Master Of Divinity (M.Div.)

Prepare to Lead Your Ministry with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Liberty University’s Master of Divinity, or M.Div., is designed to prepare church professionals to lead their ministry with confidence and authority. If you desire to work with people in a ministry setting, then this professional degree can help you accomplish that mission. This degree will provide you the chance to help others and give them insight into Scripture and to help them find God’s plan for their life. This degree is primarily focused on preparing you for working in a church or parachurch organization, but with the multidisciplinary field of study, it can also prepare you for many different types of occupations such as teaching, writing, and family advocacy.

Accreditation

Your divinity degree is approved by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and has met rigorous accreditation standards. You can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

ATS Accreditation


Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Divinity Degree?

Liberty’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is one of the most comprehensive graduate-level seminary programs available to ministers, missionaries, and ministry professionals. If you have prior ministry experience, extensive personal study, or if you previously pursued an unaccredited seminary degree, you may be able to receive course credit through transfer evaluation and Institutional Challenge Exams. Our Master of Divinity programs can prepare you for a role in leadership in your present ministry or help you transition into full-time professional ministry.


What Will You Learn in Our Master of Divinity Degree?

Liberty University’s Master of Divinity degree has many specialized areas of study to ensure that your field-specific needs and interests are met. The main emphasis of our M.Div. is to deliver foundational studies in ministry writing and research, Old and New Testament studies, apologetics, evangelism, and discipleship ministries.

To further your understanding of the Bible, our Master of Divinity will train you in the use of common language tools for word studies and in-depth research. You can also dive into the original Greek and Hebrew texts through language-specific courses. By pursuing our M.Div. degree, you can choose the areas of study that reflect your specific ministry needs and have flexibility in your degree plan to ensure your education is well rounded.

Featured Courses

CHHI 520 – History of Christianity I

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A study of the first fifteen centuries of historical Christianity.
  • Includes the rise of the church under persecution, orthodoxy vs. heresy, doctrinal developments, the rise of the Roman Papacy and opposition to it during the Middle Ages, and the events leading up to the Protestant Reformation.

NBST 610 – Hermeneutics

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • An advanced course in hermeneutics including a study of the history of interpretation, both biblical and extra-biblical, and an examination of the status of various interpretive approaches to the Scriptures.

DSMN 500 – Discipleship Ministries

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • This course will examine the biblical, general and specific steps to enable a person first to be a disciple, then to discover systems, biblical principles, and methods that create a disciple-making
  • The systems will cover both the macro level and the micro level. Once this has been discovered and discussed, the student will select a disciple-making system and create a micro-level disciple-making plan for a local church.

LEAD 635 – Theology of Pastoral Ministry

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A study of the different phases of the daily work of the pastor. Attention is given to the call, character, leadership, and responsibilities of the pastor. Opportunities are also given for the student to practice methods of pastoral work.

Specializations

Highlights

Degree Information

Career Opportunities

Admission Requirements

Master of Divinity – Biblical Languages 75 Hrs.

Our Master of Divinity – Biblical Languages (75 hrs.) provides you with a knowledge of original languages used in Scripture for an in-depth biblical study. You will be given the tools to interpret Scripture to teach in an academic setting and to teach in the local church with confidence.

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Career Options

  • Pastor
  • Christian Educator
  • Christian School Administrator
  • Sunday School Administrator

Master of Divinity – Biblical Languages 90 Hrs.

Our Master of Divinity – Biblical Languages (90 hrs.) will provide you with advanced knowledge of the original languages of Scripture. You’ll have the tools to interpret Scripture to teach in an academic setting and to teach in the local church with confidence.

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Career Options

  • Pastor
  • Christian Educator
  • Curriculum Director
  • Instructional Supervisor

Master of Divinity – Biblical Studies

Our Master of Divinity – Biblical Studies degree will equip you for a career within a variety of church and ministry settings by providing you with an in-depth study of the historical and theological context of individual books of the Bible.

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Career Options

  • Pastor
  • Christian Educator
  • Christian School Administrator
  • Sunday School Administrator

Master of Divinity – Chaplaincy

Our Master of Divinity – Chaplaincy degree is designed to provide you with an in-depth study of Scripture, biblical leadership principles and strategies, and the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. You will explore theological and cultural issues relevant to formal and informal chaplaincy settings while learning to minister to diverse audiences.

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Career Options

  • Corporate Chaplain
  • Military Chaplain
  • Hospital/Fire/Police Chaplaincy

Master of Divinity – Christian Leadership and Church Ministries

Our Master of Divinity – Christian Leadership and Church Ministries degree provides an in-depth look at the Christian church by equipping you with the tools and skills to effectively lead in a variety of capacities. Additionally, with a deeper understanding of ministry, you will be ready to take on a larger role within the church.

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Career Options

  • Pastor
  • Church Education Administrator
  • Sunday School Administrator

Master of Divinity – Christian Thought

Our Master of Divinity – Christian Thought degree is designed to enhance your understanding of theology and Christian thought as it relates to ministry, leadership, and your spiritual life. It is a comprehensive degree essential for gaining an in-depth understanding of Scripture and biblical truths.

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Career Options

  • Pastor
  • Christian Educator
  • Curriculum Director
  • Instructional Supervisor

Master of Divinity – Community Chaplaincy 

Our Master of Divinity – Community Chaplaincy degree will equip you to provide pastoral care and biblical guidance through chaplaincy by giving you practical tools to counsel those serving in the U.S. military, parachurch ministries, large companies, as well as individuals in rest homes.

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Career Options

  • Pastor
  • Corporate Chaplain
  • Hospital/Fire/Police Chaplaincy

Master of Divinity – Community Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis) 

Our Master of Divinity – Community Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis) degree will equip you to provide pastoral care and biblical guidance to those serving in the U.S. military, parachurch ministries, large companies, as well as individuals in rest homes. You’ll receive the practical skills you need to minister effectively in a variety of settings.

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Career Options

  • Pastor
  • Corporate Chaplain
  • Hospital/Fire/Police Chaplaincy

Master of Divinity General Track

Our Master of Divinity – General Track provides the training you need to pursue a multitude of ministry career opportunities. You will explore an in-depth study of the historical and theological context of the Bible.

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Career Options

  • Pastor
  • Educator

Master of Divinity – Global Studies

Our Master of Divinity – Global Studies is designed to enhance your knowledge and passion to serve the worldwide church by providing you with a foundational knowledge in cultural studies, ministry and worship techniques, and an intensive study of Scripture.

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Career Options

  • Pastor
  • Instructional Supervisor
  • Missionary

Master of Divinity – Healthcare Chaplaincy 

Our Master of Divinity – Healthcare Chaplaincy degree is designed to prepare you to meet the needs of patients in various healthcare settings. Through this program, you will examine the theological and cultural issues relevant to chaplaincy settings, and learn to support patients and their families with spiritual truth.

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Career Options

  • Pastor
  • Corporate Chaplain
  • Hospital/Fire/Police Chaplain

Master of Divinity – Healthcare Chaplaincy (Non-thesis) 

Our Master of Divinity – Healthcare Chaplaincy (Non-thesis) is designed to prepare you to meet the needs of patients in various healthcare settings. Through this program, you will examine the theological and cultural issues relevant to chaplaincy settings, and learn to support patients and their families with spiritual truth.

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Career Options

  • Pastor
  • Corporate Chaplain
  • Hospital/Fire/Police Chaplain

Master of Divinity – Homiletics

Our Master of Divinity – Homiletics degree will provide you with a strong foundational knowledge to preach and minister. You will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of Christianity that will enable you to build a solid ministry.

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Career Options

  • Pastor
  • Christian Educator
  • Curriculum Director
  • Instructional Supervisor
  • Speaker or Evangelist

Master of Divinity – Military Chaplaincy

Our Master of Divinity – Military Chaplaincy degree is designed to enhance your ability to steward the gospel by further developing your ministry skills and Christian character. Through this program, you will examine the theological and cultural issues relevant to military populations, as well as learn how to minister to the unique needs of those who are experiencing combat-related trauma.

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Career Options

  • Pastor
  • Military Chaplain

Master of Divinity – Military Chaplaincy (Non-thesis)

Our Master of Divinity – Military Chaplaincy (Non-thesis) degree is designed to enhance your ability to steward the gospel by further developing your ministry skills and Christian character. Through this program, you will examine the theological and cultural issues relevant to military populations, as well as learn how to minister to the unique needs of those who are experiencing combat-related trauma.

View the Degree Completion Plan.

Career Options

  • Pastor
  • Military Chaplain

Master of Divinity – Pastoral Counseling

Our Master of Divinity – Pastoral Counseling degree will give you a firm foundation in the psychological theories and counseling techniques necessary for providing individuals Godly advisement. You will receive instruction regarding the integration of psychology with theology, premarital and marital therapy, and spirituality in counseling.

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Career Options

  • Church Counselor (non-licensed)
  • Family Pastor
  • Senior Pastor

Highlights of Our Master of Divinity Degree

  • Monday-only classes for masters’ programs allow students to complete large portions of their M.Div. degree by attending class one day a week.
  • We have a state-of-the-art homiletics/teaching lab in our School of Divinity building.
  • Our Scriptorium houses the Rawlings Foundation with rare books valued at over $1 million, a 111-long Torah scroll that dates to the 16th century, and a functioning replica of the Gutenberg Printing Press.
  • We provide experiential learning opportunities through church and para-church ministries.

Master of Divinity Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Master of Divinity Graduates

  • Military chaplain
  • Senior pastor
  • Youth pastor
  • Missionary
  • Evangelist
  • Church planter
  • Worship leader
  • Pastoral counselor
  • Discipleship pastor
  • Apologist

Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission: