Learn to Shepherd a Fruitful Ministry with a Master of Divinity Online – Christian Leadership and Church Ministries Degree
Do you feel called to a leadership role within church ministry? By studying Christian leadership and church ministries at Liberty University, you can receive the training you need to take on pastoral or leadership roles within the church and community.
Our 75-hour degree program is available 100% online, providing the flexibility you need to complete your degree on your schedule and accelerate your career in ministry. Your training will include advanced study in apologetics, homiletics, hermeneutics, leadership, and theology. Our Christian leadership and church ministries specialization will provide a focused study on discipleship, leading small groups, and developing a mission, vision, and strategic plan for your church. If you are a rising church leader, Liberty’s online M.Div. in Christian Leadership and Church Ministries degree can set you up for success as a godly leader to the church.
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.
Why Choose Liberty University’s Online Master of Divinity – Christian Leadership and Church Ministries Degree?
Liberty University is one of the largest Christian universities in the world. With our mission of Training Champions for Christ, you can rest assured that you will receive the support and training you need to be successful in your career. We are passionate about teaching students how to disciple others and lead effective small groups. Our online seminary program through the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity focuses on leadership techniques taught by professors who have doctorates and years of experience in the ministry field.
Our Master of Divinity program is among the most affordable M.Div. programs you will find, as we offer low tuition rates and specific block rates for those pursuing their degree full time. You do not have to sacrifice quality for flexibility when you pursue our Christian leadership and church ministries degree, as our Master of Divinity degrees can be completed 100% online.
What Will You Learn in Our Master of Divinity Online – Christian Leadership and Church Ministries Degree?
Our Master of Divinity online programs feature a wide variety of in-depth coursework ranging from the study of apologetics, church ministry, evangelism, and homiletics, to Old and New Testament study and theology. Our Christian leadership and church ministries degree specialization courses provide exciting training in family discipleship, small group ministries, team leadership, and conflict resolution. Most importantly, you will learn how to create and carry out a mission and vision for your church and ministry.
We encourage you to review our featured courses section and explore what you could be learning as early as our next start date!
- DSMN 610 – Family Discipleship
- DSMN 630 – Small Group Ministries
- LEAD 610 – Team Leadership and Conflict Resolution
- LEAD 620 – Mission, Vision and Strategic Planning
Master of Divinity Degree Information
- This program falls under the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity.
- View the Degree Completion Plan.
- View our Graduate Divinity Course Guides (login required).
Online Master of Divinity Program Military Benefits
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students 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:
- Tuition discount — $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
- 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 below 9 and above 15 credit hours for the Master of Divinity online are charged at the part-time rate.
Potential Career Options for Graduates of the M.Div. Online Degree
- Church education administrator
- Senior pastor
- Sunday school administrator
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 Our M.Div. Online Program
- We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank among Niche.com’s top 3 online schools in America. Earning your online M.Div. degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
- Tuition for our M.Div. online programs has not increased in 7 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
- To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are included for all divinity courses* at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!
- Study under theologians and missionaries with real-world experience in our online M.Div.’s web-based content developed by Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity.
- Complete content for the M.Div. program 100% online.
*Electronic textbooks are not provided for courses that fall under departments outside the School of Divinity.