Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.)

Master of Arts in Religion

Admission Requirements Program Format Specializations


Master of Arts in Religion
Rawlings School of Divinity


Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Religion, 100% online program, will provide you with an intensive study of the scriptures and essential truths of the Christian faith by integrating essential communication and writing skills. You will enhance your understanding of theology, apologetics, and leadership in the Christian church. This degree offers the opportunity to specialize in a variety of  topics to match your passion and purpose.

You may also be interested in exploring our master degree in Christian Apologetics, Christian Ministry, Global Studies, or Divinity.


Program Format

  • 100% Online
  • 60 credit hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable.

Specializations

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

  • Biblical Studies

    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.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

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

    Potential Career Fields
    • Head Pastor
    • Chaplain
    • Missionary
    • Teaching Pastor
       

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  • Christian Apologetics

    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.

    You will be equipped with an understanding in:

    • Christian apologetics.
    • Faith and Reason.
    • Evil, suffering and Hell.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Head Pastor
    • Chaplain
    • Missionary
    • Teaching Pastor
       

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  • Church History

    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. 

    Courses will provide you with a foundation in:

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

    Potential Career Fields
    • Educator
    • Missionary
    • Pastor
       

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  • Community Chaplaincy

    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.  

    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
    • Military Chaplain
    • Bible Instructor
    • Christian Educator
    • Missionary
       

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  • Discipleship and Church Ministry

    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.

    Your skills will be enhanced through the examination of:

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

    Potential Career Fields
    • Chaplain
    • Bible Teacher
    • Lay Ministry Worker
    • Missionary
    • Pastor
       

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  • Evangelism and Church Planting

    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.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Spiritual factors of growing churches.
    • Church planting methods and culture.
    • Evangelism and the growing church.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Chaplain
    • Bible Teacher
    • Lay Ministry Worker
    • Missionary
    • Pastor
       

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  • Global Studies

    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.   

    You will be equipped with an understanding in:

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

    Potential Career Fields
    • Associate Pastor
    • Church Education Administrator
    • Church Planter
    • Lay Leader
    • Missionary
       

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  • Homiletics

    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.

    Courses will provide you with a foundation in:

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

    Potential Career Fields
    • Bible Instructor
    • Missionary
    • Pastor
    • Youth Pastor
       

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  • Leadership

    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.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

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

    Potential Career Fields
    • Associate Pastor
    • Church Administrator
    • Organizational/Ministry Leader
    • Youth Pastor
       

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  • Pastoral Counseling

    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.

    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)
    • Chaplain
    • Family Pastor
    • Missionary
    • Teaching Pastor
       

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  • Pastoral Ministries

    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.

    Courses will provide you with a foundation in:

    • Spiritual factors of growing churches.
    • Strategic prayer and spiritual warfare.
    • Preventing ministry failure.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Chaplain
    • Ministry Worker
    • Missionary
    • Pastor
       

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  • Theology

    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.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

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

    Potential Career Fields
    • Associate Pastor
    • Bible Instructor
    • Lay Ministry Leader
       

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  • Worship

    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 specialized program 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.

    Your skills will be enhanced through the examination of:

    • The history and philosophy of worship.
    • The biblical foundations of worship.
    • The role of the worship leader.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Worship Leader
       

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