Master Of Divinity Online Degree Program Page
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree
Next Start Date
Jan 13, 2020
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Prepare for Full-time Ministry with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree Online

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is designed to help men and women prepare for professional Christian ministry in local church and parachurch organizations. Our M.Div. online provides an in-depth and well-rounded study in classical disciplines such as church history, biblical studies, and theology while providing practical ministry skills.

No matter what your intended field, the online master’s in divinity will provide a pathway for preparedness in all aspects of ministry, discipleship, and Christian administration. Through our M.Div. online program, you can choose an area of study that matches your passion so that you can focus your studies on your specific area of study. Our Master of Divinity online will ensure that you have the essential values, knowledge, and skills needed to serve Christ and further His kingdom. 

Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Divinity Online Program?

Liberty University’s M.Div. online programs provide a flexible way to gain the knowledge and skills you need to better meet your current ministry challenges or pursue a full-time role in ministry leadership. Students with previous ministry experience, those with an extensive personal study, or even those who have previously pursued an unaccredited seminary degree may be able to receive course credit for the online Master of Divinity program through transfer evaluation and Institutional Challenge Exams.

Those who are coming to ministry after having completed a non-ministry related bachelor’s degree will find all of the foundational studies needed for successful ministry. If you don’t feel equipped for the challenges in your current ministry role or want to transition into full-time professional ministry, the online master’s in divinity will be an excellent program for you. 

What Are the Benefits of pursuing our Master of Divinity Online?

  • Our Master of Divinity is the most comprehensive graduate-level seminary program available to ministers, missionaries, and ministry professionals.
  • Those with shorter graduate-level seminary degrees may find that most or all of their previous coursework will be transferred to the M.Div. online program.
  • Liberty’s online ministry master’s degrees have received’s Best Online Master’s in Ministry award for 2018.
  • Unlike many Bible colleges or seminaries, Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.
  • Institutional Challenge Exams (ICE) are available to test out of foundational biblical and theological studies content for the online M.Div. program.

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What Will You Learn in the Master of Divinity Online Degree Program?

Our Master of Divinity can be completed 100% online with optional on-campus intensives and has many specialized areas of study to ensure that your field-specific needs are met. The core of our online M.Div. delivers foundational content studies in ministry writing and research, Old and New Testament studies, apologetics, evangelism, and discipleship ministries.

To enhance your biblical understanding, the Master of Divinity will train you in the use of common language tools for word studies and in-depth research. You can also dive into the original Greek and Hebrew texts through language-specific courses. By pursuing the M.Div. online degree, you can choose the areas of study that reflect your specific ministry needs and have flexibility in your degree plan to ensure your education is well-rounded and Christ-centered.

Degree Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Master of Divinity Degree Information

Online Master of Divinity Program Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • The discounted tuition rate of $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Discounted divinity block rate: $2,475 per semester (only $165/credit at 15 credit hours)*
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)

*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the Master of Divinity online are charged at the part-time rate.

Admission Requirements 

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 or above cumulative combined GPA is required 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*
  • School of Divinity questionnaire
  • Pastoral recommendation contact information
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • 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.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first. 

Highlights of Our Master of Divinity Online Program

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by — and ranked as the #2 online school in America by Earning your online Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for our M.Div. online programs has not increased in 4 straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • Study under theologians and missionaries with real-world experience in the online M.Div.’s web-based content developed by Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity.
  • Choose between 75- and 93-credit-hour areas of study to customize your M.Div. online degree for a specific role or field.
  • Choose one of our Master of Divinity chaplaincy tracks to gain specialized chaplaincy training that will prepare you to become a community, healthcare, or military chaplain.
  • Complete content for our M.Div. program 100% online, or take advantage of optional on-campus intensives and meet your peers and professors while you gain valuable hands-on training.

Degree Specializations

Each specialization is 75 credit hours unless otherwise listed. Explore information about each specialization below.

Biblical Studies

Biblical Languages (75 hours)

Biblical Languages (90 hours)


Christian Apologetics

Christian Leadership and Church Ministries

Christian Ministries

Church History

Community Chaplaincy (Non-thesis, 93 hours)

Community Chaplaincy (Thesis, 93 hours)

Discipleship Ministries


Global Studies

Healthcare Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis, 93 hours)

Healthcare Chaplaincy (Thesis, 93 Hours)



Military Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis, 93 hours)

Military Chaplaincy (Thesis, 93 Hours)

Pastoral Counseling


Youth and Family Ministries