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, partnering with Liberty can help make your professional aspirations a reality.

We offer each of our online Ph.D. programs, doctorates, and specialist degrees in an online format, and most can be completed 100% online. This allows you to stay active in your career, with your family, and in your 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, so you can explore our campus while making professional connections in-person. Other degree programs have required practicums or internships that allow you to gain hands-on experience in your own community.

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At Liberty, our mission is to Train Champions for Christ. We want to prepare you to influence the world as a leader, educator, and expert. As you partner with us to reach your career goals, our goal is to provide you with the knowledge, tools, and resources you need to meet those goals.

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, is designed to help make you an expert in business and a leader in the field.

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

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

Doctor of Music Education (D.M.E.) – a credential that can 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.

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

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – research-based, online Ph.D. programs that allow you to study history, public policy, psychology, or Bible exposition while teaching you the skills needed to work in higher education

Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) – an advanced public administration degree that can 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 business focus

Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS) – a worship degree that can give you the tools needed to become an expert and leader in ministry and worship

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) – a specialist degree that can help you advance 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:
  • AffordabilityTuition 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 is recognized by multiple institutions for its 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 available to you from the admission process through graduation.

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Available Online Doctoral Programs

Arts and Sciences

History (Ph.D.)

Behavioral Sciences

Community Care and Counseling (Ed.D.)

Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)

Psychology (Ph.D.)


Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL)

Organization and Management (Ph.D.)

Communication and the Arts

Communication (Ph.D.)

Strategic Media (Ph.D.)


Bible Exposition (Ph.D.)

Christian Leadership (Ed.D.)

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

Master of Theology (Th.M.)

Theology and Apologetics (Ph.D.)


Advanced Educational Studies (Ph.D.)

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Education (Ph.D.)

Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

Higher Education Administration (Ph.D.)


Criminal Justice (Ph.D.)

Doctor of Law and Policy (DLP)

Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)

Public Administration (Ph.D.)

Public Policy (Ph.D.)

Health Sciences

Health Sciences (Ph.D.)


Christian Worship (Ph.D.)

Doctor of Music Education (D.M.E.)

Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS)


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Nursing – Nursing Education (Ph.D.)

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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

What are the rewards? With a doctoral degree, you can expect a median salary that’s 22% 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.

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Employment Opportunities

If 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 5.9% increase in entry-level positions that require applicants to have a doctoral degree by the year 2029.** Plus, your doctoral degree can help 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. Our doctoral programs are designed to help give you a professional edge — whatever your calling may be.

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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 can 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 can prepare to impact your profession as an innovative thinker, industry leader, and respected 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 offers dozens of accredited online doctoral programs that can help you 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: 

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank among’s top 10 online schools in America. Earning your online doctoral 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 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 can 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 can 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 be taught 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 — can help strengthen your skills in research, data analysis, writing, and the application of theory to real-world scenarios. At Liberty, we strive to be 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 can gain valuable knowledge as you develop into a leader of distinction.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2020 (viewed online July 1, 2021). 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 July 1, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.