EdD in Christian Leadership – NextGen Ministry Minister the Future


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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Do you have a desire to lead and minister to young people? If so, our Doctor of Education (EdD) in Christian Leadership – Next Generation (NextGen) Ministry can help equip you for the calling that God has on your life. With a unique combination of praxis and research, our NextGen online youth ministry degree can help prepare you for both the classroom and the congregation.

Today’s youth need strong leaders with firm morals, godly values, a commitment to upholding biblical truth, and a love for those around them. Our Doctor of Education online is a great fit for those who want to be Champions for Christ. Partner with us and learn how to lead the next generation to impact the world for Christ.


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 is a training ground for those who are seeking to become Champions for Christ. We know that choosing to pursue your doctoral degree is a big decision, and we believe that your education should be flexible and affordable. That’s why Liberty’s tuition has not increased in the past 9 years — and why our classes are offered 100% online with no set login times.

Additionally, your courses will be taught by industry experts who have advanced degrees in their field. Your professors will pray for you and seek to partner with you as you pursue your degree. The knowledge and wisdom that your professors provide are backed by years of practical experience in ministry settings, so you can be confident that you are receiving a world-class education.

Liberty University is also regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), so you can rest assured that you are earning a degree at an institution that has met rigorous educational standards.

Between our talented faculty, quality, and affordability, Liberty University provides an excellent environment to pursue your doctor of educational ministry online — and we’re excited to partner with you as you prepare to impact the next generation of young people.

Our EdD in Christian Leadership – Next Generation Ministry combines the training that you would receive in an online youth ministry degree with the rigorous training in education and ministry that you expect from a doctoral degree.

In this degree program, you’ll begin with a study of the biblical and theological basis for education, followed by research and specialization courses. With the unique blend of courses that you complete, you’ll be able to interact with material that can help spark ideas for your praxis project.

Courses in the NextGen ministry specialization will focus on the issues and trends in the development of ministry in both educational and ministry settings. Through applied projects and a specially developed curriculum, you can become a research-oriented professional.

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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)