How Does IWS Work?

 

The Institute for Worship Studies holds two semesters each year, with each semester involving an eight-day intensive session on campus. One intensive is held in January (“the January semester”), and one in June (“the June semester”). New students may begin their degree program in either semester, but note that the work for these intensives actually begins on the first day of the preceding month (that is, December 1 for a January intensive and May 1 for a June intensive). For students unable to attend two sessions per year, an Extended Track is available.

The Master of Worship Studies requires four total trips to the IWS campus; the Doctor of Worship Studies requires five (assuming the successful completion of each course).

When students and faculty are not on campus, interaction takes place in an online learning environment. Instructors are available through online chats and message boards, e-mail, telephone and even video chat (e.g. Skype). Coursework and projects are submitted electronically at the end of the semester (guidelines and due dates are of course specific to each course’s syllabus).

Master of Worship Studies Matriculation Example
  Regular Track
(January Start)
Regular Track
(June Start)
Extended Track
(January Start)
Extended Track
(June Start)
MWS 501: A Biblical Theology of Worship January 2015 June 2014 January 2015 June 2014
MWS 502: History of Christian Worship June 2015 January 2015 January 2016 June 2015
MWS 503: Contextualization, Spirituality and Christian Worship, and half of MWS 601: Ministry Internship January 2016 June 2015 January 2017 June 2016
MWS 504: Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Christian Worship, and half of MWS 601: Ministry Internship June 2016 January 2016 January 2018 June 2017
Graduation* June 2017* June 2016 June 2018 or 2019 June 2018*
* M.W.S. students who have completed all of the requirements to graduate may begin working toward their D.W.S. prior to “walking” at graduation, with the approval of the Academic Dean and if accepted to the doctoral program. For example, a student who completes MWS 504 and MWS 601 by November 1, 2014 may apply to begin the D.W.S. program beginning in January 2015, and graduate with their M.W.S. in June 2015.

 

Doctor of Worship Studies Matriculation Example
  Regular Track
(January Start)
Regular Track
(June Start)
Extended Track
(January Start)
Extended Track
(June Start)
DWS 701: The Biblical Foundations and Historical Development of Christian Worship January 2015 June 2014 January 2015 June 2014
DWS 702: The Renewal of Sunday Worship: Music and the Arts and DWS 702-P: Practicum June 2015 January 2015 January 2016 June 2015
DWS 703: The Christian Year: Forming Congregational Spirituality and DWS 703-P: Practicum January 2016 June 2015 January 2017 June 2016
DWS 704: The Sacred Actions and Ministries of Christian Worship and DWS 704-P: Practicum June 2016 January 2016 January 2018 June 2017
DWS 801: The Thesis* January 2017 June 2016 January 2019 June 2018
Graduation* June 2018 June 2017 June 2020 June 2019
* One year is allotted for work on a student’s Thesis. Continuations are available subject to the terms and conditions set out in the Academic Catalog.