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School of Engineering to launch master’s and doctoral programs in January

The Liberty University School of Engineering is adding two postgraduate programs to the school’s growing curricula thanks to a recent nod from Liberty’s accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Beginning in January, the school will offer a Master of Science in Engineering and a Doctor of Engineering (Ph.D.).

Dr. Mark Horstemeyer, dean of the School of Engineering, said the SACSCOC approval lays the foundation for the school’s graduate programs.

“In addition to our growing bachelor’s programs, we will now offer both master’s and doctoral-level programs, enabling students to pursue advanced degrees within the Liberty School of Engineering.”

The master’s degree can be earned by one of two tracks: a 30-credit non-thesis program for those continuing on to a Ph.D., or a 36-credit program where students learn important research skills through the writing of a master’s thesis.

The doctoral degree will be unique and give graduates an advantage over programs at other institutions, Horstemeyer said. “Unlike other collegiate doctoral programs, ours will focus on a holistic approach to the validation of the theoretical model — we are combining theory development, computational methods, and experiments to allow our graduates to stand out in a very competitive marketplace.”

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Accreditation ensures that Liberty University has met strict standards with regard to degree programs, faculty, administration, student support, and services.

In addition, Liberty’s bachelor’s degrees in electrical, computer, industrial and systems, and mechanical engineering have been accredited by ABET, a national body that accredits university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

Horstemeyer believes the new postgraduate programs will allow the school to expand its mission of Training Champions for Christ: “Science is about discovery. Engineering is creation. ‘Creationeering’ is the place where these combine into tangible outcomes that benefit society and glorify God. This is where I see Liberty excelling now and in the future.”


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