Bring Deep Biblical Truth to Your Ministry with Liberty University’s DMin in Biblical Studies
At its core, effective Christian ministry is rooted in Scripture. Biblical truth is essential in every ministry setting, from preaching and counseling to outreach and church administration. If you want to learn practical methods for applying God’s Word to your ministry, Liberty’s online Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Biblical Studies is for you!
Do you want to strengthen your ministry effectiveness and enrich your understanding of Scripture? Our doctorate in biblical studies online provides an in-depth look at the theology, history, and practical application of the Gospel. By studying under highly trained professors with real-world ministry experience, you can gain deeper insight into the Great Commission, biblical interpretation, and useful ministry techniques.
Partner with us and learn how to lead your church in accordance with Scripture.
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.
Why Choose Liberty University’s Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Studies?
You have a calling to share the good news of Jesus Christ — and our D.Min. degree online provides the tools you need to do just that. This biblical studies program will hone your ability to teach the truths of Scripture clearly and accurately. You can grow in your personal walk with Christ, while learning practical ways to ground your ministry in God’s Word.
Choosing Liberty means choosing…
Respected Credentials | Liberty is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Additionally, our doctorate in biblical studies is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
Practical Training | Liberty’s Doctor of Ministry program is a professional doctorate — which means it provides hands-on, vocational training. You will learn how to develop practical solutions to real-world ministry problems. With this knowledge, you can touch the lives of believers and non-believers alike.
Experienced Faculty | Our School of Divinity was founded by leading Christian scholars and theologians. And many of these ministry professionals still teach at Liberty today! You can be confident that you’re learning from faculty who are committed to your success and firmly rooted in Scripture.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a DMin and a PhD in Biblical Studies online?
An online PhD in Biblical Studies can equip you for a career in teaching, writing, or research. If you want to pursue roles in scholarship or academia, you may want to consider our PhD in Bible Exposition or our PhD in Theology and Apologetics.
Or, if you want to work directly in the local church, our DMin in Biblical Studies is a great option! This program provides practical skills that will help further your career in ministry.
How long does it take to earn a DMin in Biblical Studies?
You can earn your DMin at Liberty University in as little as 2 years! We offer a fast, flexible path to graduation that lets you complete your degree without putting your life on hold.
What is the best doctoral program in biblical studies?
As far as schools that offer biblical studies degrees go, we believe Liberty stands out. We offer affordable tuition rates, flexible courses, and practical training from experienced ministry professionals.
And, unlike many online Bible colleges or seminaries, Liberty is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Additionally, our doctoral degree in biblical studies is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
Earn your accredited online biblical studies degree today — and learn how to apply Scripture to your unique ministry!
What Will You Learn in Our Online Doctoral Degree in Biblical Studies?
Learn how to cultivate a successful ministry rooted in the Gospel.
Christian ministry is a vital aspect of the church. As a ministry leader, you can help your congregation grow, thrive, and spread Christ’s love to the surrounding community. At Liberty, you’ll be equipped to foster a ministry that is deeply and thoroughly biblical.
Our DMin in Biblical Studies will help you apply biblical theology to various ministry settings. By examining the Gospel in the context of the entire biblical narrative, you can help members of the church body cultivate a Gospel-centered life. That way, you can develop a growing, thriving church — one that points others to Christ and lives out biblical truth.
Pastoral leadership isn’t the only type of ministry, but it is an important one. In this program, you will learn how to apply Scripture to pastoral preaching, counseling, and devotional practice. You will also have the opportunity to complete a portfolio or thesis. Both projects can help you synthesize your knowledge and apply it to real-world ministry problems.
- BIBL 810 – Theology of the Gospel
- BIBL 820 – The Theory and Practice of Biblical Theology
- BIBL 830 – The Bible and the Pastor (Uses of Scripture in Pastoral Ministry)
- DMIN 810 – Foundations for the Doctor of Ministry
Highlights of Liberty’s DMin in Biblical Studies Degree Online
- We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank among Niche.com’s top 10 online schools in America. Earning your Doctor of Ministry online 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’re 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 6 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!
- 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!
- The biblical studies doctoral program is offered in a 100% online, 8-week course format.
- Our divinity curriculum has been developed by renowned biblical scholars, including Dr. Elmer L. Towns and Dr. Gary R. Habermas.
*Please note: Electronic textbooks are not provided for pastoral counseling (PACO) courses, which fall under the School of Behavioral Sciences.
Doctorate in Biblical Studies Online Degree Information
- This online DMin program falls under the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan for our Doctor of Ministry degree in biblical studies.
- View the Graduate Divinity Course Guides (login required).
- A 15-credit-hour thesis project or portfolio is required.
Potential Career Options with a DMin Degree in Biblical Studies
By earning your Doctor of Ministry at Liberty University, you could pursue the following roles:
- Discipleship pastor
- Lead/senior pastor
- Pastoral counselor
- Seminary professor
- Senior church administrator
- University professor
- Youth pastor
Admission Requirements for Our Doctorate in Biblical Studies Online
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*
- Official college transcripts showing a completed master’s degree with at least 18 hours of Bible/Theology or ministry-related courses
- School of Divinity Questionnaire
- 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.