SACSCOC – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
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. Accreditation also ensures that courses taken and degrees earned through Liberty University will be accepted by other accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Schools participate in the accreditation process in order to gain third-party recognition that verifies the institution meets certain standards of academic and administrative quality and is committed to continual improvement.
Questions about the accreditation of Liberty University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
Program Specific Accreditation
In addition to regional accreditation, many of Liberty’s programs are accredited or otherwise recognized by specialized professional and accrediting agencies:
Liberty’s Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
Liberty’s School of Business has achieved voluntary accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), demonstrating it has met standards of business education that promote teaching excellence.
Programs that have achieved accredited status include:
- A.A. in Accounting
- A.A. in Business
- A.A. in Business Management Information Systems
- B.S. in Accounting
- B.S. in Business Administration
- B.S. in Business Information Management Systems
- Master of Business Administration
- M.S. in Accounting
- A.A. in Accounting
- A.A. in Business
- A.A. in Information Systems
- B.S. in Accounting
- B.S. in Business Administration*
- B.S. in Information Systems
- Master of Business Administration*
- M.S. in Accounting
- Doctor of Business Administration
*Accreditation for individual cognates may vary.
Liberty’s residential Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Liberty’s online Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and online M.Ed. in School Counseling programs are also accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity has been accredited through the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), demonstrating that it values the four core principles of ATS: diversity, quality and improvement, collegiality, and leadership. The approved programs include:
- Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
- Ed.D. in Christian Leadership
- M.A. in Biblical Exposition
- M.A. in Biblical Studies
- M.A. in Biblical Languages
- M.A. in Christian Apologetics
- M.A. in Christian Ministry
- M.A. in Global Studies
- M.A. in Religion
- M.A. in Sports Chaplaincy
- M.A. in Theological Studies
- Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
- Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.)
- Master of Theology (Th.M.)
- Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics
Liberty University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System for a period of 7 years from 2015-2022.
Liberty’s Teacher Licensure Program is approved by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
Liberty’s Teacher Licensure Program is approved by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
Liberty’s Engineering program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Programs that have received accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET:
- B.S. in Computer Engineering
- B.S. in Electrical Engineering
- B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering
- B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
The following program has received accreditation from the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET:
- B.S. Computer Science
Liberty’s Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the postgraduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
The Liberty University MPH program with concentrations in Health Promotion, Global Health, Nutrition, and Epidemiology as well as the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
The B.S. Degree Entry into Respiratory Therapy Practice, CoARC program number 200640, B.S. in Respiratory Therapy, in Lynchburg, Virginia, program holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC).
The B.S. Degree Advancement Program in Respiratory Care, CoARC program number 510013, B.S. in Respiratory Therapy online program holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC).
This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR) and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit.
Liberty’s B.S. in Social Work degree program, offered in both residential and distance education formats, is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The sport management degree program(s) at Liberty University has received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) located in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. The sport management programs in the following degrees are accredited by COSMA:
- Bachelor of Science Sport Management (Residential) with cognates in Sport Administration, Sport Communication & Public Relations, Sport Outreach, Venue & Event Management, and General Studies
- Master of Science in Sport Management (Residential and Online) with cognates in Sport Administration, Outdoor Adventure Sport, Tourism, and General Studies
School of Music
The Liberty University School of Music is accredited by and a member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). NASM accredits all music programs. The School of Music also offers two degrees that are not music degrees: the Master of Arts in Worship Studies and the Doctor of Worship Studies.
Experience That Matters to You
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 35+ 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.
And what’s that?
- Academic Quality
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.
We are widely recognized as a top university for affordability, accessibility, and academic quality.
Why Choose Liberty University?
Enjoy Flexible Courses
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
Maximize Your Time
Start and finish your degree faster! Liberty requires no standardized testing for admission, and you can transfer previous course credit — transfer in up to 75% of a bachelor’s degree and up to 50% of a master’s, postgraduate, or doctoral degree — or discover how your life, career, or military experience may count toward your college degree.
Grow in Your Faith
All of our courses are taught from a Christian perspective, and our faculty see themselves as mentors. Our mission is to Train Champions for Christ — we’re committed to championing you as you study to go further in your field, become a leader in your industry, or start a new career.
Access Academic Support
Throughout your educational journey, you will have access to academic resources that will aid in the completion of your degree. Services include our online library, writing center, tutoring, study aids, IT assistance, 30+ tutorial videos, live webinars, and personalized help from our academic advising team.
An Online Education with On-Campus Benefits
Cheer on 20 NCAA Division I
games that air nationwide
Graduate with your peers
Be inspired by world-renowned
speakers at Convocation
As a nonprofit (not-for-profit) university, Liberty is in the business of training skilled professionals to make a difference in the world – not gaining profit, revenue, or producing dividends for shareholders. In keeping with our commitment to your education, we invest our resources back into degree programs and into your student experience.
While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university and has not increased tuition for 7 straight years. Lower tuition means less student loan debt for students.
For Liberty University, nonprofit is more than a status; it is a valuable opportunity to invest in the lives of students who will go out and impact the world.
Nearly 80% 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 pay only a portion of your balance up front. You submit your grades to your employer who pays you, and then you pay the remaining balance for your classes.
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.