Applying to IWS
Admission to the Master of Worship Studies and Doctor of Worship Studies programs is done on a rolling basis. Check the calendar for dates of upcoming sessions. New students may begin during the January or June semester.
Students requesting admittance must have:
- a bachelor’s degree
- a master’s degree* (a master’s degree in any field is acceptable)
- a ministry in the local church or a Christian organization (need not be a paid position)
* for entrance into the D.W.S. program only
How to Apply
An application to either degree program contains the following:
- a completed application form,
- your personal statement,
- a letter of recommendation,
- official transcripts, and
- the application fee.
Your personal statement of 300 words or less should explain how you believe you would profit from being a part of this academic program. This document may be emailed to the Admissions Department or submitted by mail.
Letter of Recommendation
Applicants in local church ministry must request a letter of recommendation from their senior pastor or another church leader who has overseen them in ministry. The letter should address the Applicant’s ability to undertake the degree program and the leader’s support of the program of study.
Applicants in other types of ministry should request a recommendation from their supervisor. The Letter of Recommendation should be written on letterhead and sent directly to the Admissions office by its author.
Official, sealed transcripts from all previously-completed degrees (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate, as applicable) should be sent directly to the IWS office. The Director of Admissions may also request transcripts of academic work that did not lead to a completed degree.
Application to an IWS degree program will not be considered complete without the submission of the Application Fee of $50. The fee may be paid over the phone or online by credit card, or by check or money order. The Application Fee is nonrefundable.
The Institute for Worship Studies admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.