The Institute for Worship Studies is an accredited graduate school whose curriculum is entirely focused on the study and practice of worship from an ancient-future posture. Two degree programs are offered by the Institute: The Doctor of Worship Studies (D.W.S.) and Master of Worship Studies (M.W.S.).
Both degree programs feature a set of “core” courses and practical implementation components, and the courses themselves are patterned off of the popular Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) model. Each course features an on-campus intensive component preceded and succeeded by distance work.
All of our faculty members hold adjunct positions at the Institute and many of them teach at other exemplary institutions full-time or part-time during the rest of the year. They come from diverse denominational and academic backgrounds, but all are committed to the mission of IWS to “form servant leaders in Christian worship renewal” and all are committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
IWS opened its doors to the first cohort of doctoral students in 1999 and has granted 694 degrees and certificates as of June, 2021. If you’d like, take a moment to read about our founding president, Robert E. Webber, and the history of the Institute for Worship Studies.