Here’s what you can expect when you pursue an online master’s program through Liberty University:
- Affordability | Tuition has been frozen for all online master’s programs for the past 7 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 | Most of Liberty’s online master’s 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 can benefit from real-world knowledge and mentorship in your virtual classroom.
- Simple admission process | There are no GRE requirements for Liberty’s online master’s degrees. You can either submit your official college transcripts or unofficial college transcripts, but if you submit unofficial transcripts, be sure to also submit an Official Transcript Request Form.
- Student support | Academic advisors and a technical support team are here to assist you from day one, through the admission process to graduation.
“Getting my degree from Liberty has been well worth the time, energy, and cost. The Christian worldview is priceless, and the educational value is second to none. The standard of excellence of the university is a worthy challenge to embrace.”
— Carolyn P. | M.A. Professional Counseling, ’12
Earn an Online Master’s Degree That Fits Your Needs — And Your Life
Maybe a master’s degree is required to move you forward in your profession. Perhaps you’re ready to start down a new career path, or maybe you simply want the competitive edge a graduate degree can bring. No matter why you’re looking for a master’s degree, you can find one that meets your needs at Liberty University.
At Liberty, you can choose from a wide variety of nearly 300 master’s degrees that are flexible, affordable, and designed to help you achieve personal and professional success. Most degree programs are 100% online and offered in an 8-week course format, so no matter your work, family, or volunteer obligations, you can find a program that fits your schedule.
At Liberty University, all of our students start as somebody. Our online master’s degree programs have been designed with your success in mind. We imagine what a better world would look like — and then we train the people who would work there.
View all available online graduate degrees, or take a look at Liberty’s most popular online master’s degrees:
What’s the Value of an Online Master’s Degree?
Earning an advanced degree can be an invaluable experience. You can strengthen your communication, research, and critical thinking skills and accomplish something remarkable. Take a look at some other reasons why earning an online master’s degree is worth it.
Return on Investment
What else will you get? The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that professionals who hold a master’s degree are paid an average of 18% more than professionals who only hold a bachelor’s degree.* In many cases, a master’s degree is a wise investment that can increase your earning potential and boost your chances of earning a promotion.
Pursuing a master’s degree can enrich your life. You’ll spend time studying, researching, and writing while you pursue your educational and career goals, but many students find great personal and professional fulfillment along the way. At Liberty, we don’t just want you to earn a life-changing degree — we want you to derive satisfaction from the work you do.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2021 (viewed online July 2, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
If your purpose for pursuing your master’s degree is to gain new employment, you’re on the right track. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 16.4% increase in entry-level positions that require applicants to have an earned master’s degree by the year 2030.**
An increasing number of employers prefer that you have a master’s degree — which can make you a more attractive job candidate than someone without a master’s degree. If you haven’t started yet, don’t worry. Liberty University offers nearly 300 online master’s degrees in a variety of areas and career fields. Our master’s degrees are designed to help give you a professional edge — whatever your calling may be.
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Employment, wages, and projected change in employment by typical entry-level education (viewed online Oct. 29, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
Chances 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 master’s degree online, you’ll have the opportunity to reap all the benefits of higher education and advanced training 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.
At Liberty, we don’t just believe that mastering concepts and gaining advanced knowledge should be the only benefits of a master’s degree, which is why our world-class online learning environment is designed to facilitate collaboration and networking. You won’t just have the chance to build lasting relationships with your professors at Liberty — you’ll also work alongside students like yourself, and in turn, be able to develop lasting professional connections.
Providing World-Class Education to Military Students Across the Globe
Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey. As a small token of our thanks for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you by offering the following benefits:
- Tuition discounts — $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
- Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 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)
We appreciate your service to our country
Liberty University values your service to our country. To show our appreciation, we offer multiple benefits to our online military students such as tuition discounts. Additionally, we accept military benefits including the GI Bill® and tuition assistance (TA).
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. Government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
What Will You Learn in Our Online Master’s Degree Programs?
You want an education that’s worth the effort you put into it, and we want you to be proud of the education you receive. As a result, your online master’s degree through Liberty University can give you:
- Advanced knowledge of a specialized body of theoretical and applied topics
- A high level of skills and techniques associated with your chosen field
- A range of transferable and professional skills gained through independent and highly focused learning and research
Plus, your online master’s degree program will be taught by professional educators dedicated to your academic success. Your professors are available to mentor you while teaching from a biblical worldview. Choose one of the online master’s degree programs we offer and join a growing community of innovators, dreamers, and leaders.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Our Online Master’s Programs
At Liberty, we make getting a master’s online as simple as possible. Here are a few frequently asked questions we hear from potential students about our online master’s degrees:
Can I earn a master’s degree online?
Yes! At Liberty University, we offer nearly 300 online masters programs — allowing you to earn a valuable career-enhancing credential from the comfort of home. If you’re like most of our students, odds are you’re a working professional with many responsibilities to juggle. We’ve designed each of our masters programs online with this in mind.
The life of a working professional isn’t always an easy one. Between work, family, community, church, and various other commitments, you may find yourself strapped for time. Your responsibilities aren’t going away anytime soon, and you may fear that your busy schedule will prevent you from achieving your goal of earning a master’s degree. At Liberty, our online master’s programs are designed with your success in mind. Most of our online graduate degrees are offered 100% online in 8-week sections with no set login times and no required intensives, so you can remain active in your community while still working on your degree.
In addition, each of our courses is taught by expert professors who have years of real-world experience. When you choose to pursue your online masters degree at Liberty, you’re choosing professors who are educated, knowledgable, and committed to your success. Our instructors also can mentor you, offer constructive feedback that can improve your base of knowledge, and pray for you.
Do I need a GRE for an online master’s program?
At Liberty University, a GRE is not required for admissions to an online master’s degree. This is just one of the many ways we strive to make quality education available and accessible.
Is a master’s degree online the same?
There are a few differences and similarities between our online master’s degrees and our residential master’s degrees.
In our online master’s programs, you will complete your coursework remotely instead of on our residential campus. While some of our online master’s degrees have required on-campus intensives, you won’t need to worry about permanently relocating to attend weekly lectures.
Our online master’s programs and our residential master’s programs use the same curriculum, but have different delivery methods. When you choose to pursue your master’s degree online at Liberty, you choose a curriculum that was developed with the same care and attention to detail as our residential degrees. We don’t shortchange you when you take an online degree — we empower you. Experience the power of online learning, earn a life-changing credential from the comfort of home, and take your career to new heights.
What are the best master’s degrees to get?
The best masters degree online for you simply depends on your academic and professional goals.
A master’s degree in itself is a goal for some, and rightfully so. Earning an online masters degree is a great accomplishment, and upon earning your degree in one of Liberty’s online masters programs, you’ll have a career-enhancing credential that cannot be taken away from you.
You may also want to earn your online masters degree for career purposes. If you work in business, an online MBA from Liberty could be an excellent addition to your résumé. If you’re interested in working towards becoming a licensed* professional counselor, you may find our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to be a great fit. Maybe you’d like to become a licensed* teacher by earning your Master of Arts in Teaching degree online. If you work in law enforcement and want to gain additional career-specific knowledge, our online MS in Criminal Justice is a great option.
Be sure to check out our 10 most popular online masters degrees, and contact us with any questions you have. It’s our privilege to assist you, and it’s our mission to help you earn a life-changing, career-enhancing online masters degree.
*Be sure to check your state licensure requirements to make sure your degree program will satisfy them.
What online master’s degree is the best fit for me?
Different online masters programs have varying levels of difficulty for different people.
If you have a natural talent for language and writing, our Master of Arts in Professional Writing or our Master of Arts in Linguistics are both excellent options. If you’re great with numbers, you may find our Master of Science in Engineering Management, Master of Science in Accounting, master’s degree in information technology, or our online master’s program in information technology to be a great fit for you.
Quite a few of our students find their passion during their undergraduate studies and continue their study in the same area. For example, if you have a bachelor’s degree in business, you may find our online MBA program to be a great fit that builds on your previously earned business degree. If you studied criminal justice at the undergraduate level and would like to expand your knowledge of law enforcement, our Master of Science in Criminal Justice may suit you well.
While certain subjects may come naturally to you, our online masters degree programs are designed to challenge you to grasp new concepts, gain in-depth knowledge, and develop an advanced understanding of the subject you’re studying. At Liberty, it is our goal to challenge you to think critically, and as a result, you can graduate as a more confident, prepared professional who is capable of making a considerable impact in your career field.
Are online master’s degrees credible?
Yes — we believe Liberty’s online master’s degrees are credible and capable of helping you reach your professional goals.
The credibility of our online master’s programs is backed by several accrediting agencies. Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.
In addition, a number of our online degree programs — such as clinical mental health counseling, nursing, and business — hold either programmatic or degree-specific accreditation from esteemed accrediting agencies. For more information, please see our accreditation page.
What is the most affordable master’s degree?
Because “affordable” means a different monetary figure to each student, it’s difficult to say which online masters degree is the most affordable. However, at Liberty, we strive to make earning your masters degree as affordable as possible. We do this in several ways.
First, most of our online masters programs are billed at just $565 per credit hour for full-time students. We also offer a number of discounts for eligible students, and several programs have their own special rates. For example, the Master of Arts in Teaching and our Master of Education degrees are available at a full-time rate of $415 per credit hour. Several divinity programs, such as our Master of Divinity, offer a block rate of $2,750 for full-time students. At Liberty, you can earn a world-class education for less money than you might pay at a competing institution of higher education.
Second, we have frozen tuition for the past 7 years and counting. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. Our mission is to Train Champions for Christ, not the accumulation of wealth. Keeping tuition low is just one of the ways we strive to achieve this mission.
Third, we offer generous military discounts. At Liberty, eligible current and former members of the armed forces can receive a discounted graduate tuition rate of just $275 per credit hour. If you’re a veteran who currently serves as a first responder in a civilian capacity, you may also be eligible for an additional discount. For more information, check out our First Responder Discount page.
How long does it take to earn a master’s degree?
Most of our online master’s programs can be completed in as little as 1.5-2 years. This does not apply to all programs. Some of our licensure-track online master’s degrees — such as our Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, or our 45-hour Master of Science in Nursing — can be completed in as little as 2.5 years. We encourage you to check your particular program’s page for specific information on how quickly you can finish your degree.
At Liberty, we recognize that you can’t commit the rest of your life to your master’s degree. That’s why we’ve designed our master’s degrees online with you in mind. By partnering with Liberty, you can earn a life-changing and career-enhancing credential without relocating, changing jobs, or committing the better part of a decade to your studies.
Is an online master’s degree worth your time?
If you’re interested in higher earning potential, commanding respect in applicant pools, increasing your chances of earning a promotion, and gaining valuable knowledge that can serve you well throughout your career, yes — we believe a masters degree is worth it.
What’s the difference between a master’s degree and a doctoral degree?
There are several differences between an online masters degree and an online doctoral degree.
First, a doctoral degree is more advanced than a masters degree. Most doctoral programs require a master’s degree for admission. While this may be the case, master’s degrees are still in high demand among employers, and earning an online masters degree at Liberty can help set you up for career success. Our online masters programs can also help prepare you for future doctoral studies.
Second, master’s degrees are more sought-after by students looking for practical job skills, while doctoral degrees are popular among students seeking research-focused, academic careers — perhaps as a professor at a college or university.
Lastly, masters degrees are typically shorter than doctoral degrees. While most of Liberty’s online masters degrees take about 1.5-2 years to complete, most of our online doctoral programs can be completed in as little as 3 years.
Is Liberty University a good school?
Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Not only have we met rigorous institutional accreditation standards, a number of our online degree programs — such as our MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, BS in Nursing, and Bachelor of Social Work — hold either programmatic or degree-specific accreditation from esteemed accrediting agencies. For more information, please see our accreditation page.
All of our courses are taught by respected professionals with years of real-world experience, and many of our instructors have terminal degrees. Our residential and online students have gone on to lead spectacular careers — as nurses, doctors, elected officials, business professionals, and more. When you choose Liberty for your online master’s degree, you choose an institution of education that can help set you apart as a knowledgeable, principled difference-maker.
So, yes: we are a great school — and we have the credentials to prove it.
Arts and Sciences
- Composition (M.A.)
- Creative Writing (M.F.A.)
- Geography (M.A.)
- History (M.A.)
- Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.)
- Linguistics (M.A.)
- Military Operations (M.A.)
- Professional Writing (M.A.)
- Public History (M.A.)
- Teaching English as a Second Language (M.A.)
- Addiction Counseling (M.A.)
- Applied Psychology (M.A.)
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)
- Education – School Counseling (M.Ed.)
- Human Services Counseling (M.A.)
- Marriage and Family Therapy (M.A.)
- Pastoral Counseling (M.A.)
- Social Work (M.S.W.) – Advanced Generalist
- Accounting (MSA)
- Business Administration (MBA) 36-hours
- Business Administration (MBA) 45-hours
- Finance (M.S.)
- Healthcare Administration (M.S.)
- Health Informatics (MSHI)
- Marketing (M.S.)
- Nonprofit Management (MNM)
- Nursing (MSN)/Business Administration (MBA) Dual Degree
- Nursing (MSN)/Healthcare Administration (MSHA) Dual Degree
- Sports Management (M.S.)
- Communication (M.A.)
- Promotion and Video Content (M.A.)
- Social Media Management (M.S.)
- Strategic Communication (M.A.)
- Biblical Exposition (M.A.)
- Biblical Languages (M.A.)
- Biblical Studies (M.A.B.S.)
- Christian Apologetics (M.A.)
- Christian Apologetics (M.A.) – Thesis
- Christian Ministry (M.C.M.)
- Divinity (M.Div.)
- Educational Ministries (M.A.)
- Global Studies (M.G.S.)
- Religion (M.A.R.)
- Religious Education (M.R.E.)
- Sports Chaplaincy (M.A.)
- Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.)
- Education (M.Ed.)
- Education (M.Ed.) – Curriculum and Instruction
- Education (M.Ed.) – Higher Education
- Education (M.Ed.) – Special and Gifted Education: Twice Exceptionalities
- Teaching (M.A.T.)
- Criminal Justice (M.S.)
- Homeland Security and Disaster Management (M.S.)
- International Relations (M.S.)
- National Security (M.S.)
- Political Science (M.S.)
- Public Administration (M.P.A.)
- Public Policy (M.A.P.P.)
- Public Safety (M.S.)
- Exercise Science and Wellness (M.S.)
- Human Biology (M.S.)
- Human Performance (M.S.)
- Medical Sciences (M.A.)
- Nutrition (M.S.)
- Public Health (M.P.H.)
- General (J.M.)
- American Legal Studies (J.M.)
- Compliance (J.M.)
- Health Law (J.M.)
- International Legal Studies (J.M.)
- International Legal Studies (LL.M.)
- Nursing (MSN)
- Nursing (MSN)/Business Administration (MBA) Dual Degree
- Nursing (MSN)/Healthcare Administration (MSHA) Dual Degree
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Why Choose Liberty University for Your Online Master’s Program?
As you grow in your profession, you may find that many fields require a master’s degree for continued advancement. A master’s degree demonstrates your high level of expertise in a specific area of study and is available to students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree. Having a master’s degree can help you stand out from among your peers — especially in competitive career fields.
As an institution with decades of experience in distance education, we understand what it takes to design an online master’s degree that meets your needs. Whether you’re studying business, computer science, nursing, or another subject, we recognize that your personal commitments don’t change when you become a graduate student — even if you’re taking online courses. That’s why we’ve put a great deal of time and effort into making a graduate-level education that’s offered online as simple as possible for you.
Liberty University is dedicated to helping you expand your knowledge and pursue new career opportunities. Our variety of online master’s degree programs are designed to add to your existing expertise. As a result, our advanced degrees can help you become even more competitive in today’s labor market. Furthermore, we offer nearly 300 online master’s degree programs, allowing you to find a program that fits you perfectly. Look through our wide range of options and find the degree program designed for you.
Getting a master’s degree shouldn’t mean putting the important people, plans, and responsibilities in your life on hold. Completing an online master’s degree program at Liberty University is a great way to advance your career without losing the time needed for other priorities. In fact, many of our online master’s degrees can be completed in as little as 12 months!
Contact an admissions counselor today and see how an online master’s degree from Liberty University can give you the skills and knowledge you need to shape a better world.
Liberty University’s Online Master’s Programs Pioneer Distance Learning Programs
Liberty University has been leading the way in distance learning programs since 1985. As a result, our experience has taught us how to streamline your education so you can focus on what really matters to you.
At Liberty, our mission is to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting the world. We don’t just train skilled workers — we train exceptional professionals who want to make a difference. Your online master’s degree program at Liberty University can equip you to thrive both personally and professionally, and with one of our degrees, you can lead in your industry, go further in your field, or start a new career.
Most of our online master’s degree programs are 100% online. Every online program meets the same rigorous accreditation standards as the residential degrees offered on our campus in Lynchburg, Va. Each degree emphasizes a balance between theory, research, and hands-on training. At Liberty, you’ll work hard for your degree — and be glad that you did.
Our goal isn’t just to develop tomorrow’s leaders — it’s to train standout professionals who have the skills, knowledge, and expertise needed to inspire teams and pioneer industries. At Liberty, we want to provide you with a world-class education, and by partnering with us, you can receive the training you need to be a Champion for Christ in your field.