Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

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


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.


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 Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

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 18 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. Evaluate public policy initiatives in the political context.
  2. Evaluate the impact of various political stakeholders in the public policy context.
  3. Synthesize various theoretical and philosophical models as they relate to the public policy context.
  4. Apply a model of Christian statesmanship to the public policy context.
  5. Apply knowledge of the literature in the public policy context.

PROGRAM FORMAT
The Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) will be offered both residentially and online. The residential MAPP is offered with the base or foundational Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) with a thesis or non-thesis option. The online major offers a degree with a thesis or non-thesis option and four cognates: Public Administration, Middle East Affairs, International Affairs, and Campaigns and Elections. The online major may also be augmented 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 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 a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  4. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  5. No grades 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. Students must complete all work for the degree within five years of initial enrollment of the program.
  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.

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).


Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Arts in Public Policy (M.A.P.P.)

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Arts in Public Policy (M.A.P.P.) - Campaigns & Elections
Master of Arts in Public Policy (M.A.P.P.) - International Affairs
Master of Arts in Public Policy (M.A.P.P.) - Middle East Affairs
Master of Arts in Public Policy (M.A.P.P.) - Public Administration


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 (M.S.) 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 Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)

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 18 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.

Public safety professionals who graduate from a national or regional command college and who have received graduate credit from a regionally accredited sponsoring university, and who have not previously used such credit for a degree, may transfer up to 12 hours of graduate credit associated with the command college to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice as Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit.

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 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 cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  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. Students must complete all work for the degree within five years of initial enrollment in the program.
  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 Criminal Justice (M.S.) - General
Master of Science in Criminal Justice (M.S.) - Forensic Psychology
Master of Science in Criminal Justice (M.S.) - Homeland Security
Master of Science in Criminal Justice (M.S.) - Public Administration

Master of Science in International Relations (M.S.) – Available Spring 2018

PURPOSE
The Master of Science in International Relations seeks to equip graduates with a solid understanding of the philosophical and Biblical influences impacting international relations and global governance. Students are given a multidisciplinary approach to international relations, addressing history, philosophy, governing structures and processes, and comparative politics. The knowledge of international relations gained through this program is constructed on a solid biblical foundation, advancing global statesmanship in the name of Jesus Christ.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific requirements for admission to the Master of Science in International Relations (M.S.) 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 Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)

        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 18 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. Evaluate current research and knowledge of the international relations discipline.
  2. Apply a Christian worldview to aspects of the international relations context.
  3. Evaluate the impact of various political stakeholders in the international relations context.

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

  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 a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  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. Students must complete all work for the degree within five years of initial enrollment in the program.
  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 International Relations (M.S.)


Master of Science in Political Science (M.S.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Science in Political Science seeks to equip graduates with a solid understanding of the philosophical and Biblical influences impacting politics and government. Students are challenged to see how domestic and international government structures and political processes influence one another, and how historical and contemporary ideas impact both. In all of this, students are challenged to operate as Christian statesmen and women to impact their generation and generations to come, for the glory of God.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific requirements for admission to the Master of Science in Political Sciences (M.S.) 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 Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)

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 18 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. Evaluate current research and knowledge of the political science discipline.
  2. Apply a Christian worldview to aspects of the political science context.
  3. Evaluate the impact of various political stakeholders in the political science context.

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

  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 a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  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. Students must complete all work for the degree within five years of initial enrollment in the program.
  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 Political Science (M.S.)


Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Public Administration seeks to equip graduates with a solid understanding of the philosophical and Biblical influences impacting the leadership of public and non-profit organizations.  Students are challenged to see how various political and financial factors influence the policy analysis and implementation process.  In all of this, students are challenged to operate as Christian statesmen and women to impact their generation and generations to come for the glory of God.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific requirements for admission to the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) 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 Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)

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 18 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. Evaluate knowledge of public administration policies.
  2. Synthesize best practices and research in the public administration context.
  3. Apply a model of Christian statesmanship to the public administration context.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in this Catalog, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) graduates must:

  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 a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  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. Students must complete all work for the degree within five years of initial enrollment in the program.
  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 Public Administration (M.P.A.) - General
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) - Business & Government
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) - Healthcare
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) - Law & Public Policy
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) - Public & Non-Profit Management

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


Helms School of Government - Graduate Certificates

The Helms School of Government offers a graduate certificate 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. 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: Online Only
Criminal Justice
Public Administration
Public Policy


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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