Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

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The Graduate School


Douglas F. Mann, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate School

Professor of History

Elisa Rollins, B.A., M.P.P., M.L.I.S.
Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Director, Center for Applied Research & Scholarship

Darren Wu, B.S., M.E., M.A.R., Ed.D.
Associate Director, Center for Applied Research & Scholarship

Tracy Godsey, B.S.
Associate Registrar for Graduate Studies

G. Michele Baker, B.A., M.A.
Administrative Chair of Institutional Research
Chair of the Institutional Review Board

Connor Bryant, B.S., M.P.H.
Research Coordinator

Kevin Struble, B.S., M.A., Ed.S., Ed.D.
Administrative Chair of Graduate Academic Administration

Samuel Landa, B.S., MA.
Coordinator of GSA Programs Academic Administration

The Graduate School, located in Green Hall, is the administrative hub for all graduate programs at Liberty University. It assists the departments and schools of the University in the planning and maintaining of high quality master’s and doctoral degrees across the disciplines. The Graduate School at Liberty University facilitates various faculty functions, such as the Graduate Senate and the Graduate Administrative Council. It also coordinates a variety of services to students through the Graduate Writing Center, the Institutional Review Board, and the Online Graduate Student Affairs Office.

The Graduate School at Liberty University guides the University’s schools and academic departments in developing and maintaining distinctively Christian and academically excellent graduate programs.


  1. Promote the integration of faith and learning by:
  • Fostering the development of a scholarly community with a shared Christian epistemology
  • Ensuring opportunities for dialog about integration
  • Encouraging research and scholarship that demonstrates and examines integration
  1. Ensure consistently high quality in graduate programs by upholding appropriate standards for:
  • Recruitment and retention of graduate faculty
  • Graduate-level curriculum and degree requirements
  • Admission, matriculation and student conduct
  1. Advocate for the University’s graduate programs and support services by:
  • Evaluating institutional and programmatic needs
  • Participating in the University’s planning process
  • Pursuing adequate resourcing
  1. Contribute to the scholarly community by:
  • Mentoring students to be teacher-scholars
  • Promoting and enabling research among students and faculty
  • Recognizing and encouraging scholarly activity
  1. Create a culture that fosters a dynamic relationship with Christ by:
  • Encouraging a values-sensitive environment that leads to service
  • Promoting a spiritually disciplined lifestyle
  • Offering corporate opportunities for spiritual growth

The Graduate Administrative Council (GAC)
The Graduate Administrative Council (GAC) is the administrative entity tasked with overseeing, planning, developing, and coordinating all graduate programs at Liberty University. The GAC comprises all graduate program directors and appropriate graduate-related administrators and is chaired by the Dean of the Graduate School.

The Graduate Senate consists of faculty representatives from each graduate program and the appropriate members of the administrative staff of the Graduate School. It conducts the regular faculty business of graduate studies, academic standards and curriculum, and program requirements. The Graduate Senate meets monthly and is coordinated by an executive committee.

The Center for Applied Research and Scholarship/CARS provides administrative coordination and resources to develop new and support ongoing curricular and co-curricular research initiatives at Liberty University, which includes administration of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).  The Center for Applied Research & Scholarship coordinates with a number of departments and functions as a central location for services that will help students to develop skills, knowledge, values, and behaviors to design and disseminate research. CARS also supports and resources faculty professional development in the area of research and scholarship.  Supported by the Center, faculty and students will work on research that contributes new knowledge to their disciplines and has direct impact on improving the university, the local community, and the world.

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a course of action developed and implemented by the University every five years to enhance student learning and to fulfill a reaccreditation requirement from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The University’s QEP plan, entitled, "Illuminate: Cultivating a Community of Research," improves learning focused on research and scholarship among the undergraduate residential students. To read more about the Center for Applied Research & Scholarship or the Quality Enhancement Plan please visit

Liberty University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) exists to protect people who take part in research studies affiliated with the University. The IRB examines each study’s design to insure it is ethical, does not involve unnecessary risks, and includes adequate safeguards for research participants. Studies involving more than minimal risk are reviewed by a committee consisting of faculty members from various disciplines, both scientific and non-scientific, and a member who is not affiliated with the University. Liberty’s IRB may be reached by email at or through its web page at

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is charged with ensuring that all vertebrate animals used for research or instruction at Liberty University are treated ethically and humanely in accordance with the law. The IACUC reviews proposed studies involving animals to ensure that the animals are treated ethically and humanely in accordance with the laws and policies set forth by the USDA, OLAW, and Liberty University. The IACUC is also responsible for making sure that all researchers and laboratory personnel are properly trained in the handling and care of animals. Liberty’s IACUC may be reached by email at or through its web page at

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is charged with ensuring that all research involving the use of biohazardous materials at Liberty University is done in accordance with the law. The IBC reviews proposed studies involving biohazardous materials to ensure that the materials and personnel involved are safe in accordance with the laws and policies set forth by the NIH and Liberty University. The IBC is also responsible for making sure that all researchers and laboratory personnel are properly trained and equipped to engage in research of this nature. Liberty’s IBC may be reached by email at or through its web page at

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

The mission of the Graduate Writing Center (GWC) is to assist graduate students and faculty of all disciplines and all levels of expertise to become the best writers they can be.  In support of this mission, the GWC provides free face-to-face tutoring sessions (our core service), classroom presentations, workshops, and web resources to students, faculty, and staff. Peer tutors work with writers at all stages of the writing process, from topic selection to documentation. Services offered to students include one-on-one tutoring, consultations on thesis and dissertation projects, and conversation practice for non-native English speakers. Services offered for faculty include developing writing and teaching aids for classroom use, presenting on writing-related topics in classes, and assisting faculty with their own research and scholarship. Most services are available in both residential and online formats. More information is available at

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