EdD in Christian Leadership – Digital Discipleship Bridge Faith & Technology


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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

The digital age has brought on a new reality that has blurred the historic distinction between the physical and digital world. People are interacting with technology constantly. As we look to bring God’s Word to more people, it has become increasingly important to think about ministry in the context of an ever-growing list of online and digital settings. Liberty’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in Christian Leadership – Digital Discipleship can help equip you with essential leadership and technical skills that you can use to share God’s Word with digital audiences across the world.

The growth of digital platforms has created an entirely new opportunity for virtual discipleship. Today’s online Christian community transcends the traditionally defined community and allows us to reach even more people with the Gospel. Whether it be due to sickness, location, or some other circumstance, many in your ministry may be unable to attend in person. This digital evangelism and discipleship degree can help you understand and use innovative technology to help fulfill the Great Commission.

Additionally, our Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership is designed to help you integrate a biblical worldview with leadership and education principles. This applied theology degree can help you as you lead and manage church and ministry organizations. Partner with us to learn skills that can help you make an impact for God’s Kingdom through education and technology.


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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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 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

Liberty University’s mission of Training Champions for Christ extends into every area of your education. Here are some of the ways Liberty stands out and upholds this mission:

  • This Christian doctoral program is offered 100% online. If you are actively engaged in ministry, family, or professional obligations, you won’t have to worry about relocating or attending on-campus classes.
  • Our online program promotes a Christian leadership community. You’ll have the opportunity to build relationships with professors and other students throughout your degree.
  • Our online degree in discipleship can help you learn new and innovative ways to reach out and create your own digital Christian community in your church or organization.
  • This degree’s praxis sequence allows you to conduct valuable research and demonstrate the knowledge you’ve learned throughout the program.

Our EdD in Christian Leadership – Digital Discipleship degree program is designed to provide you with a biblical foundation for leadership and effective utilization of technology. In this program, you will examine the debate over whether physical presence is a requirement for an authentic Christian community. Your courses can help equip you with the tools and skills essential to effectively lead a team and share God’s Word across the globe.

The digital discipleship specialization can help you formulate an emerging theology of networks through which the Spirit of God works to minister to His people. Just as Martin Luther transformed Europe and eventually the world by utilizing the emerging technology of his time — the printing press — so you have a similar opportunity because of the technological innovations available to us today.

Your Christian leadership courses will culminate in doctoral-level research for practical application in diverse educational, organizational, and ministry contexts. Fulfillment of the EdD praxis gives you the opportunity to exhibit your expertise and abilities. You can apply advanced concepts learned in the Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership program to your research.

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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.

Electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses* all for one convenient fee. To continue our mission of providing affordable education, this fee is waived for students who enroll by Summer 2024 D-term.

*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)