Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership Study Today to Lead Tomorrow


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At Liberty, we believe that knowledge of all things begins with Christ — especially knowledge of leadership. As a steward of the power vested in you, you have a responsibility to lead others with excellence and integrity. People look to you for answers, guidance, expertise, and encouragement. If you are in a position of authority or hope to pursue a job that requires principled leadership, Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Education (EdD) in Christian Leadership can help you develop valuable leadership skills that are directly applicable to several career fields.

No matter what leadership position you serve in, you can benefit from a Christian view of leadership. Leading others can be challenging – awareness of the needs, strengths, and weaknesses of your team is a must, as is the ability to steer your team towards the completion of goals and objectives. At Liberty University, we seek to train principled, ethical leaders who can compassionately and effectively shepherd others.

Our doctorate in Christian leadership gives you the opportunity to personalize your degree. This program offers multiple specializations, allowing you to gain knowledge that is both broadly applicable and specifically tailored to your career goals.

Whether you’d like to revive a struggling church, minister to today’s youth, develop your ability to share the Gospel on digital platforms, start your own ministry, or serve as an administrator in a Christian school, Liberty’s Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership is an excellent option. Partner with us, gain valuable knowledge and skills, and take your career to new heights.


Liberty Theological Seminary, as part of Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Your seminary degree is approved by ATS and has met rigorous accreditation standards, so you can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

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While each of our Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership tracks has a different emphasis, each one contains the same core foundation of courses.

In the core classes of our Christian leadership doctoral degree program, you will study biblical and theological foundations of leadership and education. You will also study theological anthropology in leadership and education, character and ethics, leadership and management theory, and organizational development. In addition, our EdD in Christian Leadership covers group and team dynamics as well as teaching theory and practice.

Within each of the Christian leadership EdD specializations, you’ll find a group of courses tailored to your unique interests. For example, the digital discipleship specialization offers an overview of how to construct a theology of networks for the digital age, best practices for digital spiritual formation, techniques for fostering online Christian community, and an advanced examination of digital ministry. The next-generation ministry specialization features courses that can help develop your youth ministry skills — such as leadership models for next-generation ministry and trends in next-generation ministry.

Following completion of your particular specialization, you will begin preparing for your praxis sequence. In your praxis courses, you will seek to produce a scholarly artifact that demonstrates applied research competency, scholarly achievement, and professional development within a specific field setting. 

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  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

  • Christian education administrator
  • Christian school principal or president
  • Church administrator
  • Church discipleship coordinator
  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Minister of education

Our EdD in Christian Leadership allows you to choose from the following list of specializations so you can gain additional training in a subject you’re most passionate about. Whether you’d like to revive a struggling church, lead an online ministry, or minister to today’s youth, our EdD in Christian Leadership offers a specialization that can give you the training you need to succeed. 

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Speak to one of our admissions specialists to help you choose the program that best fits your needs.

Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses* all for one convenient fee.

*Electronic textbooks are not provided for courses that fall under departments outside the School of Divinity.

EdS and EdD Full Time $595/Credit
EdS and EdD Part Time $650/Credit
Military EdS and EdD $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for EdS and EdD courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service 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)