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Online School of Divinity Programs

Are you passionate about leading others to a deeper relationship with Christ through a study of God’s Word? Do you feel called to full-time ministry in church planting, apologetics, youth ministry, world missions, or another area of outreach? Whether you are currently a ministry professional seeking more formal study or you need further biblical training to enter ministry for the first time, Liberty University’s online School of Divinity programs will give you the tools you’re looking for. The John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, Liberty’s seminary, offers 100% online undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degree programs.

Though your program will not require visits to campus, it may require a ministry internship in your local community to get hands-on, real-world experience. You can choose a general ministry program track, specialized track in a specific field, or an in-depth academic program that will prepare you for doctoral studies or ministry leadership.  

And because we are committed to Training Champions for Christ, we want to make it easier for you to complete your graduate program. As a full-time student, you will receive our discounted seminary block rate of $2,750 (applies to 9-15 hours) per semester! You’ll also have the opportunity to take exams for specific course topics to demonstrate your mastery and can potentially cover up to 30 credit hours of graduate content through Liberty’s Institutional Challenge Exams. Dig deep into Scripture and study the powerful themes and messages in God’s Word through Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity. You will learn practical, in-demand skills from experienced ministry professionals, study under acclaimed theologians, and network with pastors and ministers around the world.

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Potential Careers:

  • Author or speaker
  • Bible teacher
  • College professor
  • Evangelist
  • Missionary
  • Pastor
  • Pastoral counselor
  • Worship leader
  • Youth or children’s pastor

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at 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 among’s top 5 online schools in America. Earning your online divinity degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 7 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are included for all divinity courses* at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!
  • As a graduate student, you can benefit from our John W. Rawlings School of Divinity block rate and get the training you need as a ministry professional. With the block rate, you’ll receive a discounted tuition rate of just $395 per credit hour (part-time) or a maximum block-rate of $2,750 per semester for full-time students (9-15 credit hours for graduate and 7-15 for doctoral)!
  • With 8-week classes, 8 start dates per year, and no set login times, you can complete your online John W. Rawlings School of Divinity program faster than most students do on a traditional campus.
  • Liberty’s degree programs are transfer-friendly and designed to take advantage of as much of your previous coursework as possible with the potential to earn college transfer credits for professional training.
  • You can quickly gain course credit by taking Institutional Challenge Exams (ICE) at the undergraduate and graduate levels in topics like Bible, theology, and many more!

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

Military Benefits

Service is important to us, so whether you’re currently serving in the Armed Forces, have served, or are married to someone who serves, we’re here to serve you. Liberty’s military benefits are available to: 

  • Active duty service members of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/retirees
  • Spouses of service members and veterans/retirees
  • Current Department of Defense employees

We are proud to support you in your pursuit of a flexible and affordable online education by offering you the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts — $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses and $275 per credit hour for graduate courses*
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 for undergraduate and $625 for graduate per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
  • Potential college credit for your military training for undergraduate programs

*Please note: At the postgraduate and doctoral levels, only the Doctor of Ministry — Pastoral Counseling and Master of Theology degrees qualify for the $275/credit hour rate.

Military Discount for Doctoral Students

Lead your field with the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and reach the pinnacle of your profession — for less.

Experience That Matters to You

As an accredited Christian college with a 7,000-acre campus in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University offers you an education that is both academically challenging and rooted in a biblical worldview.

At Liberty, you’ll benefit from 35+ years of learning, growing, adapting, and innovating for the distance learner — and more than a decade of researching the needs of the online student. You can be confident that we’ve taken the time to learn what’s important to you.

And what’s that?

  • Affordability
  • Accessibility
  • Academic Quality

These important factors challenged us to find new financial solutions, get ahead of industry trends, and blaze trails into cutting-edge career fields — and it’s paid off. That’s the difference experience makes.


We are widely recognized as a top university for affordability, accessibility, and academic quality.

Why Choose Liberty University?

Enjoy Flexible Courses

Choose from a wide variety of programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level, most of which are 100% online*. With an 8-week format and 8 start dates per year, it’s easy to fit your courses around your schedule!

* excludes licensure, certification, and some doctoral programs

Maximize Your Time

Start and finish your degree faster! Liberty requires no standardized testing for admission, and you can transfer previous course credit — transfer in up to 75% of a bachelor’s degree and up to 50% of a master’s, postgraduate, or doctoral degree — or discover how your life, career, or military experience may count toward your college degree.

Grow in Your Faith

All of our courses are taught from a Christian perspective, and our faculty see themselves as mentors. Our mission is to Train Champions for Christ — we’re committed to championing you as you study to go further in your field, become a leader in your industry, or start a new career.

Access Academic Support

Throughout your educational journey, you will have access to academic resources that will aid in the completion of your degree. Services include our online library, writing center, tutoring, study aids, IT assistance, 30+ tutorial videos, live webinars, and personalized help from our academic advising team.

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Why We’re Nonprofit

As a nonprofit (not-for-profit) university, Liberty is in the business of training skilled professionals to make a difference in the world – not gaining profit, revenue, or producing dividends for shareholders. In keeping with our commitment to your education, we invest our resources back into degree programs and into your student experience.

While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university and has not increased tuition for 7 straight years. Lower tuition means less student loan debt for students.

For Liberty University, nonprofit is more than a status; it is a valuable opportunity to invest in the lives of students who will go out and impact the world.

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Financing Options

Financial Aid

Nearly 80% of all Liberty students in an online program are awarded financial aid. Virginia residents may qualify for additional aid — learn more!

Corporate Tuition Assistance

Deferred – If your company reimburses you for the cost of your education, you pay only a portion of your balance up front. You submit your grades to your employer who pays you, and then you pay the remaining balance for your classes.

Tuition Discounts

Qualified military service members, veterans, and their spouses can receive up to 55% off their tuition rate for eligible programs!

Contact one of our Admissions Counselors for more information by calling (800) 424-9595.

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