Master of Arts in Religion - Evangelism and Church Planting 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
Jun 28, 2021
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The Master of Arts in Religion – Evangelism and Church Planting Equips You to Answer the Great Commission

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) is designed to prepare students entering ministry with an in-depth but practical education in theology, biblical studies, and ministry practice. While completing the online Master of Arts in Religion one of Liberty University’s most popular online ministry degrees you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a program that you can tailor to your passions and needs. Students who complete an online ministry degree program like the online Master of Arts in Religion will be able to effectively pursue ministry in churches, parachurch organizations, and nonprofit organizations while opening the door to further study at the graduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels.

The evangelism and church planting area of study for the Master of Arts in Religion adds to the core content of the program to more fully equip students to engage with communities and individuals to share the Gospel and help plant seeds of salvation. The techniques and methods taught in the evangelism and church planting courses come from our professors experienced ministers and pastors who have active ministry experience and want to use that knowledge to make you more effective in your ministries.


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’s Online Master of Arts in Religion – Evangelism and Church Planting Degree?

With the flexibility of a 100% online format and no set login times, Liberty University’s online ministry degrees make pursuing an education easier. Liberty University’s online seminary programs will give you a fully-fledged, online college degree that will equip you for ministry in a variety of fields.

Students in any track of Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Religion will receive foundational instruction in the fundamentals of contemporary evangelism methods and practical ministry skills. Students who complete the area of study in evangelism and church planting will receive additional training in engaging with communities of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to find and meet their needs through ministry. The evangelism and church planting area of study is designed to help ministry professionals learn not only how to start a church but also how to help small communities of believers grow into thriving witnesses for the gospel.

What Are the Benefits of Liberty’s Online Seminary Degrees?

  • Unlike many online Bible colleges or online seminaries, Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Liberty University online seminary students can complete Institutional Challenge Exams (ICE) to get college credit for personal studies and expertise in ministry.
  • As a special exception to Liberty University’s online program multi-degree transfer policy, students who pursue the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) after graduating with the online Master of Arts in Religion will be permitted to transfer up to 60 credit hours of their M.A.R. content to the M.Div. degree.
  • Liberty’s online seminary offers divinity degrees at a graduate tuition rate of just $395 per credit hour for part-time students.
  • Students attending full time (9-15 credit hours) are eligible for our online seminary block rate of $2,750 per semester!*

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

What Will You Learn in the Online Master of Arts in Religion – Evangelism and Church Planting?

Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Religion provides 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 topical studies of the Old and New Testament, history of Christianity, systematic theology, and the research, writing, and sermon preparation process.

Students who pursue the evangelism and church planting area of study will enhance their training in contemporary evangelism and discipleship ministry with advanced courses focused on identifying diverse community needs and establishing healthy churches. Students will receive a guided overview of church planting, including effective church planting methods and cultural concerns when approaching communities, as well as guidance on important spiritual factors of growing churches.

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M.A.R. Program Highlights

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank among’s top 10 online schools in America. Earning your online religion degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 6 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!
  • Students can complete this online Master of Arts in Religion – Evangelism and Church Planting in as little as 2 years.
  • Liberty University’s online seminary, the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, has experienced ministry professionals who will impart important, time-tested lessons and insights about the challenges of evangelism and church planting.
  • Develop practical ministry skills that will help you ensure that individuals and families in your ministry are connected and growing in the church.
  • Be equipped to handle challenges in church growth, no matter the size of the ministry.

*Please note: Electronic textbooks are not provided for pastoral counseling (PACO) courses, which fall under the School of Behavioral Sciences.

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 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 below 9 and above 15 credit hours for the M.A.R. online are charged at the part-time rate.

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Potential Career Options with a Degree in Evangelism and Church Planting

Graduates of Liberty’s online seminary’s Master of Arts in Religion will be prepared to tackle challenges in active, full-time ministry with churches and parachurch organizations while being well-situated to continue their education with an online Christian ministries degree at the graduate or doctoral level.

Since most doctoral-level religion degrees require a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), students who want to pursue doctoral studies are encouraged to pursue Liberty’s online M.Div. program and will receive the maximum possible transfer of their online Master of Arts in Religion credit to that program.

Some of the other positions our graduates pursue with this degree include:

  • Associate pastor
  • Church education administrator
  • K-12 religion teacher
  • Lay ministry leader
  • Missionary
  • Religion adjunct teaching
  • Teaching pastor

Admission Requirements for Online Graduate Divinity Programs

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 or above cumulative GPA 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**
  • Contact information for pastoral recommendation
  • School of Divinity Questionnaire
  • 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.