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Graduate Catalog 2012-2013

Message from the Chancellor and the Provost

From the Chancellor

In 1971, Liberty University was established with the vision of Training Champions for Christ; individuals who are primed and ignited in their passion to excel in a chosen career field and are spiritually grounded in their faith.

Today, with nearly 100,000 students residentially and online, Liberty is now the nation’s largest private, nonprofit, four-year university; Virginia’s largest four-year university; and most importantly, the world’s largest Christian university.

With a unique blend of academic excellence and conservative Christian values, Liberty challenges tomorrow’s leaders to defend the founding principles of our nation, to influence the course of America, and to be a Champion for Christ.

You have the opportunity to be part of this vision!

I invite you to join us for an educational experience that will challenge you, change you, and prepare you for the career of your dreams.

Jerry Falwell, Jr.
Chancellor and President


From the Provost

Provost Ron GodwinLiberty University exists today because of one of the most gifted and talented pastors and leaders of our generation.  During his entire ministry Dr. Jerry Falwell demonstrated the heart of a pastor, the keen mind of a world class educator and the courage and vision of a great citizen statesman.  His greatest passion was to establish a Christian university that would be for protestant Christians what Brigham Young is for Mormons and Notre Dame is for the Roman Catholics.  Today America, the world, and Christians everywhere are the beneficiaries of his vision and incredibly tenacious faith.

Safely beyond its struggles to survive during its pioneer years, and now enjoying the visionary and yet prudent leadership of Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr., Liberty is continuing to dramatically expand its facilities, programs and enrollments.  Already it has become the largest private Christian University in the world.

Liberty faculty now number more than 2,000 full and part-time faculty, with over seventy percent possessing terminal degrees.  Liberty University’s faculty are committed to teaching their students to explore the vital linkages between faith and learning.  Liberty’s distinctively different teaching occurs in the classroom, but it also occurs via a wide range of carefully supervised and reality based experiences, including internships, externships and cross-cultural exposures.  To be clear, the Liberty educational experience can and frequently does take place through a wide variety of traditional, online and experiential methods of instructional delivery.

Liberty continues to rapidly increase its academic offerings.  Liberty currently offers 220 unique programs of study with 172 residentially and 104 online, with more than 100 concentrations or cognates and over 50 graduate programs (including six doctoral programs).  This range of degree options purposely aims at providing our students with a marvelous array of career opportunities.  The addition of a School of Law, a School of Engineering, a School of Health Sciences, a School of Music, and a College of General Studies in addition to our active plans for a College of Medicine are proof that Liberty has become a full service university, offering its students a plethora of career options.  But, at Liberty we do more than simply educate and train our students.

Without apology our mission is to educate Champions for Christ who are prepared to also utilize their education to become lifelong agents of cultural transformation and exponents of the Great Commission.  To this end we are both grateful and proud that Liberty graduates are increasingly taking their place in positions of leadership in America and around the globe.  May I invite you to enroll at Liberty and to become, regardless of your chosen career, a champion of your generation?

Ronald S. Godwin
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost



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