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Graduate Catalog 2012-2013 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

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Helms School of Government

Shawn D. Akers, B.A., M.A., J.D.
Dean, Helms School of Government
Associate Professor of Government

Stephen M. Parke, B.S., J.D., LL.M.
Associate Dean, Helms School of Government
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Ronald Miller, B.A., M.S.
Associate Dean, Helms School of Government
Assistant Professor of Government

Bowers, Buzzy, Murphy, Samson

Associate Professor
Akers, Ferdon, Metallo, Parke

Assistant Professor
Cox, Martin

Master of Arts in Public Policy (M.A.P.P.)

The Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) is a joint venture of Liberty University School of Law and Liberty University’s Helms School of Government.

Graduate level training pointedly designed to “impact the world” by training Christ-centered statesmen, leaders, scholars and policy makers, the MAPP will train its graduate to effectively shape policy in governmental, legislative, political, communications, managerial, academic, and international relations areas.

The Master of Arts in Public Policy provides access to faculty who are statesmen, leaders and policy makers and embody a Christ-centered philosophy that Liberty University ascribes to an imparts to a world in need of Christ’s directed influence.

The student will be able to:

  1. Analyze, plan, and develop public policies and/or public policy initiatives for national, state, and local governmental organizations, international organizations, private entities, and/or non-governmental agencies.
  2. Conduct quantitative and qualitative research on issues affecting federal, state and/or local legislative bodies.
  3. Analyze impact of existing or proposed public policies on individuals, institutions, American society and/or international relations.
  4. Analyze structure and operations of governments, corporations, for-profit, non-profit entities and the judiciary as they relate to public policy.
  5. Apply appropriate analysis skills.

The M.A. in Public Policy will be offered entirely online with a few optional residential intensive sessions typically during times when the Liberty University School of Law is not in session, such as during the breaks or summer months.

In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in this Catalog, M.A. in Public Policy graduates must:

  • Complete 39 total hours
  • A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty
  • A maximum of nine (9) hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree
  • No grades of D may be applied to the degree
  • Students must complete all work for the degree within five years of initial enrollment of the program.
  • All Online students admitted on Academic Probation are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester
  • Submit Graduation Application at the beginning of the final semester

The faculty may change the requirements for the receipt of the M.A. in Public Policy, as well as the courses offered, at any time.  A student will be subject to the graduation requirements of the Catalog at the time of the student’s enrollment.  To maintain enrollment, students must enroll in at least one course during the academic year (from Fall to Summer).

Program of Study

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Public Policy (39 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (18 hrs)
PPOL 501 Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy 3
PPOG 502 Economics and Public Policy 3
PPOG 503 Political Philosophy 3
PPOG 504 Leadership, Statesmanship, and Governance 3*
PPOL 505 Applied Public Policy Research Methods 3*
PPOG 506 Introduction to Geopolitics and International Diplomacy 3*
Elective Courses (21 hrs) 1
Choose from the following selected disciplines:
*Students are strongly encouraged to take PPOL 501, PPOG 502, and PPOG 503 before this course. The content of these courses will help set a foundation for the remaining Public Policy coursework.

Approved electives include: BMAL 500, 501, 550, 602, BUSI 512, 520, 604, 605, 606, 607, 620, COMS 520, 560, 622, EDUC 500, 518, 604, 631, LAW 501 (2 hrs), 502 (2 hrs), 531 (4 hrs), 532, 581, 585, 601, 605, 610, 645, 721, 725, 741, 743, 745, 755, 760, 761, 765, Any non-core PPOG; any non-core PPOL.

Up to 9 hrs of LAW may be applied to this degree. LAW course options are only for students who are currently enrolled in Liberty University School of Law or Liberty University SOL alumni. Non-Liberty students pursuing a J.D. or have completed J.D. may be able to use up to 9 hours of Law Credit towards this degree pending review and approval by the Liberty University School of Law.

The Degree Completion Plan for the M.A. in Public Policy is available online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.



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