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The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Programme Detail: Doctor of Worship Studies

Language of this entry English (UK, International)
Name of Programme / Training Resource Doctor of Worship Studies
Type of Training Individual standalone programme
Reference Number
Description The Doctor of Worship Studies degree is specifically designed for worship teachers, music ministers, worship leaders and pastors. It is the only doctoral program in the world with its entire curriculum designed around worship studies. Every course deals specifically with worship, yet integrates the theological disciplines into each course. Students who graduate from this course of study will be able to reflect on worship through the disciplines of Scripture, history, theology and cultural analysis. All studies are geared toward the mission of the church to give witness to God’s redeeming work in the world and to fulfill the mandate of the great commission. The purpose of the doctorate program is not only to educate, but to encourage spiritual formation so as to prepare the student to minister to both the minds and the hearts of God’s people. The Institute for Worship Studies will help you: • Reevaluate your personal spirituality and ministry in light of the shift from modernity to postmodernity. • Develop the ability to think deeply about your ministry as it relates to the disciplines of theological thought and to the ministries of the church. • Learn how to listen to the text of culture and to discern how biblical faith is communicated within the current post-Christian cultural setting. • Consider your own ministry goals as they pertain to the material of each course.
Keywords Worship, spiritual formation, doctorate
Languages Programme Available in English (USA)
Other Languages
Country and region where programme is available United States / Countrywide
Area of Ministry and Focus Prayer, Worship and Spiritual Gifts / Worship; Transforming Culture, Arts and the Media / Music
Residential/Non Residential Mixed
Full-time or Part-time Full-time
Level Doctorate
Cost Range US$100,000 or more
Actual Cost $325 per credit hour
Bursaries/scholarships available No
Actual Length 3 years
Average hours of study per week 8
Methods of instruction Combination of on-campus and online learning, applied to the local context.
Percentage of time spent in formal learning (e.g. lectures, structured reading, work-books, etc.) 70%
Percentage of time spent on non-formal skill-based learning (e.g. learning on the job and supervised practice, etc.) 20%
Percentage of time spent in informal unstructured learning (e.g. prayer times, teamwork). 10%
Average number of students who take the programme per year (or, if this is a new programme, the number who can be accommodated) 120
Prerequisite Programmes
Other Prerequisites
Qualifications gained Doctor of Worship Studies
Qualifications this programme is part of
Programme Accredited by ABHE (N. America)
Other Accrediting Bodies None