Online Doctoral Government Degrees Liberty University

Why Choose Liberty University for Your Online Doctoral Program?

As you grow in your profession, you may find that many fields require a doctoral degree for continued advancement. A doctoral degree demonstrates your high level of expertise in a specific area of study and is available to students who have already completed a master’s degree. Having a doctorate will help you stand out from among your peers, especially in competitive career fields. 

Liberty University is dedicated to helping you expand your knowledge and cultivate new career opportunities, so our variety of online doctoral degree programs are designed to not only add to your existing expertise but also help you become even more competitive in today’s labor market. 

Contact an admissions counselor today at (800) 424-9595 and see how an online doctorate degree from Liberty can give you the skills and knowledge you need to shape a better world.

Helms School of Government Doctoral Degree Programs

Criminal Justice (DCJ)

Criminal Justice (PhD)

Public Administration (DPA)

Public Administration (PhD)

Public Policy (PhD)

Law and Policy (DLP)

We also offer Executive Certificates in public administrationcriminal justice, public policy, and law and policy!

Not sure if you are ready to commit to a full doctoral program? An Executive Certificate may be the path for you. You will complete the same doctoral-level coursework but on a much faster, 21-credit-hour track. This can help you test the waters and see if a full doctoral degree is the best option for you.

With the Executive Certificate in Public Administration and the Executive Certificate in Criminal Justice, you will work towards a postgraduate credential while preparing specifically for our Doctor of Public Administration or Ph.D. in Criminal Justice program. If you choose to pursue Liberty’s DPA or Ph.D. after completing your certificate, all 21 credit hours will be transferred in.

The Executive Certificate in Public Policy also allows you to work towards a postgraduate credential while preparing for a Ph.D. program. Upon completion of the public policy executive certificate, all 21 of the executive certificate’s credit hours will transfer seamlessly into the Ph.D. in Public Policy.

With the Executive Certificate in Law and Policy, you can gain valuable training at the doctoral level while working toward a full degree. All 21 credits of this certificate can transfer into our Doctor of Law and Policy (DLP) program.

What Will You Learn in Our Online Government Doctoral Degree Programs?

You want an education that’s worth the effort you put into it, and we want you to be proud of the education you receive. Your online doctoral degree through Liberty University will position you to possess advanced knowledge of a specialized body of theoretical and applied topics, a high level of skills and techniques associated with your chosen field, and a range of transferable and professional skills gained through independent and highly focused learning and research. 

Your online degree will be taught by professional educators dedicated not only to your academic success but also to mentorship and teaching from a biblical worldview. Become a part of a growing community of innovators, dreamers, and leaders. Join champions dedicated to living with integrity every day as they impact their families, communities, and the world.

What Are the Benefits of Choosing Our Online Doctoral Degree Programs?

Getting a doctoral degree shouldn’t mean putting the important people, plans, and responsibilities in your life on hold. Completing an online doctorate at Liberty University is a great way to advance your career without losing the time you need for other priorities. 

Take a look at the benefits available to Liberty’s doctoral students:

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • The majority of tuition for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.

  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences).

  • Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Executive Certificate tuition discount – $300 per credit hour
  • Pursuing one of our doctoral programs? Find out how you can earn a doctorate for only $300 per credit hour!
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)