Ph.D. in Christian Leadership – Ministry Leadership

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Christian Leadership – Ministry Leadership

What You Will Learn

Oversee Effective Ministry Efforts with Liberty’s Ph.D. in Christian Leadership – Ministry Leadership

As a ministry leader, it’s essential that you know how to serve with skill, integrity, and humility so you can provide godly guidance and support to the people in your care. That way, you can foster their spiritual growth and use your ministry to help further the Kingdom. With Liberty’s online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Christian Leadership – Ministry Leadership, you can learn how to strengthen your ministry’s effectiveness and contribute your own original research to the current body of knowledge in the field.

Through this program, you can develop the research skills, leadership abilities, and biblical knowledge needed to pursue management roles in churches, ministry organizations, Christian schools, and more. With 100% online courses and no set login times, you’ll have the freedom to earn your degree on your schedule. And, by studying under faculty who have years of experience in ministry and academia, you can bolster your expertise while preparing for exciting new opportunities.

What Will You Learn in Liberty University’s Ph.D. in Christian Leadership – Ministry Leadership Program?

  • Biblical and theological foundations of leadership and education
  • Methods for overseeing effective ministries that foster spiritual growth
  • Organizational theory and development
  • Teaching and learning theory

In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to develop skills that are essential for faith-based organizational leadership. Within the ministry leadership specialization, you’ll look specifically at the theoretical and practical aspects of overseeing ministry efforts. You can learn how to foster individual and corporate spiritual growth in the body of Christ, implement needed changes in your church or organization, and use social networks to evangelize to non-Christians.

You’ll also complete several research courses that are designed to prepare you for your dissertation – which can help you solve important problems in Christian leadership and contribute to advances in the field. Upon graduation, you can be better equipped to minister to those both inside and outside the church as you seek to fulfill the Great Commission.

Potential Careers for Ph.D. in Christian Leadership – Ministry Leadership Graduates

  • Church administrator
  • Director of ministries
  • Ministry team leader
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • Teacher or administrator in a Christian school

Benefits of Pursuing Your Ph.D. in Christian Leadership – Ministry Leadership Degree with Liberty University

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 degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • 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.
  • Electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses* all for one convenient fee. To continue our mission of providing affordable education, this fee is waived for students who enroll by Summer 2024 D-term.
  • As a John W. Rawlings School of Divinity Ph.D. student, you will receive a block rate of $2,750 if you enroll in 7-15 credit hours each semester. This can save you up to $6,000 a semester!**
  • You can complete this Ph.D. in Christian Leadership – Ministry Leadership program in as little as 2.5 years.

*Electronic textbooks are not provided for courses that fall under departments outside the School of Divinity.

**Credits taken below 7 and above 15 credit hours are charged at the part-time rate.

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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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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