Master of Arts in Religion Online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8 Week
Transfer Credits
Up to 50% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Aug 19, 2019
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Serve Christ in Ministry With an Online Master’s in Religion Degree (M.A.R.)

Liberty University’s 100% online Master’s degree in Religion (M.A.R.) is designed to prepare students entering ministry with an in-depth but practical study of theology, biblical studies, and ministry practice. The Master’s degree in Religion will better equip you to minister in your current and future roles.  Students in the online Master’s degree in Religion can more effectively pursue ministry in churches, parachurch organizations, and nonprofits while opening the door to further study at the graduate and doctoral levels. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a thorough program that provides a flexible degree plan that you can tailor to your passions and needs.

Why Choose Liberty University’s Online Master’s Degree in Religion

Pursuing a graduate degree with integrated theological studies content can be a difficult task with years of coursework to fit into your busy schedule. As an accredited online Christian college, Liberty University’s online religion ministry-related degrees hold weight as a graduate program credential. Liberty University’s online divinity programs provide a 100% online path to ministry training that is also an accredited online college degree.

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What Will You Learn in an Online Religious Studies Degree?

Liberty University’s online Master’s degree in Religion is 100% online and contains extensive, well-rounded training in ministry, administration of Christian organizations, theology studies, and biblical studies. The core of the online Master’s in Religion will provide in-depth religious studies of the Old and New Testament, history of Christianity, systematic theology, and the research, writing, and sermon preparation process. Students may choose from a wide selection of specializations that include more in-depth studies in individual topics such as biblical studies and church history, or mission field specific practices, such as evangelism and church planting.

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Degree Info
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Biblical Studies

Christian Apologetics

Church History

Community Chaplaincy

Discipleship and Church Ministry

Evangelism and Church Planting

Global Studies



Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral Ministries



Highlights of our Master of Arts in Religion

  • By earning your online Master of Arts in Religion degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Liberty University’s Seminary, now known as the Rawlings School of Divinity, has theologians and experienced ministry professionals who teach practical ministry skills while imparting deep theological teaching.
  • Choose a specialized online ministry degree track that will provide focused topic studies like Biblical Studies or Church History, or practice-focused skills like Pastoral Counseling or Community Chaplaincy.

Online M.A. in Religion Program Format and Information

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Military Benefits for the Online M.A. in Religion

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. 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 for graduate (per credit hour)
  • 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 online Master of Arts in Religion are charged at the part-time rate.

Admission Requirements for Our Online M.A. in Religion 

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 or above cumulative combined GPA for admission in good standing. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions information.

All Applicants Must Submit the Following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Contact Information for one Pastoral Recommender
  • Unofficial college transcripts can be accepted with a completed transcript request form.**
  • Official college transcripts, if available
  • 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.