Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
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Military Benefits
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Distinguish Yourself as a Leader with Liberty’s Online Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership

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.

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Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Your divinity 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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Why Choose Liberty’s Doctorate in Christian Leadership and Education Degree?

As a pioneer in distance education since 1985, we understand what you’re looking for in an online degree. You want a program that will challenge you to grow, teach you marketable skills, help you develop in-demand knowledge, and respect your free time. After all, your community, family, and personal obligations don’t stop when your degree begins. Our EdD in Christian Leadership is offered 100% online with no set login times and no required intensives, so you can take the next step in your educational journey while staying invested in your personal commitments.

Many doctoral programs have one of 2 emphases: theoretical or practical. For example, if you were to pursue a PhD in Christian Leadership online, your program would likely have a theoretical emphasis. While many PhD programs are designed to prepare you for careers in research or academia, other doctoral programs have a practical emphasis — like our Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree program. Programs like the DMin are designed for practical application and hands-on problem-solving.

Liberty’s Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership offers you the best of both worlds. Our Christian leadership EdD won’t just help prepare you for academic or research careers – it can also help you pursue careers like ministry or Christian education. If you’re not sure whether you’d like to pursue a career within or apart from academia, choose a degree program that can help prepare you for both: Liberty’s EdD in Christian Leadership.

Degree Information

Highlights of our EdD in Christian Leadership

  • 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 EdD in Christian Leadership from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • 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 our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
  • To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are included for all divinity courses* at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!

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

Career Opportunities for Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership Graduates

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

Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership Degree Information

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Specializations for the Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership

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. 

Church Revitalization

Digital Discipleship

Faith-Based Consulting

Ministry Leadership

Next Generation Ministry

Spiritual Formation

Strategic Christian Ministry

Military Benefits for Our EdD in Christian Leadership Degree

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 EdD 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)

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Admission Requirements for the Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership

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*
  • John W. Rawlings School of Divinity Questionnaire
  • Official college transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 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.

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What Will You Learn in Our Doctor of Christian Education Online?

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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Transfer Policies

At Liberty, we want to help you make the most of your prior education by allowing you to transfer in previously earned college credit. That’s why you can transfer in up to 50% of your total credits for a master’s or doctoral program!

Some restrictions apply. Please visit our Transfer Policy page for more information.