Master of Divinity Online Program

Why Choose Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity for Your Online Doctoral Degree?

You may be considering a doctoral degree from John W. Rawlings School of Divinity because of your devotion to God and the teachings of Christ. Whether you are an educator reaching the minds of a new generation of Christians, a scholar reaching people through your powerful writing, or a church leader looking for ways to advance and sharpen your ministry skills, you will find an online doctoral program here at Liberty University.

Taught by renowned professors and church leaders, our courses are designed to give you the academic and practical applications you need to be an effective leader in the Christian faith.


Doctoral Degrees that Work with Your Schedule

Most of our online doctoral degrees in religious studies are 100% online. This provides the convenience of pursuing your degree while remaining active in your family, career, and community. Our intensive-based Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics provides the opportunity to take courses on our campus in Lynchburg, Va.


John W. Rawlings School of Divinity Doctoral Degree Programs

Bible Exposition (Ph.D.)

Liberty University’s 100% online Ph.D. in Bible Exposition degree program can provide you with exegetical and expositional skills for the interpretation of Scripture, coupled with biblical theological awareness and hermeneutical sensitivity, for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice. 

This program can help prepare you for university-level teaching and advanced roles in ministry. Our Ph.D. can help equip you to serve as a world-impacting Christian scholar, whether in the church or in an academic institution. 

Ph.D. in Bible Exposition Degree Format

  • 100% online
  • 60 total hours

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Christian Leadership (Ed.D.)

Liberty’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Christian Leadership – Ministry Leadership online degree program is designed to prepare and equip students with research, teaching, management, and leadership competencies for executive-level leadership roles.

This program can prepare you for positions in churches, mission organizations, faith-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and Christian academic institutions.

Ed.D. in Christian Leadership Degree Format

  • 100% online with optional intensives
  • 60 credit hours

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Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree program was created to advance and sharpen your ministry skills by providing you with a deeper understanding of biblical principles and strategies so you can serve in a variety of pastoral roles.

You will have the opportunity to interact with an array of well-known church leaders and increase your understanding of the purpose and goals of ministry through our Doctor of Ministry program.

Doctor of Ministry Program Format

  • 100% online with optional intensives
  • 30 total hours

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Master of Theology (Th.M.)

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Theology (Th.M.) is a postgraduate degree that provides additional training beyond the Master of Divinity degree in preparation for full-time Christian service.

Through coursework, scholarly research, and logical and critical writing, the Th.M. will provide advanced preparation for those called to serve in theological education, or those planning to pursue degree programs at the doctoral level.

Online Master of Theology Degree Format

  • 100% online with optional intensives
  • 30 total hours

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Theology and Apologetics (Ph.D.)

Liberty University’s online Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics is an intensive-based program, giving you hands-on ministry training and group work designed to help you further your current ministry role.

You will also receive direct mentorship for your research and scholarship throughout your studies. Our Ph.D. can help equip you to serve as a world-impacting Christian scholar, whether in the church or in an academic institution. 

Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics Program Format

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Executive Certificate in Bible Exposition

This 100% online postgraduate certificate is designed to provide you with a standalone credential in Bible exposition or the first 21 credits towards your Ph.D. in Bible Exposition. Gain the training you need to advance in your career while preparing for a doctorate.

Throughout this certificate, you will receive guidance from professors who can help you grow in your faith and improve your ministry.

Executive Certificate in Bible Exposition Format

  • 100% online
  • 21 total hours

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What Are the Benefits of an Online Doctoral Degree from Liberty University?

Our online degree programs offer students great benefits, including:

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by BestColleges.com — and one of the top 10 online schools in America by Niche.com. 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 non-profit university. 
  • We have a set block rate of $2,750 per semester if you take 7 to 15 credit hours. This can save you up to $6,000 a semester if you are a full-time doctoral student!*
  • Our programs are offered in an 8-week course format, with 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times!

*The Ed.D. in Christian Leadership does not qualify for the divinity block rate.

Military Benefits for Specific Doctoral Degrees

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 – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Executive Certificate tuition discount – $300 per credit hour
  • Pursuing one of our Ph.D. programs? Find out how you can earn a Ph.D. for only $300 per credit hour!
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times