Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

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. 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. Online students are required to use Microsoft Word to submit their writing assignments.

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 may 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 may, but is not obligated to offer admission to students based on professional judgment.

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.  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.  The only exception is with programs that have required intensives.  Courses with an intensive format requires that students attend on-campus, week long or weekend instruction that include pre- and post-work.


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 http://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 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.

    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.

GPA POLICY FOR MATRICULATED STUDENTS
Students who apply for admission/readmission to a Graduate/Doctoral program and who have already matriculated at Liberty University as a Graduate/Doctoral student must have, at the time of the receipt of their application, a cumulative Liberty Graduate/Doctoral GPA equal to or higher than the minimum cumulative GPA required for good academic standing in and graduation from the degree program to which they are applying. 

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

SELF-CERTIFICATION FORM FOR CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS
Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program of study must complete a Self–Certification Form verifying that they 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 they are in their final term. Official preliminary transcripts must show a minimum of 105 undergraduate credit hours for applicants to master’s degree programs. In order to maintain enrollment in the graduate program, students must send in an additional, final official transcript with a degree conferral date indicated it by the end of the 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 Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) 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.

At least one-third of credits toward a graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree are earned through instruction offered by Liberty University.

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.

Course work from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty University is considered transfer credit, and is subject to the same restrictions as course work completed through other institutions. Please refer to the next section (“Multiple Degrees”) for more detailed information.

Please see the Transfer Credit Matrix at the end of this section 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 number of transfer credit for that degree as listed on the Transfer Credit Matrix at the end of this section.

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, they may be admitted to only a single cognate/concentration, and their transcripts and diplomas will note completion of only one cognate/concentration. Any exception to this policy for an individual degree program will be noted in the Catalog information pertaining to that program.

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 Christian Ministry may not apply for admission to the Master of Arts in  Theological Studies).

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 maintain continuous enrollment every Fall and Spring semester.

Admission status is subject to the terms of any previous academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal. Students must submit 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
Applicants 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. with an appropriate visa status 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 or remain on Student (F-1) Visa Status.

Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an approved alternate test: of English proficiency: Pearson Test of English (PTE), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP). Applicants must earn a score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a 3.9 on the iTEP, a 6.5 on the IELTS, or an equivalent score on an approved alternate test for all graduate and seminary degree programs. An official score report sent directly from the testing service must be submitted to the University before an admission decision can be made. Applicants who have an earned degree from a college or university in the U.S. or other English-speaking country or school may have the TOEFL requirement waived by the Office of Graduate Admissions. In addition, the Office of Graduate Admissions may require any student whose native language is not English, regardless of citizenship, to submit a TOEFL score or score from an approved alternate test, if such documentation is deemed necessary. Enrollment in certain courses may be determined by the student’s English proficiency test score in conjunction with other diagnostic assessments administered after the student matriculates on campus. Information regarding approved English proficiency tests may be obtained online as follows: TOEFL: www.toefl.org; IELTS: www.ielts.org; PTE: www.pearsonpte.com; iTEP: www.itepexam.com.

International students and all dependents who accompany them to the U.S. must be covered with an adequate health insurance policy each semester of enrollment. A mandatory health insurance fee is added to the account of international students each fall and spring semester. It is the responsibility of all international students to remain enrolled in an adequate health insurance policy while studying at the University.

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 80, 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-SEEKING) 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 Suspended or Academically Dismissed from Liberty University may appeal for readmission under Academic Amnesty per the following protocols:

  1. The student must not have been enrolled at the University for a period of at least three academic years. (Example: If the student’s last enrollment was in the Spring 2012 semester, he/she would not eligible to appeal for Academic Amnesty until after the Spring 2015 semester.)
  2. The student must submit a written appeal for readmission to the Associate Registrar for Graduate Studies. The appeal should include a thorough explanation of (1) the circumstances which contributed to the academic performance which resulted in the student’s Academic Suspension or Dismissal and (2) why the student’s present circumstances are more conducive to improved academic performance if permitted to resume his/her studies.
  3. Students who were Academically Dismissed because of academic dishonesty are not eligible for Academic Amnesty.
  4. The Associate Registrar for Graduate Studies will confer with the Director of Graduate Student Affairs to determine whether or not there are any student-conduct-related considerations that should render the student ineligible to resume his/her studies through Liberty University.
  5. If the Director of Graduate Student Affairs determines that the student is eligible to resume his/her studies from a student-conduct perspective, the Associate Registrar for Graduate Studies will then present the student’s appeal for review to the Associate Dean or Program Director over the student’s degree program.
  6. If the student is determined by the Associate Dean or Program Director to be eligible for readmission, the Associate Registrar for Graduate Studies will submit the student’s appeal to the Vice Provost for review.
  7. If the Vice Provost approves the student’s appeal, all grades of C, D and F (including +/- grades) will be revised to Q, and will no longer be included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA. Grades of A and B (including +/- grades) will not be revised, and will continue to be included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA.
  8. Students in degree programs requiring a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for good academic standing and graduation will retain grades of C (and C+/-), as well.
  9. If the Vice Provost denies the student’s appeal, his decision will be final. The student will not be permitted to resume the pursuit of any Graduate or Doctoral degree through Liberty University.
  10. Once the approved student’s grades have been revised, he/she is eligible to apply for readmission. (He/she must meet all applicable admission requirements to gain readmission.) The student will be readmitted on Academic Caution, and will be required to take and pass GRST 500 Intro to Graduate Writing in his/her first semester (unless he/she has already passed the course).
  11. The previously assigned academic standings will not change, and will remain part of the student’s academic records for the respective semesters for which they were earned.
  12. 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 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.

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.

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/index.cfm?PID=14819.  Persons desiring additional information about University policies and procedures should call or write the Director of Graduate Student


Liberty University Online General Admission Procedures

 
     Liberty University Online Graduate Admissions Office:

Phone: (800) 424-9595
Fax:     (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 (800-424-9595).

  1. Application Fee is non-refundable.

The fee is deferred until Financial Check-in.

  1. 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 institution. Unofficial transcripts will allow for acceptance and registration. 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
  • List of completed courses and earned credit
  • Degree and date conferred

Upon an admission decision, official transcripts are required within 60 days; official transcripts are required in order to register for a second semester of courses. 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 on Caution 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 Caution into certain Academic Programs 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, or other similar type of test scores (GMAT, MCAT, and etc.)

  1. 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 (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.
  2. Applicants who have taken the Miller Analogies Exam should contact http://www.milleranalogies.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, www.liberty.edu/militaryaffairs.

GPA POLICY FOR MATRICULATED STUDENTS
Students who apply for admission/readmission to a Graduate/Doctoral program and who have already matriculated at Liberty University as a Graduate/Doctoral student must have, at the time of the receipt of their application, a cumulative Liberty Graduate/Doctoral GPA equal to or higher than the minimum cumulative GPA required for good academic standing in and graduation from the degree program to which they are applying. 

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.

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 Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) 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.

At least one-third of credits toward a graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree are earned through instruction offered by Liberty University.

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.

Course work from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty University is considered transfer credit, and is subject to the same restrictions as course work completed through other institutions. Please refer to the next section (“Multiple Degrees”) for more detailed information.

Please see the Transfer Credit Matrix at the end of this section for more information.

MULTIPLE DEGREES
Credit from a degree completed through Liberty University and Rawlings School of Divinity 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 at the end of this section.

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, they may be admitted to only a single cognate/concentration, and their transcripts and diplomas will note completion of only one cognate/concentration. Any exception to this policy for an individual degree program will be noted in the Catalog information pertaining to that program.

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 Christian Ministry may not apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Theological Studies).

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, and pertinent information about financial check-in, 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 academic year.

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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION
Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an approved alternate test: of English proficiency: Pearson Test of English (PTE), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP). Applicants must earn a score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a 3.9 on the iTEP, 6.5 on the IELTS, or an equivalent score on an approved alternate test for all graduate and seminary degree programs. An official score report sent directly from the testing service must be submitted to the University before an admission decision can be made. Applicants who have an earned degree from a college or university in the U.S. or other English-speaking country or school may have the TOEFL requirement waived by the Office of Graduate Admissions. In addition, the Office of Graduate Admissions may require any student whose native official language is not English, regardless of citizenship, to submit a TOEFL score or score from an approved alternate test, if such documentation is deemed necessary. Information regarding approved English proficiency tests may be obtained online as follows: TOEFL: www.toefl.org; IELTS:  www.ielts.org; PTE: www.pearsonpte.com; iTEP: www.itepexam.com.

SPECIAL (NON-DEGREE-SEEKING) STUDENTS
Students who are not seeking degrees may enroll in master’s-level courses as Special (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 Suspended or Academically Dismissed from Liberty University may appeal for readmission under Academic Amnesty per the following protocols:

  1. The student must not have been enrolled at the University for a period of at least three academic years. (Example: If the student’s last enrollment was in the Spring 2012 semester, he/she would not eligible to appeal for Academic Amnesty until after the Spring 2015 semester.)
  2. The student must submit a written appeal for readmission to the Associate Registrar for Graduate Studies. The appeal should include a thorough explanation of (1) the circumstances which contributed to the academic performance which resulted in the student’s Academic Suspension or Dismissal and (2) why the student’s present circumstances are more conducive to improved academic performance if permitted to resume his/her studies.
  3. Students who were Academically Dismissed because of academic dishonesty are not eligible for Academic Amnesty.
  4. The Associate Registrar for Graduate Studies will confer with the Director of Graduate Student Affairs to determine whether or not there are any student-conduct-related considerations that should render the student ineligible to resume his/her studies through Liberty University.
  5. If the Director of Graduate Student Affairs determines that the student is eligible to resume his/her studies from a student-conduct perspective, the Associate Registrar for Graduate Studies will then present the student’s appeal for review to the Associate Dean or Program Director over the student’s degree program.
  6. If the student is determined by the Associate Dean or Program Director to be eligible for readmission, the Associate Registrar for Graduate Studies will submit the student’s appeal to the Vice Provost for review.
  7. If the Vice Provost approves the student’s appeal, all grades of C, D and F (including +/- grades) will be revised to Q, and will no longer be included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA. Grades of A and B (including +/- grades) will not be revised, and will continue to be included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA.
  8. Students in degree programs requiring a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for good academic standing and graduation will retain grades of C (and C+/-), as well.
  9. If the Vice Provost denies the student’s appeal, his decision will be final. The student will not be permitted to resume the pursuit of any Graduate or Doctoral degree through Liberty University.
  10. Once the approved student’s grades have been revised, he/she is eligible to apply for readmission. (He/she must meet all applicable admission requirements to gain readmission.) The student will be readmitted on Academic Caution, and will be required to take and pass GRST 500 Intro to Graduate Writing in his/her first semester (unless he/she has already passed the course).
  11. The previously assigned academic standings will not change, and will remain part of the student’s academic records for the respective semesters for which they were earned.
  12. 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 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.

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 Recomm-endations Statement-of-Purpose Essay Research Paper / Writing Sample
Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling (MA) O+ 3 2.5 N 0 N N
Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (MA) O/R 2.5 none N 1 N N
Master of Arts in English (MA) R 3 case-by-case Y 2 Y Y
Master of Arts in Communication (MA) O/R 3 case-by-case N 1 Y N
Master of Arts in Strategic Communication (MA) O/R 3 case-by-case N 1 Y N
Master of Arts in History - Thesis Track (MA) R 3 2.75 Y 2 Y Y
Master of Arts in History – Comprehensive Track (MA) O/R 3 2.75 N 2 Y N
Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology (MA) O+ 3 2.5 N 1 Y N*
Master of Arts in Global Studies (MAGS) O/R 3 2 N 1 N N
Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies (MAPS) R 3 2 Y 1 Y N
Master of Arts in Music and Worship (MA) O/R+ 3 2.5 N 1 Y N
Master of Science in Sport Management (MS) O/R 3 2.5 N 0 N N
Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) O 3 2.5 N 0 N N
Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MS) O 3 2 N 0 N N
Master of Science in Marketing (MS)  O 3 2 N 0 N N
Master of Public Health (MPH) O/R 2.5 none N 0 N N
Master of Business Administration (MBA) O/R 3 2.5 N 0 N N
Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) O 3 2.5 N 0 N N
Master of Divinity in Academic/Pre-PhD (MDiv) R 2 none N 1 N N
Accelerated Master of Divinity (Thesis/Non-thesis) (MDiv) R 2.5 case-by-case N 1 N N
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MS) 1 yr track R 3 none Y 3 N N
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MS) 2 yr track O/R 2.75 none Y 3 N N
Master of Arts in Music Education (MA) O/R+ 3 2.5 N 1 Y N
Master of Science in Cyber Security (MS) O 3 2.5 N 0 N N
Master of Fine Arts in Studio and Digital Arts (MFA) O/R 3 case-by-case N 3 Y+++ N
Master of Science in Exercise Science (MS) O/R+ 3 2.5 Y 2 Y N
Master of Science in Accounting (MS) O 3 2 N 0 N N
Master of Science in Health Informatics (MS) O 3 2.5 N 0 N N
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MS) O 3 2.5 N 0 N N
Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) O 3 2.5 N 0 N N
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA) R 3 none Y*** 2 Y N
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MA) O+ 3 none Y*** 2 Y N
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling (MA) R 3 none Y*** 2 Y N
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MA) O+ 3 2.5 N 0 N N
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) O 3 2 N 1 N N
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) (Licensure) O+ 3 2.5 N 0 N N
Master of Education in Teaching & Learning (MEd) (Non-licensure) O 3 2.5 N 0 N N
Master of Arts in Executive Leadership (MA) O 2.5 2 N 0 N N
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (MA) O/R 2 none N 0 N N
Master of Arts in Worship Studies (MA) O/R+ 3 2.5 N 1 Y N
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA) O/R+ 2 none N 0 N N
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) O/R 2 none N 1 N N
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) O/R 2 none N 1 N N
Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) O/R 2 none N 1 N N
Master of Divinity-Chaplaincy (MDiv) O/R 2 none N 1 N N
Master of Religious Education (MRE) O 2 none N 1 N N
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) O/R+ 3.00 2.00 N 1 N N
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) O+ 3.25 none N^ 2 Y N
Doctor of Ministry (DMin) O+ 3.00 2.00 N 2 Y N
Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-MSN)^^ (DNP) O+ 3.00 none N 3 Y Y
Doctor of Nursing Practice - FNP Licensure^^ (DNP) R^^^ 3.00 none N 3 Y Y
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology & Apologetics (PhD) O+ 3.25 none Y 2 Y Y
Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS)~ O+ 3.00 2.50 N 2 Y N
Educational Specialist (EdS) O 3.00 none N 1 N N
Doctor of Education (EdD) O+ 3.00 none Y 2 N N
Doctor of Education in Community Care & Counseling (EdD) O+ 3.00 none Y 2 Y Y
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD) O+ 3.25 none Y 2 Y N

Important Notes:

  • R = Resident Format; O = Online Format
  • Y = Yes; N = No 
  • TOEFL is required, if applicable
  • Resident students are required to submit the “Personal Information Questionnaire” (/media/1238/FRM_Personal_Information.pdf)
  • +  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.
  • ** M.F.A. applicants are also required to submit a CD/DVD portfolio with multiple images.
  • *** GRE scores are not required for students who have an undergraduate GPA greater than 3.25 (on a 4.00 scale).
  • ^ A minimum score of 600 on the GMAT is required; GRE or MAT scores will not be accepted as substitutes.
  • ^^ There is not space on this document for a complete listing of the admission requirements. The complete list appears in the Graduate catalog.
  • ^^^ This program includes intensives and online courses.
  • ~ This program requires that the student must have earned a regionally or nationally accredited Master of Music degree or its equivalent. Students holding the M.A.M. or M.M. will be required to demonstrate the completion of 9 graduate hours in biblical and/or worship theologies.
  • School of Law – Admissions requirements for the J.D. program are published in the School of Law Roadbook available online at http://www.liberty.edu/law/law-school-admissions/.
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine – Admissions requirements for the D.O. program are published in the LUCOM Catalog available online at http://www.liberty.edu/lucom/index.cfm?PID=28013.

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 - Comprehensive (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 Executive Leadership (MA) 30 24 6
Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) 30 24 6
Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) 36 30 6
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MS) 48 36 12
Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) 36 30 6
Master of Science in Marketing (MS) 36 30 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
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) 60 45 15
SCHOOL OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling (MA) 48 36 12
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA) 60 45 15
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (MA) 30 24 6
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling (MA) 60 45 15
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MA) 60 45 15
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)

36

30 6
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling - 60-hour track (MA) 60 45 15
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD) 57 42 15
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD) 66 51 15
SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE ARTS
Master of Arts in Communication (MA) 36 30 6
Master of Arts in Strategic Communication (MA) 36 30 6
Master of Fine Arts in Studio and Digital Arts (MFA) 60 45 15
RAWLINGS SCHOOL OF DIVINITY
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) 36 30 6
Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (MA) 36 30 6
Master of Arts in Global Studies – Practicum and Thesis tracks (MAGS) 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 Religious Education (MRE) 60 33 27
Accelerated Master of Divinity – 75 hours – Non-Thesis & Thesis tracks (MDiv) 75 39 36
Master of Divinity in Academic/Pre-PhD(MDiv) 93 48 45
Master of Divinity3 (MDiv) 93 48 45
Master of Theology – Non-Thesis and Thesis tracks (ThM) 30 24 6
Doctor of Ministry (DMin) 33 27 6
Doctor of Philosophy – Theology and Apologetics (PhD) 57 42 15
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 – Middle Grades 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 ENGINEERING AND COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCES
Master of Science in Cyber Security 36 30 6
SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Master of Public Health (MPH) 42 33 9
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MS) 39 24 15
Master of Science in Exercise Science (MS) 35 29 6
HELMS SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT / SCHOOL OF LAW
Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) 39 30 9
Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MS) 36 30 6
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology (MA) 45 33 9
Master of Arts in Worship Studies (MA) 45 33 12
Master of Arts in Music Education (MA) 36 30 6
Master of Arts in Music and Worship (MA) 45 33 12
Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS) 45 33 12
SCHOOL OF NURSING
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 42 36 6
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) 41 35 6
Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP) 78 72 6

 
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: (800) 424-9595
Fax: (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 (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 institution. Unofficial transcripts will allow for acceptance but 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

Upon an admission decision, official transcripts are required within 60 days; official transcripts are required in order to register for a second semester of courses. Students that intend to finish the certificate in one semester must have official transcripts on file prior to applying for graduation. 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. 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. 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
Conditional enrollment is not available to students pursuing certificate.

SELF-CERTIFICATION FORM FOR CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS
Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program of study must complete a Self–Certification Form verifying that they 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 they are in their final term. Official preliminary transcripts must show a minimum of 105 undergraduate credit hours for applicants to master’s degree programs. In order to maintain enrollment in the graduate program, studeintsmust send in an additional, final official transcript with a degree conferral date indicated it by the end of the 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
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 academic year.

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.


CERTIFICATE CANDIDACY
Requirements for Certificate Candidacy vary by program. See the Admission Requirements Matrix for Certificates located at the end of this 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 GRE Recommendations Statement
of Purpose
Essay
Questionnaire
Certificate in Communications & Business Administration O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Criminal Justice O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Applied Communication Studies O 3.00 N 1 Y N
Certificate in Global Health O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certification in Health Promotion O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Healthcare Management O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Marketing O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Music World Cultures – Ethnomusicology O 2.50 N 1 Y N
Certificate in Nutrition O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Organizational Communication O 2.50 N 1 Y N
Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Sport O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Public Administration O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Public Policy O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Sport Management O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in General Business O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Management and Leadership O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Autism Education O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Biblical Studies O 2.00 N 1 N Y
Certificate in Communications & Human Services O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Christian Ministry O 2.00 N 1 N Y
Certificate in Education Technology & Online Instruction O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Gifted Education O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Military Resilience O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Middle Grades O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Pastoral Counseling O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Preschool O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Theological Studies O 2.00 N 1 N Y
Certificate in School Leadership O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Worship Studies O 2.50 N 1 Y N
Certificate in Christian Leadership O 2.00 N 1 N Y
Certificate in Global Studies O 2.00 N 1 N Y

 



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