Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Rawlings School of Divinity

Administration

Edward E. Hindson, B.A., M.A., Th.M., Th.D., D.Min., D.Phil., F.I.B.A.
Dean, School of Divinity
Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies and Religion

Gabriel Etzel, B.S., M.A.R., M.Div., D.Min., Ph.D.
Administrative Dean, School of Divinity
Associate Professor of Theology and Christian Leadership

John Cartwright, B.S., M.A.R., M.Div., Ed.D.
Associate Dean, Residential Programs, School of Divinity
Associate Professor of Christian Leadership and Education

Mary Lowe, B.A., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, School of Divinity
Professor of Christian Education

Troy Temple, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, School of Divinity
Professor of Theology and Family Ministries

Mark Allen, B.A., Th.M., D.Min., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biblical Studies
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Jonathan Geukgeuzian, B.S., M.R.E., D.Ed.Min.
Chair, Department of Christian Leadership and Church Ministries
Executive Director, Center for Youth Ministries
Associate Professor of Youth Ministries

Melody Harper, B.A., M.S.W., M.A.
Chair, Department of Global Studies
Assistant Professor of Global Studies

Chad Thornhill, B.S., M.A.R., M.Div., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Theological Studies
Assistant Professor of Apologetics and Biblical Studies

Martin Sheldon, B.A. M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.
Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Religion

Steve Lowe, B.S., M.R.E., Ph.D.
Department Chair
Professor of Christian Education

Chet Roden, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Old Testament

Chris Hulshof, B.S., M.R.E., M.A.R., M.Div.
Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Religion

Scott Phillips, Th.G., B.A., M.A.B.S., M.Div., Th.M., D.Min.
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Religion

Rick Rasberry, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.R., D.Min.
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Religion

Claudia Dempsey, B.S., M.A., D.Min.
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Religion


PROGRAM DIRECTORS
A listing of program directors can be viewed at http://www.liberty.edu/programdirectors.


FACULTY
All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster. There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty. The entire roster can also be viewed online at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=28 where faculty can be searched for by Department.


History

The history of the School of Divinity is part of the history of Thomas Road Baptist Church and is the oldest graduate school of the University. The other schools are Liberty Christian Academy, Willmington School of the Bible, and Liberty University. The Seminary is an outgrowth of the vision of Dr. Jerry Falwell, the founding pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist Church. Dr. Falwell believed in Christian education. He believed that one of the most effective means of winning millions to Christ is by training young men and women to serve the Lord in aggressive, evangelical, soul-winning Baptist churches as pastors, staff, and members. The University was founded to help achieve that goal.

Another need, however, still existed. Professional, graduate level training was needed for graduates of Liberty University and other colleges desiring graduate theological education as preparation for ministries in churches similar to Thomas Road Baptist Church.

Founded as Lynchburg Baptist Theological Seminary in September 1973, it began with an enrollment of 41 students with Dr. Jerry Falwell as President and Chancellor. Over forty years later, the School of Divinity continues to demonstrate that a seminary can be built on faith, dedication, and the blessings of God, from Whom comes Truth.

In 1975, the Seminary was given approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to grant graduate degrees. In 2015, approval was granted by Liberty University’s Board of Trustees to combine the School of Religion with the Seminary into the School of Divinity.

The School of Divinity provides quality, well-rounded education, based on academic excellence, emanating from the belief that Christian education should be superior, not inferior, to that provided by other schools. The School of Divinity is committed to the principle that a person’s most effective ministry will be in conjunction with a local church, and the vision of the School of Divinity is to equip Christians to reach the entire world through aggressive New Testament church evangelism.


Distinctives

The School of Divinity is characterized by commitment to the core doctrines of the faith and providing significant experiences to develop practical ministry skills.

The faculty of the School of Divinity are committed to model both scholarship and practice for students. Graduates are grounded in the knowledge of God’s Word, a desire to impact the world for God’s kingdom, and the skills to engage the culture with the gospel.

Evangelism is a core value throughout the curriculum. Every faculty member and student is expected to manifest a compassion for the lost and a desire to see their salvation.

The School of Divinity is committed to the local church, and prepares graduates to enter into local church leadership positions. As such, experiential learning is essential to the School of Divinity’s programs of study.


The Mission of the Rawlings School of Divinity

The School of Divinity exists to come alongside the local church and help it fulfill the Great Commission. In accordance with the mission of Liberty University and within the historic Baptist tradition, the School of Divinity provides undergraduate and graduate programs that train graduates for traditional, Christian ministry positions. The School of Divinity offers programs designed to equip people for lay ministry, personal enrichment, global leadership, church leadership, and advanced scholarly research.

As a Christian community, the School of Divinity seeks to cultivate spiritual growth and faithful service to Christ and His church. As an academic community, the School of Divinity seeks to impart knowledge and necessary skills to men and women for service and leadership in Christian ministry. As a service community, the School of Divinity-seeks to respond to the needs of local churches and Christian ministries as they participate in worship, global evangelism, discipleship, and scholarship.


Program Goals and Objectives

In keeping with its stated mission, the School of Divinity strives to achieve the following institutional goals:

Personal Goals

COMMITMENT
We seek to provide an environment in which students are encouraged to strengthen their commitment to Christ, certify their call to service, and develop an abiding love for God and His Word.

LIFESTYLE
We seek to develop a lifestyle of actively communicating the Christian faith through personal integrity, evangelistic witness, and responsible scholarship.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
We seek to foster an awareness of the Christian’s responsibility to be a productive member of society and to be responsive to the needs and concerns of diverse cultures.

Academic Goals

KNOWLEDGE
We seek to develop cognitive skills for ministry and scholarship through rigorous interaction with the biblical text and disciplines related to professional vocation.

UNDERSTANDING
We seek to provide theological, historical, and intellectual understandings necessary for a self-conscious, critical, and Christian response to the world.

Vocational Goals

RELATIONSHIPS
We seek to develop communicative, administrative, and relational skills necessary for professional competence.

ETHICS
We seek to provide opportunities for students to explore the moral dimensions and ethical implications of their chosen vocation.

EVANGELISM
We seek to cultivate sensitivity to others and a concern for world evangelization through local church ministries and vigorous defense of the gospel.

CHURCH GROWTH
We seek to develop biblical and scientific expertise in establishing, developing, and sustaining growing churches and ministries.


Centers


Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement

Joshua D. Chatraw, B.B.A, M.Div., Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement
Associate Professor of Theology and Apologetics

The culture around is changing and Christians need to be prepared to defend their faith both from internal and external challenges to Christianity. To this end, the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement partners with departments across Liberty University and with other organizations to equip students, faculty, and the wider Christian community. The Center resources Liberty University and Christians worldwide by hosting various events and featuring a website with articles and video clips from our Fellows, Liberty lecturers, and scholars from around the world.

The Center’s Distinguished Senior Fellows are Liberty faculty members from various University departments who are known as outstanding scholars in their field and have years of experience engaging the culture. These Senior Fellows take part in faculty/student engagement events, are featured in videos on our website, take part in our theological fellowships, and serve as advisors to the Center. Our current Senior Fellows include: Dr. Shawn Akers, Dr. David Baggett, Dr. Ken Dormer, Dr. Mark Foreman, Dr. Chris Gnanakan, Dr. Gary Habermas, Dr. Tad Hardin, Dr. Emily Heady, Dr. Ed Hindson, Dr. Gary Isaacs, Dr. Rena Lindevaldsen, Dr. Linda Mintle, Dr. Norman Mintle, Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, Dr. Gary Sibcy, and Dr. Chad Thornhill.

The Center also includes an interdisciplinary Student Fellowship Program. Student Fellows are Liberty students of various majors who have excelled academically and have the goal of leading in cultural engagement. Student Fellows have the opportunity to learn from our Senior Fellows, serve as ambassadors for the Center, and research and write in the area of apologetics and cultural engagement.

PURPOSE
The Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement is a cooperative effort between the School of Divinity and the Seminary designed to inform and equip individuals to engage culture by addressing the biblical, theological, philosophical, and cultural questions of today’s world from a distinctively Christian worldview.


Center for Asian Ministries

Timothy T. Chong, B.A., M.Div, S.T.M., Ph.D.
Dean, Center for Asian Ministries
Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies

The Center for Asian Ministries at Liberty University exists to support and guide ministries and programs that have Asian ties geographically, ethnically, socially, ministerially, and academically. The purview of the Center extends beyond Asia to all parts of the world through Asian connections and promotes the growth of Asian ministries for Christ. As the Center is located in the United States, it also engages in Asian American issues.

The Center is not limited only to Asians but to all those who want to serve in Asian ministry contexts. It provides the students, faculty, staff, and those who are interested in Asian ministries with biblical, theological, and other types of support so that they may become effective followers and leaders in the discipleship ministries of Jesus Christ.

As such, the Center endeavors to stand alongside Asian churches; to promote Liberty University in Asia and beyond; to assist Liberty University’s academic programs to be strengthened on campus and to expand in Asia and beyond; to train and mobilize champions for Christ who work in relation to Asian ministries in global locations; and to research the futures of Asian churches.

MISSION
Through Liberty University, the Center for Asian Ministries supports and guides Christ’s champions and ministries for Asia and beyond in fulfilling the Great Commission, alongside the church. (Matt 28:18-20)

VISION
The Center for Asian Ministries envisions the uniting of all peoples together in Christ by assisting Christ’s champions and ministries for Asia and beyond in order to reach the world with the Gospel. (Eph 1:10)


Center for Chaplaincy

Steven E. Keith, B.A., M.Div., D.Min.
Director, Center for Chaplaincy
Chaplain, Colonel, USAF, Retired
Professor of Chaplaincy

The culture in which chaplains serve is progressively becoming more secular and pluralistic. Chaplains are faced with ministry challenges not previously experienced.  The Center for Chaplaincy prepares students to minister effectively in the changing environment by providing exceptional education, research, publications, outreach opportunities, and strategic partnerships. Educationally, the Center develops cutting edge curriculum to best prepare students to be biblically sound spiritual leaders and soul care providers. Further, the Center designs and conducts research to advance understanding for chaplain-care and leadership. Additionally, the Center produces and encourages scholarly chaplain publications to advance effective evangelical chaplain ministry. Furthermore, the Center organizes and promotes chaplain outreach locally and globally. Finally, the Center forms strategic partnerships across Liberty University and with other likeminded Universities and organizations to synergize education and ministry efforts.

PURPOSE
The Center for Chaplaincy’s purpose is to educate and equip chaplain students to be Champions for Christ in secular and pluralistic ministry environments.


Center for Youth Ministries

Jonathan Geukgeuzian, B.S., M.R.E., D.Ed.Min.
Chair, Department of Christian Leadership and Church Ministries
Executive Director, Center for Youth Ministries
Associate Professor of Youth Ministries

The world’s youth population ages 10-24 has grown to 1.8 billion and is at a historic high. There is some estimation that 40% of the world’s population comprises all those under the age of 24. The growing trend of religious non-affiliation among young people continues to be a concern to pastors, youth pastors, parents, and churches. This demographic is one of the greatest mission fields in the world, not to mention that many countries’ definition of “youth” is expanding upward to the age of 39.

The Center for Youth Ministries partners with departments across the university to assist local churches, pastors, youth pastors, and parents with resources to help understand the culture of youth in the world in which they live. The Center also seeks to help equip students who are training for youth ministry, as well as those who currently serve youth in ministry, by providing training in a co-curricular effort alongside the Department of Christian Leadership and Church Ministries.

PURPOSE
The Center for Youth Ministries exists to recruit, equip, and network those called to youth work, in both the local church and youth organizations, to carry out the Great Commission to students and their families.


Programs of Study

The programs of the School of Divinity are open equally to all men and women who meet the entrance requirements. Our purpose is to provide educational experiences for personal enrichment or professional training. We encourage the students to be all they can for God, and we are confident He will direct them to places of service. However, it is important for our students to know that we are a training agency not an ordaining agency. Ordination is the responsibility of a local church or, in some cases, a denominational body, each of which has its own criteria.


EVALUATION OF TRANSFER CREDITS
Credit toward the master’s-level  Divinity degrees (excluding the Th.M.) will be given for those courses taken at an institution in which a grade of C- or better was earned and which are equivalent to courses offered at the School of Divinity. Course work must have been completed no more than ten years prior to application of transfer of credit.  Transfer credit into either the Th.M. or D.Min. program is limited to six hours in which the student has received a grade of B- or better. For the Th. M., course work must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to application of transfer of credit. For the D.Min., course work must have been completed no more than seven (7) years prior to application of transfer of credit.  Internship credit is not transferable.

Only courses and degrees from institutions accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the Department of Education will be evaluated for transfer credit. (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc).

Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

RAWLINGS SCHOOL OF DIVINITY GRADUATE PROGRAMS
ADVANCED PLACEMENT

Students who graduate from Liberty University's undergraduate School of Divinity undergraduate programs admitted to the graduate School of Divinity may petition the Graduate Transcript Evaluation Office for permission to substitute advanced electives for select foundational courses that are a significant duplication of course content covered in similar courses taken by the student at the undergraduate level. Advanced Placement can be applied if petition meets the following criteria:

  1. Advanced Placement based on completed coursework will be able to Liberty University graduates only.
  2. Liberty University students may only request Advanced Placement for 300-400 level undergraduate courses taken at Liberty University in the specific subject area.
  3. These 300-400 level courses must have been passed with a grade of B or higher.
  4. Only the courses below are available for Advanced Placement substitution:
  CHHI 520 NGRK 520 OTCL 505
           CHHI 525 NGRK 525 OTCL 520
  HOMI 500 NGRK 505 OTCL 620
  NBST 515 OBST 515 THEO 525
  NBST 520 OBST 520 THEO 530
  1. If approved, student must take electives in the discipline(s) of the Advanced Placement substitution (Example: approved CHHI 520 substitution, student must take elective with a CHHI prefix).
  2. Students who earned the bachelor’s degree at another institution must take the Institutional Challenge Exam (ICE exam) in order to qualify for Advanced Placement.

INSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE EXAMINATIONS (ICE)
To apply for credit by examination, other than Advanced Placement, a student must submit a formal request. Residential students must submit requests to the School of Divinity; online students must submit requests to the ICE Coordinator. Each ICE attempt incurs non-refundable fees which are noted in the Fees chart of the Expenses and Financial Policy section, ICE requests are subject to the following guidelines:

  1. The majority of the course work for any program of study must be earned through Liberty University. Each program specifies the minimum number of hours which must be completed through Liberty. ICE credit hours do not count toward this minimum.
  2. The minimum passing score for graduate Institutional Challenge Exams is a B minus according to the grading scale in use at the time the exam is taken.
  3. A passed ICE is awarded a grade of “P” (passing) and does not count toward the student’s grade point average.
  4. A student may not take the Institutional Challenge Exam if the course has previously been taken or is currently being taken.
  5. ICE may only be attempted once per course.
  6. ICE may not be taken during the drop/add period.
  7. ICE credit may only apply to the following courses:
          CHHI 520 NGRK 520 OTCL 520
  CHHI 525 NGRK 525 OTCL 620
  NBST 515 OBST 515 THEO 525
  NBST 520 OBST 520 THEO 530
  NGRK 505 OTCL 505  


DEGREE CANDIDACY
Degree Candidacy is granted when the student completes all prerequisites and is in good academic standing.


Liberty Biblical Museum

Dr. Randal Price, B.A., Th.M., Ph.D.
Curator
Distinguished Research Professor

The Liberty Biblical Museum is a new university museum providing faculty, students, and visitors a window into the world of the Bible. Through an exhibition of ancient artifacts from the Holy Land, rare Bibles and manuscripts, the ancient culture of the Bible is traced from 4,000 B.C. to the 6th century A.D. Special exhibits include the Dead Sea Scrolls, Temples & Priests, the Authentic Last Supper, Weapons & Warfare, Glass Collection, Coins and Daily Life in the Times of the Bible. The educational goal of the museum is to support the historicity and reliability of the Bible through a first-hand experience with these ancient testimonies to modern truth.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Additional information about Liberty Biblical Museum is provided online at http://www.liberty.edu/divinity/index.cfm?PID=32805.


Department of Biblical Studies

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (M.A.B.S.) – Available Spring 2018

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree is designed to teach the Bible at a deep level of skill and students to gain a high level of understanding.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Interpret biblical passages using advanced research skills and original biblical languages.
  2. Examine major critical issues in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible from a conservative evangelical perspective while exhibiting knowledge of the literature appropriate to the field of Biblical Studies.
  3. Apply insights from grammatical and syntactical knowledge to interpreting the text of Scripture.
  4. Create an original research thesis covering a current, Biblical Studies topic.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S., Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. Contact information for one Pastoral Recommendation
  3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
  4. School of Divinity Questionnaire

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 60 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. 3.00 GPA.
  4. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  5. Degree must be completed within 7 years.
  6. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  7. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  8. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (M.A.B.S.)


DEGREE TRANSFER: M.A.B.S. DEGREE INTO THE M.DIV. PROGRAM

Students who pursue a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree after the completion of the M.A.B.S. degree may use all of the credits from the M.A.B.S. degree toward the M.Div. as allowed by the student’s specific M.Div. Degree Completion Plan (DCP).

Students may not earn the M.Div. first, and then apply to pursue the M.A.B.S.  Students desiring the additional degree must submit an application for admission through the Graduate Admissions Office.


Department of Christian Leadership and Church Ministries

Jonathan Geukgeuzian, B.S., M.R.E., D.Ed.Min.
Chair, Department of Christian Leadership and Church Ministries
Executive Director, Center for Youth Ministries
Associate Professor of Youth Ministries


Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree is designed to address the needs of students looking for a single-track seminary degree. Its focused nature allows students to pursue a degree that allows them to specialize in their area of interest and equips graduates with specialized knowledge in the area of interest.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES      
The student will be able to:

  1. Categorize the essential foundations of ministry.
  2. Organize an effective administrative structure for ministry.
  3. Develop a curricular program, including an implementation plan, for ministry in a local congregation.
  4. Design a plan for equipping others to participate in and contribute to ministry programs.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S., Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. Contact information for one Pastoral Recommendation
  3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
  4. School of Divinity Questionnaire/Personal Statement
  5. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS      
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 36 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. 2.00 GPA.
  4. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  5. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  6. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  7. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  8. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.)


Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Religion degree program is appropriate as an entry level and general professional degree in religion. It is designed to give the student intensive study in the Scriptures and the essential truths of the Christian message.

The program is profitable for pastors and ministry leaders who wish to have a firm scriptural undergirding for service in Christian ministry. The program also provides an opportunity for potential advanced studies in a program such as the 75-hour M.Div.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Explicate the origin and contents of the Bible, as it informs the Christian faith.
  2. Defend the theological and historical foundations of the Christian faith.
  3. Compose a discipleship ministry strategy for Christian ministries.
  4. Devise a plan for personal growth, development, and service.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Religion program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S., Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. Contact information for one Pastoral Recommendation.
  3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  4. School of Divinity Questionnaire/Personal Statement
  5. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

DEGREE CANDIDACY
Degree Candidacy is granted when the student completes all prerequisites and is in good academic standing.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Arts in Religion program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 60 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. 2.00 GPA.
  4. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  5. Degree must be completed within 7 years.
  6. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  7. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  8. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) - Biblical Studies
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) - Christian Apologetics
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) - Church History
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) - Community Chaplaincy
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) - Discipleship & Church Ministry
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) - Evangelism & Church Planting
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) - Global Studies
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) - Homiletics
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) - Leadership
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) - Pastoral Counseling
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) - Pastoral Ministries
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) - Theology
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) - Worship

The Law Studies cognate is available to currently enrolled Liberty University School of Law students or Liberty University School of Law alumni only. For more details see the School of Law section of this Catalog, or visit http://www.liberty.edu/law/degree-programs/#dualdegrees.

DEGREE TRANSFER: M.A.R. DEGREE INTO THE M.DIV. PROGRAM
Students who pursue a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree after the completion of the M.A.R. degree may use all of the credits from the M.A.R. toward the M.Div. as allowed by the student’s specific M.Div. Degree Completion Plan (DCP).

Students may not earn the M.Div. first, and then apply to pursue the M.A.R.  Students desiring the additional degree must submit an application for admission through the Graduate Admissions Office.


Master of Arts in Sports Chaplaincy (M.A.) - Available Spring 2018

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Sport Chaplaincy degree is designed to prepare men and women for biblically-based sports ministry in religious and secular settings.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Develop a biblically and theologically based and culturally informed ministry leadership plan within the sports context.
  2. Employ basic skills in ethical advisement, counseling, teaching, and leading as a sports chaplain in religious and secular settings.
  3. Analyze strategy and practice of sports chaplaincy based on current research, knowledge of the literature of the discipline, and experience in the field.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Sports Chaplaincy program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S., Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. Contact information for one Pastoral Recommendation
  3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
  4. School of Divinity Questionnaire/Personal Statement
  5. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Arts in Sports Chaplaincy program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 36 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. 2.00 GPA.
  4. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  5. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  6. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  7. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Arts in Sports Chaplaincy (M.A.)


Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Religious Education degree is the professional theological degree in Christian Education and Discipleship Ministries. This 60-hour program is designed to equip a man or woman who has been called by God to serve as a professional Christian worker in such capacities as the associate pastor, a minister or director of Christian education, a discipleship pastor, small group pastor and other positions that require a broad general knowledge of church educational programs and discipleship ministries.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Explicate the origin and contents of the Bible, as it informs the Christian faith and its missional endeavors.
  2. Synthesize the theological and historical foundations of Christian education.
  3. Construct a biblically based discipleship program plan for a selected ministry.
  4. Assess the effectiveness of contemporary approaches to Christian leadership.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Religious Education program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S., Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. Contact information for one Pastoral Recommendation
  3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  4. School of Divinity Questionnaire/Personal Statement
  5. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

DEGREE TRANSFER: M.A. DEGREE INTO THE M.R.E. PROGRAM
Students who earn Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees in the Seminary may pursue the Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) and apply 27 hours from the M.A. toward the M.R.E. Please refer to the Multiple Degrees information in the Graduate Admissions section of this Catalog.

Students may not earn the M.R.E. first, and then apply to pursue the M.A. Students desiring the additional degree must submit an application for admission through the Graduate Admissions Office.

DEGREE CANDIDACY
Degree Candidacy is granted when the student completes all prerequisites and is in good academic standing.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Religious Education program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 60 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. 2.00 GPA.
  4. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  5. Degree must be completed within seven years.
  6. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  7. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  8. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.)

DEGREE TRANSFER: M.R.E. DEGREE INTO THE M.DIV. PROGRAM
Students who pursue a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree after the completion of the M.R.E. degree may use all of the credits from the M.R.E. degree toward the M.Div. as allowed by the student’s specific M.Div. Degree Completion Plan (DCP).

Students may not earn the M.Div. first, and then apply to pursue the M.R.E.  Students desiring the additional degree must submit an application for admission through the Graduate Admissions Office.


Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Divinity degree is designed to help men and women prepare for professional Christian Ministry in local church and para-church settings.  The following options are available in the Master of Divinity program:

  • 75-hour Master of Divinity
    • Cognates: Biblical Languages; Biblical Studies; Christian Apologetics; Christian Leadership and Church Ministries; Christian Ministries; Christian Thought; Church History; Discipleship Ministries; Global Studies; Homiletics; Leadership; Pastoral Counseling; Theology; Youth and Family Ministries
    • Concentration: Biblical Languages
  • 90-hour Master of Divinity
    • Concentration: Biblical Languages
  • 75-hour Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Master of Divinity
The student will be able to:

  1. Develop a global great commission perspective which demonstrates the proclamation and application of the Gospel and disciple making process
  2. Examine major critical issues in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible from a conservative evangelical perspective while exhibiting knowledge of the literature appropriate to the field of Biblical Studies.
  3. Examine theological positions on key doctrinal questions and issues in Christian thought.

Biblical Languages Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Apply insights from grammatical and syntactical knowledge to interpreting the text of Scripture.
  2. Create an original translation and exegetical analysis of a text of Scripture.

Master of Divinity - Chaplaincy
The student will be able to:

  1. Interpret biblical passages using advanced research skills and original biblical languages.
  2. Address contemporary issues in pastoral ministry in light of biblical principles.
  3. Compose a public presentation explaining selected Scriptures.
  4. Construct a strategic plan for a comprehensive ministry program.

Community Chaplaincy Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize the principles of spiritual leadership, pastoral care, and counseling in the community context.

Healthcare Chaplaincy Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize the principles of spiritual leadership, pastoral care, and counseling in the military context.

Military Chaplaincy Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize the principles of spiritual leadership, pastoral care, and counseling in the healthcare context.

Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy
The student will be able to:

  1. Interpret biblical passages using research skills and current biblical tools.
  2. Address pertinent issues related to faith and practice in various work and recreational environments.
  3. Construct a strategic plan for a comprehensive discipleship and care ministry based on knowledge of the literature of the discipline.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Divinity program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S., Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. Contact information for one Pastoral Recommendation.
  3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  4. School of Divinity Questionnaire/Personal Statement.
  5. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

DEGREE TRANSFER: M.A., M.A.B.S., M.A.R., OR M.R.E. INTO THE M.DIV. PROGRAM
Students who earn a School of Divinity Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (M.A.B.S.), Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.), or Master or Religious Education (M.R.E.) degree may pursue the M.Div. and use all of the credits from the M.A., M.A.B.S., M.A.R., or M.R.E. (including the M.R.E.-Chaplaincy) toward the M.Div. as allowed by the student’s specific M.Div. Degree Completion Plan (DCP).

DEGREE CANDIDACY
Degree Candidacy is granted when the student completes all prerequisites and is in good academic standing.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Divinity program must meet the following requirements:

Master of Divinity

  1. Complete 75 hours (or 90 hours for the 90-hour Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages).
  2. A maximum of 50% (36 hours, 45 hours for the 90-hour Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages) of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. 2.00 GPA.
  4. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  5. Degree must be completed within 10 years.
  6. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  7. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  8. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Master of Divinity Chaplaincy

  1. Complete 75 semester hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% (36 hours) of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. 2.00 GPA.
  4. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  5. Degree must be completed within 10 years.
  6. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  7. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Biblical Studies
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Biblical Languages (75 hour)
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Biblical Languages (90 hour)
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Christian Apologetics
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Christian Leadership & Church Ministries
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Christian Ministries
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Christian Thought
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Church History
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Community Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis)
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Community Chaplaincy (Thesis)
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Discipleship Ministries
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - General
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Global Studies
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Healthcare Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis)
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Healthcare Chaplaincy (Thesis)
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Homiletics
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Leadership
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Military Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis)
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Military Chaplaincy (Thesis)
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Pastoral Counseling
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Theology
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Youth & Family Ministries
Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy (M.Div.)


Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership (Ed.D.) – Ministry Leadership Cognate

PURPOSE
The Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership is a 60-hour degree designed to produce cognitive and skill development in the areas of theory and praxis of leadership and education for application in the academy and faith-based organization. Empirical research is conducted requiring scholarly, solution oriented, problem solving thinking and skills within the context of a learning community. This design and delivery model is uniquely structured in a way that sets the Ed.D. apart from other doctoral degrees at Liberty University.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Appraise biblical and theological principles as they relate to educational and leadership philosophy, theory, and practice.
  2. Evaluate the knowledge-base, the character qualities, and essential skill sets to lead a faith-based organization.
  3. Synthesize teaching, learning. and group theory as foundational elements of effective leadership.
  4. Create empirically-based research in order to provide solutions for educational and ministerial leadership problems.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
In addition to general requirements for admission to the School of Divinity, applicants for admission to the Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership must submit the following for review:

  1. An earned seminary degree (or graduate degree in a related area) with at least 36 hours (or equivalent such as a Master’s with a thesis) from a regionally accredited seminary or university.
    1. All official transcripts must be submitted as part of the application process. Other graduate degrees may be considered as qualifying; however, applicants that possess these degrees (or applicants with seminary degrees with insufficient biblical or theological training may need to take an additional 12 hours of Bible/Theology courses in order to be admitted to the program.
  2. An earned grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all previous graduate work.
  3. Professional Vita.  Include degrees earned, educational experience, and career goals.
  4. Applicants must submit a 1000-to-1500-word Statement of Purpose that answers the following questions:
    1. How has your previous education and/or work experience prepared you for doctoral studies at Liberty University?
    2. What is your goal with regard to pursuing doctoral education at Liberty University?
    3. Please describe the character and values you possess that will help you succeed in your desired field.
  5. Contact information for two recommendations may be requested as an additional requirement on a case-by-case basis.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Transfer hours may not exceed 9 credit hours for the Ed.D. program. Transfer credits can only be accepted towards cognate courses. Course work must be within the previous seven (7) years from a regionally accredited program to be accepted. Courses must have a grade of B- or higher to be eligible for consideration for transfer credit. Correspondence studies or life experiences will not be accepted for transfer credit. Credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to general regulations governing graduation, Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership graduates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 60 total hours.
  2. A minimum of 51 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credit from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. Minimum 3.00 GPA.
  5. No grades lower than B- may be applied to the degree.
  6. Successful completion of Comprehensive Exam.
  7. Successful completion of Prospectus and Dissertation.
  8. Degree must be completed within 7 years.
  9. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  10. Submission of graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

DISSERTATION
Once students enter the dissertation phase of their degree, they must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until they complete all degree requirements. If they do not, they will break enrollment, and they will be required to apply for readmission if/when they wish to resume the pursuit of their degree. They will have to complete their degree under the Degree Completion Plan (DCP) in effect at the time of their readmission.

TIME LIMITS FOR DEGREE COMPLETION
The time limit for completing the degree from the date of admission to the program is seven years for the Ed.D. Only in unusual circumstance may the student be granted an extension. Granting of an extension of time will usually result in additional requirements. Any student who does not complete coursework within the permissible time limit, for any reason including discontinues enrollment, must reapply for admission. A student may reapply only once, and will be subject to the current standards and curriculum. The Ed.D. Graduate Committee in the CCFS will determine if any previous courses are sufficiently time sensitive and must be repeated. Beginning with the date of readmission, the student’s time limit for degree completion is determined by the number of hours remaining.


Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership (Ed.D.) - Ministry Leadership


Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

PURPOSE
The Doctor of Ministry degree offers pastors, missionaries and other church leaders an opportunity for professional and personal growth. It is designed to enhance one’s knowledge and skills in the practice of ministry. Students will have the opportunity to interact with recognized church leaders, to explore new ministry perspectives, to evaluate their ministry, to increase their vision and to crystallize their understanding of the purpose and goals of ministry.

The program is composed of 33 semester hours involving two semesters of  DMIN 889 Thesis Project Proposal and Research (6 hrs) and  DMIN 890 Thesis Project Defense (3 hrs).

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize a comprehensive and critical theory of ministry.
  2. Evaluate the effect of ministry on personal and professional growth.
  3. Assess the effectiveness of a ministry plan.
  4. Design ministry programs that relate to the disciplines studied.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Doctor of Ministry degree program must meet the following specific requirements:

  1. A Master of Divinity degree, or its equivalent*, from an appropriately accredited theological seminary with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
  2. Professional vita showing three years of experience in full-time ministry after receiving the Master of Divinity degree. This experience must be pastoral in nature (pastor, assistant pastor, youth pastor, missionary etc) and must be connected to a church body. Exceptions to this must be approved by the Dean.
  3. A current place of ministry where the student can successfully carry out a ministry-related project. International students who file under the I-20 may be allowed to complete their residency course work without this requirement. However, they must complete their thesis project in the context of a full-time ministry.
  4. Two recommenders Contact information for two recommendations from colleagues in the ministry.
  5. Ecclesiastical Endorsement indicating the agreement of the church (or employing organization) with the applicant’s participation in the Doctor of Ministry program.
  6. A detailed Statement of Purpose for pursuing the program.
  7. School of Divinity Questionnaire
  8. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

*Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Equivalency:
Students who have not completed a M.Div. degree may meet the M.Div. admission requirement by completing the following requirements

  • 72 accredited graduate hours (in any graduate discipline)
  • Accredited seminary degree
  • 9 hours in graduate-level Bible / Theology
  • 9 hours in graduate-level Apologetics / Church History / Church Ministries / Evangelism / Discipleship / Global Studies / Homiletics / Leadership

Note: An applicant to the Doctor of Ministry program who is within 6 credits of meeting the M.Div. equivalency, may be admitted to take the remaining equivalent master’s level credit hours within the D.Min. program. These classes must be taken and passed before any doctoral level classes are taken, and all other published admission requirements for the program must be met.

ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY (D.Min.)
Candidate status is granted when all admissions criteria have been met, 24 hours of coursework have been completed, and a formal proposal for the thesis project has been submitted.

SEMINARY CONTINUATION FEE
Students enrolled in the D.Min. program who are unable to take classes during a semester will be charged a $30 continuation fee. Students who remain inactive for more than three semesters will be automatically dropped from the program and will be required to reapply in order to be readmitted to the program.

SEMINARY ADMINISTRATION FEE
Students in the D.Min. program who enroll in at least one intensive each Spring, Summer, or Fall term, including the Thesis Project courses, will be charged $50.

THESIS-PROJECT ENROLLMENT POLICY
Once students enter the thesis-project phase of their degree, they must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall and Spring semesters mandatory, with Summer terms optional) until they complete all degree requirements.  If they do not, they will break enrollment, and they will be required to apply for readmission if/when they wish to resume the pursuit of their degree.  They will have to complete their degree under the Degree Completion Plan (DCP) in effect at the time of their readmission.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the D.Min. program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must complete 33 semester hours of course work, including the thesis project, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  2. A minimum of 27 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credit from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. The student must earn no more than one grade of C (includes grades of C+/C-), and may repeat up to 6 semester hours of coursework under the repeat policy.
  5. No grades of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+/D-).
  6. Must complete the thesis project (DMIN 890) with a minimum grade of B (includes B-).
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. Degree must be completed within 7 years.
  9. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Doctor of Ministry Thesis Schedule
 
  April 11
  August 12
  December 13

A formal proposal will be submitted during the program’s second phase. The candidate will provide a 15-20 page prospectus of the thesis project, including an extensive bibliography.

The proposal must be submitted by April 1, one year before graduation.

  August 11
  December 12
  April 13

The first chapter will be submitted to the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. This is required before the candidate proceeds to the following chapters.

All drafts must be prepared in conformity to the latest edition of Turabian’s: A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Thesis and Dissertations.

  November 11
  March 12
  July 13

The first complete draft will be submitted to the Director.

  March 11
  July 12
  November 13

The completed thesis project will be submitted to the Director. 

The oral defense will be held approximately one month later. One library copy along with electronic copy of thesis on CD will be submitted to the Director.

   1March graduation
   2September graduation
   3January graduation

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) - Biblical Studies
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) - Chaplaincy
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Church Revitalization (Coming Soon)

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) - Discipleship
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) - Evangelism & Church Planting
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) - Expository Preaching
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) - Pastoral Counseling
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) - Pastoral Leadership
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) - Theology & Apologetics
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) - Worship


Department of Global Studies

Melody Harper, B.A., M.S.W., M.A.
Chair, Department of Global Studies
Assistant Professor of Global Studies


Master of Arts in Global Studies (M.A.G.S.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Global Studies program seeks to prepare students for effective engagement in intercultural careers and service. Students are trained in both intercultural theory (i.e., history, anthropology, worldview studies) and practical application (i.e., communication and leadership) to enable them to serve and lead in multicultural and global contexts.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Articulate a biblical theology of global engagement.
  2. Employ critical thinking skills in addressing current issues in global engagement.
  3. Analyze strategy and practice based on current research, knowledge of the literature of global engagement, and practicum experience in the field.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, applicants to the Master of Arts in Global Studies program must have:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S., Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. Contact information for one Pastoral Recommendation.
  3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
  4. Questionnaire/Personal Statement
  5. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).
  6. Students that do not meet the minimum GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) may be admitted on caution. Students admitted on caution are required to take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing their first semester

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Arts in Global Studies program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 36 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. 3.00 GPA
  4. No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+/C-)
  5. No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+/D-)
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  8. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Arts in Global Studies (M.A.G.S.)


Department of Theological Studies

Anthony Chad Thornhill, B.S., M.A.R., M.Div., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Theological Studies
Assistant Professor of Apologetics and Biblical Studies


Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (M.A.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics degree is designed to give students an intensive study in the Scriptures and the essential truths of the Christian message with an emphasis upon defending Christianity’s truth-claims.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES      
The student will be able to:

  1. Distinguish the core beliefs of the Christian Faith from other peripheral beliefs.
  2. Defend the philosophical and historical foundations of the Christian Faith.
  3. Analyze the presuppositions and beliefs of opposing worldviews.
  4. Construct arguments to demonstrate the veracity of Christianity against opposing worldviews.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S., Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.). 
  2. Contact information for one Pastoral Recommendation.
  3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale)
  4. School of Divinity Questionnaire
  5. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted on Academic Caution status; these students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS      
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 36 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. 3.00 GPA.
  4. No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ and C-).
  5. No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ and D-).
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  8. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (M.A.) (Non-Thesis)
Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (M.A.) (Thesis)


Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.)

PURPOSE
The 36-hour Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) degree program will provide the student with the theological foundation to serve more effectively in the local church, community, and world contexts. The M.A.T.S. may be used as a foundational degree towards admission into the 60-hour M.A.R. or 93-hour M.Div. degree programs.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Integrate critical thinking skills in the practice of Christian scholarship based on the knowledge of the literature of the discipline.
  2. Analyze theological positions on key doctrinal questions and issues in Christian thought.
  3. Interpret issues that foster the development of a personal theology and worldview.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Theological Studies program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S., Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).  Applicants who hold a prior degree from an unaccredited institution may be considered for admission on Academic Caution; students admitted on Academic Caution are required to take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing their first semester.
  2. Contact information for one Pastoral Recommendation.
  3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
  4. Questionnaire/Personal Statement

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Arts in Theological Studies program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 36 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. 2.00 GPA.
  4. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  5. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  6. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  7. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  8. Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.)


Master of Theology (Th.M.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Theology degree program will provide additional training beyond the Master of Divinity degree in preparation for full-time Christian service. Through course work, scholarly research, and logical and critical writing, the Th.M. will provide advanced preparation for those called to service in theological education or those planning to pursue degree programs at the doctoral level.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Select and design a scholarly research project.
  2. Assess alternative views of Scripture and theology.
  3. Synthesize a personal and biblical systematic theology.
  4. Defend Christian theology from a biblical perspective.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, the following requirements will govern admission into the Master of Theology program:

  1. The applicant must have earned a Master of Divinity or its equivalent from an approved institution.
  2. The applicant must have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale) in the Master of Divinity program.  Applicants who do not meet this criterion may be considered for admission on Academic Caution.  Students admitted on Academic Caution must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing their first semester.
  3. Ordinarily, satisfactory completion of at least nine semester hours of coursework or its equivalent in Hebrew and at least nine semester hours coursework or its equivalent in Greek are required. Students may be admitted without the language requirements depending on their areas of concentration.
  4. Contact information for one Pastoral Recommendation.
  5. School of Divinity Questionnaire/Personal Statement
  6. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, Th.M. graduates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must complete 30 hours of course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  2. A minimum of 24 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credit from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of twelve (12) hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+/C-).
  5. No grades of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+/D-).
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. All courses must be 600-level or higher.
  8. Degree must be completed within five years.
  9. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  11. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Theology (Th.M.) - Biblical Studies (Non-Thesis)
Master of Theology (Th.M.) - Christian Apologetics (Non-Thesis)
Master of Theology (Th.M.) - Church History (Non-Thesis)
Master of Theology (Th.M.) - Global Studies (Non-Thesis)
Master of Theology (Th.M.) - Homiletics (Non-Thesis)
Master of Theology (Th.M.) - Theology (Non-Thesis)

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Master of Theology (Th.M.) - Biblical Studies (Thesis)
Master of Theology (Th.M.) - Christian Apologetics (Thesis)
Master of Theology (Th.M.) - Church History (Thesis)
Master of Theology (Th.M.) - Global Studies (Thesis)
Master of Theology (Th.M.) - Homiletics (Thesis)
Master of Theology (Th.M.) - Theology (Thesis)


THESIS REQUIREMENTS FOR TH.M. DEGREE
With the approval of the student’s advisor and the mentor, a student may write a thesis of 10,000 words (minimum) that follows the latest edition of Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations. The project must meet all designated deadlines and receive a minimum grade of B. A graduate faculty member selected in consultation with both student and advisor will function as a mentor of the thesis and will monitor the progress during the various stages of writing (from the selection of a topic to the final draft). Both the mentor and a second reader must approve the thesis. Two copies of the approved final draft thesis must be submitted electronically to the Integrated Learning Resources Center. Three semester hours credit will be given for the thesis. The student opting to write a thesis must also include a course in research methods in the overall program.

Master's Thesis Schedule
October 1 Approval of thesis topic by Thesis Committee.
November 1 Submission of Thesis Prospectus to Mentor and Reader(s).
December 1 Last possible day for submission of late Thesis prospectus, if the student plans to appeal for extension of the Thesis Prospectus deadline.
January 15 Submission of the first draft of the Thesis.
February 15 Last day for return of first draft with corrections to the student from Mentor and Reader(s).
March 15 Submission of corrected draft to Mentor and Reader(s). Include copies of initial draft with suggested corrections of them.
April 1 Return of corrected draft to student.
April 30 Submission of final draft.
Early May Final grade of Thesis due on date when grades are due.

Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics (Ph.D.)

PURPOSE
The Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics degree will prepare professional scholars and Christian community leaders at the highest level of scholarship. Trained by a qualified academic faculty, graduates with the Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics will be prepared to serve as faculty in academic institutions and as scholars and theologically and biblically informed leaders for the church and community. This is a 57 semester hour program: 48 hours of seminar work; six (6) hours for dissertation proposal and research; and three (3) hours for dissertation defense.

As with all programs of the School of Divinity and Graduate School the Ph.D. program will seek to provide an environment in which students in the context of open research and inquiry will be encouraged to strengthen their faith and certify their calling to service at the highest academic and professional levels. Students will be mentored within an academic environment that fosters an awareness of the Christian’s responsibility as a member of society who is responsive to the needs and concerns of diverse cultures and conflicting ideals.

The program is set within the context of a conservative evangelical academic community in which students are challenged to develop the cognitive skills requisite to a rigorous interaction with biblical, theological, historical, and philosophical understandings necessary for a self-conscious, critical, and Christian response to the world. In this setting, students will have the opportunity to become part of a community of scholars in which they can develop the concomitant skills necessary for relational and professional competence. The Ph.D. will further encourage students to explore the moral and ethical dimensions of their chosen field of study. Moreover, the program is designed to inculcate sensitivity to others and a concern for world evangelization through a vigorous defense of the gospel and a lifestyle of personal integrity and responsible scholarship.

With its mix of traditional and non-traditional delivery formats, the Ph.D. is designed to attract and retain students who desire flexibility in their schedules, breadth of exposure, and professional training in theology and apologetics. The teaching options will attract a diverse and dedicated mix of faculty and students facilitating rich interaction between future academic professionals and church leaders. The cognates are designed to further meet the needs of persons seeking studies in biblical or historical studies.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Design an original research project that adds to the knowledge base of the discipline.
  2. Appraise an apologetic argument or a theological method.
  3. Critique the place of evidence in apologetic methods of inquiry.
  4. Contrast an evangelical view of Scripture and theology with an alternative view.

Ph.D. Concentrations
The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate interpretive methods and approaches to the biblical texts and concepts (Biblical Studies).
  2. Analyze the impact of historical figures and movements in Christian thought (Historical Studies).

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
In addition to general requirements for admission to the School of Divinity, applicants for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics must submit the following for review:

  1. An earned Master of Divinity or a Master of Theology with a thesis or a Master of Arts with a thesis.
  2. An earned grade point average of 3.25 on a scale 4.00 in all previous graduate work.
  3. Miller Analogy Test (MAT) results. The GRE may be substituted in special cases at the director’s approval. If an applicant’s scores are older than two years, then the applicant must submit new scores. For an acceptable MAT score, applications should attempt to earn a total score of 400 or better or a total score in the 50 percentile or better. For an acceptable GRE score, applicants should attempt to earn a total verbal and quantitative score of 300 or higher, as well as a 4.0 or better on the analytical writing section.
  4. A writing sample that must meet the following criteria:
    1. A minimum 30-page paper (excluding cover page, table of contents and bibliography). A chapter from a Master’s thesis may be submitted if it meets the 30-page minimum. It is preferable, but not required, that the subject area be in the area of theology or apologetics.
    2. Either submission must conform to the latest Turabian Manual for Writers AND standard English Grammar and Composition Form.
  5. A Personal Statement, Doctrinal Agreement, and Honor Code Document. Included with these documents must be the name of the applicant’s current church and the name of a pastor who is familiar with the applicant’s church life.
  6. The student must have a pastoral recommendation as well.
  7. A one-page essay on reasons for pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics.
  8. Two Academic References. All applicants must submit letters of recommendation from two professors with whom they studied at the graduate (master’s degree) level. These recommendations need to be on school letterhead and have the professors’ signatures.
  9. Professional vita including degrees earned, ministry experience, and/or teaching experience and career goals.

The applicant must understand that before the end of the second year of admission, the student must pass a proficiency exam in German and French or Latin. Seminars in the Biblical Studies area will require one year of Greek and one year of Hebrew on their transcripts.  Admissions for the Fall are due by May 1.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Transfer hours may not exceed 15 credit hours for the Ph.D. program.  Transfer credits are considered on a case-by-case basis and must have been completed as Ph.D. course work within the previous seven (7) years from a regionally accredited program to be accepted.  Courses with a recorded grade of C+ or below will not be accepted.  Correspondence studies or life experiences will not be accepted for transfer credit. Credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Language Requirements.
In addition to the other factors relating to participation in the Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics those pursuing a cognate must meet language requirements. A biblical language competency is required for those applicants who plan to focus on Biblical Studies as their cognate field. Students must meet any language requirements prior to their second year in the program.

Active Enrollment.  To maintain active enrollment, students must enroll in course work each semester.  Online students must enroll in at least one course during each academic year (from Fall to Summer) to maintain active enrollment status.

Residency Requirement.  The School of Divinity does not have a residency requirement in the traditional sense of requiring students to uproot and move to the physical campus in Lynchburg.  Using an intensive model, students may come to the Liberty University campus or another designated location for a time of group study with a professor.  A cohort model will be encouraged by requiring students to register each semester for classes through aggressive advising so that students who begin together will be directed to continue through the program together, meeting regularly and by connecting via the online learning facilities of Liberty University.

Online Options. The School of Divinity proposes to offer Ph.D. courses using the modular format so that students who are living near the campus or who are living at a distance can meet the program requirements.  Students will be required to be on campus to take campus-based modular courses, to take their comprehensive exams over a two-day period, and to defend their dissertations.

ADMISSION INTO DOCTORAL CANDIDACY
Students who successfully complete the required 48 hours of doctoral course study with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher in the doctoral course studies will be eligible to take comprehensive examinations in the major field and chosen recommended cognate field.  These exams may be written or oral, as determined by the student’s mentor.  Upon passing of the comprehensive examinations, the student is admitted to doctoral candidacy and may proceed toward developing a dissertation thesis and writing the dissertation under the supervision of a faculty supervisor and two faculty readers (the dissertation committee).

Students may graduate with the Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics upon the successful completion of their dissertation requirement and upon the recommendation of the faculty.

DISSERTATION ENROLLMENT POLICY
Once student enter the dissertation phase of their degree, they are required to maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until they complete all degree requirements.  If they do not, they will break enrollment, and they will be required to apply for readmission if/when they wish to resume the pursuit of their degree.  They will have to complete their degree under the Degree Completion Plan (DCP) in effect at the time of their readmission.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to general regulations governing graduation, Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics graduates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 57 total hours.
  2. A minimum of 51 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credit from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 15 hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree, with the approval of the Program Director.
  4. Successful completion of the Research and Language Competency.
  5. Successful completion of Comprehensive Exam.
  6. Minimum 3.00 GPA.
  7. No grades of C or D may be applied to the degree.(includes +/- grades).
  8. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  9. Degree must be completed within 7 years.
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology & Apologetics (Ph.D.)

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
Degree Completion Plans for programs offered by the School of Divinity are available online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


Rawlings School of Divinity - Graduate Certificates

The School of Divinity offers graduate certificates in several areas of study through Liberty University Online.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please refer to the Admissions Requirements Matrix for Certificates in the Graduate Admissions section of this Catalog.

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

  1. 9 total hours.
  2. All courses must be completed through Liberty University.
  3. 2.00 GPA.
  4. No grade of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the certificate.
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Certificate must be completed within 3 years.
  7. Submission of Certificate Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date

Note: Students who want to apply certificate courses to a graduate or divinity degree program will have to abide by the GPA and grade requirements of that degree program.


Graduate Certificates

Delivery Format: Online Only
Biblical Studies
Christian Leadership
Christian Ministry
Global Studies
Theological Studies


CERTIFICATE COMPLETION PLANS
Certificate Completion Plans (CCP) can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=2981.



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