Master of Arts in Religion - Discipleship and Church Ministry Online Degree Program

Master of Arts in Religion - Discipleship and Church Ministry

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The Master of Arts in Religion – Discipleship and Church Ministry Helps You Lead Effective Group and Church Ministry

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) Discipleship and Church Ministry 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 you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a 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 opportunities in churches, parachurch organizations, and non-profit organizations while opening the door to further study at the graduate and doctoral levels.

Students who complete the online Master of Arts in Religion’s area of study in Discipleship and Church Ministry will teach with field-specific skills and practical knowledge of how to structure and organize different kinds of ministry. The Discipleship and Church Ministry area of study builds on the core ministry, teaching, biblical studies, and theology studies of the Master of Arts in Religion.  The goal of this online degree program is to develop church and ministry leaders who can handle the responsibility and management of larger ministry organizations, but also have a direct impact on small groups and families in their congregation.


Why Choose Liberty’s Online Master of Arts in Religion – Discipleship and Church Ministry Program?

As a fully-accredited online 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 that will equip you for ministry in a variety of fields. 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.


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 Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • 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 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 Masters of Arts in Religion Online are charged at the part-time rate.


What Will You Learn in our Online Master of Arts in Religion – Discipleship and Church Ministry Degree Program?

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.

The online Master of Arts in Religion’s Discipleship and Church Ministry area of study provides more extensive training in the discipleship of families and small groups that is further enhanced by an overall strategic perspective of effective Christian ministries that helps it grow and meet new challenges that face large and diverse congregations.

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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 can complete this online Masters in Religion – Discipleship and Church Ministry in as little as two years.
  • Liberty University’s Online Seminary, the Rawlings School of Divinity, has theologians and experienced professionals who teach practical ministry skills while imparting deep theological teaching.
  • Learn from renowned biblical studies scholars in Liberty University's Rawlings School of Divinity, such as Dr. Elmer L. Towns, Dr. Harold Willmington, and Dr. Gary R. Habermas.
  • Develop practical ministry skills 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.

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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 status.
    • 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 MAR in Discipleship and Church Ministry degree are charged at a part-time rate.


Program Format

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

Degree Information and Requirements

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Potential Career Options

  • Associate Pastor
  • Church Education Administrator
  • Lay Ministry Leader
  • Missionary
  • Teaching 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 an online Christian ministries degree at the graduate or doctoral level. 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 of their online Masters in Religion credit. In the meantime, graduates of Liberty’s online ministry degrees may be qualified for college-level and K-12 religious studies teaching (non-licensure).