M.A. in Religion: Leadership

Master’s Degree in Religion: Leadership

Residential Master’s Degree in Religion: Leadership

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Get equipped to lead in church or parachurch organizations with a Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.): Leadership degree at Liberty University. Here, you’ll gain an understanding of the fundamentals of church administration and ministry and learn how to lead effectively.

The Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) provides foundational instruction in discipleship ministry, sermon preparation, and practical ministry skills. And with the Leadership cognate, you ’ll gain the strategic planning and administrative skills you will need to manage the day-to-day operation and proper planning of a successful Christian organization.

This program benefits pastors and ministry leaders who seek a firm scriptural foundation for service in Christian ministry. It also lays the groundwork for potential advanced studies in a program like the 75-hour Master of Divinity.

Explore Scripture and the essential truths of Christianity with this degree, and graduate ready to continue your education or enter the ministry.

The M.A. in Religion (M.A.R.): Leadership degree is also offered online


Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Your divinity degree is approved by ATS and has met rigorous accreditation standards. So you can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations. Liberty University is also accredited by SACSCOC.

Academics: M.A.R.: Leadership

Credit Hours

60 total credit hours

Program of Study

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

Admissions Requirements

Find M.A.R in Leadership admissions requirements.

Courses in Religion & Leadership

  • Discipleship in Ministries (DSMN 500)
  • Contemporary Evangelism (EVAN 525)
  • Biblical Foundations of Leadership (LEAD 510)
  • Mission, Vision & Strategic Planning (LEAD 620)

Career Opportunities With an M.A.R. Degree

  • Associate Pastor
  • Church Education Administrator
  • Lay Ministry Leader
  • Missionary
  • Teaching Pastor