Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Online Degree Program

Master of Divinity M.Div.

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Prepare for Full-time Ministry with a Master of Divinity

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program is designed to help men and women prepare for professional Christian ministry in local church and para-church organizations. The online M.Div. program 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 the online M.Div. program, you can choose an area of study that matches your passion so that you can focus your studies on your specific area of interest. The online Master of Divinity program will ensure that you have the essential values, knowledge, and skills needed to serve Christ and further His kingdom.

Why Attend Liberty’s Masters of Divinity Program Online?

Liberty University’s online M.Div. program provides 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 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 Degree will find all of the foundational studies needed for successful ministry. If you feel underequipped 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.

Other highlights of the Online M.Div. Degree

  • Earning your Master of Divinity online from a non-profit university whose online programs are ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility will set you apart from others in the field.
  • 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 online M.Div. degree for a specific role or field.
  • Choose one of the Master of Divinity’s chaplaincy tracks to gain specialized chaplaincy training that will prepare you to become a Community, Healthcare, or Military Chaplain.
  • Complete content for the 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.

What are the Benefits of the online M.Div.?

  • The 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. program.
  • Unlike many bible colleges or seminaries, Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity holds the same institutional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
  • Institutional Challenge Exams (ICE) are available to test out of foundational biblical and theological studies content for the online M.Div. program.
  • The online Master of Divinity program has a discounted graduate tuition of $395 per credit hour for part-time enrollment.
  • Online Master of Divinity Block Rate: students attending full time or higher (9-15 credit hours) are eligible for a block rate of $2,750 per semester!*

Military Benefits

Are you an Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits for the online Master of Divinity program:

  • 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!*
  • No application fee for service members or veterans.
  • College credit for military training.

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

What Will You Learn in the Online Master of Divinity?

Liberty University’s Master of Divinity program is 100% online with optional on-campus intensives and has many specialized areas of study to ensure that student’s field-specific needs are met. The core of the online M.Div. program delivers foundational content studies in ministry writing and research, Old and New Testament studies, Apologetics, Evangelism, and Discipleship Ministries. To enhance understanding and allow for better instruction, the Master of Divinity trains students in the use of common language tools for word studies and in-depth research. Students can also dive into the original Greek and Hebrew texts with language courses. Students pursuing the M.Div. online degree can choose areas of study that reflect their specific ministry needs and will have flexibility in their degree plans to ensure they have a well-rounded education.

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M.Div. Online Format

  • 100% Online*
  • 75, 90, or 93 total hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable.
  • Visit the Rawlings School of Divinity for more information about faculty and department resources.

*Optional Intensives are available

Potential Career Options for Graduates of the Online M.Div. Degree

  • Senior Pastor

  • Military Chaplain
  • Christian Educator
  • Christian School Administrator
  • Church Education Administrator
  • Curriculum Director
  • Instructional Supervisor
  • Sunday School Administrator
  • Corporate Chaplaincy
  • Hospital/Fire/Police Chaplaincy

The online Master of Divinity program is designed to deliver comprehensive and well-rounded education for full-time ministry. Graduates of the online M.Div. program should be well equipped to pursue leadership and administrative roles in many ministry fields. While individual denominational requirements differ, receiving a fully SACS-accredited Master of Divinity should provide necessary educational requirements and provide reliable academic credentials. Students may pursue doctoral studies in many institutions after completing the M.Div., and may also be qualified for teaching roles in Christian K-12 institutions or at the university level. Please see the list of available areas of study to ensure you are choosing the specialized track for your intended field.


Each cognate is 75 credit hours unless otherwise listed. Explore information about each cognate below.