Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Master of Divinity

Admission Requirements Program Format Specializations


Master of Divinity
Rawlings School of Divinity


Liberty University’s Master of Divinity, 100% online program, is designed to prepare you for further studies in Divinity by providing you with an  in-depth and well rounded program built to address all aspects of Christianity, ministry, discipleship, and administration. You will select a specialization that matches your passion and will have the opportunity to format the degree with classes that you find pertinent to your program. This degree will emphasize the essential values, knowledge, and skills needed to serve in a variety of roles within the church.


Program Format

  • 100% Online*
  • 75, 90, or 93 total hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable.
     

*Optional Intensives are available


Specializations

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

  • Biblical Studies

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Biblical Studies, 100% online program, 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.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • New and Old Testament Orientation.
    • John.
    • Hebrews.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Christian Educator
    • Christian School Administrator
    • Sunday School Administrator
     

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  • Biblical Languages

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Biblical Languages, 100% online program, will provide you with a strong knowledge of original languages used in Scripture for the purpose of in-depth biblical study. You will be given the tools to interpret Scripture in order to teach in an academic setting, and to teach in the local church with confidence.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Hebrew and Greek syntax.
    • Preparation of a sermon.
    • Hermeneutics.
       
    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Christian Educator
    • Curriculum Director
    • Instructional Supervisor
     

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  • Biblical Languages (90 hours)

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Biblical Languages, 100% online program, will provide you with a strong knowledge of original languages used in Scripture for the purpose of in-depth biblical study. You will be given the tools to interpret Scripture in order to teach in an academic setting, and to teach in the local church with confidence.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Hebrew and Greek syntax.  
    • Hebrew exegesis.
    • Hermeneutics.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Christian Educator
    • Curriculum Director
    • Instructional Supervisor
     

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  • Chaplaincy

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Chaplaincy, 100% online program, 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.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Intercultural communication and engagement.  
    • Professional development of chaplaincy.
    • Chaplain ethics.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Corporate Chaplain
    • Military Chaplain
    • Hospital/Fire/Police Chaplaincy
     

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  • Christian Apologetics

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity – Christian Apologetics, 100% online program, you will be equipped with advanced training in addressing the questions raised by congregations about the truthfulness of Christianity. This degree will equip you with the understanding and skills to explain and reinforce Christianity through the study of apologetics.

    You will be equipped with an understanding in:

    • Christian apologetics.
    • Faith and Reason.
    • Evil, suffering and Hell.
       
    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Christian Educator
    • Curriculum Director
    • Instructional Supervisor
     

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  • Christian Ministries

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Christian Ministries, 100% online program, is designed to meet the growing need of 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.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Church administration. 
    • Small group ministries.
    • Ethics and Christian ministry.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Church Education Administrator
    • Sunday School Administrator
     

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  • Church History

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Church History, 100% online program, 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.

    Courses will provide you with a foundation in:

    • History of  global christianity.
    • American Christianity.
    • History of evangelism.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Christian Educator
    • Curriculum Director
    • Instructional Supervisor
     

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  • Community Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis, 93 hours)

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Community Chaplaincy, 100% online program, 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.  

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Chaplaincy ministry.
    • Spiritual and professional development of the chaplain.
    • Ethics for advisement and pastoral care.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Corporate Chaplain
    • Hospital/Fire/Police Chaplaincy
     

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  • Community Chaplaincy (Thesis, 93 hours)

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Community Chaplaincy, 100% online program, 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.  

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Chaplaincy ministry.
    • Spiritual and professional development of the chaplain.
    • Ethics for advisement and pastoral care.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Corporate Chaplain
    • Hospital/Fire/Police Chaplaincy
     

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  • Discipleship Ministries

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Discipleship Ministries, 100% online program, 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.

    Your skills will be enhanced through the examination of:

    • Family discipleship.
    • Small group ministries.
    • Church administration.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Church Education Administrator
    • Sunday School Administrator
     

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  • General

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - General, 100% online program, 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.

    You will be equipped with an understanding in:

    • Apologetics.
    • Biblical foundations of leadership.
    • Discipleship ministries.
       

    Potential Career Fields

    • Senior Pastor
    • Instructional Supervisor
     

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  • Global Studies

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Global Studies, 100% online program, 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.   

    You will be equipped with an understanding in:

    • Cultural anthropology.
    • Global Christianity.
    • Intercultural communication and engagement.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Instructional Supervisor
    • Missionary
     

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  • Healthcare Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis, 93 hours)

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Healthcare Chaplaincy, 100% online program, is designed to prepare you to meet the needs of patients in various health care 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.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Acute stress, grief, and trauma couseling.
    •  Professional development of chaplaincy.
    • Chaplain ethics.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Corporate Chaplain
    • Hospital/Fire/Police Chaplaincy
     

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  • Healthcare Chaplaincy (Thesis, 93 hours)

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Healthcare Chaplaincy, 100% online program, is designed to prepare you to meet the needs of patients in various health care 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.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Acute stress, grief, and trauma couseling. 
    • Professional development of chaplaincy.
    • Chaplain ethics.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Corporate Chaplain
    • Hospital/Fire/Police Chaplaincy
     

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  • Homiletics

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity – Homiletics, 100% online program, 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 and approach your ministry.

    Courses will provide you with a foundation in:

    • Expository preaching.
    • Evangelistic preaching.
    • Preaching from the old and new testament.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Christian Educator
    • Curriculum Director
    • Instructional Supervisor
     

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  • Leadership

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Leadership, 100% online program, 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.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Biblical foundations of leadership.
    • Team leadership and conflict resolution.
    • Mission, vision, and strategic planning.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Christian School Administrator
    • Church Education Administrator
    • Sunday School Administrator
     

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  • Military Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis, 93 hours)

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Military Chaplaincy, 100% online program, 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 chaplaincy settings in the military.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Resilient leadership in the military.
    • Crisis Counseling.
    • Chaplain ethics.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Military Chaplain
     

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  • Military Chaplaincy (Thesis, 93 hours)

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Military Chaplaincy, 100% online program, 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 chaplaincy settings in the military.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Resilient leadership in the military.
    • Crisis Counseling.
    • Chaplain ethics.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Military Chaplain
     

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  • Pastoral Counseling

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Pastoral Counseling, 100% online program, 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.

    Your skills will be enhanced through the examination of:

    • The integration of spirituality and theology.
    • Discipleship ministries.
    • Spiritual formation.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Church Counselor (non-licensed)
    • Family Pastor
    • Senior Pastor
     

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  • Theology

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Theology, 100% online program, is designed to enhance your understanding of theology as it relates to ministry, leadership, and your spiritual life. It is a comprehensive degree essential for gaining an in-depth understanding of Scripture and biblical truths.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Ecclesiology.
    • The doctrine of God.
    • Eschatology.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Senior Pastor
    • Christian Educator
    • Curriculum Director
    • Instructional Supervisor
     

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  • Youth and Family Ministries

    Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Youth and Family Ministries, 100% online program, is designed to enhance your understanding of youth ministry as it relates to the family unit, leadership, and your spiritual life. It is a comprehensive degree essential for gaining an in-depth understanding of leadership and ministry with the next generation.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Foundations of youth ministry.
    • Relation between youth ministry and the family.
    • Youth ministry and the Great Commission.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Family Pastor
    • Youth Pastor
    • Church Education Administrator
    • Sunday School Administrator
     

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