Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies Empowering Leaders with Biblical Knowledge


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Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total

If you want to dive deeper into Scripture and increase your ministry effectiveness, Liberty University’s online Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies is for you. Our program provides an in-depth study of both the Old and New Testaments, focusing on context, authorial purpose, hermeneutics, and theme development.

With practical training from our seasoned faculty, you can gain advanced knowledge that can help you serve effectively in the areas of doctrine, evangelism, and discipleship. Partner with us and become a Champion for Christ within the church.

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  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

Whether you’re looking to prepare for seminary, bolster your ministry, or gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, we have what you need. In this certificate program, you will study under professors who have years of experience in pastoring churches and conducting missions. They can help teach you the interpretation skills you need to understand complex theological debates and doctrine.

Liberty University’s graduate certificate is designed to work with your schedule. With 8-week courses and no set login times, our online certificate program offers the flexibility you need to further your education and pursue your career goals. You can complete your courses whenever and wherever you need, allowing you to stay active in your family, job, church, and community. We’re committed to offering high-quality academics and real-world training while keeping your total cost of tuition down.

By pursuing biblical studies at Liberty University, you can become better equipped for ministry in a variety of settings. Our graduate certificate contains a complete study of the Old and New Testaments. You can examine the social, political, and historical contexts of Scripture, as well as the basic themes, issues, and schools of thought in Christian theology. This program can help provide the tools you need to integrate biblical knowledge with contemporary world issues and events.

Gain the critical thinking skills needed to effectively interpret Scripture and analyze your specific area of interest within the Bible. As a Christian university, our online biblical studies program seeks to develop Christ-centered individuals who can positively impact our culture. Our mission is to help you become a church leader who is guided by duty, honor, and morality, so you are prepared to make a difference in your community.

Take an in-depth look at the literature and message of the Bible. In this program, you can learn how to analyze the literary features of Scripture, defend an evangelical view of the Bible, and apply biblical teachings to the practice of the Christian life. Maybe you want to improve your effectiveness as a church leader, or perhaps you want to enrich your personal walk with Christ. Either way, our faculty can help equip you to serve as a Champion for Christ in your church and community.

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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.

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 part-time graduate and postgraduate divinity courses
  • Discounted divinity block rate – $2,475 per semester*
  • 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)

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

*Credits taken below 9 and above 15 credit hours per semester are charged at the part-time rate.

**Not applicable to certificates.