Doctor of Ministry – Discipleship

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Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Discipleship

What You Will Learn

Train Future Disciples with a D.Min. in Discipleship

Liberty University’s D.Min. degree with a specialization in discipleship is designed to provide you with the tools and skills needed to be a more effective leader in ministry by building upon a foundational knowledge of theology, evangelism, and leadership. It is Liberty’s goal to fully equip and Train Champions for Christ to best address ministry needs. In your D.Min. courses, you will explore discipleship and outreach techniques and address how they will best apply to your ministry.

As the highest and most prestigious ministry-based degree that a student can earn, the Doctor of Ministry degree program is ideal if you wish to go into church leadership, such as a head pastor or executive pastor, or further your ministry in a full-time position. With highly trained professors who have years of training and knowledge in ministry, you will receive insight into their experiences and recommendations for furthering the Great Commission. You can advance your spiritual foundation, become more effective in your discipleship ministries, and meet others with similar passions when enrolled in our doctoral discipleship program.


Here’s What You’ll Learn in Liberty’s D.Min. in Discipleship Program:

  • Biblical and philosophical foundations of disciple-making
  • Environmental discipleship models
  • Historical and practical discipleship models

Liberty University’s D.Min. program provides an in-depth study of church ministry and discipleship models for the greater understanding of solutions to issues found within discipleship ministry. You can leave the program capable of addressing ministry concerns that may arise and help ground the church in biblical principles and Christian fellowship. Towards the end of your D.Min. degree, you will complete a thesis project in which you will be mentored and challenged to present your ability to actively use the information taught in practical application.

You may also be interested in exploring our Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership, Expository Preaching, or Evangelism and Church Planting.

Potential Career Options with a D.Min. in Discipleship

  • Church administrator
  • Church planter
  • Community chaplain
  • Discipleship pastor
  • Evangelist
  • Military chaplain
  • Missionary
  • Pastoral counselor
  • Senior church administrator
  • Senior/lead/associate/youth pastor
  • Small group pastor
  • Worship leader

Benefits of Liberty’s Online D.Min. in Discipleship

As a leader in distance education since 1985, we understand what it takes to create a flexible and affordable education for busy people. Since we have been investing in distance and online learning for decades, our experience has taught us how to streamline our degree options so you can focus on what really matters to you. While many schools offer online degrees, we believe Liberty stands out.

Here’s what sets us apart:

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online doctor of ministry degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity has been accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Your divinity degree has been 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.
  • Your ministry matters – so when you take 7-15 credit hours per semester in your divinity program, you’ll pay a discounted block rate of $2,750. It’s our way of supporting all you do to serve others.
  • The majority of tuition for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • You can complete our D.Min. in Discipleship in just 2 years!

Military Tuition Discount

We want to help you find the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers eligible current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Here’s how:

  • If you’re earning or have earned a master’s degree through Liberty, you automatically qualify for the low price (when you begin within 2 years of your master’s completion).
  • If you haven’t earned a graduate degree through Liberty, our Executive Certificate program allows you to pay only $300/credit hour for a postgraduate certificate that can stand alone or potentially count as the first 21 hours of a related doctoral degree. Then pay just $300/credit hour for your doctorate. Learn more!



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Available Online

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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer Credits

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Next Start Date

Jun 24, 2024


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