Master of Arts in Religion Online Degree Program
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
Aug 24, 2020
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Serve Christ in Ministry With an Online Master’s in Religion Degree (MAR)

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) degree is designed to prepare students entering ministry with an in-depth but practical study of theology, biblical studies, and ministry practice. A 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 to tailor to your passions and needs.


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 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 divinity programs provide a 100% online path to ministry training from a regionally accredited university.

The master’s in religion degree will equip you for ministry in a variety of fields. Through this program, you will dive deep into the Bible and learn to prepare sermons on important messages for your congregation or small group. You will deepen your personal theology studies through curriculum developed by Liberty University School of Divinity theologians such as Dr. Elmer L. Towns, Dr. Harold Willmington, and Dr. Gary R. Habermas. Liberty University’s online seminary program will prepare you for successful ministry teaching and help you deepen your relationship with Christ.

What Are the Benefits of Liberty’s Master in Religion Degree Online?

  • Unlike many other online Bible colleges or online 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.
  • Online divinity students can complete Institutional Challenge Exams (ICE) to get college credit for personal studies and expertise in ministry.
  • Students who pursue the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) are permitted to transfer up to 60 credit hours from the online Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) to complete two degrees while working towards their ministry goals.
  • Liberty’s online degrees in divinity through the online seminary have a discounted graduate tuition of $395 per credit for part-time.
  • Students attending full-time (9-15 credit hours) are eligible for a block rate of $2,750 per semester!*

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

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What Will You Learn in an Online Religious Studies Degree?

Liberty University’s online master’s degree in religion 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 provides in-depth religious studies of the Old and New Testaments, the 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 like evangelism and church planting.

Students who pursue the Master of Arts in Religion online degree program through Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity will also be prepared for an academic-focused career in writing and research, leading to further graduate studies through the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), or a doctoral program such as the online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.). The online Master of Arts in Religion is a well-balanced, thorough blend of academic and practical studies that will suit students pursuing active ministry as well as academic careers.

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Highlights of our Master of Arts in Religion

  • 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 degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.

  • Liberty University’s seminary, known as the John W. 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 studies in biblical studies and church history or practice-focused skills like pastoral counseling and community chaplaincy.

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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 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 discounts – $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 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
  • 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.