Master's in Religion Online Degree

Master of Arts in Religion

Admission Requirements  |  Program Format  |  Potential Careers  |  Specializations

Serve Christ in Ministry With an Online Master's in Religion Degree (M.A.R.)

Liberty University’s 100% online Master's degree in Religion (M.A.R.) is designed to prepare students entering ministry with an in-depth but practical study of theology, biblical studies, and ministry practice. The Master's degree in Religion will better equip you to contribute to traditional and online ministry programs through your enhanced knowledge. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a thorough program that provides the flexibility of tailoring the degree plan to your passions and needs. Students who complete an online degree program related to theology like the online Master's degree in Religion will be able to effectively pursue ministry in churches, parachurch organizations, and non-profit ministry while opening the door to further study at the graduate and doctoral levels.

Why Choose Liberty University’s Online Master's Degree in Religion

Pursuing a graduate degree with integrated theological studies content can be a difficult task with years of coursework to fit into your busy schedule. As a fully accredited online Christian college, Liberty University’s online religion ministry-related degrees hold weight with graduate program credentials. Liberty University’s online divinity programs previously referred to as online seminary programs, provide a 100% online path that will give you a fully accredited online college degree.

The Master's in Religion degree will equip you for ministry in a variety of fields. Dive deep into the Bible and learn to prepare sermons on important messages for your congregation or small group. Deepen your personal theology studies under the mentorship of Liberty University School of Divinity theologians, such as Dr. Elmer L. Towns, Dr. Harold Wilmington, and Dr. Gary R. Habermas. Liberty University’s online seminary program will prepare you for successful ministry teaching and a deeper walk with Christ.

What Will You Learn in an Online Religious Studies Degree?

Liberty University’s online Master's degree in Religion is 100% online and contains extensive, well-rounded training in ministry, administration of Christian organizations, theology studies, and biblical studies. The core of the online Masters in Religion will provide in-depth religious studies of the Old and New Testament, History of Christianity, Systematic Theology, and the Research, Writing, and sermon preparation process. Students may choose from a wide selection of specialized areas of study that include more in-depth studies in individual topics such as Biblical Studies and Church History, or mission field specific practices, such as Evangelism and Church Planting.

Students who pursue the Master of Arts in Religion online degree program through Liberty University’s School of Divinity will also be prepared for an academic-focused career in writing and research, leading to further graduate studies through the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), or a Doctoral program such as the online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.). The online Master of Arts in Religion is a well-balanced, thorough blend of academic and practical studies that will suit students pursuing active ministry as well as academic careers.

Highlights of our Master of Arts in Religion

  • By earning your online Master of Arts in Religion degree from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.  
  • Liberty University’s Seminary, now known as the Rawlings School of Divinity, has theologians and experienced ministry professionals who teach practical ministry skills while imparting deep theological teaching.
  • Choose a specialized online ministry degree track that will provide focused topic studies like Biblical Studies or Church History, or practice-focused skills like Pastoral Counseling or Community Chaplaincy.

What are the Benefits of Liberty’s Master's in Religion Degree Online?

  • Unlike many other online bible colleges or online seminary programs, students who complete the online Masters in Religion Degree will receive a degree fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Online divinity students can complete Institutional Challenge Exams (ICE) to get college credit for personal studies and expertise in ministry.
  • As a special exception to Liberty University’s multi-degree transfer policy, students who pursue the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) are permitted to transfer up to 60 credit hours from the online Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) to complete two degrees while working towards their ministry goals.
  • Liberty’s online degrees in divinity through the online seminary have a discounted graduate tuition of $395 per credit for part-time.
  • Students attending full time or higher (9-15 credit hours) are eligible for a block rate of $2750 per semester!*

* Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the Master of Arts in Religion online are charged at the part-time rate.

Military Benefits

Are you a 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 military-friendly benefits for the online Master of Religion program:

  • The discounted tuition rate of $275 per credit hour at part-time
  • Discounted Divinity Block Rate: $2,475 per semester - only $165/credit at 15 credit hours!*
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

* Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the MA in Religion degree are charged at the part-time rate.

Online Master of Arts in Religion Program Format

  • 100% Online
  • 60 credit hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred to Liberty if approved.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Degree Information and Requirements for the MAR

Potential Career Options

  • Associate Pastor
  • Church Education Administrator
  • Lay Ministry Leader
  • Missionary
  • Youth Pastor
  • Religion Adjunct Teaching
  • K-12 Religion Teaching

Graduates of the online seminary’s Master of Arts in Religion will be prepared to tackle challenges in active, full-time ministry with churches and parachurch organizations while being well situated to continue graduate or doctoral studies. Since most doctoral-level religion degrees require a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), students who want to pursue doctoral studies would be encouraged to pursue Liberty’s online M.Div. program and will receive the maximum possible transfer credit from their online Masters in Religion. In the meantime, graduates of Liberty’s online ministry degrees may be qualified for college-level and K-12 religious studies teaching.

Master's in Religion Degree Specializations

Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Religion must select a specialization.