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Bachelor's in Liturgical Studies

If you are being called to serve as a worship minister or pastor, the BS in Liturgical Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University can help you pursue your calling. With this bachelor’s in worship ministry, you can develop a knowledge base rooted in scripture and effective methods for expressing ministry practice. Students will also learn to work within multiple staff environments by developing interpersonal skills that create synergy and engage diverse congregations.

Why Pursue My Bachelor’s in Liturgical Studies at IWU?

There are several benefits to pursuing your worship ministry degree at IWU. This accredited degree program is taught by faculty with experience as church leaders. We also provide a full system of student services, from tutoring to tech help, so you can thrive in this liturgical studies program. As a Christian University, offering religious-based degree programs comes naturally to us. At IWU, students of Christian faith find a home where their love for God can thrive among a strong network of peer support, faculty guidance, and chaplain mentorship. Furthermore, students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth on a personal level.

What Will I Learn in this BS in Liturgical Studies Program?

The courses in this bachelor’s in liturgical studies are designed to help students lead worship ministries in church and para-church settings. Students can use the knowledge and leadership skills in this program to lead worship in a variety of contexts. This program is often used as a second major for students who want to enhance their education for other types of ministries. Course topics cover ministerial placement and persistence, inductive bible study, foundations of worship, and more.  

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in This Bachelor of Science in Liturgical Studies

After completing your liturgical studies bachelor’s, you can pursue several faith-based careers, including:

  • Examine life habits (personal, spiritual, professional) that create long-term success in ministry
  • Integrate a biblical, theological, historical, pastoral, liturgical, and cultural understanding of Christian worship for the purpose of discipling believers to become informed and engaged participants in corporate worship
  • Achieve individual clarity on a biblical, theological, and practical understanding of calling and how it is expressing itself in the student's life
  • Participate in a Worship Lab that will focus on the application of the principles for congregational worship

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Worship Leader
  • Worship Director
  • Worship Pastor
  • Staff Pastor
  • Worship Discipleship Pastor

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

Students in these majors meet the general education competencies by taking the approved standard courses or meeting competencies except as otherwise noted.

Admission to Professional Majors

Admission to the majors within the Division of Practical Theology may require a formal screening process separate from the initial declaration of intent. The process includes the successful completion of the prescribed courses designated by each major. Students need to have a GPA of 2.25 cumulative and 2.5 in the coursework required for the major. Students must also file application forms including a written essay and references. In some cases a personal interview with school faculty may also be required. Enrollment in some advanced courses in the division is restricted to those admitted to these majors. A student needs to start the application to the major process by the end of their sophomore year (60 credit hours) and after the successful completion of the designated courses in his or her respective majors. Delay on this process will prohibit students from enrolling in advanced courses in their professional major.

Continuation in Professional Majors

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.25 GPA and a 2.50 academic GPA in coursework required for the major. Failure to do so may necessitate repeating courses or withdrawal from the major. The School of Theology and Ministry faculty reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any student who in its judgment fails to satisfy the standards of Christian character, moral integrity, and social fitness required for a professional minister.

Wesleyan Students

Students anticipating future service in The Wesleyan Church should include Wesleyan Church History/Discipline (REL-431) among their elective courses. The Christian Ministries and Pastoral Ministries majors are specifically designed to meet all the academic requirements for ordination in The Wesleyan Church. Any deviation from the course requirements should be approved in writing by both the Dean and the Executive Director of Education and Clergy Development for The Wesleyan Church. Students who are members of The Wesleyan Church should be in contact with their District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) prior to applying for admission to the professional majors.

  • Completion of 124 semester hours; however, some majors may result in the student earning greater than 124 credit hours by graduation.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a GPA of 2.25 or higher as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  • Completion of all general education requirements
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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