Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

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

Administration

David Calland, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Interim Dean, School of Business
Associate Professor of Business

Anita Satterlee, B.S., M.A., Ed.D.
Associate Dean, School of Business
Professor of Business

Michael J. Hart, B.S., M.S., M.A.R., Ed.D., Ph.D.
Chair, Information Technology, Informatics, Information Systems
Associate Professor of Information Technology

Eric Richardson, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Chair, School of Business
Associate Professor of Business

Kendrick Brunson, B.A., M.B.A., D.B.A.
Chair, Department of Human Resources, International Business, Management, Project Management
Associate Professor of Business

Terrence Conner, B.S., M.A.
Chair, School of Business
Assistant Professor of Business

Mike Floyd, B.S., M.A.R.
Online Chair, School of Business
Adjunct Instructor, School of Religion

Emily Knowles, B.S., M.A., D.B.A.
Chair, School of Business
Assistant Professor of Business

Melanie Hicks, B.S., M.B.A., D.B.A.
Director of Accreditation
Chair, Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics
Professor of Accounting


PROGRAM DIRECTORS
A listing of program directors can be viewed at http://www.liberty.edu/programdirectors.


FACULTY
All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster. There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty. The entire roster can also be viewed online at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=28 where faculty can be searched for by Department.


ACCREDITATION
Liberty University’s School of Business has achieved voluntary accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), demonstrating it has met standards of business education that promote teaching excellence.

Graduate programs that have achieved accredited status include:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Accounting

Graduate programs that are candidates for accreditation include:

  • Master of Science in Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Marketing
  • Doctor of Business Administration

PURPOSE
To educate our business students with the values, knowledge, and skills they need in the development of the whole person to enable them to impact their world. Inherent in this mission are the following fundamental imperatives:

  1. That all teaching be given within a distinctively Christian worldview.
  2. That the Word of God be honored as the final authority for life and practice.
  3. That justice and ethics be exalted within a context of limited government and a free market system in a global economy.
  4. That all of life’s tasks are sacred and are to be done as unto the Lord.
  5. That the education process be a collaboration with faculty and staff, helping to transform students into self-sufficient, lifelong learners.
  6. That course of instruction be designed and delivered to provide our graduates with a competitive advantage as they pursue their chosen careers.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Applicants may transfer coursework based on the program to which they are applying. Please refer to the  Transfer Credit Matrix in the Graduate Admissions section of this Catalog for specific hour amounts.  In order for a transferred course to replace a Liberty University core course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s core courses by at least 80%. The course(s) to be transferred must have been completed within 10 years of the start date of the student’s program at Liberty University.
  5. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

Courses related to business administration that meet all but criterion #4 above may be transferred in as elective courses.   Transfer credit for capstone courses will not be given. Capstone courses include: BUSI 690, Policy and Strategy in Global Competition; BMAL 570, Ethical Leadership; ACCT 642, Accounting Ethics; BMIS 690, Integrated Capstone; and, MRKT 690, Marketing Strategy Capstone.


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

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Executive Leadership is a 30-hour graduate program that will provide students with a foundation in business, leadership and management and is for those from any academic background. The goal is to develop management, leadership and business knowledge within the Christian worldview.  In pursuit of this purpose, the M.A. in Executive Leadership degree faculty seeks the following student learning outcomes:

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate Christian worldview perspectives when solving management and leadership ethical dilemmas.
  2. Evaluate and present scholarship relevant to management and leadership contexts.
  3. Solve complex management and leadership issues within various contexts.
  4. Examine effective management and leadership practices.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the M.A. in Executive Leadership program requires:

  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 2.50 or above (on a 4.00 scale)
  3. TOEFL (if applicable)

Students who do not meet the minimum Good Standing 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. Students who have less than an undergraduate 2.00 GPA will not be admitted to the program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University catalog, M.A. in Executive Leadership students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 30 total hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Maintain a 2.50 GPA to remain in the program. While all course grades are averaged into the GPA, credit toward degree completion is not granted for a grade of D (or D+/D-) or F.
  4. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  5. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  6. Degree must be completed within five years from the date of admission.
  7. Liberty University credits earned towards a degree must have been earned within the past seven years of the completion date, or students will be required to retake the course.
  8. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Arts in Executive Leadership (M.A.)


Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Business Administration is a 36-hour core program that provides master’s level training to prepare persons for business leadership. In addition, an additional 9 hours may be gained where students are able to specialize in one of ten key business areas: Accounting, Criminal Justice Administration, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Project Management, Public Administration, and Public Relations.  Alternatively, a student may choose to pursue the general program.  In accordance with the mission of Liberty University, the graduate faculty seeks to educate the whole person, developing the values, knowledge, and skills individuals need to impact their business world.  The context for all instruction is the Christian worldview.  In pursuit of this purpose, the M.B.A. faculty seeks the following program learning outcomes for both the 36-hour and the 45-hour MBA program:

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate Christian worldview perspectives when solving business ethical dilemmas.
  2. Evaluate and present scholarship relevant to business contexts.
  3. Solve complex business issues within various contexts.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the M.B.A. program requires:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree in a business discipline 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)
  4. Fifteen hours of upper-level undergraduate business courses from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)

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.  Students who do not have the 15 hours of upper level undergraduate business courses, but meet the 3.00 GPA requirements will be denied admission and automatically moved to the M.A. in Executive Leadership program. Once the student has successfully passed all portions of BMAL 590, he/she may request admission to the M.B.A. program.

Additional prerequisites for admission to the Master of Business Administration – Accounting program include:

ACCT 211      Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 212      Principles of Accounting II
ACCT 301      Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 302      Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 311      Cost Accounting I
ACCT 401      Taxation I
ACCT 404      Auditing

It is recommended that students without an accounting undergraduate degree take ACCT 403 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting in order to meet the governmental accounting course requirement for the CPA exam.

COMPLETING ADDITIONAL COGNATES
Students in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program may graduate with more than one cognate, pursuant to the following conditions:

  1. Students must declare their intent to pursue the second cognate while still enrolled in the MBA program. They are not permitted to graduate with a MBA with one cognate, then later apply for readmission to pursue the 2nd cognate.
  2. Students are not permitted to graduate with the 36-hour MBA, then later apply for readmission to pursue a MBA with a cognate. Students who graduated with the 45-hour MBA with no cognate are not permitted to apply for readmission to pursue a MBA with a cognate.
  3. In cases where there are differences in the courses required for the cores of the two Degree Completion Plans (DCP’s), students must complete the courses for both cores.
  4. If students complete, as part of their first cognate, a course that is approved for use as an elective, that course may be used to meet the elective requirement of the 2nd cognate, and vice versa.
  5. In cases where there are additional graduation requirements on the DCP of the 2nd cognate, (e.g., maximum number of grades of C allowed, maximum allowable age of course credits), students must meet those additional requirements in order to graduate with the 2nd cognate.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, M.B.A. students must meet the following requirements:

45-hour MBA Program:

  1. Complete 45 total hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level. (For the 45-hour program, the maximum is 21 hours.)

36-hour MBA Program:

  1. Complete 36 total hours
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.

In a cooperative agreement with the Liberty University School of Law, the School of Business will accept the transfer of six (6) hours of approved Law courses to allow currently enrolled Liberty University School of Law J.D. students or Liberty University School of Law alumni to earn the 36-hour M.B.A. degree. Please see the School of Law section of this Catalog for more information.

Both MBA Programs:

  • Maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program, with no more than two C’s permitted (includes grades of C+ & C-). While all course grades are averaged into the GPA, credit toward degree completion is not granted for a grade of D (+/D-) or F.
  • For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  • Liberty University credits earned towards a degree must have been earned within the past seven years of the completion date, or students will be required to retake the course.
  • All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  • All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  • Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - 36-hour
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Accounting
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - American Legal Studies
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Criminal Justice Administration
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Finance
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Healthcare Management
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Human Resources
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - International Business
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - International Legal Studies
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Leadership
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Marketing
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Non-Profit Leadership & Management
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Project Management
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Public Administration
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Public Relations
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Strategic Management
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Supply Chain Management & Logistics

DUAL DEGREE
To view the degree completion plans for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) dual degree program, please see the School of Nursing section in this catalog.


Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Science in Accounting is a 30-hour graduate program that, in accordance with the mission of Liberty University, serves to educate the whole person, developing the values, knowledge, and skills individuals need to impact their business world. The goal is to develop accounting knowledge and expertise, within the Christian worldview, essential for functioning in a variety of accounting and business contexts.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate Christian worldview perspectives with the profession’s established code of professional conduct, when solving accounting ethical dilemmas.
  2. Evaluate and present scholarship relevant to accounting contexts.
  3. Solve complex accounting issues within various contexts.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, graduation from the M.S. in Accounting requires:

  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 requirements may be admitted on Academic caution status; these students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester. Students who do not have course work in accounting, or do not have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, will be required to take up to 21 credits of undergraduate prerequisites before beginning graduate level accounting course work.

PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
Prerequisites for admission to the Master of Science in Accounting program are:

ACCT 211      Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 212      Principles of Accounting II
ACCT 301      Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 302      Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 311      Cost Accounting I
ACCT 401      Taxation I
ACCT 404      Auditing

It is recommended that students without an accounting undergraduate degree take ACCT 403 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting in order to meet the governmental accounting course requirement for the CPA exam.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, M.S. in Accounting students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 30 total hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program, with no more than two C’s permitted (includes grades of C+ & C-). While all course grades are averaged into the GPA, credit toward degree completion is not granted for a grade of D (or D+/D-) or F.
  4. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  5. Additional requirements, beyond those listed on the degree completion plan, may be necessary depending upon the student’s academic background, and the degree being pursued (i.e. course prerequisites at the undergraduate level may be required before enrollment in graduate course work can take place).
  6. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  7. Degree must be completed within five years from the date of admission.
  8. Liberty University credits earned towards a degree must have been earned within the past seven years of the completion date, or students will be required to retake the course.
  9. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study– Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.) - General
Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.) - Audit & Financial Reporting
Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.) - Business
Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.) - Financial Services
Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.) - Forensic Accounting
Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.) - Leadership
Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.) - Taxation

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

PURPOSE
The Master of Science in Cyber Security equips students with the hands-on skills needed to be a cyber-security professional.  This 36-hour program provides balance between theory and practice, all of which is presented against a backdrop of Christian ethical values.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate emerging cyber security technologies.
  2. Design solutions, using cyber security knowledge, skills, and abilities, for practical scenarios.
  3. Comply with professional, ethical, legal, security and social responsibilities.
  4. Incorporate Christian worldview perspectives when addressing cyber security challenges.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the general admission procedures, specific admission requirements for the Master of Science in Cyber Security program are as follows:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g. SACSCOS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.). The baccalaureate degree must be in one of the following or related fields:
    • Information Systems
    • Information Systems Management
    • Information Technology
    • Management Information Systems
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Programming

If a student does not have the appropriate Bachelor’s degree, then the transcript will be evaluated for 3 semester credit hours and a minimum grade of “C” in each of the following:

  • Computer Programming (CSIS 209)
  • Algebra (Math 121 or higher)
  • Statistics (Math 201)
  • Networks (CSIS 331)
  1. If a student does not meet any or all of the specific computer related undergraduate class requirements within the Bachelor’s degree, a resume can be submitted indicating 5 years of IT experience (including a demonstration of knowledge in networking and programming). The resume will be reviewed by the Program Director.
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for admission on good standing. Students that do not meet the minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) may be admitted on caution if they have a minimum GPA of 2.5-2.99.  Students admitted on caution are required to take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing their first semester.
  3. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)

TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 18 hours of graduate-level credit from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In order to transfer credits, 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.

*The following courses must have been completed within five (5) years of the start date of the student’s program at Liberty University to be considered for transfer credit:  CSIS 505, CSIS 525, CSIS 535, CSIS 641, CSIS 643, CSIS 651, CSIS 657, and CSIS 690.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 36 semester hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  4. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+/C-).
  5. No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+/D-).
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Degree must be completed within 3 years.
  8. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Science in Cyber Security (M.S.)


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

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Master of Science in Health Informatics is to improve health care through effective, efficient, secure, and innovative information technology. This 36-hour multidisciplinary program is designed for individuals seeking careers in a health or related occupation that benefit from a foundation in health information technology at the graduate level. In accordance with the mission of Liberty University, the health informatics graduate faculty strives to educate the complete person, inculcating the values, knowledge, and expertise that health informaticists require to improve IT solutions that meet the needs of effective health delivery.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate a biblical worldview when providing explanations to problems associated with health information technology.
  2. Evaluate information technology policies that regulate legal and safe healthcare.
  3. Construct effective healthcare information technology solutions based upon current literature and industry best practices.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the M.S. in Health Informatics program requires:

  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)
  4. Students must have at least 3 hours in human anatomy and physiology (BIOL 202 or HLTH 221), 3 hours in algebra (MATH 121 or higher), 3 hours in statistics (MATH 201/BUSI 230), and 27 hours in Business-related courses (ACCT, BUSI, ECON). If the student does not have the business related courses, they can enroll in BMAL 590.

In addition to these courses, our accrediting body, ACBSP, requires all students accepted into ACBSP accredited programs to meet the Information Systems/Technology Core Professional Component (ISCPC). If a student is missing a course(s) within the ISCPC, they may take the 3 credit hour BMAL 590 course to fulfill this requirement. Students with undergraduate courses in the following areas would not need to take BMAL 590:

  • Business Integration and Strategic Management
  • Ethics
  • Information Systems
  • Legal Issues
  • Management
  • Quantitative Techniques/Statistics (may be met with any applied statistics course)

Note: All prerequisites must be met prior to taking any graduate level program courses.

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. Students who have less than an undergraduate 2.5 GPA will not be admitted to the program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete 36 total hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Maintain 3.00 GPA to remain in the program.
  4. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  5. No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. The degree must be completed within 5 years.
  8. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Science in Health Informatics (M.S.)


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

PURPOSE
The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program will sharpen students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities as they manage in the capacity of a healthcare professional. Students will learn how to be successful in the health care organization, manage operations and personnel, ensure quality, and maintain compliance with laws that affect healthcare providers, administrators, and organizations. Course work in the new program will be designed to challenge student learning focused administrators, and organizations. Course work in the program will be designed to challenge student learning focused on organizational value creation, planning strategically, employing high-performance business management techniques, and utilizing financial models and principles to make evidence based decisions within the context of the modern healthcare environment.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Provide solutions that align with a biblical worldview to problems associated with cost, access, and quality of care.
  2. Evaluate environmental factors impacting the management of healthcare organizations.
  3. Design strategic planning initiatives that incorporate financial analysis, human capital management, operational improvement, marketing, and legal/regulatory compliance based upon knowledge of current literature and industry best practices.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the M.S. in Healthcare Administration program requires:

  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. Students who have less than an undergraduate 2.5 GPA will not be admitted to the program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete 48 total hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Maintain 3.00 GPA to remain in the program.
  4. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  5. No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Liberty University course work that is more than seven years old may not be applied towards this degree. Students are required to repeat the course if it has exceeded the age limit.
  8. The degree must be completed within 5 years.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.)
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.) - Accounting
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.) - Finance
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.) - Human Resources
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.) - Leadership
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.) - Marketing
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.) - Non-Profit Management
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.) - Project Management
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.) - Public Administration
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.) - Public Relations
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.) - Strategic Management
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.) - Supply Chain Management & Logistics

DUAL DEGREE
To view the degree completion plans for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MS) dual degree program, please see the School of Nursing section in this catalog.


Master of Science in Information Systems (M.S.I.S.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Master of Science in Information Systems is address the growing importance of “information” as a critical business resource. The 36-hour program is designed to provide students with a broad perspective of information-related issues, and examine knowledge as a critical organizational resource. The overall focus of the program is on improving the student’s understanding of, and the ability to manage information/knowledge in today’s dynamic information technology and global business environments.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate Christian worldview perspectives when solving managerial level information systems dilemmas.
  2. Evaluate and present knowledge relevant to management of information systems in diverse business environments
  3. Solve complex information systems challenges within various contexts.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the M.S. in Information Systems program requires:

  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)
  4. Students must have at least 3 hours in programming courses (C, C#, C++, or Java), 3 hours in algebra (MATH 121 or higher), 3 hours in statistics (MATH 201/BUSI 230), and 27 hours in Business-related courses (ACCT, BUSI, ECON). If the student does not have the business related courses, they can enroll in BMAL 590.

In addition to these courses, our accrediting body, ACBSP, requires all students accepted into ACBSP accredited programs to meet the Information Systems/Technology Core Professional Component (ISCPC). If a student is missing a course(s) within the ISCPC, they may take the 3 credit hour BMAL 590 course to fulfill this requirement. Students with undergraduate courses in the following areas would not need to take BMAL 590:

  • Business Integration and Strategic Management
  • Ethics
  • Information Systems
  • Legal Issues
  • Management
  • Quantitative Techniques/Statistics (may be met with any applied statistics course)

Note: All prerequisites must be met prior to taking any graduate level program courses.

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. Students who have less than an undergraduate 2.5 GPA will not be admitted to the program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete 36 total hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Maintain 3.00 GPA to remain in the program.
  4. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  5. No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. The degree must be completed within 5 years.
  8. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Science in Information Systems (M.S.) - Information Assurance
Master of Science in Information Systems (M.S.) - Technology Management


Master of Science in Information Technology (M.S.I.T.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Master of Science in Information Technology program is to develop information technology (IT) professionals with a Christian worldview that understand the effective and efficient convergence of information technology and the firm and how to design relevant associated IT systems using innovative methods that are consistent with business objectives and current literature. In accordance with the mission of Liberty University, the information technology graduate faculty seeks to educate the whole person, developing the values, knowledge, and skills people need to design effective IT solutions based upon industry best practices. This 36-hour program is intended for individuals required to meet the information technology goals of business, whether as an information technology leader, professional, or instructor.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate a biblical worldview when providing resolutions to ethical information technology problems.
  2. Evaluate information technology strategies based upon current literature for diverse and sustainable business environments.
  3. Design information technology solutions for hypothetical situations that meet desired business requirements.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the M.S. in Information Technology program requires:

  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)
  4. Students must have at least 3 hours in computer programming (CSIS 212), 3 hours in advanced object-oriented programming (CSIS 312), 3 hours in data networking (CSIS 330), 3 hours in algebra (MATH 121 or higher), 3 hours in statistics (MATH 201/BUSI 230), and 27 hours in Business-related courses (ACCT, BUSI, ECON). If the student does not have the business related courses, they can enroll in BMAL 590.

In addition to these courses, our accrediting body, ACBSP, requires all students accepted into ACBSP accredited programs to meet the Information Systems/Technology Core Professional Component (ISCPC). If a student is missing a course(s) within the ISCPC, they may take the 3 credit hour BMAL 590 course to fulfill this requirement. Students with undergraduate courses in the following areas would not need to take BMAL 590:

  • Business Integration and Strategic Management
  • Ethics
  • Information Systems
  • Legal Issues
  • Management
  • Quantitative Techniques/Statistics (may be met with any applied statistics course)

Note: All prerequisites must be met prior to taking any graduate level program courses. 

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. Students who have less than an undergraduate 2.5 GPA will not be admitted to the program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete 36 total hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Maintain 3.00 GPA to remain in the program.
  4. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  5. No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. The degree must be completed within 5 years.
  8. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Science in Information Technology (M.S.) - Network Design & Security
Master of Science in Information Technology (M.S.) - Software Design & Management 


Master of Science in Marketing (M.S.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Science in Marketing is a 36-hour program that provides master’s level training to prepare persons for marketing leadership. In addition to a strong core curriculum, students are able to specialize in one of four marketing areas: Digital Marketing & Advertising, Sports Marketing/Media, Project Management, or Public Relations. In accordance with the mission of Liberty University, the graduate faculty seeks to educate the whole person, developing the values, knowledge, and skills individuals need to impact their marketing world. The context for all instructions is the Christian worldview.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate Christian worldview perspectives when solving marketing ethical dilemmas.
  2. Evaluate and present scholarship relevant to marketing contexts.
  3. Solve complex marketing issues within various contexts.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the M.S. in Marketing requires:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree in a marketing or business discipline or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale)
  3. TOEFL (if applicable)
  4. Fifteen hours of upper-level undergraduate business or marketing courses from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  5. Program Prerequisites: Our accrediting body, ACBSP, requires all students accepted into ACBSP accredited School of Business programs to meet the Core Professional Component (CPC) (equivalent to 27 Hours of Undergraduate Business Courses). If a student is missing a course(s) within the CPC, they may take the 3 credit hour BMAL 590 course to fulfill this requirement. Students that meet the 27 hours of undergraduate courses in the following areas would not need to take BMAL 590:
  • Management: Organizational Behavior
  • Quantitative Analysis (statistics): Operations Management
  • Marketing: Ethics
  • Economics: Accounting

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, M.S. students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 36 total hours;
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Maintain 3.00 GPA to remain in the program.
  4. No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ and C-).
  5. No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ and D-).
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Liberty University course work that is more than seven years old may not be applied toward this degree.  Students are required to repeat the course if it has exceeded the age limit.
  8. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester,
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Science in Marketing (M.S.) - Digital Marketing & Advertising
Master of Science in Marketing (M.S.) - Project Management
Master of Science in Marketing (M.S.) - Public Relations
Master of Science in Marketing (M.S.) - Sports Marketing & Media

Master of Science in Project Management (M.S.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Science in Project Management is a 36-hour program that develops PM professionals with a Christian Worldview who are enabled to serve as practitioners to the project management field.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Formulate Christian worldview perspectives when solving ethical dilemmas in project management.
  2. Evaluate and present scholarship relevant to project management based on the knowledge of literature, research, and industry best practices.
  3. Propose project-based solutions to business programs.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the M.S. in Project Management requires:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree in a marketing or business discipline or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale)
  3. TOEFL (if applicable)
  4. Fifteen hours of upper-level undergraduate business or marketing courses from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, M.S. students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 36 total hours;
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Maintain 3.00 GPA to remain in the program.
  4. No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ and C-).
  5. No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ and D-).
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Liberty University course work that is more than seven years old may not be applied toward this degree.  Students are required to repeat the course if it has exceeded the age limit.
  8. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester,
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Science in Project Management (M.S.)


Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Doctor of Business Administration is to improve the student’s understanding of, the ability to provide data necessary for decision-making, and the ability to make decisions on relevant data supplied. This 60-hour program is designed for individuals pursuing careers as consultants and/or academia, and provides training in all of the core areas of business needed at the doctoral level.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Integrate qualitative and quantitative tools to perform effective business analysis.
  2. Evaluate advanced theoretical and applied research in business administration.
  3. Evaluate programs for the improvements of business and organizational practice.
  4. Integrate the Christian worldview in all business and management decisions.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
The DBA is a competitive admissions process. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

  1. The specific earned graduate degree required is dependent upon the applicant’s intended DBA cognate.
    1. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is required for all DBA cognates except for Accounting and Information Systems.
    2. A Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) or MBA with an accounting concentration is required for the Accounting cognate.
    3. A Master of Science in Information Systems or Master of Science in Management Information Systems is required for the Information Systems cognate.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above is required for entrance into the program from any of the acceptable degrees.
  3. Professional Resume/Vita.
  4. Students must submit a 1000-to-1500-word Statement of Purpose that answers the following questions:
    1. How has your previous education and/or work experience prepared you for doctoral studies at Liberty University?
    2. What is your goal with regard to pursuing doctoral education at Liberty University?
    3. Please describe the character and values you possess that will help you succeed in your desired field.
  5. Contact information for two professional references may be requested as an additional requirement on a case-by-case basis.
  6. No cautionary admission
  7. Admissions packets are approved by the department
  8. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Applicants may transfer up to 15 hours of coursework.  In order for a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%. The course(s) to be transferred must have been completed within seven years of the start date of the student’s program at Liberty University.
  5. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

Transfer credit will not be given for the following courses:  BUSI 700, BUSI 785, BUSI 988, BUSI 989, and BUSI 990.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, students in the Doctor of Business Administration must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 60 hours.
  2. Residential Orientation course (1 week intensive), 2 other mandatory 1-week intensives.
  3. A minimum of 45 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  4. A maximum of 15 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree. The 15 hours may also include courses in the cognates (which are 500/600-level). These courses must have been completed within seven years of the student’s admission to the DBA.
  5. 3.25 GPA.
  6. No grades lower than B- may be applied to the degree.
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. The degree must be completed within five years.
  9. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Accounting
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Finance
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Healthcare Management
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Human Resources
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Information Systems
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) - International Business
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Leadership
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Marketing
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Non-Profit Leadership & Management
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Project Management
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Strategic Management
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Supply Chain Management & Logistics


DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
The Degree Completion Plans for the graduate programs in the School of Business are available online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


Overton Graduate School of Business - Graduate Certificates

The Overton Graduate School of Business 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. A minimum of 9 total hours (the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management requires 12 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. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Certificate must be completed within 3 years.
  7. Submission of Certificate Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

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 Certificates

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
General Business

Delivery Format: Online Only
Healthcare Management
Management & Leadership
Marketing


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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