Military Degree Plans (SOC)

Liberty University is a current member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System (DNS). The school participates in the DNS-2 (Associate level) and DNS-4 (Bachelor’s level) systems. The DNS is a group of institutions selected to provide service members and their eligible family members the opportunity to complete college degrees without losing credit because of frequent changes in duty station. For example, many courses offered by member institutions have two-way guaranteed transferability to provide more flexibility and options to satisfy degree requirements. The SOC DNS Student Agreement issued to all eligible students at member institutions provides a complete evaluation of the service member's prior learning, including courses from other colleges and universities, military training courses, military occupational experience, nationally-recognized tests, and  other non-traditional credit, as well as clearly identifying requirements for completing the degree.  Current SOC Degree Network System membership and participating degree information is available at http://www.soc.aascu.org.*

On this webpage, we provide information on the following:

Use the links above to quickly navigate to the information you are looking for. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our SOC Coordinator at soc@liberty.edu.

Academic Benefits

Liberty University offers the following academic benefits to military students enrolled at the undergraduate level, depending on their status as an Online or Residential student:

Online Degrees:

  • PHIL 201 is not required
  • General Education Elective is not required
  • In an Associate's Degree, only 2 of the 3 religion courses are required (BIBL 104, APOL 104, THEO 104).
  • In the B.S. in Religion, students will only be required to take 4 of the 5 Religion courses under the General Education requirements (BIBL 105, BIBL 110, THEO 201, THEO 202, and CRST 290).
  • Military students are only required to take one course in the major through Liberty University Online.
  • Academic residency limited to no more than twenty-five percent of the degree requirements
  • No final year or final semester residency requirement

 Residential Degrees:

  • Academic residency limited to no more than twenty-five percent of the degree requirements
  • No final year or final semester residency requirement

If you are an undergraduate military student, you are eligible to receive the above academic benefits, whether you meet the requirements to receive a SOC DNS Student Agreement or not. If you do not qualify for a SOC DNS Student Agreement, you will still receive all of the same benefits, but they will apply to the Degree Completion Plan instead.

Found out more about which type of degree plan you will receive by reviewing the Qualifications section below.



A SOC DNS Student Agreement is a contract-for-degree, signed by the institution, that provides a list of degree requirements, evaluates all prior coursework and credit earned through military service and experience or by taking nationally-recognized exams, and identifies which courses are still needed to complete the degree. Only certain branches of the military will qualify for this type of degree plan. All undergraduate military students get the academic benefits outlined in the previous section, but not all military students receive a SOC DNS Student Agreement.

To receive a SOC DNS Student Agreement from Liberty University, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Military Branch: Army, Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard. (Air Force does not qualify.)
  • Military Status: Active Duty, Active National Guard, or Active Reserves service member or spouse. (Discharged/Retired service members and their spouses do not qualify.)
  • Academic level: Undergraduate
  • Academic status: Accepted to your program with all official transcripts submitted

If you do not meet all of the criteria outlined above, you will not receive a SOC DNS Student Agreement. However, you will still receive the academic benefits outlined in the previous section. These will be applied to your Degree Completion Plan Audit, which you can access through your ASIST account at any time.


The Process

If you meet the qualifications criteria above, you will automatically receive a copy of your SOC DNS Student Agreement within the first 6 credit hours you take. If you have any questions about your SOC DNS Student Agreement, you can email soc@liberty.edu for assistance.

To ensure your SOC DNS Student Agreement (or degree plan) has been finalized and all of the academic benefits have been applied, make sure the following steps have been completed.

  • Submit all of your official college transcripts. These will be needed for your official acceptance and to conduct an official evaluation of transfer credit on your degree plan. If you are not sure this has been completed, you may contact an Admissions Counselor to find out where you are in this process.
    • Online Admissions: (800) 424-9595
    • Resident Admissions: (800) 543-5317
  • Submit all of your military transcripts and other course/exam transcripts. Review the information on our Military Transfer Credit page for more information on this process.
  • Submit your military verification documents to the Office of Military Affairs.
    • Online Students: Review our step-by-step guide here to complete this step.
    • Residential Students: Review the information here to complete this step.

Special Note for
TA Students

You may need an official degree plan for your Tuition Assistance. If you are eligible for a SOC DNS Student Agreement, you may contact soc@liberty.edu to request this document.

If you do not qualify for a SOC DNS Student Agreement (Air Force students and graduate students), you may contact us at LUMilitary@liberty.edu to request a signed copy of your Degree Completion Plan.


Graduation Requirements

There are several requirements for graduation of which you should be aware:

  • One course in the major must be completed through Liberty.
  • 25% of the degree must be completed through Liberty (30 hours for B.S. and 15 hours for A.A.).
  • In a B.S. degree, the student must complete at least 30 upper-level credit hours (can include transfer and institution courses).
  • No final year or final semester residency requirement
  • Minimum of 2.0 GPA.
  • Grades of “C” or higher in all upper-level courses in the student’s major. Exception: In the A.A./B.S. in Criminal Justice and B.S. Nursing, the student must have grades of “C” or higher in all courses within the major.
  • For a complete list of the guaranteed-transfer courses that can be utilized in your SOC DNS Student Agreement (degree completion plan), please visit the SOC Degree Network System Tools website here.

For further questions, you can speak with your academic advisor or email soc@liberty.edu.


2016-17 Unofficial SOC DNS Student Agreements 

* The Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) degree program consists of several areas of study. Hours listed in each area of study may vary depending on which you choose and your transferred college credit. At least two areas of study are required for the major (up to three may be chosen). You may choose from the following areas of study: accounting, business, criminal justice, education, management information systems, psychology, and religion. Contact your academic advisor for further details at (800) 424-9595. 


*Although Liberty University is currently a member of the SOC Degree Network System, membership or participating degrees may change at any time. Please contact soc@liberty.edu for-up-to date information.