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Statement of Purpose

You can find the Statement of Purpose instructions you need for your admissions requirements by clicking the drop-down section below. The Statement of Purpose can be attached or written out in an email and submitted to luoverify@liberty.edu.

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Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Music in World Cultures – Ethnomusicology

In 500 words or less, please explain your purpose for pursuing this degree. Consider the following questions in your response:

  • How is this degree going to help you in your ministry and/or vocation?
  • What do you hope to learn through this process? 
  • What do you hope to do with this degree after graduation?

Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Composition

Please submit a 300- to 500-word statement as to why you desire to pursue a Master of Arts in Composition at Liberty University.

Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology

In 500 words or less, please explain your purpose for pursuing this degree. Consider the following questions in your response:

  • How is this degree going to help you in your ministry and/or vocation?
  • What do you hope to learn through this process?
  • What do you hope to do with this degree after graduation?

Master of Arts in Professional Writing

Please submit a 300- to 500-word statement as to why you desire to pursue a Master of Arts in Professional Writing at Liberty University.

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60-hour)

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

In 300-500 words, explain why you want to pursue a TESL degree.

Master of Education in School Counseling


Postgraduate Certificates

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


In 1,000 words or fewer, please describe your professional nursing career. In addition, please include how you incorporate your worldview in your current profession.

Please also provide the following:

  • APRN License (If applicable, provide state, number, and specialty)
  • APRN certification
  • Name of present or most recent employment and position
  • Length of employment (Indicate in MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY. If still employed, write ‘current’ as the end date)
  • Name and phone number of supervisor

Doctoral Degree Programs

Doctor of Ministry

Please submit a 300-word minimum Statement of Purpose defining your ministry and goals for developing a thesis project to improve your ministry or related area.

Doctor of Worship Studies

The Statement of Purpose is an opportunity to demonstrate to your application reviewers why you wish to pursue a doctoral degree at Liberty University, and also to showcase graduate-level writing abilities for their consideration.

In 1,000-1,500 words, please answer the following questions:

1. How has your previous education and/or work experience prepared you for doctoral studies?

2. What is your goal with regard to pursuing a doctoral education at Liberty University?

3. Please describe the character and values you possess that will help you succeed in your desired field.

Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership

The Statement of Purpose is an opportunity to demonstrate to your application reviewers why you wish to pursue a doctoral degree at Liberty University, and also to showcase graduate-level writing abilities for their consideration. 

In 1,000-1,500 words, please answer the following questions:

1. How has your previous education and/or work experience prepared you for doctoral studies at Liberty University?

2. What is your goal with regard to pursuing a doctoral education at Liberty University?

3. Please describe the character and values you possess that will help you succeed in your desired field.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Directions: Answer the following prompts using APA rules of grammar. First person is permitted; APA formatting (i.e. title page, headers) are not needed. Return completed writing sample to luoverify@liberty.edu.

Part I: In 1,000 words or fewer, please describe your professional nursing career. In addition, please include how you incorporate your worldview in your current profession.

Part II:  Please describe your vision for your scholarly project and post-doctoral practice in 1,000 words or fewer.

Please also provide the following:

  • Name, email address, home address, phone number, and citizenship
  • Undergraduate and graduate educational information (institution, major, and year the degree was awarded)
  • RN License (state and number)
  • APRN License (If applicable, provide state, number, and specialty)
  • APRN certification
  • Name of present or most recent employment and position
  • Length of Employment (Indicate in MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY. If still employed, write ‘current’ as the end date)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Criminal Justice

The Statement of Purpose is an opportunity to demonstrate to your application reviewers why you wish to pursue a doctoral degree at Liberty University, and also to showcase graduate-level writing abilities for their consideration. 

  1. In approximately 500 words, explain how your personal background and your professional and academic experiences have equipped you to pursue and succeed in this doctoral program.
  2. In approximately 1,000 words, describe the intellectual, policy, or practical problem you have encountered in your academic or professional experience that would be the focal point of your research and explain why. Indicate what knowledge and research skills you may need in order to make a substantial contribution toward solving that problem. Describe how you see a doctoral degree from Liberty University preparing you to make this contribution.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing – Nursing Education


In a minimum of 200 words for each prompt (600 – 1000 words total), describe the following:

  • Share your intellectual trajectory, how you came to the decision to further your education, and what made you decide to pursue a Ph.D. in Nursing – Nursing Education concentration at Liberty University.
  • Share research interests, why you enjoy doing research, and provide an example(s) that displays your intellectual curiosity in action.
  • In your narrative, highlight any relevant experience and skills you have. Be sure to point out any research experience in your paragraph.

Format Instructions:

  • The entire document should be 600 – 1000 words total
  • APA format
  • Title page
  • Statement of Purpose should be prepared in one APA formatted paragraph

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology

The Statement of Purpose is an opportunity to demonstrate to your application reviewers why you wish to pursue a doctoral degree at Liberty University, and also to showcase graduate-level writing abilities for their consideration.

In 1000 – 1500 words, double-spaced, please address the following:

  • What is your goal with regard to obtaining a doctoral degree in psychology from Liberty University? 
  • How does your goal align with the mission of Liberty University?

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Policy

The Statement of Purpose is an opportunity to demonstrate to your application reviewers why you wish to pursue a doctoral degree at Liberty University, and also to showcase graduate-level writing abilities for their consideration. 

  1. In approximately 500 words, explain how your personal background and your professional and academic experiences have equipped you to pursue and succeed in this doctoral program.
  2. In approximately 1,000 words, describe the intellectual, policy, or practical problem you have encountered in your academic or professional experience that would be the focal point of your research and explain why. Indicate what knowledge and research skills you may need in order to make a substantial contribution toward solving that problem. Describe how you see a doctoral degree from Liberty University preparing you to make this contribution.

Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)

The Statement of Purpose is an opportunity to demonstrate to your application reviewers why you wish to pursue a doctoral degree at Liberty University, and also to showcase graduate-level writing abilities for their consideration. 

  1. In approximately 500 words, explain how your personal background and your professional and academic experiences have equipped you to pursue and succeed in this doctoral program.
  2. In approximately 1,000 words, describe the intellectual, policy, or practical problem you have encountered in your academic or professional experience that would be the focal point of your research and explain why. Indicate what knowledge and research skills you may need in order to make a substantial contribution toward solving that problem. Describe how you see a doctoral degree from Liberty University preparing you to make this contribution.