Liberty University

1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, VA 24515

Doctor of Ministry / Pastoral Leadership

Program Details

Liberty University offers a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership to interested students. This program is intended for those already practicing in the ministry field, but who want to gain additional knowledge and skills to assist in delivering effective ministry. Liberty states that graduates should depart from this program “with a deeper understanding of effective leadership practices” and should be ”prepared to help transform lives for God’s glory.”

This program consists of a total of 33 credit hours. If students have earned credits at other locations, up to six of these credit hours may be transferred in, if applicable. The total credit hours are made up by a combination of core courses, pastoral leadership cognate, and elective courses. The pastoral leadership courses include Strategies for Developing Leaders, Organizational Leadership in the Church, and Pastoral Leadership. In addition, students must also complete nine credit hours in thesis courses. This portion is mandatory, and successful completion is required in order to graduate.

Courses are offered through an online virtual classroom, where students will be able to complete all of their required course material. In order to apply for this program, students must have first earned a Master of Divinity degree. Graduates of this program may find potential careers as a senior pastor, church staff member, executive pastor, missionary, or college or seminary professor. 

Program Overview:

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Must have a previously completed Master of Divinity degree, three years of experience in full-time ministry, and proof of a current place of ministry. 

Accreditation & Licensing

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.



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