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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 Pastoral Ministries area of study for the Master of Arts in Religion is designed to give pastors and church leaders additional training in providing pastoral care to meet the spiritual needs of their congregation and community. Students who are called to a hands-on ministry role and feel unequipped to meet people’s spiritual and relational needs will find the tools for effective, personal ministry leadership in the Pastoral Ministries area of study.
As a fully accredited online Christian college, Liberty University’s online ministry degrees make pursuing a degree easier with the flexibility of a 100% online format while holding weight as a Master’s 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.
Learners 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 Pastoral Ministries will be further equipped to meet the spiritual needs of their church and ministry with training in pastoral care and spiritual leadership. The Pastoral Ministries area of study provides an in-depth study of pastoral care, spiritual warfare, and the important factors of ministry growth and success through effective pastoral leadership.
*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the Masters of Divinity Online are charged at the part-time rate.
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 Pastoral Ministries area of study extensive training in the Spiritual Factors of Growing Churches, as well as the role of a pastor or church leader in Strategic Prayer and Spiritual Warfare for bringing the congregation together and meet ministry challenges. Students in the Pastoral Ministries area of study will also receive Pastoral Counseling training to be better able to serve through pastoral care personally and will study the most effective ways of Preventing Ministry Failure.
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:
*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the online Master of Arts in Religion 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 online pastoral care or 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).