Master of Arts in Religion – NextGen Ministry Address the Next Generation


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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

You have spent years of your life serving others and you recognize the importance of spreading your ministry to people of all ages – one of the most critical groups being the up and coming generation.

We want to help you address the challenges and opportunities facing tomorrow’s generation of Christian leaders. Liberty’s Master of Arts in Religion – Next Generation Ministry can help you learn how to best approach children and young adults as you grow your ministry. Partner with us and our mission to Train Champions for Christ while earning a reputable master’s degree in your field.

You can be an example of an intentional ministry leader for children, adolescents, and their families as you create more effective and fruitful ministries for decades to come.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

With so many online religion degrees to choose from, you may be wondering if our Master of Arts in Religion is the right program for you. If you are looking for a program that can be used as preparation for future doctoral studies, this 60-credit hour degree is a great stepping stone.

We also understand that in your pursuit of ministry you are looking for an affordable way to continue your education. Liberty’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity provides 100% online master’s degrees for a lower, block tuition rate of just $2,750 for 9-15 credits. As a full-time M.A.R. student, this can save you up to $6,000 a semester compared with our other master’s degrees.


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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With Liberty’s M.A.R. program, you will gain extensive, well-rounded training in discipleship ministries, apologetics, theology, and biblical studies. Additionally, you will complete courses in research and writing to help you become an expert in your area of study and prepare for potential doctoral studies.

By choosing to specialize in next-generation ministry, you will take 12-credit hours focused on preparing you to reach, disciple, and lead young people and their families. Our NextGen courses provide advanced training on the issues and trends of ministering to today’s youth. With the growing need for churches to broaden their reach to people from birth through young adulthood, our program provides vital ministry training to prepare you to meet that need.

You will also learn how to:

  • Expound on your knowledge of the origin and contents of the Bible.
  • Defend the theological and historical foundations of the Christian faith.
  • Design a discipleship ministry strategy for Christian ministries.
  • Create plans for personal growth, development, and service.

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Not sure what to choose?

Speak to one of our admissions specialists to help you choose the program that best fits your needs.

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.