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Graduate Catalog 2013-2014

Graduate Admissions

General Requirements

Applicants to resident or online graduate programs at Liberty University are assessed according to academic background, aptitude for graduate-level work, and personal information. Professional experience may also be considered for applicants to some graduate programs. Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a veteran or disabled veteran. The school maintains its Christian character, but does not discriminate on the basis of religion except to the extent that applicable law respects its right to act in furtherance of its religious objectives.

The mission of Liberty University is to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.  We expect that our students understand and respect our mission and purpose while enrolled at Liberty University.

Admission to Liberty University’s graduate programs is governed by policies and procedures developed by the Graduate Senate and Graduate Administrative Council. Admission to graduate programs does not constitute Degree Candidacy status in a specific graduate program. Requirements for Degree Candidacy are outlined in the Program Specific Admission Procedures in the individual program sections of this Catalog.

The University reserves the right to refuse admission or readmission to any prospective student or re-enrollment to any student. Any applicant who intentionally withholds pertinent information or who falsifies information may be required to withdraw from Liberty University. The regulations listed herein are subject to change after the publication of this Catalog. The University reserves the right to make necessary changes to admission requirements without notice.

Liberty University graduate programs utilize a variety of course-delivery formats, some of which are available through online instruction and/or DVDs/videos.  Course delivery format options vary by degree program; programs may be offered through online or residential formats. 

An overview of program format options and admissions requirements by program is provided in the Admission Requirements Matrix located at the end of the Graduate Admissions section.

Applicants to all graduate programs are required to have access to the Internet, e-mail service, and proficiency with word processing software.


Program 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 [Distance Education].  With the online 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 Resident Programs General Admission Procedures

 
     Resident Graduate Admissions Office:

Phone: 1-877-298-9617
Fax: 434-522-0430
Email: Residentgraduate@liberty.edu
Website: www.liberty.edu/residentgraduate
M-F: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm EST

Mailing Address:
Liberty University
Office of Resident Graduate Admissions
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515


ITEMS TO BE SUBMITTED
Applicants must submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to be considered for admission. Admission decisions are not made until all documentation has been received and evaluated.

  1. Application for Admission
    Application can be made online at http://www.liberty.edu/residentgraduate with credit or debit card information.  To initiate an application by phone, graduate students may contact the Resident Graduate Admissions Office (1-877-298-9617).  The application can also be downloaded from http://www.liberty.edu/residentgraduate and faxed or mailed to the Resident Graduate Admissions Office.

    The application fee will be waived for Liberty University Alumni; download PDF application from www.liberty.edu/residentgraduate.
     
  2. Application Fee is non-refundable. 
     
  3. Academic Records
    Applicants to master’s-level degree programs must submit an official transcript indicating successful completion of a baccalaureate degree program from an accredited or approved unaccredited institution. Applicants to doctoral programs may be required to submit official transcripts indicating successful completion of both baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Please see program specific admission requirements for more details.  In some cases, additional transcripts may be required in order for an acceptance decision to occur. In order to receive credit for both transfer courses and prerequisite courses, students must send in official transcripts from the school(s) at which the class(es) was/were taken. An “official transcript” is one that is received directly from the educational institution attended, or is sent to Liberty University (by any party) within the original, sealed, university envelope. Official transcripts should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

    Unaccredited degrees will not be accepted for admission into graduate programs based on university standards.

    Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited institution who have also earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution will be assessed on the basis of the master’s-level degree.

    Please see the Program Specific Admissions Procedures in the individual program sections of this Catalog for information regarding minimum grade-point-average requirements.

    Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited institution may be admitted to some master’s degree programs on Academic Probation status. Policies regarding removal from Academic Probation status vary per degree program. The Office of Graduate Admissions reserves the right to use professional judgment when conducting admission reviews and may request additional documentation to evaluate a candidate’s record. In addition, if certain documentation is not available or does not meet admission standards, the Office of Graduate Admissions reserves the right to offer admission to students based on professional judgment.

    Some applicants may be required to provide Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  • Applicants who have taken the GRE should contact the College Testing Service and request that an official score report be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.  Applicants who have not taken the GRE should contact Educational Testing Service to make arrangements to take the exam.  The website address for the GRE is http://www.gre.org and the toll-free number is 1-866-473-4373. The computer-based format may be scheduled by individual appointment.  Scores will be displayed on the screen at the conclusion of the test session and should be printed as a temporary score report.  Please use the Liberty University code 5385 on the GRE forms in order to have test results sent directly to the University.

CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT
Conditional enrollment is not available to applicants or programs offered in the traditional resident semester format.

SELF-CERTIFICATION FORM
Undergraduate students must complete a Self–Certification Form that they have or will have completed a bachelor’s degree by the time that they begin their master’s-level classes.  Students must have met all other admission requirements for the program for which they are applying.  Students under this status will be eligible for financial aid. 

Resident graduate or seminary applicants must submit both a Self-Certification form and an official transcript to confirm that you are in your final term. The official preliminary transcripts must show a minimum of 105 undergraduate credit hours. Finally, in order to maintain your acceptance and be permitted to continue in your program, you must send in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it by the end of your first term of enrollment.


Transfer Students

Graduate applicants who intend to transfer to the University must be eligible for reenrollment or readmission to the graduate program at the institution they most recently attended.

TRANSFER OF CREDITS
Only courses from institutions accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are eligible for transfer credit. These include regional accrediting bodies such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and other accrediting bodies such as the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).  Courses from University–approved institutions that meet regional or national accreditation equivalency will be accepted for transfer credit based on transfer credit policy.  Applicants must request official transcripts be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from the registrar(s) of previously-attended schools. Transfer credit policies vary by degree program. Additional information is available in the Program Specific Admission Procedures in the individual program sections of this Catalog.

Transfer credit will not be granted from completed degrees, including those degrees awarded by Liberty University.  Information regarding exceptions to this policy for specific degree programs is noted in this Catalog in the sections pertaining to those programs. Internship credit and life-experience credit are not transferable.

Please see the Transfer Credit Matrix for more information.


MULTIPLE DEGREES
Credit from a degree completed through Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary may be applied toward a second degree of the same academic level (e.g., master’s) earned through Liberty.  The number of credits allowed to be applied toward the second degree may not exceed the maximum number of transfer credit for that degree as listed on the Transfer Credit Matrix.

In cases where the two degrees shared required courses in excess of the maximum amount of transfer credits allowed for the second degree, the student must take additional courses and use them as substitutions for the shared courses.

DUAL COGNATES/CONCENTRATIONS
Students may not earn a degree with two or more cognates or concentrations (e.g., a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling with cognates in Business and Executive Leadership).  While students may complete the courses in a second cognate/concentration, and they may be admitted to only a single cognate/concentration, and their transcripts and diplomas will note completion of only one cognate/concentration.

Students who have graduated with a degree may not apply for admission to pursue the same degree with a different cognate or concentration (example:  a student who has earned a Master of Business Administration {MBA} degree with a cognate in Accounting may not apply for admission to pursue a second MBA with a cognate in Healthcare Management).  Also, students who have earned a Master of Arts degree from the Seminary are not permitted to pursue a second Seminary Master of Arts degree (example:  a student who has earned a Master of Arts in Worship Studies may not apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry).


ADMISSION NOTIFICATION
When all required items have been received, applicants will be notified of an admission decision from the Office of Graduate Admissions or the appropriate academic department. Course registration information, pertinent information about financial check-in, and orientation for residential courses are included in the letter of acceptance.

READMISSION
Students must apply for readmission if they have broken enrollment. A Residential student breaks enrollment if he/she does not matriculate in either the Fall or Spring semester.

Admission status is subject to the terms of any previous academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal. Students may be required to provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended since enrollment at Liberty. Admission decisions for re-applicants will be based on the current admission criteria of the respective degree program at the time the re-application is submitted.

Students who break enrollment and apply for readmission will be required to follow the current degree completion plan in effect at the time of re-entry to the University.


International Student Admission

Those who are not citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States and who desire to be enrolled as on-campus international students must follow procedures established by the Office of International Student Admissions. Graduate applicants who will be applying for Student (F-1) Visas should submit applications for the fall semester by May 1 and for the spring semester by October 1. Applicants must submit an affidavit of financial support for themselves and any family members accompanying them before they can be admitted.

Students living abroad and foreign nationals residing in the U.S. are eligible to enroll in online classes provided they have the necessary Internet access and email service. Enrollment in online courses does not enable students to obtain Student (F-1) Visa Status.

Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and earn a score of 80 on the Internet-based exam for graduate program admission, or 80 on the Internet-based exam for seminary admission. A score of 80 is required for the Internet-based test for all graduate degree programs. An official TOEFL score report must be submitted to the University before an admission decision can be made. In addition, the Office of Graduate Admissions may require students whose native official language is English to submit TOEFL scores, if such documentation is deemed necessary. Enrollment in certain courses may be determined by the TOEFL score in conjunction with other diagnostic assessments administered after the student matriculates on campus. Information regarding the TOEFL may be obtained from: TOEFL Services; The Educational Testing Service; P.O. Box 6151; Princeton, NJ 08541; or online at http://www.toefl.org.

KOREAN LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Korean Language Assistance Program (KLAP) has been developed for those Korean students for whom English is a second language, whose TOEFL score is less than 550, and who plan to return to Korea for ministry. For students who qualify for this program, the courses are taught in Korean, translated, assisted by a Korean-qualified reading assistant, or delivered by any method approved by the Graduate Senate to ensure comparable educational outcomes. Only Seminary courses are available in KLAP and students may take only courses designated as KLAP.


SPECIAL (NON-DEGREE) STUDENTS
Students who are not seeking degrees may enroll in master’s-level courses as Special (A.K.A. Non-Degree-Seeking) Students. These students may accumulate no more than 12 semester hours under this status. Doctoral-level programs do not have Special-Student status; however, Special Students may be able to take doctoral-level classes upon approval by the Associate Dean or Academic Dean. 

Special Students are not eligible to receive transfer credit, including credit earned through advanced standing, ICE (Institutional Challenge Examination), and PLA (Prior Learning Assessment).  Financial Aid is not available for Special Students.

DEGREE CANDIDACY
Requirements for Degree Candidacy vary by program. See the Program-Specific Admission Requirements in the individual program sections of this Catalog.

DUAL ENROLLMENT
Undergraduate students may enroll in master’s-level courses during the semester in which they have nine or fewer semester hours remaining to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Students must meet the cumulative GPA requirement for admission in good standing into a Graduate program to be eligible to register under dual enrollment for that program.

Students may be dually enrolled for a maximum of two semesters, and may enroll for a maximum of nine semester hours of Graduate course work.

Non-Liberty University undergraduate students must send in their graduate admission application, official transcripts, and a letter from their current Registrar’s Office indicating their current Grade Point Average, the specific degree they are pursuing, the estimated date of graduation, and the number of remaining credit hours for degree completion. Once these documents are received by the Office of Graduate Admissions, the student must contact the Liberty University Registrar's Office to request approval for dual enrollment.

Currently enrolled Liberty University undergraduate students do not need to send in an application; they must contact the Registrar directly to request approval for dual enrollment.

Dual enrollment is not available to students already enrolled at the Graduate level.

GRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANTSHIPS
Graduate Student Assistantships are available for residential students in most of the graduate programs. These involve a stipend and tuition rebate. Application is separate from the admissions process. For detailed information and the application forms consult the Graduate Student Assistant Handbook at http://www.liberty.edu/gradstudentaffairs.

PRIVACY OF STUDENT RECORDS: FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
Liberty follows the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Details regarding University policies are published online at http://www.liberty.edu/ferpa.  Persons desiring additional information about University policies and procedures should call or write the Director of Graduate Student Affairs.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Additional information regarding the University’s academic and administrative policies and procedures can be found on the University web site at http://www.liberty.edu/registrar.


Liberty University Online General Admission Procedures

 
     Liberty University Online Graduate Admissions Office:

Phone: 1-800-424-9595
Fax: 1-888-301-3577
Email: LUOadmissions@liberty.edu
Website: www.liberty.edu/online
M-F: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm EST
Sat: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm EST

Mailing Address:
Liberty University Online
Graduate Admissions
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515


ITEMS TO BE SUBMITTED
Applicants must submit the following items to the Liberty University Online Graduate Admissions Office in order to be considered for admission. Admission decisions are not made until all documentation has been received and evaluated.

  1. Application for Admission
    Application can be made online at http://www.luonline.com/apply. To initiate an application for online programs by phone, graduate students may contact Liberty University Online (1-800-424-9595).
     
  2. Application Fee is non-refundable. 
    The fee is deferred until Financial Check-in.
     
  3. Academic Records
    Applicants to master’s-level degree programs may submit an unofficial transcript indicating successful completion of a baccalaureate degree program from an accredited or approved unaccredited institution. Unofficial transcripts will allow for acceptance and registration for one (1) semester.  Unofficial transcripts will not be reviewed for transfer credit.  Before submitting unofficial transcripts, please make sure they include the following:
  • School’s name or logo printed on the document
  • Cumulative GPA
  • List of completed courses and earned credit
  • Degree and date conferred

All official college transcripts must be received in order for the student to be eligible for registration in the following term.  The official transcripts must adhere to the specific program’s requirements for admission.  If the official transcripts do not meet the requirements, the admissions decision may be reversed and the student could be dropped from current classes and have financial aid removed. All applicants to Liberty University must be eligible for readmission at the last institution attended.

Applicants to doctoral programs will be required to submit official transcripts indicating successful completion of master’s degree and may be required to submit transcripts from their baccalaureate degree. Please see program specific admission requirements for more details.

In some cases, additional transcripts may be required in order for an acceptance decision to occur. In order to receive credit for both transfer courses and prerequisite courses, students must send in official transcripts from the school(s) at which the class(es) was/were taken. An “official transcript” is one that is received directly from the educational institution attended, or is sent to Liberty University (by any party) within the original, sealed, university envelope. Official transcripts should be sent to the Liberty University Online Graduate Admissions Office. 

Unaccredited degrees will be reviewed and may be accepted for admission into some graduate programs based on university standards. 

Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited institution who have also earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution will be assessed on the basis of the master’s-level degree. Students admitted on Academic Probation must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing. The Office of Graduate Admissions reserves the right to use professional judgment when conducting admission reviews and may request additional documentation to evaluate a candidate’s record. In addition, if certain documentation is not available or does not meet admission standards, the Office of Graduate Admissions reserves the right to offer admission to students based on professional judgment.

  1. Additional Requirements for Admission
    Please see the Program Specific Admissions Procedures in the individual program sections of this Catalog for information regarding minimum grade-point-average requirements and additional items needed for acceptance.

    Some applicants may be required to provide Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores.
     
  2. Applicants who have taken the GRE should contact the College Testing Service and request that an official score report be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.  Applicants who have not taken the GRE should contact Educational Testing Service to make arrangements to take the exam.  The website address for the GRE is http://www.gre.org and the toll-free number is 1-866-473-4373. The computer-based format may be scheduled by individual appointment.  Scores will be displayed on the screen at the conclusion of the test session and should be printed as a temporary score report.  Please use the Liberty University code 5385 on the GRE forms in order to have test results sent directly to the University.
     
  3. Applicants who have taken the Miller Analogies Exam should contact www.miller analogies.com to request that an official score report be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Admissions and Enrollment for Army Soldier-Students:
Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard Army soldier-students must apply for admission and enroll via the GoArmyEd portal, www.goarmyed.com. Admission and enrollment through the Army portal will allow Tuition Assistance to be approved through the enrollment process. Additional information is provided online, http://www.liberty.edu/online/military-students/army/.

CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT
Liberty University Online students may be conditionally enrolled following the receipt of a completed application. Graduate conditionally enrolled students may enroll for up to nine semester hours of online coursework within the first semester only pending the receipt of all remaining admission documentation. Students who have not submitted the required documentation by the completion of the first semester will not be permitted to enroll in additional courses until the admission file is completed and program admission is granted. 

Conditional enrollment is not a guarantee of full admission to a degree program.  Federal and state financial aid is not available to students under conditional enrollment.

SELF-CERTIFICATION FORM
Undergraduate students must complete a Self–Certification Form that they have or will have completed a bachelor’s degree by the time that they begin their master’s-level classes.  Students must have met all other admission requirements for the program for which they are applying.  Students under this status will be eligible for financial aid.

Online students must submit official baccalaureate degree transcripts by the end of their first semester.


Transfer Students

Graduate applicants who intend to transfer to the University must be eligible for reenrollment or readmission to the graduate program at the institution they most recently attended.

TRANSFER OF CREDITS
Only courses from institutions accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are eligible for transfer credit. These include regional accrediting bodies such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and other accrediting bodies such as the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).  Courses from University–approved institutions that meet regional or national accreditation equivalency will be accepted for transfer credit based on transfer credit policy.  Applicants must request official transcripts be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from the registrar(s) of previously-attended schools. Transfer credit policies vary by degree program. Additional information is available in the Program Specific Admission Procedures in the individual program sections of this Catalog.

Transfer credit will not be granted from completed degrees awarded by other institutions.  Information regarding exceptions to this policy for specific degree programs is noted in this Catalog in the sections pertaining to those programs. Internship credit and life-experience credit are not transferable.

Please see the Transfer Credit Matrix for more information.


MULTIPLE DEGREES
Credit from a degree completed through Liberty University and Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary may be applied toward a second degree of the same academic level (e.g., master’s) earned through Liberty.  The number of credits allowed to be applied toward the second degree may not exceed the maximum amount of transfer credit for that degree as listed on the Transfer Credit Matrix.

In cases where the two degrees share required courses in excess of the maximum amount of transfer credits allowed for the second degree, the student must take additional courses and use them as substitutions for the shared courses.

DUAL COGNATES/CONCENTRATIONS
Students may not earn a degree with two or more cognates or concentrations (e.g., a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling with cognates in Business and Executive Leadership).  While students may complete the courses in a second cognate/concentration, they may be admitted to only a single cognate/concentration, and their transcripts and diplomas will note completion of only one cognate/concentration.

Students who have graduated with a degree may not apply for admission to pursue the same degree with a different cognate or concentration (example:  a student who has earned a Master of Business Administration [MBA] degree with a cognate in Accounting may not apply for admission to pursue a second MBA with a cognate in Healthcare Management). Also, students who have earned a Master of Arts degree from the Seminary are not permitted to pursue a second Seminary Master of Arts degree (example: a student who has earned a Master of Arts in Worship Studies may not apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry).


ADMISSION NOTIFICATION
When all required items have been received, applicants will be notified of an admission decision from the Office of Graduate Admissions or the appropriate academic department. Course registration information, pertinent information about financial check-in, and orientation for residential courses are included in the letter of acceptance.

READMISSION
Students must apply for readmission if they have broken enrollment.  A Liberty University Online student breaks enrollment if he/she does not matriculate in a course at least once every fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Please note:

  1. Students in Doctoral programs who have begun the dissertation/project/thesis phase of their degrees must maintain continual enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until they complete their degrees.
  2. Liberty University Online students who are pursuing Master’s degrees which require projects or theses, and who have begun the project/thesis phase of their degrees, must adhere to the Residential enrollment policy (they must be enrolled for each Fall and Spring semester) until they complete their degrees.

Admission status is subject to the terms of any previous academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal. Students may be required to provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended since enrollment at Liberty. Admission decisions for re-applicants will be based on the current admission criteria of the respective degree program at the time the re-application is submitted.

Students who break enrollment and apply for readmission will be required to follow the current degree completion plan in effect at the time of re-entry to the University.


SPECIAL (NON-DEGREE) STUDENTS
Students who are not seeking degrees may enroll in master’s-level courses as Special (A.K.A. Non-Degree-Seeking) Students. These students may accumulate no more than 12 semester hours under this status. Doctoral-level programs do not have Special-Student status; however, Special Students may be able to take doctoral-level classes upon approval by the Associate Dean or Academic Dean. 

Special Students are not eligible to receive transfer credit, including credit earned through advanced standing, ICE (Institutional Challenge Examination), and PLA (Prior Learning Assessment).  Financial Aid is not available for Special Students.


ACADEMIC AMNESTY
Students Academically Dismissed from the Liberty University must satisfy the subsequent guidelines for readmission:

  1. The student must not have been enrolled at the University for a period of five years.
  2. Eligibility for readmission must be affirmed in writing to the Graduate Registrar by the following: (1) Department of Student Accounts; (2) Department of Graduate Student Affairs; and (3) the Dean of the degree program to which the student is applying for admission/readmission. The Graduate Registrar will review for the Dean the reason for the dismissal.
  3. Upon receiving a written appeal from the student, the Senate Committee on Graduate Academic and Admission Standards may approve readmission. Said request must be stated clearly and contain: (1) reason for request; (2) efforts made to improve during absence from Liberty. Such corroboration as may be deemed necessary may be requested of the student, i.e., transcripts from other institutions, etc.
  4. Only the allowable number of grade repeats that were remaining at the time of Dismissal can be utilized.
  5. Previously earned grades of A and B will calculate into the student’s GPA. As determined by the Graduate Senate, grades of C, D, and F are revised to Q.
  6. Students in master’s-level seminary programs may retain grades of C on their records.
  7. Students who have been granted Academic Amnesty are not eligible for graduation honors.

DEGREE CANDIDACY
Requirements for Degree Candidacy vary by program. See the Program-Specific Admission Requirements in the individual program sections of this Catalog.

DUAL ENROLLMENT
Undergraduate students may enroll in master’s-level courses during the semester in which they have nine or fewer semester hours remaining to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Students must meet the cumulative GPA requirement for admission in good standing into a Graduate program to be eligible to register under dual enrollment for that program. 

Students may be dually enrolled for a maximum of two semesters, and may enroll for a maximum of nine semester hours of Graduate course work.

Non-Liberty University undergraduate students must send in their Graduate admission application, official transcripts, and a letter from their current Registrar’s Office indicating their current Grade Point Average, the specific degree they are pursuing, the estimated date of graduation, and the number of remaining credit hours for degree completion. Once these documents have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions, the student must contact the Liberty University Registrar's Office to request approval for dual enrollment.

Currently enrolled Liberty University undergraduate students do not need to send in an application; they must contact the Registrar directly to request approval for dual enrollment.

PRIVACY OF STUDENT RECORDS: FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
Liberty follows the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Details regarding University policies are published online at www.liberty.edu/ferpa. Persons desiring additional information about University policies and procedures should call or write the Director of Graduate Student Affairs.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Additional information regarding the University’s academic and administrative policies and procedures can be found on the University web site at http://www.luonline.com.  


Admissions Requirements Matrix

MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS
Program Format GPA GPA for
Caution
GRE Recommendations Statement
of Purpose
Essay
Research
/Writing
Sample
Master of Arts in English (MA) R 3.00 case-by
case
Y 2 Y N
Master of Arts in Strategic Communication (MA) R/O 3.00 case-by
-case
N 1 Y N
Master of Arts in History (Thesis/Non-thesis) (MA) R 3.00 case-by
-case
Y 2 Y N
Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology (MA) O* 3.00 case-by
-case
N 1 N N**
Master of Arts in Music Education R/O 3.00

case-by
-case

N 1 Y N
Master of Arts in Global Studies (MAGS) R/O 3.00 2.00 N 1 N Y
Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies (MAPS) R 3.00 2.00 Y 1 N Y
Master of Arts in Music and Worship (MA) O* 3.00 case-by
-case
N 1 N N
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MS) R 3.00 none Y 3 N N
Master of Science in Sport Management (MS) O 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) O 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MS) O 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Master of Public Health (MPH) R/O 2.50 none N 0 N N
Master of Business Administration (MBA) O 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) O 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Master of Divinity in Academic/Pre-PhD (MDiv) R 2.00 none N 1 N Y
Accelerated Master of Divinity (Thesis/Non-thesis) (MDiv) R 2.50 case-by
-case
N 1 N Y
Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) O 3.00 2.00 N 0 N N
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MA) R/O* 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MA) R/O* 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) O 3.00 2.00 N 1 N N
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) (Licensure) O* 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Master of Education (MEd) (Licensure) O* 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Master of Education in Teaching & Learning - Non-licensure O 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Master of Arts in Management & Leadership (MAML) O 2.50 2.00 N 0 N N
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (MA) R/O 2.00 none N 0 N N
Master of Arts in Worship Studies (MA) R/O* 2.00 none N 1 N Y
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA) R/O* 2.50 2.30 N 0 N N
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) R/O 2.00 none N 1 N Y
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) R/O  2.00 none N 1 N Y
Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) R/O 2.00 none N 1 N Y
Master of Divinity (MDiv) R/O 2.00 none N 1 N Y
Master of Religious Education (MRE) O 2.00 none N 1 N Y

 

POST-MASTER'S AND DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAMS
Program

Format

GPA GPA -
Probation
GRE/
MAT
Recommendations Statement
of
Purpose
Essay

Research
/Writing
Sample

Master of Theology (ThM) R/O* 3.00 2.00 N 1 N Y
Educational Specialist (EdS) O 3.00 none N 1 Y N
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling (PhD) O* 3.25 case-by
-case
Y 2 Y N
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology & Apologetics (PhD) O* 3.25 none Y 2 Y N
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) O* 3.25 none N*** 2 Y N
Doctor of Education (EdD) O* 3.00 none Y 2 Y N
Doctor of Ministry (DMin) O* 3.00 2.00 N 2 Y Y

Important Notes:

  • Y = Yes; N = No 
  • R = Resident Format; O = Online Format
  • Resident students are required to submit the “Personal Information Questionnaire” (/media/1238/FRM_Personal_Information.pdf)
  • TOEFL is required, if applicable
  • This program contains some online courses where a portion is completed on campus
  • ** M.A. in Ethnomusicology applicants are not required to submit a research paper or writing sample; however, they are required to (1) complete an audition (live, VHS, or digital); and (2) set up an interview with the Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit Matrix


Degree Program

Hours
in
Program

Minimum Hours
Required
Through LU

Maximum Hours
Transfer Credit
Allowed

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Master of Arts in English (MA) 36 30 6
Master of Arts in History - Non-Thesis (MA) 36 30 6
Master of Arts in History - Thesis (MA) 30 24 6
Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies (MAPS) 36 30 6
ALTON W. AND LOIS H. OVERTON GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Master of Arts in Management and Leadership (MAML) 30 24 6
Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) 30 24 6
Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) 36 30 6
Master of Business Administration – 36 hour (MBA) 36 30 6
Master of Business Administration – 45 hour (MBA) 45 33 12
SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE ARTS
Master of Arts in Strategic Communication (MA) 36 30 6
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Master of Science in Sport Management (MS) 36 30 6
Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education (MAT) 36 30 6
Master of Arts in Teaching – Secondary Education (MAT) 36 30 6
Master of Arts in Teaching – Special Education (MAT) 36 30 6
Master of Education – Administration and Supervision (MEd) 36 30 6
Master of Education – Program Specialist (MEd) 36 30 6
Master of Education – School Counselor (MEd) 48 36 12
Master of Education – Teaching and Learning (MEd) 36 30 6
Educational Specialist (EdS) 30 24 6
Doctor of Education1 (EdD) 60 45 15
SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (MA) 30 24 6
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling – 48-hour track (MA) 48 36 12
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling – 60 hour track (MA) 60 45 15
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MA) 60 45 15
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling (PhD) 63 48 15
Master of Public Health (MPH) 42 33 9
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MS) 39 33 15
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 42 36 6
HELMS SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT / SCHOOL OF LAW
Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) 39 30 9
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology (MA) 42 33 9
Master of Arts in Music Education (MA) 45 33 9
Master of Arts in Music and Worship (MA) 45 33 12
Master of Arts in Worship Studies (MA) 45 33 12
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) 36 30 6
Master of Arts in Global Studies (MAGS) 36 30 6
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA) 36 30 6
Master of Arts in Religion – Worship Studies (MAR) 45 33 12
Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) 60 33 27
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) 36 30 6
Master of Arts in Worship Studies (MA) 45 33 12
Master of Religious Education (MRE) 60 45 27
Accelerated Master of Divinity (MDiv) 75 39 36
Master of Divinity – Chaplaincy2 (MDiv) 72 39 33
Master of Divinity3 (MDiv) 93 48 45
Master of Theology – Non-Thesis (ThM) 30 24 6
Master of Theology – Thesis (ThM) 30 24 6
Doctor of Ministry (DMin) 33 27 6
Doctor of Philosophy – Theology and Apologetics (PhD) 57 42 15

1 The Ed.D. degree allows the transfer of up to 24 hours from an Ed.S. degree earned through another institution, and up to 27 hours (as applicable) from an Ed.S. degree earned through Liberty University.
2 Only graded course work from accredited institutions will be eligible for transfer.
3 For the Chaplaincy track, only graded course work from accredited institutions will be eligible for transfer

Admissions - Graduate Certificates

General Requirements

Applicants to online graduate certificate programs at Liberty University are assessed according to academic background, aptitude for graduate-level work, and personal information. Professional experience may also be considered for applicants to some graduate programs. Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a veteran or disabled veteran. The school maintains its Christian character, but does not discriminate on the basis of religion except to the extent that applicable law respects its right to act in furtherance of its religious objectives.

The mission of Liberty University is to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.  We expect that our students understand and respect our mission and purpose while enrolled at Liberty University.

Admission to Liberty University’s graduate programs is governed by policies and procedures developed by the Graduate Senate and Graduate Administrative Council. Admission to graduate programs does not constitute Certificate Candidacy status in a specific graduate program. Requirements for Certificate Candidacy are outlined in the Program Specific Admission Procedures in the individual program sections of this Catalog.

The University reserves the right to refuse admission or readmission to any prospective student or re-enrollment to any student. Any applicant who intentionally withholds pertinent information or who falsifies information may be required to withdraw from Liberty University. The regulations listed herein are subject to change after the publication of this Catalog. The University reserves the right to make necessary changes to admission requirements without notice.

Liberty University graduate certificate programs utilize a variety of course-delivery formats, some of which are available through online instruction and/or DVDs/videos.  Course delivery format options vary by certificate program. 

An overview of program format options and admissions requirements by program is provided in the Admission Requirements Matrix located at the end of the Graduate Admissions section.

Applicants to all graduate programs are required to have access to the Internet, e-mail service, and proficiency with word processing software.


Program Format

Online [Distance Education].  With the online 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 certificate program entirely online.


Liberty University Online General Certificate Admission Procedures

 
     Liberty University Online Graduate Admissions Office:

Phone: 1-800-424-9595
Fax: 1-888-301-3577
Email: LUOadmissions@liberty.edu
Website: www.liberty.edu/online
M-F: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm EST
Sat: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm EST

Mailing Address:
Liberty University Online
Graduate Admissions
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515


ITEMS TO BE SUBMITTED
Applicants must submit the following items to the Liberty University Online Graduate Admissions Office in order to be considered for admission. Admission decisions are not made until all documentation has been received and evaluated.

  1. Application for Admission
    Application can be made online at http://www.luonline.com/apply. To initiate an application for online programs by phone, graduate students may contact Liberty University Online (1-800-424-9595).
     
  2. Application Fee is non-refundable. 
    The fee is deferred until Financial Check-in.
     
  3. Academic Records
    Applicants to master’s-level certificate programs may submit an unofficial transcript indicating successful completion of a baccalaureate degree program from an accredited or approved unaccredited institution. Unofficial transcripts will allow for acceptance and registration for one (1) semester.  Unofficial transcripts will not be reviewed for transfer credit.  Before submitting unofficial transcripts, please make sure they include the following:
  • School’s name or logo printed on the document
  • Cumulative GPA
  • List of completed courses and earned credit
  • Degree and date conferred

All official college transcripts must be received in order for the student to be eligible for registration in the following term, or to confer the certificate.  The official transcripts must adhere to the specific program’s requirements for admission.  If the official transcripts do not meet the requirements, the admissions decision may be reversed and the student could be dropped from current classes and have financial aid removed. All applicants to Liberty University must be eligible for readmission at the last institution attended. 

In some cases, additional transcripts may be required in order for an acceptance decision to occur. In order to receive credit for prerequisite courses, students must send in official transcripts from the school(s) at which the class(es) was/were taken. An “official transcript” is one that is received directly from the educational institution attended, or is sent to Liberty University (by any party) within the original, sealed, university envelope. Official transcripts should be sent to the Liberty University Online Graduate Admissions Office.

Unaccredited degrees will be reviewed and may be accepted for admission into some graduate certificate programs based on university standards.

Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited institution who have also earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution will be assessed on the basis of the master’s-level degree. Students admitted on Academic Probation must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing. The Office of Graduate Admissions reserves the right to use professional judgment when conducting admission reviews and may request additional documentation to evaluate a candidate’s record. In addition, if certain documentation is not available or does not meet admission standards, the Office of Graduate Admissions reserves the right to offer admission to students based on professional judgment.

  1. Additional Requirements for Admission
    Please see the Program Specific Admissions Procedures in the individual program sections of this Catalog for information regarding minimum grade-point-average requirements and additional items needed for acceptance.

CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT
Liberty University Online students may be conditionally enrolled following the receipt of a completed application. Graduate conditionally enrolled students may enroll for up to nine semester hours of online coursework within the first semester only pending the receipt of all remaining admission documentation. Students who have not submitted the required documentation by the completion of the first semester will not be permitted to enroll in additional courses until the admission file is completed and program admission is granted.

Conditional enrollment is not a guarantee of full admission to a certificate program.  Federal and state financial aid is not available to students under conditional enrollment.

SELF-CERTIFICATION FORM
Undergraduate students must complete a Self–Certification Form that they have or will have completed a bachelor’s degree by the time that they begin their master’s-level classes.  Students must have met all other admission requirements for the program for which they are applying.  Students under this status will be eligible for financial aid. 

Online students must submit official baccalaureate degree transcripts by the end of their first semester.


TRANSFER STUDENTS
Graduate applicants who intend to transfer to the University must be eligible for reenrollment or readmission to the graduate program at the institution they most recently attended.

TRANSFER OF CREDITS
All credits must be completed through Liberty University for a certificate program. Credits from classes taken through Liberty University for a degree or a certificate conferred after January 25, 2013 can be transferred to a certificate. Courses taken outside of Liberty University cannot transfer into a certificate program.


ADMISSION NOTIFICATION
When all required items have been received, applicants will be notified of an admission decision from the Office of Graduate Admissions or the appropriate academic department. Course registration information, pertinent information about financial check-in, and orientation for online courses are included in the letter of acceptance.

READMISSION
Students must apply for readmission if they have broken enrollment.  A Liberty University Online student breaks enrollment if he/she does not matriculate in a course at least once every fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Admission status is subject to the terms of any previous academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal. Students may be required to provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended since enrollment at Liberty. Admission decisions for re-applicants will be based on the current admission criteria of the respective certificate program at the time the re-application is submitted.

Students who break enrollment and apply for readmission will be required to follow the current certificate completion plan in effect at the time of re-entry to the University.


ACADEMIC AMNESTY
Students Academically Dismissed from Liberty University must satisfy the subsequent guidelines for readmission:

  1. The student must not have been enrolled at the University for a period of five years.
  2. Eligibility for readmission must be affirmed in writing to the Graduate Registrar by the following: (1) Department of Student Accounts; (2) Department of Graduate Student Affairs; and (3) the Dean of the certificate program to which the student is applying for admission/readmission. The Graduate Registrar will review for the Dean the reason for the dismissal.
  3. Upon receiving a written appeal from the student, the Senate Committee on Graduate Academic and Admission Standards may approve readmission. Said request must be stated clearly and contain: (1) reason for request; (2) efforts made to improve during absence from Liberty. Such corroboration as may be deemed necessary may be requested of the student, i.e., transcripts from other institutions, etc.
  4. Only the allowable number of grade repeats that were remaining at the time of Dismissal can be utilized.
  5. Previously earned grades of A and B will calculate into the student’s GPA. As determined by the Graduate Senate, grades of C, D, and F are revised to Q.
  6. Students in master’s-level seminary certificate programs may retain grades of C on their records.
  7. Students who have been granted Academic Amnesty are not eligible for graduation honors.

CERTIFICATE CANDIDACY
Requirements for Certificate Candidacy vary by program. See the Program-Specific Admission Requirements Matrix located at the end of the Graduate Admissions section.


PRIVACY OF STUDENT RECORDS: FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
Liberty follows the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Details regarding University policies are published online at www.liberty.edu/ferpa.  Persons desiring additional information about University policies and procedures should call or write the Director of Graduate Student Affairs.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Additional information regarding the University’s academic and administrative policies and procedures can be found on the University web site at http://www.luonline.com


Admission Requirements Matrix for Certificates

MASTER'S CERTIFICATES
Certificate Format GPA GPA
Caution
GRE Recommendations Statement
of Purpose
Essay
Questionnaire
Certificate in Communications & Business Administration O 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Criminal Justice O 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Applied Communication Studies O 3.00 2.50 N 1 Y N
Certificate in Healthcare Management O 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Marketing O 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Music World Cultures – Ethnomusicology O 3.00 2.50 N 1 N N
Certificate in Organizational Communication O 3.00 2.50 N 1 Y N
Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Sport O 3.00 2.50 N 1 N N
Certificate in Public Administration O 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Public Policy O 3.00 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Sport Management O 3.00 2.50 N 1 N N
Certificate in General Business O 2.50 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Management and Leadership O 2.50 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Autism Education O 2.00 None N 0 N N
Certificate in Biblical Studies O 2.00 None N 1 N Y
Certificate in Communications & Human Services O 2.00 None N 0 N N
Certificate in Christian Ministry O 2.00 None N 1 N Y
Certificate in Education Technology & Online Instruction O 2.00 None N 0 N N
Certificate in Gifted Education O 2.00 None N 0 N N
Certificate in Military Resilience O 2.00 None N 0 N N
Certificate in Middle Grades O 2.00 None N 0 N N
Certificate in Pastoral Counseling O 2.00 None N 1 N Y
Certificate in Preschool O 2.00 None N 0 N N
Certificate in Theological Studies O 2.00 None N 1 N Y
Certificate in School Leadership O 2.00 None N 0 N N
Certificate in Worship Studies O 2.00 None N 1 N Y
Certificate in Executive Leadership O 2.00 None N 0 N N
Certificate in Global Studies O 3.00 2.00 N 1 N Y

 



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