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100% online,* 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Beginning in Fall 2024, this program will be discontinued and replaced with the Master of Arts (MA) in Chaplaincy – Sports.

Pursuing a career as a chaplain does not limit you to only acting in military and hospital capacities. Sports chaplains are needed to create spiritually-rich environments in the world of sports where athletes can receive counseling, spiritual guidance, and mentorship from religious leaders.

Liberty University offers a 100% online master’s degree in sports chaplaincy to provide the training you can use to make an impact for Christ in the sports world. Our master’s in sports chaplaincy degree is designed to prepare future sports chaplains for a biblically-based sports ministry in both religious and secular settings. Learn effective methods and strategies you can use to become a valuable member of your team – no matter the playing field.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.


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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  • 600+ Online Degrees
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  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

This sports chaplaincy degree is designed to prepare men and women for sports ministry rooted in biblical principles. There is a great need for team chaplains in the field of sports, and it is up to people like you to answer this calling. Liberty University’s chaplaincy programs strive to build leaders by providing a quality education. Our faculty are seasoned ministry professionals who have years of first-hand experience in the field.

As a master’s in sports ministry degree student, you are required to shadow a chaplain. During this experience, you will apply the skills learned through your online chaplaincy training to a real-world setting. Liberty’s chaplain studies seek to prepare you for both the theoretical and practical aspects of sports chaplaincy – challenging you to strive for excellence in your field.

The M.A. in Sports Chaplaincy degree seeks to teach students the leadership and organizational skills needed to develop, build, and maintain ministries in the sports industry. Our online courses offer sports chaplain training that can help you develop a culturally-informed ministry leadership plan that is made for sports.

This program also focuses on ethical advisement, counseling, teaching, and leadership principles that are applicable in both religious and secular settings. You will use current research, literature, and field experience to analyze common strategies and practices in sports chaplaincy.

In this degree program, you will complete a shadowing requirement for experience as a sports chaplain. For this experience, you will study under a chaplain. Observing a chaplain can challenge you to blend your online sports chaplaincy training courses with practical application – equipping you with a deeper understanding of sports chaplaincy. You can find more details on this requirement in the FAQs.

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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.

To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses* all for one convenient fee.

*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.