Christian worldview and Pentecostal spirituality.
  3. describe the historical foundations of worship and be able to identify the societal influences upon such developments.
  4. demonstrate acquired skills in professional ministerial settings

Program Set Up
The degree is a total of 33 credits and can be completed in as little as 18 months entirely online. Each course is 3 credit hours for all tracks. The following are the program requirements:

WRS 500: Introduction to Worship Studies
WRS 505: Pentecostal Spirituality: Contemporary Pentecostal and Charismatic Worship
WRS 510: Biblical Foundations of Worship
WRS 515: Historical Foundations of Worship
WRS 520: Pastoring a Worship Community
WRS 525: Worship Leading
WRS 595: Worship Practicum
WRS 599: Capstone Applied Research Project

Additional requirements by track:

Pastoral/Preaching Track:
Any graduate level LED (Leadership) course offered by the college (3 credits)
Any graduate level THE (Theology) course offered by the college (3 credits)
WRS 545: The Senior Pastor – Lead Worshiper (3 credits)

Worship Leader Track:
Any graduate level LED (Leadership) course offered by the college (3 credits)
Any graduate level THE (Theology) course offered by the college (3 credits)
WRS 540: Developing and Leading the Worship Team (3 credits)

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