Master of Arts in Applied Ministry Learn to Minister to Others


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Do you have a calling to work in the ministry field? Perhaps you are already involved with a ministry, nonprofit, church, or parachurch organization, and you’re ready to take the next step in your career. If that sounds like you, a Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Ministry from Liberty University may be for you.

Whether you are just getting started in the ministry field or are a seasoned veteran, a Master of Arts in Applied Ministry can help prepare you to take the next step in reaching others with the Gospel. The need for ministry professionals to permeate areas of society where faith is lacking is growing – and with a master’s degree in ministry from Liberty, you can prepare to meet the spiritual needs of your community in impactful ways.

By earning your MA in Applied Ministry online at Liberty, you can study the art of serving others in a way that points them to Christ. Ministry is more than a vocation – it’s a way to transform lives and change the world. Embark on your ministry journey or continue what the Lord has called you into with a Master of Arts in Applied Ministry from Liberty.

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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 quality is an important factor when choosing a master’s degree in ministry. That’s why all your ministry classes will be taught by professors who have advanced degrees in ministry, divinity, and other related areas of study. In addition, Liberty 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.

Pursuing your online degree in ministry doesn’t mean you have to put your life on hold. Our applied ministry program is offered 100% online with no set login times. In addition, you’ll have the freedom to select areas of study in 2 different subjects so that you can prepare for a variety of exciting ministry opportunities.

At Liberty, you will do more than earn a degree – you will follow a passion. As the largest school of religious studies and ministerial training in the world, the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity has a vast array of resources available to online students like you. With the support, flexibility, and quality that Liberty offers, you can prepare to better serve God and others.


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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In this program, you will take courses that cover a variety of topics including research, the Old and New Testaments, and theology. In addition to completing your core courses, you can customize your degree to your interests and needs by selecting 2 areas of study. Finally, you will complete a capstone that is designed to help you apply what you have learned to practical ministry settings. 

As part of this program, you will complete both a divinity and a non-divinity area of study. Some of the available divinity areas of study include apologetics, biblical and theological studies, Christian leadership, Christian ministries, evangelism, global studies, and next generation ministries.

For your non-divinity area of study, you can choose topics that range from business to education. The area of study that you choose is designed to complement your ministry area so that you can integrate your ministry training in a variety of settings.

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Areas of Study for the MA in Applied Ministry

As you pursue your MA in Applied Ministry, you’ll complete both a divinity and a non-divinity area of study. Check out your available options below!

Find out more about the specific courses available in each area of study!

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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.

Grad & Postgrad Divinity Block Rate (9-15 credit hours) $2,750
Grad & Postgrad Divinity Part Time (0-8.99 or over 15 credit hours) $395/Credit
Military Grad & Postgrad Divinity Block Rate (9-15 credit hours) $2,475
Military Grad & Postgrad Divinity Part Time (0-8.99 or over 15 credit hours) $275/Credit

These rates also apply to the MA in Pastoral Counseling, which falls under the School of Behavioral Sciences.

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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 graduate 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)

*Not applicable to certificates.

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