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.

    • Dr. Eric Bolger“The D.W.S. program provides the theological and biblical foundation that so many worship leaders and ministers of music are missing. Students are given spiritual resources they have hungered for but not known where to look: the rich historical reflections on worship by the Church, the deep biblical affirmations about the God we worship and how this God calls us to worship, and an understanding of how culture has and continues to influence worship and how it is expressed and interpreted. In addition, students become part of a learning community with connections to others church leaders that are encouraging and will last a lifetime.”

      Dr. Eric Bolger, Alumnus (D.W.S., '02), IWS Trustee & Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at College of the Ozarks
       

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 (6 credits). Students will take BIB 501(A) (2 credits, online) prior to the on-campus intensive, BIB 501(B) (2 credits, online) immediately following the on-campus visit, and WR 501 (2 credits, online) following that (not more than 2 classes or 8 credits at one time). January 2020 June 2019 January 2020 June 2019
MWS 502: History of Christian Worship (6 credits) June 2020 January 2020 January 2021 June 2020
MWS 503: Contextualization, Spirituality and Christian Worship (6 credits), and half of MWS 601: Ministry Internship (3 credits) January 2021 June 2020 January 2022 June 2021
MWS 504: Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Christian Worship (6 credits), and half of MWS 601: Ministry Internship (3 credits) June 2021 January 2021 January 2023 June 2022
Graduation* June 2022* June 2021 June 2023 or 2024 June 2023*
* 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, 2019 may apply to begin the D.W.S. program beginning in January 2020, and graduate with their M.W.S. in June 2020.

 

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 2020 June 2019 January 2020 June 2019
DWS 702: The Renewal of Sunday Worship: Music and the Arts and DWS 702-P: Practicum June 2020 January 2020 January 2021 June 2020
DWS 703: The Christian Year: Forming Congregational Spirituality and DWS 703-P: Practicum January 2021 June 2020 January 2022 June 2021
DWS 704: The Sacred Actions and Ministries of Christian Worship and DWS 704-P: Practicum June 2021 January 2021 January 2023 June 2022
DWS 801: The Thesis* January 2022 June 2021 January 2024 June 2023
Graduation June 2023 June 2022 June 2025 June 2024
* 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.

 

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