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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.
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.
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*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the Masters of Divinity Online are charged at the part-time rate.
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.
*Optional Intensives are available
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.
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.
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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 an 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.
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.
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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.
Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Christian Leadership and Church Ministries, 100% online program, 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.
Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Christian Ministries, 100% online program, 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 cognate, you are able to mix and match, creating a personalized degree program that fits your passion.
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.
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Liberty University’s Master of Divinity - Healthcare Chaplaincy, 100% online program, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.