Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Programs of Study

Liberty University offers graduate degree programs of study in two formats: 

  • Residential. With the residential delivery format, courses in a program are delivered on campus [face-to-face] and generally last the standard semester.
  • Online.  With the online [distance education] delivery format, courses in a program are delivered to students through a virtual classroom experience that is flexible, personal and challenging. Through the online format a student can complete a program entirely online, with some exceptions in which a student is required to complete a minimum number of courses face-to-face on campus.

Liberty University offers courses for several degree programs at two off-campus instructional sites. The addresses of the two sites are:

Renaissance Orlando  Omni Dallas – Park West
5445 Forbes Place 1590 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway
Orlando, FL 32812 Dallas, TX 75234

The University offers no more than six credit hours of intensive coursework that students can apply towards the following degree programs offered by the University's Center for Counseling and Family Studies and the School of Education. In each of the degree programs, students can complete no more than 20% of the coursework at either of the teaching sites.
The programs are:

  • M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling
  • M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • M.A. in Professional Counseling
  • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling
  • M.A. in Teaching
  • Master of Education
  • Education Specialist
  • Ed.D. in Education Leadership
  • Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

Regardless of format, the majority of the course work for any program of study must be earned at Liberty University.  The requirements for graduation for all programs are listed in this Catalog and on degree completion plans, which are available online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=2981.

A course planning schedule is provided in order for students to plan their classes for upcoming semesters. The planning schedule presents every class offered and the terms where it is scheduled to be taught.  This schedule is sorted alphabetically by class. You can find the course planning schedule by visiting the following site: http://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=23103.

Graduate degree programs with concentrations or cognates/specializations, as well as graduate certificates, are listed below.

Liberty University en Español

Liberty University en Español offers Spanish-language versions of Liberty University Online programs.  The curriculum is the same as existing Liberty University Online programs, and the course requirements do not vary. The only difference in these programs is that Spanish-language versions of some of the course materials are available, and students are permitted to turn in written materials in their native language.  Further information is available at http://www.liberty.edu/online/lue-inicio/.

Completing a course or program in a language other than English may reduce employability where English is required.

Degrees Offered

 

 

DOCTORAL DEGREES


College of Osteopathic Medicine

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) (R)


School of Behavioral Sciences

Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (Ed.D.)1 (O)
Marriage and Family Counseling
Pastoral Care and Counseling

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)1 (O)
 


Alton W. & Lois H. Overton Graduate School of Business

Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) (O)
Accounting
Healthcare Management
Human Resources
Information System
International Business
Leadership
Marketing
Project Management


Rawlings School of Divinity

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)1 (O)
Discipleship
Evangelism and Church Planting
Expository Preaching
Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral Leadership
Worship

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)1 (O)
Theology and Apologetics (O)


School of Education

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)1 (O)
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership
Educational Law5

Doctor of Education (Ed.D) Curriculum and Instruction 1 (O)
Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary Education
Curriculum and Instruction - Middle Grades Education
Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education
Curriculum and Instruction - Special Education


School of Law

Juris Doctor (J.D.) (R)


School of Music

Doctor of Worship Studies (D.W.S.) (O)


School of Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)1 (O)
Family Nurse Practitioner (R)

 

POST-MASTERS DEGREES


Rawlings School of Divinity

Master of Theology (Th.M.) (O, R)
Thesis/Non-Thesis
Biblical Studies
Christian Apologetics
Church History
Global Studies
Homiletics
Theology


 School of Education

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) (O)
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership
Educational Law2,5

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Curriculum and Instruction (O)
Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary Education
Curriculum and Instruction - Middle Grades Education
Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education
Curriculum and Instruction - Special Education

 

MASTERS DEGREES AND GRADUATE CERTIFICATES


College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts in English (M.A.) (R)

Master of Arts in Professional Writing (M.A.) (O)

Master of Arts in History (M.A.)2,5 (R)
Comprehensive Track (O, R)
Thesis Track (R)

Master of Arts in Interdiciplinary Studies (M.A.) (O)


School of Behavioral Sciences

Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling (M.A.) (O)

Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (M.A.) (O)

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) (R)

Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (M.A.)1 (O, R)
Addictions and Recovery
Business
Children, Families, and the Law2,5
Christian Ministries
Criminal Justice
Crisis Response and Trauma
Executive Leadership
Health and Wellness
Life Coaching
Marriage and Family
Military Resilience

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling (M.A.) (R)

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.A.)1 (O)

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.)3 (O, R)
Addictions and Recovery
Community Chaplaincy
Crisis Response and Trauma
Discipleship and Church Ministry
Leadership
Life Coaching
Marriage and Family
Military Resilience
Pastoral Counseling
Theology

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (M.A.) (60 hr)1 (O)
Track (Licensure)

Master of Education (M.Ed.) (48 hr) (O)
School Counseling

Master of Science in Psychology (M.S.) (O, R)
Developmental Psychology

Graduate Certificates
Military Resilience (O)


Alton W. & Lois H. Overton Graduate School of Business

Master of Arts in Executive Leadership (M.A.) (O)

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) (36 hr)5 (O, R)

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) (45 hr) (O, R)
Accounting
Criminal Justice Administration
Healthcare Management
Human Resources
International Business
Leadership
Marketing
Project Management
Public Administration
Public Relations

Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.) (O)

Master of Science in Health Informatics (M.S.H.I.) (O)

Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.) (O)

Master of Science in Information Systems (M.S.I.S.) (O)
Information Assurance
Technology Management

Master of Science in Information Technology (M.S.I.T.) (O)
Network Design and Security
Software Design and Management

Master of Science in Marketing (M.S.) (O)
Digital Marketing and Advertising
Project Management
Public Relations
Sports Marketing and Media

Graduate Certificates
General Business (O)
Healthcare Management (O)
Management and Leadership (O)
Marketing (O)


School of Communication & Creative Arts

Master of Arts in Communication (M.A.) (O,R)

Master of Arts in Strategic Communication (M.A.) (O,R)

Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (M.F.A.) (O,R)

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (M.F.A.) (R)

Graduate Certificates
Applied Communication Studies (O)
Communication and Business Administration (O)
Communication and Human Services (O)
Organizational Communication (O)


Rawlings School of Divinity

Master of Divinity Academic/Pre-Ph.D. (M.Div.) (Thesis) (R)
Biblical Studies
Christian Apologetics
Church History
Discipleship and Church Ministry
Evangelism and Church Planting
Global Studies
Homiletics
Leadership
Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral Ministry
Theology
Worship

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) (Non-Thesis)(O, R)
Biblical Studies
Christian Apologetics
Church History
Discipleship and Church Ministry
Evangelism and Church Planting
Global Studies
Homiletics
Law Studies5
Leadership
Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral Ministries
Theology
Worship
Chaplaincy (93 hr)
Thesis/Non-Thesis
Healthcare Chaplaincy (93 hr)
Thesis/Non-Thesis
Military Chaplaincy (93 hr)
Thesis/Non-Thesis

Accelerated Master of Divinity (M.Div.) (Thesis) (R)
Biblical Studies
Christian Apologetics
Church History
Global Studies
Homiletics
Theology

Accelerated Master of Divinity (M.Div.) (Non-Thesis) (R)
Biblical Studies
Christian Apologetics
Church History
Discipleship and Church Ministry
Evangelism and Church Planting
Global Studies
Homiletics
Leadership
Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral Ministries
Theology
Worship

Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (M.A.)3 (O, R)
Non-Thesis Track
Thesis Track

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.)3 (O, R)
Community Chaplaincy
Discipleship and Church Ministry
Evangelism and Church Planting3
Global Studies
Homiletics
Leadership3
Pastoral Counseling3
Pastoral Ministries
Theology
Worship

Master of Arts in Global Studies (M.A.G.S.) (O, R)
Practicum Track
Thesis Track

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) (O, R)
Biblical Studies
Church History
Theology

Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) (O, R)
Biblical Studies
Christian Apologetics
Church History
Community Chaplaincy
Discipleship and Church Ministry
Evangelism and Church Planting
Global Studies
Homiletics
Law Studies5
Leadership
Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral Ministries
Theology
Worship

Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) (O)

Graduate Certificates
Biblical Studies (O)
Christian Ministry (O)
Christian Leadership (O)
Global Studies (O)
Pastoral Counseling (O)
Theological Studies (O)


School of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)1 (O)
Elementary Education
Middle Grades Education
Secondary Education
Special Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.)1 (36 hr) (O)
Administration and Supervision
Math Specialist Endorsement
Reading Specialist Endorsement

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Teaching and Learning1 (O)
Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood Education
Teaching and Learning: Educational Law2,5
Teaching and Learning: Educational Technology and Online Instruction
Teaching and Learning: Elementary Education
Teaching and Learning: English
Teaching and Learning: General Education
Teaching and Learning: Gifted Education
Teaching and Learning: History
Teaching and Learning: Leadership
Teaching and Learning: Middle Grades
Teaching and Learning: Special Education
Teaching and Learning: Student Services

Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.) (O, R)
General Studies Non-Thesis
Outdoor Adventure Sport Thesis/Non-Thesis
Sport Administration Thesis/Non-Thesis
Tourism Thesis/Non-Thesis

Graduate Certificates
Autism Education (O)
Educational Technology and Online Instruction (O)
Gifted Education (O)
Middle Grades (O)
Outdoor and Adventure Sport (O)
Preschool (O)
School Leadership (O)
Sport Management (O)


School of Engineering & Computational Sciences - Online Program

Master of Science in Cyber Security (M.S.)


Helms School of Government

Master of Arts in Public Policy (M.A.P.P.)4 (O)
Campaigns and Elections
International Affairs
Middle East Affairs
Public Administration

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (M.S.) (O)
Public Administration (O)

Graduate Certificates
Criminal Justice (O)
Public Administration (O)
Public Policy (O)


School of Health Sciences

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) (O, R)
Global Health
Health Promotion
Nutrition

Master of Science in Biomedical  Sciences (M.S.) (R) (O)

Master of Science in Exercise Science (M.S.) (O, R)
Clinical
Community Physical Activity
Human Performance
Nutrition

Graduate Certificates
Global Health (O)
Health Promotion (O)
Nutrition (O)


School of Law

Juris Masters in American Legal Studies (J.M.) (O)

Juris Masters in International Legal Studies (J.M.) (O)

Master of Laws in International Legal Studies (LL.M.) (O)


School of Music

Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology (M.A.)1 (O)

Master of Arts in Music Education (M.A.)1 (O, R)

Master of Arts in Music and Worship (M.A.)1 (O,R)

Master of Arts in Worship Studies (M.A.) (O, R)
Ethnomusicology
Leadership
Worship Techniques

Graduate Certificates
Music in World Cultures (Ethnomusicology) (O)
Worship Studies (O)


School of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) (O)
Nurse Educator
Nursing Administration

 

 

 
1These programs may require a student to complete a minimum number of courses face-to-face on campus
2 Concentrations or Cognates in Law Studies are open to currently enrolled Liberty University School of Law J.D. students or Liberty University School of Law alumni. Please see the School of Law section of this Catalog.
3 The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling are also available online through Liberty University en Español.
4 Joint Degree Program with the School of Law
5 Dual Degree Program with the School of Law

 


Course Numbering and Identification

Each course is identified by a four-letter prefix and a three-digit number. The letters represent the disciplinary area.

Course Numbering

500 Basic Master's Level
600 Advanced Master's Level
700 Special Master's Level and Doctoral Level
800 Doctoral Level
900 Advanced Doctoral Level


School of Law Course Numbering

A three-letter prefix and a three-digit number identify courses offered by the School of Law. Course numbers reflect program requirements and elective areas of interest; courses at the 900-level are designated for advanced skills in the study of law.

500-595 Required Doctoral and Jurisprudential Courses
601-621 Family and Juvenile Law Courses
630-665 Business Courses
705-747 Constitutional and International Law Courses
755-765 Public Policy Courses
771-904 Administrate Law and Advanced Skills Courses


Course Prefixes

ACCT Accounting HIST General History
APOL  Apologetics HIUS  United States History
ARTS  Arts HIWD World History
BCHM Biochemistry HLTH Health
BIOL Biology HOMI Homiletics
BIOM Biomedical Sciences HSCO Human Services Counseling
BMAL Business Management and Leadership HSMF Human Services Marriage and Family
BMIS Business Management Information Systems INDS Interdisciplinary Studies
BUSI  Business INFO Informatics
CHHI Church History LAW Law
 CHPL Chaplaincy Ministry LEAD Christian Leadership
CJUS Criminal Justice LIFC Life Coaching
CLED Christian Leadership MAAC Addiction Counseling
CLST College Learning Strategies MATH Mathematics
CMHC Clinical Mental Health Counseling MILT Military
CMIN Children’s Ministry MLAN Modern Languages
COMS Communication Studies MRKT Marketing
COUC  Counseling (Ph.D. students only) MUSC Music
COUN Counseling NBST New Testament Biblical Studies
CRIS Crisis Counseling NGRK New Testament Greek
CSCI Computer Science NURS Nursing
CSIS Information Systems  OBST Old Testament Biblical Studies
DBFA Family Advocacy OTCL Old Testament Cognate Languages
DBMF Marriage and Family Studies PACO  Pastoral Counseling
DBPC Parenting and Child/Adolescent Development PADM Public Administration
DISS Dissertation  PHIL Philosophy
DMIN Doctor of Ministry PPOG Public Policy/Government
DSMN Discipleship Ministries PPOL Public Policy/Law
EDCE School Counseling PSYC Psychology
EDUC  Education RTCH Research Methods and Teaching
ENGL English SMGT Sport Management
ETHM Ethnomusicology SUBS Addictions and Recovery
EVAN Evangelism THEO  Theology
EVCP Evangelism and Church Planting THES Thesis
EXCS Exercise Science] TOUR Tourism
GLST Global Studies WMIN Women’s Ministry
GOVT Government WMUS Worship Music
GRST Graduate Studies WRSP  Worship Studies
HIEU  European History YOUT Youth Ministries
       


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