Military Tuition Benefits for Doctoral Students

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Don’t pay more than you should for a doctoral degree.

Whether your next phase of leadership is military or civilian, more people should benefit from your experience. So at Liberty University, you’ll find more than one way to reach the pinnacle of your profession — for less.

Two simple pathways for military students:

Already have a graduate degree from Liberty?

    • Start your doctoral degree within two years of graduation.
    • Pay only $300 per credit hour.

    Don’t have a graduate degree from Liberty?

      • Start with one of our 21-hour Executive Certificates below — available at $300/credit hour* and eligible for TA benefits.
      • Roll those credits into one of our doctoral programs and continue to pay only $300/credit hour for the rest of your courses.

      For example: Get a postgraduate Executive Certificate in Business Administration at $300/credit hour, using your TA benefits. Use it as a valuable credential on its own, or nest it under our Doctor of Business Administration degree and pay $300/credit hour for the remaining 39 doctoral hours.

      You understand the value of proper training. So do we. Lead your field with the degree you need — at a price you’ve earned. We’re grateful for your service.

      Please note:
      • The $300/credit hour discounted tuition rate is only available to active service members, eligible veterans, and spouses who are new to a doctoral program in Fall 2020 or after.
      • Department of Defense employees are not eligible for the $300/hour tuition rate at the doctoral level.
      • Qualifying military students who confer a master’s degree, executive certificate, postgraduate degree, or doctorate from Liberty University and pursue a doctoral program with Liberty within 2 years of their degree conferral date are eligible for the $300/credit hour doctoral military tuition discount. Please see additional benefits for more details on exceptions.
      • The $300/credit hour doctoral military rate cannot be combined with the First Responder Discount.


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      Use your Tuition Assistance benefits with a nested certificate.

      Maximize your TA benefits to further your military career or thrive professionally in the civilian sector with an executive certificate from Liberty University.

      These 21-hour certificates can stand on their own as professional development credentials or lay the groundwork for a full doctoral degree. All courses are nested into our doctoral degree programs – without using your GI Bill benefits.

      Executive Certificates

      Credits can apply toward a doctoral degree.

      With military tuition assistance, you can earn post-graduate credits as part of a 21-hour certificate program. These certificates can help you gain advanced standing in one of our doctoral programs when you’re ready.

      Additional Benefits for Doctoral Military Students

      Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Pastoral Counseling

      Education Specialist (Ed.S.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

      John W. Rawlings School of Divinity Doctoral Programs

      Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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      As an accredited Christian college with a 7,000-acre campus in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University offers you an education that is both academically challenging and rooted in a biblical worldview.

      At Liberty, you’ll benefit from 30+ years of learning, growing, adapting, and innovating for the distance learner — and more than a decade of researching the needs of the online student. You can be confident that we’ve taken the time to learn what’s important to you.

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      • Affordability
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      These important factors challenged us to find new financial solutions, get ahead of industry trends, and blaze trails into cutting-edge career fields — and it’s paid off. That’s the difference experience makes.

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      Choose from a wide variety of programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level, most of which are 100% online*. With an 8-week format and 8 start dates per year, it’s easy to fit your courses around your schedule!

      * excludes licensure, certification, and some doctoral programs

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      Financing Options

      Financial Aid

      87% of all Liberty students in an online program are awarded financial aid. Virginia residents may qualify for additional aid — learn more!

      Corporate Tuition Assistance

      Deferred – If your company reimburses you for the cost of your education, you submit your grades to your employer who pays you, and then you pay for your classes.

      Tuition Discounts

      Qualified military service members, veterans, and their spouses can receive up to 55% off their tuition rate for eligible programs!

      Contact one of our Admissions Counselors for more information by calling (800) 424-9595.