Admission Master of Science in Political Science

Pursue Your Career Goals with a Master’s Degree from Liberty’s Helms School of Government

The Helms School of Government offers the following 100% online master’s program tracks:

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Homeland Security and Disaster Management
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in International Relations
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in National Security
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Political Science
  • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy (M.A.P.P.)

Admission Requirements for the Helms School of Government Master’s Degrees

  • Apply online or call an admissions counselor at (800) 424-9596.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable $50 application fee will be posted on the current application upon enrollment (waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required).
  • Fax/scan unofficial college transcripts. Please Note – Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance purposes with the submission of a transcript request form.
  • Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy or via a direct electronic transcript system). Students must have a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 for admission in good standing.  Students with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered for admission on caution. Applicants who have earned a master’s degree or at least 12 graduate credits from an accredited institution will be assessed on the basis of the master’s-level degree work.
  • Applicants whose native language is other than English must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an approved alternative assessment. For information on alternative assessments or TOEFL waivers, please call Admissions or view the official International Admissions policy.

Preliminary Acceptance
Dual Enrollment
Transcript Policies

Preliminary Acceptance

If you are sending in a preliminary transcript for acceptance, you must:

  • Be in your final term and planning to start your master’s degree after the last day of class for your bachelor’s degree.
  • Submit an official/unofficial transcript to confirm that you are in your final term. The preliminary transcripts must show a minimum of 105 completed credit hours. 
  • If you are a current Liberty University student completing your undergraduate degree, you will need to submit a Degree/Certificate Completion Application
  • Send in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it by the end of your first semester of enrollment.

Dual Enrollment

If you are a current Liberty undergraduate student, and plan to dually enroll, you must:

If you are a non-Liberty undergraduate student, in addition to completing and submitting an  application for admission, you must:

  • Send in official transcripts, and a letter from your current Registrar’s Office to Liberty’s Office of Graduate Admissions indicating the following:
    • Your current Grade Point Average
    • The specific degree you are pursuing
    • The estimated date of graduation
    • The number of remaining credit hours for degree completion
  • Contact and speak with our Registrar directly.

Dual enrollment is not available to the following students:

  • Students already enrolled at the Graduate level and pursuing either a Graduate degree or a Graduate Certificate.
  • Students who are pursuing an Associate degree.
  • Students pursuing an undergraduate Certificate.
  • Students who plan to pursue a Graduate Certificate rather than a Graduate degree.

Unofficial College Transcript Policy

Unofficial transcripts combined with a Transcript Request Form can be used for admission. Official transcripts are required within 60 days of acceptance and will prevent enrollment into future terms until all official transcripts have been received.

Before sending unofficial college transcripts, please make sure they include the following:

  • Your previous school’s name or logo printed on the document
  • Cumulative GPA
  • A list of completed courses and earned credit broken down by semester
  • Degree and date conferred (if applicable)

Liberty University Official College Transcript Policy

An acceptable official college transcript must be issued directly from the institution in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must meet the same requirements.

Official college transcripts are not required initially for acceptance if unofficial transcripts are provided; however, if the student uses unofficial transcripts to earn acceptance, all official transcripts must be received within 60 days of the admissions decision. Failure to send all official transcripts within the 60-day time frame will prevent registration.


Liberty University Admissions Office Contact Information

Call
(800) 424-9596

Fax
(888) 301-3577

Email for Questions:
luograd@liberty.edu

Email for Sending Documents:
luoverify@liberty.edu

Mail
Liberty University Online Admissions Verification
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

 


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