I’ve been promising some folks that I would write up a post on the various graduate programs that offer a specific focus on worship, music, and liturgy. For now I’m just going to list the schools and programs but I’ll continue to add info to this page as I have time. I’ve provided links where I can. As always send me data if you’ve got it!
Covenant has a new MA in Worship and Music. Excited to hear more about it. I’ve heard good things about the new D.min in worship studies. Currently Luke Brodine is pursuing this option. Reggie Kidd, Scotty Smith, Mike Farley all teach for this program which is about as awesome as you get. A broad focus on history, theology, and church liturgical practice.
– Duke Divinity School
ThD (Doctorate in Theology)
Focus on theology and the arts
Jeremy Begbie has a cohort of students connected to his DITA initiative and Lester Ruth focuses on liturgical history and contemporary worship studies. Definitely on the more academic end of programs. You can read the research interests of current THD DITA students HERE. David Taylor is finishing his dissertation this year.
– Fuller Seminary
MA, PhD (focus in worship, theology, and the arts)
Led by Dr. Todd Johnson who did his PhD at Notre Dame. Typical to Fuller you will find a broad engagement with the Church from an evangelical perspective.
– Southern Theological Seminary
PhD in Christian Worship (new)
I’ve been hearing good things about this new program. Matt Boswell is pursuing this option I’ve heard. Check out the LINKS for more info.
– Bob Webber’s Institute for Worship Studies
MWS (Masters in Worship Studies)
DWS (Doctorate in Worship Studies)
Reggie Kidd and Lester Ruth both teach for this modular program which should go a long way. Based in Robert Webber’s “Ancient-Future” methodology. Ecumenical but broadly evangelical.
Other Programs to check out:
There are a lot of schools that will have PhD programs in historical theology, or history where the direction can be moved in a ‘liturgical’ direction.
Durham University (UK)
I’ve heard that Durham Univ has just started a new modular “PhD” program where you can focus on worship and church studies. Glenn Packiam and Vicky Beeching are current students. Check out the links for more info.
St. Andrews University, Scotland
Mlitt, PhD (ITIA)