Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) – Leadership Be Prepared to Lead


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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 provides the flexibility you need to tailor the degree plan to your passions and needs.

Students who complete an online ministry degree program like the Master of Arts in Religion can use their degree to become effective church leaders, administrate parachurch organizations, and build impactful nonprofit organizations while opening the door to further study at the graduate and doctoral levels.

The leadership area of study for the online Master of Arts in Religion gives ministry professionals Christian leadership training that can help them handle the administrative conflicts and organizational challenges that sometimes arise in the Christian church. If you feel called to a leadership role, or you want to be equipped to take on more ministry responsibility, you will benefit from the practical and field-tested methods of Liberty’s leadership area of study.

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As an accredited online Christian college, Liberty University’s online ministry degrees make pursuing your education easier. You’ll have the flexibility of a 100% online format and graduate with the status of a master’s degree credential. Liberty University’s online seminary programs, such as the online master’s in religion, provide a fully online college degree that can equip you for ministry in a variety of fields.

Students in any of the online Master of Arts in Religion degree tracks will receive practical ministry and discipleship training. The leadership area of study specifically provides Christian leaders with the strategic planning and administrative skills needed to manage the day-to-day operation and proper planning of a successful Christian organization, whether in a church or parachurch ministry.


Liberty Theological Seminary, as part of Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Your seminary 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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Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts 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 topical studies of the Old and New Testament, history of Christianity, systematic theology, and the research, writing, and sermon preparation process.

The leadership area of study for the online religion master’s degree emphasizes biblical leadership and administrative skill sets needed for effective ministry organizations. Students in the leadership area of study can learn from the example of great Christian leaders of the past and present and receive a thorough education in the biblical foundations of leadership. A practical training in team leadership and conflict resolution is also provided to learn how to prevent disagreements and conflicts from undermining important ministry work.

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

Electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses* all for one convenient fee. To continue our mission of providing affordable education, this fee is waived for students who enroll by Summer 2024 D-term.

*Electronic textbooks are not provided for courses that fall under departments outside the School of Divinity.

Grad & Postgrad Divinity Block Rate (9-15 credit hours) $2,750
Grad & Postgrad Divinity Part Time (0-8.99 or over 15 credit hours) $395/Credit
Military Grad & Postgrad Divinity Block Rate (9-15 credit hours) $2,475
Military Grad & Postgrad Divinity Part Time (0-8.99 or over 15 credit hours) $275/Credit

These rates also apply to the MA in Pastoral Counseling, which falls under the School of Behavioral Sciences.

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for part-time graduate and postgraduate divinity courses
  • Discounted divinity block rate – $2,475 per semester*
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)**
  • 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)

These benefits also apply to the MA in Pastoral Counseling, which falls under the School of Behavioral Sciences.

*Credits taken below 9 and above 15 credit hours per semester are charged at the part-time rate.

**Not applicable to certificates.