Associate Degree In Religious Studies
Credit Hours
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total
Next Start Date
May 13, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Learn and Grow in Your Faith by Earning an Associate Degree in Religious Studies

Liberty’s associate degree in religion online program is designed to equip you for a lifetime of effective ministry. You can learn to effectively engage the questions, doubts, and skepticism of unbelievers and respond intellectually and persuasively. Our online religion degree can help you gain a deeper understanding of the Bible by studying biblical content, developing research tools, and identifying basic elements of structure within the biblical text.

Liberty’s Associate of Arts in Religion online is comparable to an associate degree in theology. Our online religion and theology degree professors will introduce you to key figures, places, and events from the Old and New Testaments as you move through your studies. 

Is a degree in theology worth it?

If you’re wondering if an associate in religion or theology will add value to your life and career, the answer is yes! Our program is designed to provide you with foundational knowledge in Christian theology. Here are some of the benefits of completing this associate degree in religion:

  • Strengthen your own Christian faith and knowledge to enhance your personal walk with the Lord.
  • Gain an associate degree from an accredited school that can be applied to a bachelor’s program.
  • Learn key theological concepts that can be used to jumpstart a career in ministry.
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Why Choose Liberty’s Associate Degree in Religion Online?

Liberty University is pleased to offer our associate degree in religion 100% online. Our nonprofit university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Students seeking a degree in theology or Christian studies will benefit from Liberty’s online degree in religion because of the similarities in course content. These degrees place a high emphasis on interpreting biblical texts and integrating a Christian worldview.

As you look forward to your future at Liberty, you may also be interested in exploring our Bachelor of Science in Religion and its specializations in biblical and educational studies or Christian leadership and management.

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What Will You Learn in Our Associate Degree in Religion Online?

You can learn from faculty committed to Training Champions for Christ as you dive into biblical interpretations and learn to connect them with the world around you. Whether you are seeking to grow in your knowledge or earn further qualifications, Liberty can equip you with the skills and tools you need to positively engage the world with an online religion degree. 

Our Associate of Arts in Religion degree is offered completely online, allowing you to remain active in your job, with your family, and in your community without worrying about on-campus classes. The associate in religion online program can be completed in as little as 1.5 years and transferred into our Bachelor of Science in Religion online degree program.

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Military Benefits for our Associate Degree in Theology Online

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences 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 thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 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 military training

Potential Career Fields with a Religion and Theology Associate Degree

An associate degree in religion online, comparable to an online theology degree, is a great way to begin or continue your college career. This program is a good fit for students who need to show a completed associate degree for general career purposes or students who want to work in various ministry or related fields. Some potential career fields include:

  • Business
  • Chaplaincy
  • Clergy 
  • Communications 
  • Education
  • Health and welfare ministries 
  • Local ministries 
  • Missions
  • Religious communities 
  • Social services

Admission Requirements for Our Associate Degree in Divinity and Religion

Applicants must have a 2.0 or above cumulative GPA for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information. 

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • A High School Self-Certification form
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first. 

Benefits of Choosing Liberty University’s Online Associate Degree in Theology and Religion

  • 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 associate degree in Christian ministry and religion from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for our online religion courses for college credit and degrees 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. 
  • You can complete the associate degree in religion in as little as 1.5 years.
  • You will have networking opportunities with other students in the program from around the country.