Masters Of Religion In Leadership Degree Liberty University
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Jan 15, 2024
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Further Your Ministry and the Kingdom of God with Our Master of Arts in Religion – Leadership Degree

Do you feel called to serve in leadership positions within religious organizations? We know leading God’s people presents unique challenges, and our Master of Arts in Religion – Leadership degree is designed to offer the support and practical resources you need for a successful ministry that furthers the kingdom of God. Our professors have real-world experience as pastors, missionaries, and women’s ministry leaders, and they are dedicated to mentoring you as you further your leadership and ministry skills.

Throughout our M.A.R. in Leadership degree, you will be challenged, convicted, and encouraged while you learn how to resolve conflict and cast a vision for your organization. You are called to do great things, and our master’s in Christian leadership can help you reach your full potential.


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.

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Why Choose Liberty’s M.A.R. in Leadership Degree?

Pursuing your master’s in leadership degree with us residentially gives you the opportunity to learn from experienced pastors and theologians. Our professors have weekly office hours, and they invite you to speak with them one on one about your classes or about where God is leading you in your ministry.

Our M.A.R. program offers you the opportunity to earn your degree from a school that is more than a Bible college. At Liberty, you can build a community that’s as unique as you are. As you earn your master’s degree in religion, you will have the opportunity to meet other graduate students studying a variety of subjects, allowing you to witness first-hand how God’s truth is being revealed through fields as different as biology and cinematography.

While here, you can network with organizations like the International Mission Board (IMB), Summit Church, and Samaritan’s Purse. We also partner with a multitude of local churches and ministries so you can gain hands-on ministry experience while you complete your degree. Additionally, our new Monday-only program gives you the option to take the majority of the classes you need on Mondays, so you can remain involved in full-time ministry throughout the rest of the week.

Award-Winning Campus

At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 5 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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What Will You Learn in Our Master’s of Religion – Leadership Degree Program?

Throughout our M.A.R. in leadership, you will conduct in-depth studies of the Old and New Testaments, giving you a foundational knowledge of the Bible. You will take classes designed to provide the skills you need for successful ministry within the church, like apologetics, evangelism, hermeneutics, and systematic theology.

If you choose to pursue our leadership specialization, you will study the biblical principles of leadership as depicted in the life of Christ, and learn how to apply them within a contemporary ministry setting. You will learn from the lives of influential people who served as religious, political, military, and business leaders. Because input from others is vitally important, you will learn how to cultivate a decision-making team within your ministry, as well as how to resolve conflict within your organization. Casting a clear, achievable vision is also crucial to effective leadership, so you will learn how to create and share a mission statement that guides you and your ministry in your pursuit of God’s will. 

View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information!

Featured Courses

LEAD 510 – Biblical Foundations of Leadership

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The theological basis for good leadership
  • The purpose of leadership
  • The impact of character on leadership

LEAD 520 – The Life of Leaders

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The stories of Christian and secular leaders
  • The traits and disciplines of successful leaders
  • How to translate leadership principles from an organizational perspective of leadership into organic, biblical leadership

LEAD 610 – Team Leadership and Conflict Resolution

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to create a decision-making team
  • How to mentor others
  • How to resolve conflict
  • Ways to communicate more effectively
  • How to handle crisis situations effectively and efficiently

LEAD 620 – Mission, Vision, and Strategic Planning

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to apply strategic planning to a ministry setting
  • How to cast a vision for you church
  • How to create a clear, biblical mission statement for your ministry

Degree Information


Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our M.A.R. in Leadership Degree

  • In addition to their hands-on ministry experience, our faculty are theologians who are well-respected authors, speakers, and researchers.
  • We are committed to defending the authority of scripture and conservative evangelical theology.
  • Our master’s degree in leadership provides hands-on experience within the local church as well as opportunities to serve with churches and organizations like the International Mission Board, Hume Lake, Samaritan’s Purse, and Second Baptist Houston.
  • Our Scriptorium houses the Rawlings Foundation rare books collection valued at over $1 million, a 111 ft.-long Torah scroll that dates to the 16thcentury, and a functioning replica of the Gutenberg Printing Press.
  • Monday-only classes allow residential graduate students to complete large portions of their M.A. in Religion attending classes one day a week.
  • We offer multiple scholarship opportunities to our residential students, including the full-tuition Keesee Scholarship.

Our Master’s of Religion in Leadership Degree Information

      Career Opportunities for Graduates of Our Master’s in Religion – Leadership Degree Program

      • Associate pastor
      • Church planter
      • Church education administrator
      • Lay leader
      • Missionary
      • Youth pastor

      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: