Master of Arts in Religion – Community Chaplaincy Online Degree Program

Master of Arts in Religion –Community Chaplaincy Online Degree Program

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The Master of Arts in Religion – Community Chaplaincy Prepares You to Be a Witness in a Public Role

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) is designed to prepare students entering ministry with an in-depth but practical education in theology, biblical studies, and ministry practice. While completing the online Master of Arts in Religion, one of Liberty University’s most popular online ministry degrees, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a thorough program that provides flexibility to tailor the degree plan to your passions and needs. Students who complete an online ministry degree program like the online Master of Arts in Religion will be able to effectively pursue ministry in churches, parachurch organizations, and non-profit organizations while opening the door to further study at the graduate and doctoral levels.

The Community Chaplaincy area of study for the online Master of Arts in Religion provides Christian counseling and pastoral care training aligned to public or private chaplaincy roles which may take you out of a Christian environment. Students who want to expand their ministry to become a chaplain for a company, organization, or branch of government will find additional specialized training for biblical counseling and spiritual guidance through the Community Chaplaincy area of study.

Students who have graduated with the M.A.R. degree may transfer all 45 hours, as applicable, into the M.Div. program. The M.Div. degree will be conferred upon completion of all course requirements for both degrees.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Master of Arts in Religion in Pastoral Counseling?

As a fully-accredited online Christian college, Liberty University’s online ministry degrees make pursuing an education easier with the flexibility of a 100% online format while holding weight as a Masters Degree credential. Liberty University’s online seminary programs, such as the online Masters in Religion, will give you a fully-fledged, online college degree in ministry that will equip you for ministry in a variety of fields.  

Who are Chaplains?
A chaplain is a minister, pastor, or member of the ecclesiastical church body who serves in an official spiritual, mental health, and personal growth advisement role in a company, organization, or branch of government. While chaplaincy roles are very often in settings outside of the church, chaplains are specifically intended to address spiritual and religious concerns, allowing for a unique opportunity to share the gospel and interact with unbelievers.

While students in any track of Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Religion will receive foundational instruction in the fundamentals of discipleship ministry, sermon preparation, and practical ministry skills, students who complete the area of study in Community Chaplaincy will also have specialized training in the elements of psychology and spiritual growth that are needed in an official chaplaincy role. The online Master of Arts in Religion degree in Community Chaplaincy provides an in-depth study of pastoral care and Christian counseling to allow students to minister directly to the personal and spiritual needs of individuals and families in their ministry in and outside of the church.

Please note: Some chaplaincy roles may require a more specialized and advanced study of a particular field, or through a Master of Divinity (M.Div) program. You can view all of Liberty University’s chaplaincy programs below for more information about the field and position-specific options.

What are the Benefits of Liberty’s Online Seminary Degrees?

  • Unlike many 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 (SACS).
  • Liberty University online seminary 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 Online Program’s multi-degree transfer policy, students who pursue the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) after graduating with the online Master of Arts in Religion will be permitted to transfer up to 60 credit hours of their MAR content to the M.Div. degree.
  • Liberty’s online degrees of divinity through the online seminary have a discounted graduate tuition of $395 per credit for part-time.
  • Online Seminary Block Rate: students attending full time or higher (9-15 credit hours) are eligible for a block rate of $2,750 per semester!*

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

What Will You Learn in the Online Master of Arts in Religion Degree in Community Chaplaincy?

Liberty University’s Online Master of Arts 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 topic studies of the Old and New Testament, History of Christianity, Systematic Theology, and the Research, Writing, and sermon preparation process.

Students who complete the online Master of Arts in Religion in Community Chaplaincy will be trained to apply their pastoral care and Christian ministry skills to an official chaplain role outside of the church. Chaplain roles often have important differences from church leadership and may have restrictions based on state and federal regulations. As such, the Community Chaplaincy area of study for the online Master of Arts in Religion provides an important overview of Chaplaincy Ministry and its particular requirements, as well as important role-specific skills for Professional Development. Students in the Community Chaplaincy area of study will also be prepared with knowledge of Chaplain Ethics for Advisement and Pastoral Care so that they will understand and navigate restrictions on their Christian ministry in the workplace.

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Program Highlights

  • 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.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • Students are able to complete this online Masters in Religion – Community Chaplaincy in under two years.
  • Liberty University’s Online Seminary, the Rawlings School of Divinity, has experienced pastoral counselors and ministry professionals who teach practical ministry skills while imparting deep theological teaching.
  • Learn from renowned Christian scholars and ministry professionals in the Liberty University School of Divinity, such as Dr. Elmer L. Towns, Dr. Harold Willmington, and Dr. Gary R. Habermas.
  • Develop practical ministry skills in pastoral care that will help you ensure that individuals and families in your ministry are connected and growing in the church.
  • Be equipped to handle challenges in church growth, no matter the size of the ministry.

 Similar Online Degree Programs

The Rawlings School of Divinity has several program options for students who would like to serve in the chaplaincy field and need more advanced or specialized degree tracks to meet job requirements:

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 Arts in Religion program:

  • Discounted tuition rate of $275 per credit hour at part-time
  • Discounted Divinity Block Rate: $2450 per semester - only $165/credit at 15 credit hours!*


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

MA in Community Chaplaincy Program Format

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

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Potential Community Chaplaincy Career Options

Upon competition of your Master of Divinity in Community Chaplaincy online degree, you will have the option to pursue these careers:

  • Corporate chaplain
  • Human resources manager
  • Instructional supervisor
  • Military chaplain