Divinity Studies
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
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Become an Expert in God’s Word with Liberty’s MDiv in Biblical Studies Degree

Do you have a passion for ministry and the church? Our online Master of Divinity (MDiv) – Biblical Studies can help turn this passion into a career. This degree will provide the credentials you need to pursue a professional life as a pastor, educator, or ministry leader. 

Throughout this online divinity degree, you gain the foundational concepts necessary to succeed in ministry. You will study apologetics, discipleship, evangelism, theology, and pastoral counseling.

You will also learn from seasoned professors and theologians in our online seminary programs through the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity. Our professors have real-world ministry experience and are prepared to guide you on your journey to fulfill God’s calling for your life.


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.

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Why Pursue Your MDiv at Liberty University?

Our biblical and divinity studies master’s degree is a flexible program. This degree can help you gain the knowledge you need to excel in the field of ministry. You do not need prior ministry experience to pursue Liberty University’s MDiv. 

Our 75-hour program will provide you with a unique understanding of the foundations of biblical study, including discipleship, evangelism, and sermon preparation. You will also conduct a thorough review of the Old and New Testaments. Our course in hermeneutics provides an advanced understanding of interpreting the Word of God and how to effectively share it with others.

By pursuing our 100% online program, you will have freedom and flexibility. You can complete this degree at your own pace and in just 6 semesters. Additionally, you can be confident in pursuing this degree at Liberty University, one of the world’s largest Christian universities.

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What Will You Learn in the Master of Divinity with Liberty University Online?

Liberty’s Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies online program features a wide variety of in-depth curriculum. You’ll study apologetics, church ministry, evangelism, homiletics, the Old and New Testaments, and theology. With our MDiv, you can select 12 credit hours of courses that most interest you to tailor your degree to your needs. Your options include a variety of select New Testament, Old Testament, and Greek and Hebrew language courses.

Throughout our biblical studies specialization, you will study many subjects related to ministry. This program covers the history of the Christian faith, the importance of discipleship ministries, intercultural communications, and more. Additionally, you will be provided with training in pastoral, premarital, and marital counseling. Studying counseling techniques can help you engage with congregates, community members, and others when they seek biblical counsel.

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Online Master of Divinity Program Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over 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: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
  • Discounted divinity block rate: $2,475 per semester – only $165/credit at 15 credit hours*
  • 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 above 15 credit hours for the Master of Divinity online are charged at the part-time rate.

Potential Career Options for Graduates of the MDiv Online Program

  • Christian educator
  • Christian school administrator
  • Lead pastor
  • Ministry associate
  • Missions organizer/director
  • Sunday school program director
  • Youth pastor

Admission Requirements for the Master of Divinity Program

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.0 GPA or above 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*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • School of Divinity Questionnaire
  • Pastoral recommendation contact information
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*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 Liberty University’s Master of Divinity Program

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America. Earning your online Master of Divinity degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for our MDiv online programs has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • Unlike many Bible colleges or universities, Liberty is accredited by SACSCOC, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
  • Your Master of Divinity degree has been approved by the Commission on Accrediting of ATS, the Association of Theological Schools.
  • Study under theologians and missionaries with real-world experience in our online MDiv. The web-based content in this program was developed by Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity.