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MAR Global Studies Online
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8 Week Courses
Transfer Credits
Up to 50% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
May 13, 2019
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Bring Global Outreach to Your Ministry with our Master of Arts in Religion – Global Studies

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 thorough program that provides flexibility to tailor the degree plan to your passions and needs. Students who complete an online ministry degree program like the online Master of Arts in Religion can become effective church leaders, work in administrating roles at parachurch organizations, and build impactful non-profit ministries while also opening the door to further study at the graduate and doctoral levels. The Global Studies area of study extends the practical ministry and Biblical studies of the online Master of Arts in Religion globally, giving students a broad perspective of world religions and how students may approach different cultures with an effective, fruitful Gospel message.  This program is designed for those who are looking to make an impact internationally. 

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Master of Arts in Religion – Global Studies?

Pursuing a religious degree at the Master’s level can be a difficult task challenging coursework to fit into your busy schedule. As an accredited online Christian college, Liberty University’s ministry degrees make this easier with the flexibility of a 100% online format while holding weight as graduate degree credentials. Liberty University’s online seminary programs, such as the online Masters in Religion, will give you a fully-fledged, online college degree that will equip you for ministry in a variety of fields. Students in any of the online Master of Arts in Religion program tracks will receive practical ministry and discipleship training, but our Global Studies area of concentration provides important understanding of the religions and cultures of the world.

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What Will You Learn in our Online Master of Arts in Religion – Global Studies?

Liberty University’s Master of Arts 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 Masters in Religion will provide in-depth topic studies of the Old and New Testament, History of Christianity, Systematic Theology, and the Research, Writing, and sermon preparation process. The Global Studies area of focus for the Master of Arts in Religion program provides an important overview of world religions to give global ministries students a study of many cultural conflicts they may encounter, with a course devoted to Islam as one of the world’s fastest-growing religions. Students also gain an appreciation for differences in culture through coursework in Cultural Anthropology and Christianity’s historical impact on the world. The Global Studies concentration also provides essential practical ministry tools through the Intercultural Communication and Engagement class so that ministry professionals will know the best ways to connect with people in different cultures.

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Degree Info
Military Benefits
Potential Careers
Admission Requirements

Degree Information and Requirements

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Military Benefits

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: 

  • The discounted tuition rate of $275 per credit hour at part-time.
  • Discounted Divinity Block Rate: $2,475 per semester – only $165/credit at 15 credit hours!*
  • 8-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

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

Potential Career Options

Graduates of the online seminary’s Master of Arts in Religion will be prepared to tackle challenges in active, full-time ministry roles in churches and parachurch organizations while being well situated to continue an online Christian ministries degree at the graduate or doctoral level. This program will equip ministry professionals with additional training that will assist in developing global outreach programs. Since most doctoral-level religion degrees require a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), students who want to pursue doctoral studies would be encouraged to pursue Liberty’s online M.Div. Program and will receive the maximum possible transfer of their online Masters in Religion credit. In the meantime, graduates of Liberty’s online ministry degrees may be qualified for college-level and K-12 religious studies teaching (non-licensure).

  • Associate Pastor
  • Church Education Administrator
  • Lay Ministry Leader
  • Teaching Pastor
  • Religion Adjunct Teaching
  • K-12 Religion Teaching

Admission Requirements for the Online M.A.R – Global Studies Degree

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*
  • School of Divinity Questionnaire
  • Pastoral Recommendation
  • 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. 

Program Highlights

  • 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.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • Students can complete this online Masters in Religion – Global Studies in as little as two years.
  • Liberty University’s Online Seminary, the Rawlings School of Divinity, has experienced Christian leaders and professionals who will impart important, time-tested lessons and insights in effective cross-cultural communication and global ministry impact.
  • Learn from renowned biblical studies scholars in the Liberty University School of Divinity, such as Dr. Elmer L. Towns, Dr. Harold Willmington, and Dr. Gary R. Habermas.
  • Develop practical ministry skills that will help you ensure that individuals and families in your ministry are connected and growing in the church.

Similar Online Degree Programs

  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.C.M.) – A practical ministry-focused alternative degree.

  • Master of Arts in Global Studies (M.G.S.) – A more global ministry specific degree with additional flexibility for choosing course content related to a specific culture or world religion.

  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.) – Global Studies – A more extensive, 75-hour track with a Leadership area of study that will prepare you for Christian leadership and doctoral studies.