Liberty University

M.A. in Theological Studies - Church History

Liberty University's Master of Arts in Theological Studies with a cognate in Church History online program was developed for students who want to understand the Bible in a historical context. Read on for program information and course offerings.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Theological Studies with a cognate in Church History

School Offering Program:

Liberty University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

This program will suit the educational needs of religious educators and lay leaders who seek a greater understanding of theology, Christianity, and the Bible. Applicants to Liberty University Online's graduate programs must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies with a cognate in Church History program will prepare religious personnel to pursue supporting roles in church environments. This Liberty University cognate is designed to focus on the historical aspects of world and American Christianity and evangelism. The curriculum includes courses that offer an exploration of the Old and New Testaments. Other areas of focus include apologetics and hermeneutics.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

36 credits.

Financial Aid:

Around 90% of Liberty students utilize some form of financial aid, including federal grants and loans. Liberty University also offers financial support to students who qualify.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Theological Studies with a Cognate in Church History:

Please note that degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Before applying, students should contact Liberty to confirm the most accurate program information.

Core Courses

  • APOL 500: Introduction to Apologetics (3 credits)
  • CHHI 510: Survey of History of Christianity (3 credits)
  • EVAN 525: Contemporary Evangelism (3 credits)
  • GLST 500: Global Studies Survey (3 credits)
  • NBST 510: New Testament Introduction (3 credits)
  • NBST 610: Hermeneutics (3 credits)
  • OBST 510: Old Testament Introduction (3 credits)
  • SEMI 500: Introduction to Seminary Studies (3 credits)
  • THEO 510: Survey of Theology (3 credits)

Church History Cognate Courses

  • CHHI 620: History of Global Christianity (3 credits)
  • CHHI 660: American Christianity (3 credits)
  • CHHI 670: History of Evangelism (3 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Careers in church administration and collegiate teaching often require doctoral degrees. Once learners have completed this master's-level program, they might go on to research field-specific terminal education options. Such degree programs include:

  • Ph.D. in Theology
  • Ph.D. in Practical Theology
  • Doctor of Ministry

Potential Career Paths:

Positions can be sought with churches, Christian schools, colleges and universities, religious nonprofits, or global missions organizations. Potential career opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Pastor
  • Professor
  • Missionary
  • Bible instructor
  • Ministry worker