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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.
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.
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.
* Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the Master of Arts in Religion online are charged at the part-time rate.
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:
* Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the MA in Religion degree are charged at the part-time rate.
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.
Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Religion must select a specialization.
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Religion - 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 Arts in Religion – 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 Arts in Religion - 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.
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Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Religion - 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 Arts in Religion - Discipleship and Church Ministry, 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 Arts in Religion - Evangelism and Church Planting, 100% online program, is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to effectively serve in administrative and ministry capacities as your church expands or grows. You will explore the spiritual factors that contribute to church growth, as well as evangelism practices and church planting methods.
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Religion - 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.
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Religion – 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 Arts in Religion - 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 Arts in Religion - 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 Arts in Religion - Pastoral Ministries, 100% online program, will equip you with the skills needed for effective leadership within the church by providing you with courses that focus on techniques integral in understanding behavior, ministry environments, and prayer.
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Religion - 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 Arts in Religion - Worship Studies, 100% online program, is designed to you to better serve the church as a skilled, passionate leader of worship. This specialization will allow you to study and practice context-specific biblical and theological competencies in worship. You will gain an understanding of ministry through worship and effective techniques to excel as a worship leader.