Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog]

Helms School of Government

Administration

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

Stephen M. Parke, B.A., 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


FACULTY
The faculty roster can be viewed online at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=23 where faculty can be searched for by Department.


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

PURPOSE
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.


PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific requirements for admission to the Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) are as follows:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
  3. TOEFL (if applicable).

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted on Academic Caution status; these students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester. 

TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer up to nine (9) hours of graduate-level credit from an accredited institution.  In order to transfer credit, students must have earned the minimum grade of B (or B-), and courses must have been completed within 5 years of the start date of the student’s program at Liberty University.  Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits. 

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
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.

PROGRAM FORMAT
The Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) 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.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in this Catalog, Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) graduates must:

  1. Complete 39 total hours.
  2. A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. 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.
  4. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  5. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  6. No grades of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. Students must complete all work for the degree within five years of initial enrollment of the program.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

The faculty may change the requirements for the receipt of the Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP), 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.P.P.) Master of Arts in Public Policy (39 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (21 hrs) 1
PPOG 500 Introduction to Writing, Research and Turabian 3
PPOG 502 Economics and Public Policy 3
PPOG 503 Political Philosophy 3
PPOG 504 Leadership, Statesmanship, and Governance 3
PPOG 506 Introduction to Geopolitics and International Diplomacy 3
PPOL 501 Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy 3
PPOL 505 Applied Public Policy Research Methods 3
Elective Courses (18 hrs) 2
Choose six of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BMAL 500, 501, 550, 602, BUSI 520, 604, 605, 606, 607, 620, COMS 520, 560, 622, EDUC 500, 518, 604, 631, PADM 501, 530, 550, PPOG 624, 635, 640, 641, PPOL 630, 631, 650 or 652 18

Students are strongly encouraged to take PPOL 501, PPOG 502, and PPOG 503 before PPOG 504, PPOG 506, and PPOL 505. The content of these courses will help set a foundation for the remaining Public Policy coursework.

Students who have obtained or are pursuing a J.D. through Liberty University may substitute electives with up to nine credit hours from the following courses: LAW 501, 502, 531, 532, 581, 585, 601, 605, 610, 645, 720, 721, 725, 741, 743, 745, 755, 760, 761 and 765. Non-Liberty students pursuing a J.D. or have a completed J.D. may be able to use up to 9 hours of Law Credit towards this degree pending review and approval by the LU School of Law.


Cognates

(M.A.P.P.) Master of Arts in Public Policy (39 hrs) Campaigns and Elections Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (21 hrs) 1
PPOG 500 Introduction to Writing, Research and Turabian 3
PPOG 502 Economics and Public Policy 3
PPOG 503 Political Philosophy 3
PPOG 504 Leadership, Statesmanship, and Governance 3
PPOG 506 Introduction to Geopolitics and International Diplomacy 3
PPOL 501 Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy 3
PPOL 505 Applied Public Policy Research Methods 3
Campaigns and Elections Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
PPOG 624 Presidential Leadership 3
PPOG 635 Speech Writing for Candidates and Officeholders 3
PPOL 630 Campaign Tactics, Strategies, and Management 3
PPOL 631 Message, Media and Political Communications 3
Elective Courses (6 hrs) 2
Choose two of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BMAL 500, 501, 550, 602, BUSI 520, 604, 605, 606, 607, 620, COMS 520, 560, 622, EDUC 500, 518, 604, 631, PADM 501, 530, 550, PPOG 640, 641, PPOL 650 or 652 6

Students are strongly encouraged to take PPOL 501, PPOG 502, and PPOG 503 before PPOG 504, PPOG 506, and PPOL 505. The content of these courses will help set a foundation for the remaining Public Policy coursework.

Students who have obtained or are pursuing a J.D. through Liberty University may substitute electives with up to nine credit hours from the following courses: LAW 501, 502, 531, 532, 581, 585, 601, 605, 610, 645, 720, 721, 725, 741, 743, 745, 755, 760, 761 and 765. Non-Liberty students pursuing a J.D. or have a completed J.D. may be able to use up to 9 hours of Law Credit towards this degree pending review and approval by the LU School of Law.

(M.A.P.P.) Master of Arts in Public Policy (39 hrs) International Affairs Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (21 hrs) 1
PPOG 500 Introduction to Writing, Research and Turabian 3
PPOG 502 Economics and Public Policy 3
PPOG 503 Political Philosophy 3
PPOG 504 Leadership, Statesmanship, and Governance 3
PPOG 506 Introduction to Geopolitics and International Diplomacy 3
PPOL 501 Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy 3
PPOL 505 Applied Public Policy Research Methods 3
International Affairs Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
PPOG 640 Middle East Laws and Policy 3
PPOG 641 U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy 3
PPOL 650 International Law, Policy, and Politics 3
PPOL 652 U.S. Foreign Policy and Sovereignty Issues 3
Elective Courses (6 hrs) 2
Choose two of the following course for which prerequisites have been met: BMAL 500, 501, 550, 602, BUSI 520, 604, 605, 606, 607, 620, COMS 520, 560, 622, EDUC 500, 518, 604, 631, PADM 501, 530, 550, PPOG 624, 635, PPOL 630 or 631 6

Students are strongly encouraged to take PPOL 501, PPOG 502, and PPOG 503 before PPOG 504, PPOG 506, and PPOL 505. The content of these courses will help set a foundation for the remaining Public Policy coursework.

Students who have obtained or are pursuing a J.D. through Liberty University may substitute electives with up to nine credit hours from the following courses: LAW 501, 502, 531, 532, 581, 585, 601, 605, 610, 645, 720, 721, 725, 741, 743, 745, 755, 760, 761 and 765. Non-Liberty students pursuing a J.D. or have a completed J.D. may be able to use up to 9 hours of Law Credit towards this degree pending review and approval by the LU School of Law.

(M.A.P.P.) Master of Arts in Public Policy (39 hrs) Middle East Affairs Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (21 hrs) 1
PPOG 500 Introduction to Writing, Research and Turabian 3
PPOG 502 Economics and Public Policy 3
PPOG 503 Political Philosophy 3
PPOG 504 Leadership, Statesmanship, and Governance 3
PPOG 506 Introduction to Geopolitics and International Diplomacy 3
PPOL 501 Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy 3
PPOL 505 Applied Public Policy Research Methods 3
Middle East Affairs Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
PPOG 640 Middle East Laws and Policy 3
PPOG 641 U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy 3
PPOL 631 Message, Media and Political Communications 3
PPOL 650 International Law, Policy, and Politics 3
Elective Courses (6 hrs) 2
Choose two of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BMAL 500, 501, 550, 602, BUSI 520, 604, 605, 606, 607, 620, COMS 520, 560, 622, EDUC 500, 518, 604, 631, PADM 501, 530, 550, PPOG 624, 635, PPOL 630 or 652 6

Students are strongly encouraged to take PPOL 501, PPOG 502, and PPOG 503 before PPOG 504, PPOG 506, and PPOL 505. The content of these courses will help set a foundation for the remaining Public Policy coursework.

Students who have obtained or are pursuing a J.D. through Liberty University may substitute electives with up to nine credit hours from the following courses: LAW 501, 502, 531, 532, 581, 585, 601, 605, 610, 645, 720, 721, 725, 741, 743, 745, 755, 760, 761 and 765. Non-Liberty students pursuing a J.D. or have a completed J.D. may be able to use up to 9 hours of Law Credit towards this degree pending review and approval by the LU School of Law.

(M.A.P.P.) Master of Arts in Public Policy (39 hrs) Public Administration Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (21 hrs) 1
PPOG 500 Introduction to Writing, Research and Turabian 3
PPOG 502 Economics and Public Policy 3
PPOG 503 Political Philosophy 3
PPOG 504 Leadership, Statesmanship, and Governance 3
PPOG 506 Introduction to Geopolitics and International Diplomacy 3
PPOL 501 Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy 3
PPOL 505 Applied Public Policy Research Methods 3
Public Administration Cognate Courses (9 hrs)
PADM 501 Fundamentals of Public Administration 3
PADM 530 Politics, Strategies, and Initiatives of Community Economic Development 3
PADM 550 Public Policy Analysis 3
Elective Courses (9 hrs) 2
Choose three of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BMAL 500, 501, 550, 602, BUSI 520, 604, 605, 606, 607, 620, COMS 520, 560, 622, EDUC 500, 518, 604, 631, PPOG 624, 635, 640, 641, PPOL 630, 631, 650 or 652 9

Students are strongly encouraged to take PPOL 501, PPOG 502, and PPOG 503 before PPOG 504, PPOG 506, and PPOL 505. The content of these courses will help set a foundation for the remaining Public Policy coursework.

Students who have obtained or are pursuing a J.D. through Liberty University may substitute electives with up to nine credit hours from the following courses: LAW 501, 502, 531, 532, 581, 585, 601, 605, 610, 645, 720, 721, 725, 741, 743, 745, 755, 760, 761 and 765. Non-Liberty students pursuing a J.D. or have a completed J.D. may be able to use up to 9 hours of Law Credit towards this degree pending review and approval by the LU School of Law.


Master of Science in Criminal Justice (M.S.)


PURPOSE
The purpose of this Master’s degree is to offer Criminal Justice professionals an advanced degree which focuses on both the Criminal Justice context and professional administration therein. The online context will allow these professionals to advance their careers by completing the degree while still working fulltime. Additionally, those students who seek a terminal degree in Criminal Justice or Public Administration will find this Master’s degree to be a helpful stepping stone.


PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific requirements for admission to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MS) are as follows:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
  3. TOEFL (if applicable).

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted on Academic Caution status; these students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer up to six (6) hours of graduate-level credit from an accredited institution.  In order to transfer credit, students must have earned the minimum grade of B-, and courses must have been completed within 10 years of the start date of the student’s program at Liberty University.  Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize best practices and knowledge of Criminal Justice organization literature.
  2. Integrate solid Christian Worldview principles into ethical and legal decision making in a criminal justice context.
  3. Apply solutions to leadership challenges in the justice organization context.
  4. Evaluate theoretical and applied research in the context of Criminal Justice Organizations.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in this Catalog, M.S. in Criminal Justice graduates must:

  1. Complete 36 total hours.
  2. A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  5. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  6. No Grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. Students must complete all work for the degree within five years of initial enrollment in the program.
  9. All online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Programs of Study

(M.S.) Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Non-Thesis Track (36 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format Only
Core Courses (18 hrs)
CJUS 500 Criminal Justice Integration 3
CJUS 520 Administration of Justice Organizations 3
CJUS 530 Human Resource Management in Criminal Justice Organizations 3
CJUS 550 Topics and Trends in Criminal Justice 3
CJUS 601 Criminal Justice Program Evaluation 3
CJUS 610 Leadership, Ethics and Policing 3
Elective Courses (18 hrs)
Choose six of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BMAL 500, 501, BUSI 502, 503, 504, LEAD 620, or any 500-600 level PPOG/PPOL/PADM course.
(M.S.) Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Thesis Track (36 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format Only
Core Courses (18 hrs)
CJUS 500 Criminal Justice Integration 3
CJUS 520 Administration of Justice Organizations 3
CJUS 530 Human Resource Management in Criminal Justice Organizations 3
CJUS 550 Topics and Trends in Criminal Justice 3
CJUS 601 Criminal Justice Program Evaluation 3
CJUS 610 Leadership, Ethics and Policing 3
Elective Courses (12 hrs)
Choose four of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BMAL 500, 501, BUSI 502, 503, 504, LEAD 620 or any 500-600 level PPOG/PPOL/PADM course.
Thesis Courses (6 hrs)
CJUS 689 Thesis Project Proposal and Research 3
CJUS 690 Thesis Defense 3

Cognates

(M.S.) Master of Science in Criminal Justice (36 hrs) Public Administration Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (18 hrs)
CJUS 500 Criminal Justice Integration 3
CJUS 520 Administration of Justice Organizations 3
CJUS 530 Human Resource Management in Criminal Justice Organizations 3
CJUS 550 Topics and Trends in Criminal Justice 3*
CJUS 601 Criminal Justice Program Evaluation 3**
CJUS 610 Leadership, Ethics and Policing 3*, **
Public Administration Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
COMS 560 Communication and Conflict 3
PADM 501 Fundamentals of Public Administration 3
PADM 530 Politics, Strategies, and Initiatives of Community Economic Development 3
PADM 550 Public Policy Analysis 3
Elective Courses (6 hrs)
Choose two of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BMAL 500, 501, BUSI 502, 503, 504, LEAD 620, PPOG 504 or PPOL 501 6
*Course must be taken through Liberty University
**May register for CJUS 601 and 610 after successfully completing 12 hours of graduate level courses.

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
The Degree Completion Plans for the M.A. in Public Policy is available online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


Helms School of Government - Graduate Certificates

The Helms School of Government offers graduate certificates in several areas of study through Liberty University Online.      

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS       
Please refer to the Admissions Requirements Matrix for Certificates in the Graduate Admissions section of this Catalog.

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

  1. 9 total hours.
  2. All courses must be completed through Liberty University.
  3. 2.00 GPA.
  4. No grade of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the certificate.
  5. Certificate must be completed within 3 years.
  6. Submit a Certificate Completion Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Note: Students who want to apply certificate courses to a graduate or seminary degree program will have to abide by the GPA and grade requirements of that degree program.


Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice

Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice (9 hrs)
CJUS 500 Criminal Justice Integration 3
CJUS 520 Administration of Justice Organizations 3
CJUS 550 Topics and Trends in Criminal Justice 3

Graduate Certificate in Public Administration

Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (9 hrs)
PADM 501 Fundamentals of Public Administration 3
PADM 530 Politics, Strategies, and Initiatives of Community Economic Development 3
PADM 550 Public Policy Analysis 3

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (9 hrs)
PPOG 502 Economics and Public Policy 3
PPOG 503 Political Philosophy 3
PPOL 501 Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy 3

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION PLANS
Certificate Completion Plans (CCP) can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=2981.



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