EdD In Christian Leadership Ministry Leadership
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8 Week Courses
Transfer Credits
Up to 15 credit hours can be transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
July 2, 2018

Liberty’s Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership is Training Tomorrow’s Influencers Today!

Liberty’s EdD in Christian Leadership online degree program is designed to prepare and equip students with research, teaching, management, and leadership competencies for executive-level leadership roles in churches, mission organizations, faith-based organizations, non-profit organizations, and Christian academic institutions.

Liberty’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in Christian Leadership is a fully online, praxis degree. It is the highest academic degree offered in the theory and practice of Christian leadership. As an applied theological degree, the Doctorate in Christian Leadership intentionally seeks to integrate a Christian worldview with study in the fields of leadership, education, and the social sciences. The program enables students to acquire a breadth of knowledge across these disciplines and to gain the skills needed to conduct doctoral level research appropriate to diverse educational, organizational, and ministry contexts.

Our EdD in Christian Leadership program recognizes faith-based organizations as dynamic and developmental in nature. Therefore, the program promotes a balanced model of Christian leadership that recognizes the importance of biblical values, inspiring vision, godly virtues, and attention to the details of venture management.

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Why Liberty’s EdD in Christian Leadership?

Liberty University’s EdD in Christian Leadership is taught by experienced professors who share your biblical values and integrate a Christian worldview into your course material. Your EdD in Christian Leadership offers the highest accreditation available through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

What Will You Learn in Our Doctor of Christian Leadership Degree?

Liberty’s Ed.D. program in Christian Leadership – Ministry Leadership is designed to provide you with a biblical foundation for leadership and management within the church and in a variety of ministry organizations. Your Doctor of Education courses will equip you with the tools and skills essential to effectively and biblically manage a team by building your leadership and management experience so that you can conquer the challenges of ministry leadership.

The Doctor of Education program, focusing on Christian Leadership – Ministry Leadership, is given in a flexible & affordable, 100% online format which provides you with the ability to continue investing in the people and things which are essential while learning:

  • Issues and trends in exceptionality.
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Theories of the historical and social foundation of education.

Within your Ed.D. courses, you will perform doctoral level research for practical application in diverse educational, organizational, and ministry contexts. Fulfillment of the Ed.D. dissertation gives you the chance to exhibit your expertise and abilities to apply advanced concepts gained through learning.

Featured Courses:

  • CLED700  Biblical & Theological Foundations of Leadership
    • CLED780  Change, Power, and Conflict in Leadership
      • CLED815 Character & Ethics in Leadership & Education
        • CLED845 Group and Team Dynamics: Theory and Practice in Leadership

          Unique Features of Liberty’s EdD in Christian Leadership

          • Accessible to “Life-Engaged” Learners – Life-engaged learners are students who are actively engaged in family, church, and professional life while participating in the doctoral program. Although this program is rigorous, it is designed with the flexibility of a fully online program and will not require relocation.
          • Promotes a Community of Learners – The EdD in Christian Leadership fosters collaborative learning by building a strong sense of community among the students and professors. As students follow a prescribed sequence of seminars, relationships are developed as students learn to support and serve each other. The result is a dynamic learning environment where collegiality and community are a hallmark.
          • Delivered Through an Enhanced Online Learning Environment – Liberty’s Christian Leadership Doctorate offers faculty-mediated online learning that maintains the highest standards of academic quality while providing time flexibility. Students participate in asynchronous online seminar discussions and learning activities led by the professor.
          • Dissertation Development Through the Curriculum – As students’ progress through the program, they write various elements of the dissertation. These are built into courses through a progressive and systematic design. Six research courses are required. Each course is designed to build the writing of the dissertation prospectus (proposal) directly into the required seminars.

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          EdD in Christian Leadership Degree Information

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          Military Benefits

          Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. 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 for graduate (per credit hour)
          • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).
          • 8-week courses, eight different start dates each year and no set login times.

          Potential Career Opportunities with a Christian Leadership Doctoral Degree

          • Academic Leadership Role
          • Faith-Based Organizational Leadership Roles
          • Ministry or Missions Leadership Roles

          Ed.D. in Christian Leadership – Ministry Leadership Admission Requirements

          A regionally or nationally accredited Master’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required 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
          • Statement of Purpose
          • Proof of English proficiency

          *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.

          Highlights of Liberty’s Christian Leadership Online Doctorate Degree Program

          • By earning your EdD in Christian Leadership degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
          • Tuition rates for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs have not increased in three straight 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 Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership in as little as 3 years.
          • As a Christian leader, you will benefit from networking opportunities with other educators in the program from around the country.