DMin Doctor Of Ministry
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
Oct 25, 2021
ATS Commission on Accrediting

Take the Final Step in Your Ministry Education with Liberty’s Online Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Degree

Are you in ministry and want to enhance your ability to help people grow in their love of Christ? Do you want to retool and equip yourself to enter a new and exciting field of service? Liberty’s online seminary can help you build on your experience and skills to serve God in new and powerful ways.

Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree program can help you advance and sharpen your ministry skills by providing you with a deeper understanding of biblical principles and outreach strategies so you can serve in a variety of pastoral roles. With many specialized tracks for different fields of ministry, you can customize your studies to get the training you need and get out into the field.


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 Online Doctor of Ministry Degree?

At Liberty, our online DMin degree is a practice-focused program. That means your studies can equip you with the training you need to find creative new solutions for the challenges you face in your current ministry setting and new ministry opportunities.

Throughout our DMin degree program, you will be taught by faculty members who are also ministry professionals with years of real-world experience. Our program offers unique areas of study that allow you to focus on research and methods that apply most to your needs. This means that you can continue your current ministry while earning the degree that may help you answer God’s calling on your life.

Benefits of Obtaining a Doctor of Ministry Degree

Doctoral degrees help to open doors to new opportunities and enhance your credibility. By earning your DMin degree online through Liberty University, you can join expert ministry professionals who have been trained to research and implement practical ministry skills grounded in firm biblical principles.

Our DMin program can equip you to synthesize the theological foundation established in your master’s program with the current climate of ministry within your field to address a specific ministry problem.

Our Doctor of Ministry online degree can allow you to:

  • Obtain the highest and most prestigious ministry-based degree that you can earn in the School of Divinity
  • Prepare for church leadership roles such as a head pastor or executive pastor
  • Meet the requirements to teach at the college level, depending on the institution
  • Earn more job opportunities in the ministry field

Military Tuition Discount

Lead your field with the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and reach the pinnacle of your profession — for less.

Common Questions

Below are some common questions about Liberty’s Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degrees:

What does DMin stand for? What is a DMin Degree?

What is a Doctor of Divinity? Are they the same program?

How can I earn a Doctor of Ministry online?

Are there any accredited online DMin programs?

How does Liberty have DMin programs without MDiv requirements?

Should I choose a DMin or PhD?

What Will You Learn in Our DMin Online Degree Program?

Our Doctor of Ministry degree offers an in-depth study of pastoral counseling and ministry in your core classes, so you can better understand the advanced material in your specific area of study. Our online DMin core classes were specifically chosen to help you gain the essential knowledge and skills needed for your final thesis project.

Our Doctor of Ministry degree prepares you with the biblical foundation you need to meet the challenges and opportunities facing ministry leaders today with clarity and confidence.

Degree Information
Admission Requirements

Doctor of Ministry Degree Program Specializations

If you are considering our Doctor of Ministry degree, you have the opportunity to choose a specialization. This will allow you to personalize your degree to your unique career goals and interests. Take a look at all of your options below!

Biblical Studies


Church Revitalization


Evangelism and Church Planting

Expository Preaching and Teaching

Ministry Leadership

Next Generation Ministry

Pastoral Counseling

Spiritual Formation

Strategic Christian Ministry

Theology and Apologetics

Urban Ministry


Our Online Doctorate in Ministry Degree Program Highlights

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank among’s top 10 online schools in America. Earning your online Doctor of Ministry degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • You’re pursuing your degree because you want to serve God and others with excellence. We want to honor that goal by making your degree as affordable as possible. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have a set block rate of $2,750 a semester if you take 7 to 15 credit hours. This can save you up to $6,000 a semester if you are a full-time doctoral student!
  • We have replaced nearly all School of Divinity textbooks with no-cost electronic resources through the Inclusive Access initiative. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!
  • You can complete Liberty’s online DMin degree program in as little as 2 years!

Our Online DMin Degree Program Information

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Admission Requirements for the Online DMin Degree Program

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA 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*
  • Divinity Questionnaire
  • Official transcripts
  • Previous education showing at least 18 graduate hours of Bible/Theology or ministry-related courses
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Professional Vita
  • 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.