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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.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

Available Helms School of Government Doctoral Degree Programs

Available Helms School of Government Executive Certificates

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 PhD in Criminal Justice program. If you choose to pursue Liberty’s DPA or PhD 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 PhD 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.

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Not sure what to choose?

Speak to one of our admissions specialists to help you choose the program that best fits your needs.

Value of a Degree

At Liberty, you can strengthen your leadership and administrative skills and accomplish something remarkable. Earning a degree isn’t just something you do – it can be an invaluable experience. Take a look at some other reasons why earning an online postgraduate degree is worth it.

Return On Investment In Your Education

Return on Investment

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides valuable information on how a degree can impact salary prospectsLearn more!*

Potential Employment Opportunities With A Liberty University Degree

Employment Opportunities

Explore job outlook statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the following careers: public policy and social services** and criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, postsecondary.***

Professional Connection Opportunities Through Liberty University

Professional Connections

Mastering concepts and gaining advanced knowledge shouldn’t be the only benefits of a doctoral degree. Our world-class online learning environment is designed to facilitate collaboration and networking.

Frequently Asked Questions


Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees

Military Tuition Discount

We want to help you find the doctoral degree you want – at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers eligible current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity as you work toward your goal of reaching the pinnacle of your profession – for less.