PhD in Christian Leadership – Next Gen Ministries Prepare for the Future Generation


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

The Christian youth of today have the potential to be the godly men and women of tomorrow, but only if they are set on the right path. Ensuring that the future is led by strong men and women of God involves intentional ministry and specialized training that you can gain with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Christian Leadership – Next Generation Ministry. With a ministry degree from Liberty, you can prepare to engage Christian youth in innovative and exciting ways.

We know that you are passionate about serving the next generation of Christian young people – and at Liberty, you can direct that passion into useful research about ministering to youth demographics. If you are ready to take the next step in your ministry career, then our Christian leadership degree may be for you.

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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

We know that, as you search for Christian PhD programs and ministry leadership degrees, flexibility is a major consideration. That is why our Christian leadership degree is offered 100% online with no set login times. With flexibility like this, you can study while continuing to remain dedicated to your family, career, and community – all from the comfort of home.

Additionally, the faculty in our Christian leadership programs are dedicated to your personal success – both as a ministry leader and as a scholar in the field of Christian leadership. Our professors have years of experience in ministry and advanced degrees in related areas of study. They are excited to mentor you as you earn your Christian leadership degree.

While some Christian leadership university programs may not be accredited, Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) – so you can be confident that you are receiving a world-class education.

In our PhD in Christian Leadership, you will take a variety of core courses covering topics such as organizational behavior, ethics, and group and team dynamics. By studying topics like these, you can prepare for new opportunities or positions of added responsibility in church and ministry-related organizations.

You will also have the opportunity to take courses in leadership models for next generation ministry, issues and trends in next gen ministry, and the biblical and theological foundations of leadership and education. Our curriculum is designed so that you can be prepared for a wide variety of situations. With the skills and knowledge you can attain through these classes, you can set yourself apart from the competition. By completing several research courses and a dissertation, you can learn to produce original research that pushes the boundaries of the Christian leadership field.

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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.

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.

Doctoral Divinity Block Rate (7-15 credit hours) $2,750
Doctoral Divinity Part Time (0-6.99 or over 15 credit hours) $395/Credit
Military Doctoral Divinity Block Rate (7-15 credit hours) $2,700
Military Doctoral Divinity Part Time (0-6.99 or over 15 credit hours)* $395/Credit

*Eligible current and former military service members and their spouses may qualify for a special rate of $300/credit hour (learn more).

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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:

  • Discounted divinity block rate – $2,700 per semester*
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder
  • 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)

*Credits taken below 7 and above 15 credit hours per semester are charged at the part-time rate of $395/credit hour.

Eligible current and former service members and their spouses may qualify for a special rate of $300/credit hour (learn more), but the $300/credit hour doctoral military rate cannot be combined with the First Responder Discount.