Prepare for Full-time Ministry with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree Online

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity (MDiv) is designed to help men and women prepare for professional Christian ministry in the local church and parachurch organizations. Our M.Div. online provides an in-depth and well-rounded study in classical disciplines such as Church History, Biblical Studies, and Theology while providing practical ministry skills. No matter what your intended field, the online Masters in Divinity will provide a pathway for preparedness in all aspects of ministry, discipleship, and Christian administration. Through our M.Div. online program, you can choose an area of study that matches your passion so that you can focus your studies on your specific area of study. Our Master of Divinity online will ensure that you have the essential values, knowledge, and skills needed to serve Christ and further His kingdom.

Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Divinity Online Program?

Liberty University’s M.Div. online programs provide a flexible way to gain the knowledge and skills you need to better meet your current ministry challenges or pursue a full-time role in ministry leadership. Students with previous ministry experience, those with an extensive personal study, or even those who have previously pursued an unaccredited seminary degree may be able to receive course credit for the online Master of Divinity program through transfer evaluation and Institutional Challenge Exams. Those who are coming to ministry after having completed a non-ministry related bachelor’s degree will find all of the foundational studies needed for successful ministry. If you feel unequipped for the challenges in your current ministry role or want to transition into full-time professional ministry, the online Masters in Divinity will be an excellent program for you.

What are the Benefits of pursuing our Master of Divinity Online?

  • Our Master of Divinity is the most comprehensive graduate-level seminary program available to ministers, missionaries, and ministry professionals.
  • Those with shorter graduate-level seminary degrees may find that most or all of their previous coursework will be transferred to the M.Div. online program.
  • Liberty’s online ministry master’s degrees have received BestColleges.com’s Best Online Master’s in Ministry award for 2018.
  • Unlike many Bible colleges or seminaries, Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.
  • Institutional Challenge Exams (ICE) are available to test out of foundational biblical and theological studies content for the online M.Div. program.

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What Will You Learn in the Master of Divinity Online Degree Program?

Our Master of Divinity can be completed 100% online with optional on-campus intensives and has many specialized areas of study to ensure that your field-specific needs are met. The core of our online M.Div. delivers foundational content studies in ministry writing and research, Old and New Testament studies, Apologetics, Evangelism, and Discipleship Ministries. To enhance your biblical understanding, the Master of Divinity will train you in the use of common language tools for word studies and in-depth research. You can also dive into the original Greek and Hebrew texts through language-specific courses. By pursuing the M.Div. online degree, you can choose the areas of study that reflect your specific ministry needs and have flexibility in your degree plan to ensure your education is well-rounded and Christ-centered.

Specializations

Each specialization is 75 credit hours unless otherwise listed.

  • Biblical Studies
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Biblical Studies will equip you for a career within a variety of church and ministry settings by providing you with an in-depth study of the historical and theological context of individual books of the Bible.
  • Biblical Languages
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Biblical Languages will provide you with a strong knowledge of original languages used in Scripture for an in-depth biblical study. You will be given the tools to interpret Scripture to teach in an academic setting and to teach in the local church with confidence.
  • Biblical Languages (90 hours)
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Biblical Languages 90-Hour Track will provide you with advanced expertise in the original languages of Scripture for an in-depth biblical study. You will be given the tools to interpret Scripture to teach in an academic setting and to teach in the local church with confidence.
  • Chaplaincy
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Chaplaincy is designed to provide you with an in-depth study of Scripture, biblical leadership principles and strategies, and the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. You will explore theological and cultural issues relevant to formal and informal chaplaincy settings while learning to minister to diverse audiences.
  • Christian Apologetics
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Christian Apologetics will equip you with advanced training to address the questions raised by congregations about the truthfulness of Christianity. This degree will equip you with the understanding and skills necessary to explain and reinforce Christianity through the study of apologetics.
  • Christian Leadership & Church Ministries
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Christian Leadership and Church Ministries will provide you with an in-depth look at the Christian church by equipping you with the tools and skills to effectively lead in a variety of capacities. Additionally, with an understanding of the ins and outs of ministry, you will be ready to take on a larger role within the church.
  • Christian Ministries
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Christian Ministries is designed to meet the growing need for ministry leaders in churches. The program is meant for those seeking specialized training in the area of discipleship. Through this program, you will gain a strong understanding of biblical leadership principles and strategies specific to small group settings to train disciples in the local church.
  • Church History
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Church History will provide you with an in-depth look at the formation of the Christian church for the purpose of equipping you for future ministry opportunities. Your understanding will be enhanced by courses rooted in Scripture and an understanding of church history from the Reformation to the modern world.
  • Community Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis, 93 hours)
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Community Chaplaincy will equip you to provide pastoral care and biblical guidance to those serving in the U.S. military, parachurch ministries, large companies, as well as individuals in rest homes. You’ll receive the practical tools you need to minister effectively in a variety of settings.
  • Community Chaplaincy (Thesis, 93 hours)
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Community Chaplaincy will equip you to provide pastoral care and biblical guidance through chaplaincy by giving you practical tools to counsel those serving in the U.S. military, parachurch ministries, large companies, as well as individuals in rest homes.
  • Discipleship Ministries
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Discipleship Ministries is designed to introduce you to the foundations of ministry and discipleship by introducing you to various opportunities within the church. This program will provide you with courses that study the dynamics of family discipleship, building effective small group ministries, and the details of properly structured church administration.
  • General
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – General is designed to provide you with the backbone of an excellent divinity program with the flexibility and freedom to select a large number of electives. With no specific specialization, you are able to mix and match, creating a personalized degree program that fits your passion.
  • Global Studies
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Global Studies is designed to enhance your knowledge and passion to serve the worldwide church by providing you with a foundation in cultural studies, ministry and worship techniques, and an intensive study of Scripture.
  • Healthcare Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis, 93 hours)
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Healthcare Chaplaincy is designed to prepare you to meet the needs of patients in various healthcare settings. Through this program, you will examine the theological and cultural issues relevant to chaplaincy settings, and learn to support patients and their families with spiritual truth.
  • Healthcare Chaplaincy (Thesis, 93 Hours)
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Healthcare Chaplaincy is designed to prepare you to meet the needs of patients in various healthcare settings. Through this program, you will examine the theological and cultural issues relevant to chaplaincy settings, and learn to support patients and their families with spiritual truth.
  • Homiletics
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Homiletics will provide you with a strong foundation to preach and minister by providing you with the tools and skills to prepare for and give a sermon. You will gain a broad foundation in the fundamentals of Christianity that will enable you to build a solid ministry.
  • Leadership
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Leadership is uniquely designed for individuals interested in leadership opportunities within the church or parachurch organizations. You will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of church administration and ministry through a variety of courses that will challenge you to lead in the most effective way you can.
  • Military Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis, 93 hours)
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Military Chaplaincy is designed to enhance your ability to steward the gospel by further developing your ministry skills and Christian character. Through this program, you will examine the theological and cultural issues relevant to military populations, as well as learn how to minister to the unique needs of those who are experiencing combat-related trauma.
  • Military Chaplaincy (Thesis, 93 Hours)
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Military Chaplaincy is designed to enhance your ability to steward the gospel by further developing your ministry skills and Christian character. Through this program, you will examine the theological and cultural issues relevant to military populations, as well as learn how to minister to the unique needs of those who are experiencing combat-related trauma.
  • Pastoral Counseling
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Pastoral Counseling will give you a firm foundation in the psychological theories and counseling techniques necessary for providing individuals Godly advisement. You will receive instruction regarding the integration of psychology with theology, premarital and marital therapy, and spirituality in counseling.
  • Theology
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Theology is designed to enhance your understanding of theology as it relates to ministry, leadership, and spiritual life. It is a comprehensive degree essential for gaining an in-depth understanding of Scripture and biblical truths.
  • Youth and Family Ministries
    Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity – Youth and Family Ministries is designed to enhance your understanding of youth ministry as it relates to the family unit, leadership, and spiritual life. It is a comprehensive degree essential for gaining an in-depth understanding of leadership and ministry for the next generation.

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Highlights

  • By earning your Master of Divinity online from a nonprofit university whose online programs are ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in the field.
  • Tuition for our M.Div. online programs has not increased in four straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • Study under theologians and missionaries with real-world experience in the online M.Div.’s web-based content developed by Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity.
  • Choose between 75- and 93- credit-hour areas of study to customize your M.Div. online degree for a specific role or field.
  • Choose one of our Master of Divinity chaplaincy tracks to gain specialized chaplaincy training that will prepare you to become a Community, Healthcare, or Military Chaplain.
  • Complete content for our M.Div. program 100% online, or take advantage of optional on-campus intensives and meet your peers and professors while you gain valuable hands-on training.

Degree Information

  • 100% Online with optional intensives.
  • 75, 90, or 93 total hours.
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred to Liberty if approved.
  • This program falls under the Rawlings School of Divinity.

Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey. As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • The discounted tuition rate of $275 (per credit hour for part-time enrollment)
  • Discounted Divinity Block Rate: $2,475 (per semester – only $165/credit at 15 credit hours!*)
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)

*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the Masters of Divinity Online are charged at the part-time rate.

Admission Requirements

A regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 or above cumulative combined GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please contact us for more information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • School of Divinity Questionnaire
  • Pastoral Recommendation Contact Info
  • Unofficial college transcripts can be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • Official college transcripts, if available
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.
**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.

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Last updated September 13, 2019
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Start Date
Oct 21, 2019
Duration
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$306 per credit hour.
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