Life Christian University

Graduate Degree Programs

Available Through LCU Online®

Master's Studies

  • Master of Theology
  • Master of Pastoral Ministry
  • Master of Christian Education

A Master's Degree is awarded to a student who successfully completes 36 credit-hours of study at the graduate level.

The Master's in Pastoral Ministry degree prepares the student with a rich, well-rounded program encompassing elements Church administration, Christian education, Christian counseling, music, and theology, preparing the pastor to lead the church in all areas of ministry.

See the Admissions page for entrance requirements and advanced placement credits.

Each track is made up of 9 courses, 1 Ministry Practicum for 3 credit-hours, and a formal thesis worth 6 credit-hours for a total of 36 credit-hours. (A master's candidate has the option of substituting two (2) pre-approved elective courses in lieu of the formal, 50-page-minimum thesis.)

NOTE: The masters-level degree tracks listed below are those currently available though LCU Online®. The specialized degrees available though attendance at a physical campus location varies from campus to campus, depending upon the faculty available to them. Every LCU extension campus offers the Theology track, regardless of whatever other specialized degrees they are qualified to offer.

Master of Theology Track

This major course of study is for students who desire to expand their training and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Bible and theology.

Master of Pastoral Ministry Track

This major course of study helps pastors increase their effectiveness in the work of the ministry.

Master of Christian Education Track

This major course of study is available to LCU graduates with a Bachelors in Theology or Pastoral Ministry who desire to earn a masters degree in Christian Education. The course content is similar to the Program 4 track in Christian Education, but with additional reading and writing required for each course.

Doctoral Studies

First-Level Doctorate

  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Theology
  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Pastoral Ministry

Second-Level Doctorate

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theology
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pastoral Ministry

A doctoral degree is awarded to a student who successfully completes 45 credit-hours of study at the graduate level.

All doctoral-level programs are individually designed for qualified students who want an in-depth study of a particular area of ministry. Each 45-credit-hour program is designed as in-ministry education for ministry professionals and will build on ministry experience and previous education while challenging the individual candidate to pursue and realize their full potential.

The Ph.D. program is the capstone to all previous academic degrees. It represents the most prestigious accomplishment in a student's educational endeavors.

See the Admissions page for entrance requirements and advanced placement credits.

Doctoral Program Requirements

  1. The completion of 5 postgraduate-level courses related to the student's major and pre-approved by the student's faculty advisor.
  2. One doctoral dissertation of a minimum of 150 pages. Dissertation guidelines are available from your student advisor.