Doctoral Degrees Liberty University Online

Become a Leader in Your Field with an Online Doctoral Degree

Discover what doctoral programs Liberty has to offer!

If you’re considering online doctoral programs, then your career goals probably include a role in leadership, research, or education. Doctoral, postgraduate, and specialist programs are all excellent ways for you to advance in your career, become a subject matter expert, a professor, or a professional researcher. With nearly 70 doctoral, postgraduate, and specialist degrees to choose from, you can partner with Liberty to make your professional aspirations a reality.

Each of our online Ph.D. programs, doctorates, and specialist degrees is offered in an online format, and most of them can be completed 100% online. This allows you the flexibility to stay active in your career and with your family and community. We offer courses in an 8-week format with 8 different start dates each year, so you have the opportunity to complete your classes at your own pace and on your schedule. Additionally, some programs may require on-campus intensives, giving you the opportunity to see Liberty’s beautiful residential campus. And others will have required practicums or internships that will allow you to gain hands-on experience in your own community.

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What Types of Doctoral, Specialist, and Postgraduate Degrees does Liberty offer?

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) – a DBA, similar to an online Ph.D. business degree, designed to make you an expert in business and a leader in the field

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) – a degree that will give you leadership skills and advancement in the areas of education, counseling, or ministry

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – a ministry degree that will allow you to advance in your specialized area of ministry or theology

Doctor of Music Education (D.M.E.) – a credential that will provide you with a terminal degree in music education as well as the skills needed to pursue this profession with confidence through practical, hands-on experience and writing a thesis on a topic in your field

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – an advanced nursing degree that will give you the skills and knowledge to take on a position of leadership or conduct ground-breaking research

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – research-based, online Ph.D. programs that will give you expertise in fields like history, public policy, psychology, or Bible exposition and provide you with the tools to work in higher education

Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) – an advanced public administration degree that will give you the skills to step into a leadership role in government or politics

Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL) – an advanced leadership degree with a concentration on business acumen

Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS) – a worship degree designed to give you the tools to be an expert and leader in ministry and worship

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) – a specialist degree to help advance in your career as an educator

Master of Theology (Th.M.) – a postgraduate degree designed to prepare you for leadership in ministry or for a doctoral degree in theology

View all available online postgraduate programs, or take a look at what you can expect when you pursue a doctoral degree through Liberty University:
  • Gold School Of Distinction Liberty UniversityAffordabilityTuition has been frozen for all online Ph.D. programs and doctoral degrees for the past 6 years — and counting — because Liberty University strives to keep your costs low. Liberty has been recognized in the top 1% of online schools and universities for affordability, accessibility, and academic quality.
  • Credibility | Liberty University is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and holds some of the highest programmatic accreditation for the School of Education (NCATE through CAEP), School of Nursing (CCNE), School of Business (ACBSP), School of Music (NASM), and School of Behavioral Sciences (CACREP).
  • Flexibility | Liberty’s online doctoral courses are offered in a flexible, 8-week course format with 8 different start dates throughout the year.
  • Professional instructors | Every online professor has professional experience in their field — and Liberty professors are known for their personal investment in their students. You’ll find real-world knowledge and experience in your virtual classroom.
  • Student support | Academic advisors and a technical support team are here to assist you from day one. We’ll be with you from the admission process through graduation.

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Available Online Doctoral Programs

Why a Doctorate Degree?

Earning a terminal degree is both an invaluable experience and a rewarding investment. Throughout your program, you’ll be learning advanced techniques and knowledge within your chosen field to help you excel professionally while leading others. Additionally, hands-on experience is available in most of our programs, and you’ll have the opportunity to complete independent research, making you a subject matter expert. Take a look below to find out why you should pursue your doctorate.

Return on Investment

Doctoral Programs Salary IncreaseWhat are the rewards? With a doctoral degree, you can expect a median salary that’s 27.2% higher than your professional counterparts with only a master’s degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.* What may initially feel like a sacrifice is actually a wise investment that increases your potential for earning an advanced position, leadership role, and/or a higher salary. 

Online Ph.D. programs and doctoral degrees are an investment of both time and money — but obtaining one will enrich your life. While you spend time studying, researching, and writing throughout your degree, you’ll find great personal and professional satisfaction along the way.

Employment Opportunities

Doctoral Programs Job IncreaseIf the purpose for pursuing your doctoral degree is to gain new employment, you’re on the right track. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 13.1% increase in entry-level positions that require applicants to have a doctoral degree by the year 2026.** Plus, your doctoral degree will make you a more qualified candidate than someone with a master’s.

If you haven’t started yet, don’t worry. Liberty University offers nearly 70 online doctoral degrees in a variety of areas and career fields. They are designed to give you a professional edge — whatever your calling may be.


Doctoral Programs ConvenienceChances are you’re a working professional with a home, a family, and an active social life. What if you could pursue your degree while still working full-time? Or take classes without moving your family across the country or the globe?

By earning your doctorate online, you’ll have the opportunity to reap all the benefits of higher education, advanced training, and scholarly research without pausing your life. You can complete classes on your own time and at your own pace while maintaining all of your professional and social relationships.

Why Choose One of Liberty University’s Online Ph.D. Programs or Doctorates? 

You believe in leadership excellence. So do we. That’s why at Liberty University, we’ll help you become an essential contributor to your field and the kind of leader who inspires others. By pursuing one of Liberty’s online doctoral programs, you’ll be primed to impact your profession as a thought leader, industry leader, and recognized expert. 

If you’ve already earned an accredited master’s degree and want to flourish at the top of your career field, then one of Liberty University’s online doctoral programs or postgraduate degrees may be right for you. You’ll find that an online Ph.D., Ed.D., DNP, DBA, or another advanced degree may not only increase your salary potential but also your job satisfaction. Whether you’re in academia or the private sector, Liberty has dozens of accredited online doctoral programs that prepare you to become a respected leader in your field.

As a university committed to both excellence and integrity, Liberty University is one of the premier colleges offering online Ph.D. programs and doctorates. We understand that life doesn’t stop when you go back to school, so our online doctorate programs vary in format, depending on your degree. Some of our doctoral and postgraduate degrees are 100% online, while others require on-campus visits.

Most of the on-campus requirements are completed through one or more intensives — week-long classes held on our beautiful Lynchburg, Va., campus — that supplement your online classes. Intensives are rich opportunities for you to network, connect with your professor and classmates, and enjoy all the benefits of being a Liberty University student on campus. Intensives are typically offered multiple times per year for your convenience.

Benefits of Liberty’s Online Ph.D. Programs and Doctoral Degrees

Our online doctorate programs offer students these and other excellent benefits: 

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by — and one of the top 10 online schools in America by Earning your online doctoral degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.

  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 6 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 

  • Our online Ph.D. programs and doctorates are primarily offered in 8-week courses, with 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Our Online Doctoral Programs and Your Career

A doctoral degree is a terminal degree — the highest level of education for a particular area of study. Completing a Ph.D. program or one of our other doctoral degrees will give you a level of discipline and specialized knowledge that will not only equip you for a leadership position in fields like education, counseling, business, and ministry but will also make you a very attractive hire to many employers. 

In highly competitive fields, certain positions go exclusively to applicants with doctoral degrees. As more and more employers are looking for candidates with terminal degrees to place in their top positions, the demand for quality, flexible education is growing. You no longer have to choose between becoming one of those candidates and maintaining your current work-life balance — you can enter one of our doctoral programs without leaving home. Liberty’s online doctoral programs allow you to further your career without pausing it to do so. 

What Will You Learn in Our Online Doctoral Programs?

By pursuing one of Liberty’s online Ph.D. programs or doctoral degrees, you’ll learn how to solve problems and recognize potential growth opportunities in any field. Every postgraduate and doctoral program — whether an online Ph.D. business degree or a doctoral program in counseling, education, nursing, divinity, or another field — is designed to strengthen your skills in research, data analysis, writing, and the application of theory to real-world scenarios. Liberty is one of the most affordable online colleges in the world, and our reputation for upholding rigorous academic standards is widely recognized. You’ll work hard for your doctorate degree — and be glad that you did. 

Top-rated and Accredited Online Ph.D. Programs and Doctoral Degrees

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Our faculty members are well-respected leaders in their fields and use their expertise to further your proficiency through research, examination, and application of your knowledge. Whether you pursue an online Ph.D., Ed.D., DBA, D.Min., or any of our other doctoral programs, you’ll graduate prepared to become a leader of distinction.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2018 (viewed online June 19, 2019). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Employment, wages, and projected change in employment by typical entry-level education (viewed online June 19, 2019). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.