Helms School of Government Online Graduate Certificates Investigate Policy and Governance

Why Choose Liberty University’s Helms School of Government for Your Online Certificate?

Accelerate your learning with an online graduate certificate from Liberty University. You get the same great education without having to travel to a campus, making it perfect for the busy professional who needs to increase their skills.

Plus, you don’t need to have a master’s degree to pursue our graduate certificates! All you need is an undergraduate degree from an accredited university.

Your certificate will have the same great distinctions as our master’s classes, as well as the convenient online format that will allow you to work and stay active in your church or community. Most of our graduate certificate programs can be completed in as little as one semester. This allows you to concentrate on serving your government or organization while increasing marketability and giving you an edge for promotion opportunities.

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Ranked in the Top 10% of Niche.com’s Best Online Schools in America

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 Government Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates (9 Credit Hours)

Advanced Graduate Certificates (21 Credit Hours)

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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 critical thinking and comprehension skills and accomplish something remarkable. Completing a graduate certificate isn’t just something you do – it can be an invaluable experience. Take a look at some other reasons why completing an online graduate certificate is worth it.

Return On Investment In Your Education

Return on Investment

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides valuable information on how a graduate certificate 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: urban and regional planners** and political scientists.***

Professional Connection Opportunities Through Liberty University

Professional Connections

Mastering concepts and gaining advanced knowledge shouldn’t be the only benefits of a graduate certificate. 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
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 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)

*Not applicable to certificates.