Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) – Theology Empower Your Biblical Knowledge


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Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) – Theology is designed to equip ministry students with an in-depth, practical knowledge of theology, biblical studies, and Christian ministry practice.

While completing the online Master of Arts in Religion, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a program that allows you to tailor your online master’s degree to your own passions and needs. Students who complete an online theological studies program like Liberty’s Master of Arts in Religion can become prepared to pursue a ministry career in churches, parachurches, and nonprofit organizations while also preparing for postgraduate and doctoral studies.

Students who complete this graduate-level online religion degree with a theology specialization will receive a thorough Christian education that explores the works of history’s greatest theologians in addition to core courses in religious studies. By pursuing the theology area of study, you can gain an even greater understanding of the Bible’s underlying themes and interwoven messages. This area of study’s 4 specialized theology classes can help prepare students for church ministry and evangelism opportunities.

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As an accredited Christian university, Liberty’s online ministry degrees make pursuing your education easier with the flexibility of a 100% online format while holding weight as a master’s degree credential. Liberty University’s online seminary programs, such as the online master’s in religion, will give you an accredited college degree that can help equip you for ministry in a variety of fields.

While students in any specialization of Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Religion receive foundational instruction in the fundamentals of the Bible, Christianity, and Christian theology, students who complete the area of study in theology can pursue specialized study in advanced theological topics to enhance their writing and ministry teaching. The theology area of study for the online Master of Arts in Religion is designed for students who are fascinated by the deep, interwoven messages and themes of the Bible and enjoy the in-depth academic study of Scripture.


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 online Master of Arts in Religion offers extensive, well-rounded training in ministry and the administration of Christian organizations. This program also covers biblical and theological studies.

Additionally, the online master’s in religion provides in-depth study of both the Old and New Testaments, Christian church history, systematic theology, and the process of researching, writing, and preparing a sermon.

The online theology area of study provides an additional, advanced study of many important topics for theologians and Christian scholars. After completing core content courses in systematic theology, students in the theology specialization dive deep into challenging concepts such as ecclesiology, the biblical church organization, and the doctrine of God.

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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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Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
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  • 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.