Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

General Requirements

Applicants to resident or online graduate programs at Liberty University are assessed according to academic background, aptitude for graduate-level work, and personal information. Professional experience may also be considered for applicants to some graduate programs. Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a veteran or disabled veteran. The school maintains its Christian character, but does not discriminate on the basis of religion except to the extent that applicable law respects its right to act in furtherance of its religious objectives.

The mission of Liberty University is to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world. We expect that our students understand and respect our mission and purpose while enrolled at Liberty University.

Admission to Liberty University’s graduate programs is governed by policies and procedures developed by the Graduate Senate and Graduate Administrative Council. Admission to graduate programs does not constitute Degree Candidacy status in a specific graduate program. Requirements for Degree Candidacy are outlined in the Program Specific Admission Procedures in the individual program sections of this Catalog.

The University reserves the right to refuse admission or readmission to any prospective student or re-enrollment to any student. Any applicant who intentionally withholds pertinent information or who falsifies information may be required to withdraw from Liberty University. The regulations listed herein are subject to change after the publication of this Catalog. The University reserves the right to make necessary changes to admission requirements without notice.

Liberty University graduate programs utilize a variety of course-delivery formats, some of which are available through online instruction. Course delivery format options vary by degree program; programs may be offered through online or residential formats.

An overview of program format options and admissions requirements by program is provided in the Admission Requirements Matrix located at the end of the Graduate Admissions section.

All Liberty University students in an online program are required to meet the minimum technology requirements as listed at http://www.liberty.edu/techrequirements.

The Office of Graduate Admission may request additional documentation from applicants who do not meet admissions standards. If the Office of Graduate Admissions, in its professional opinion, determines that the documentation justifies the candidate’s potential for success, the Office of Graduate Admissions may present the documentation to the Provost’s Office with a request to admit the student.

Program Formats

Residential. With the residential delivery format, courses in a program are delivered on campus [face-to-face] and generally last the standard semester.

Online. With this delivery format, courses in a program are delivered to students through an online classroom experience that is flexible, personal, and challenging. Most programs are available 100% online. The only exception is with programs that have required intensives. Courses with an intensive format requires that students attend on-campus, week long or weekend instruction that include pre- and post-work.

Liberty University Resident Programs
General Admission Procedures

Graduate Admissions, Residential Programs

Resident Graduate Admissions Office:
Phone: (877) 298-9617
Fax: (866) 418-4037
Email: Residentgraduate@liberty.edu
Text: 839-858 (TEXTLU)
Website: www.liberty.edu/residentgraduate
M-F: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm EST
Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm EST

Mailing Address:
Liberty University
Office of Resident Graduate Admissions
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

Items to be Submitted

Applicants must submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to be considered for admission. Admission decisions are not made until all documentation has been received and evaluated.

  1. Application for Admission
    Application can be made online at http://www.liberty.edu/residentgraduate To initiate an application by phone, graduate students may contact the Resident Graduate Admissions Office (1-877-298-9617).

  2. Application Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

  3. Academic Records
    Applicants to master’s-level degree programs may submit an unofficial transcript indicating successful completion of a baccalaureate degree program from an accredited institution. Unofficial transcripts will allow for acceptance and registration. Unofficial transcripts will not be reviewed for transfer credit. Before submitting unofficial transcripts, please make sure they include the following:

    • School’s name or logo printed on the document

    • List of completed courses and earned credit

    • Degree and date conferred

    Official transcripts are required in order to register for a second semester of courses. The official transcripts must adhere to the specific program’s requirement for admission. If the official transcripts do not meet the requirements, the admissions decision may be reversed and the student could be dropped from current classes and have financial aid removed. All applicants to Liberty University must be eligible for readmission at the last institution attended.
    Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited institution who have also earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution will be assessed on the basis of the master’s-level degree. The Office of Graduate Admission may request additional documentation from applicants who do not meet admissions standards. If the Office of Graduate Admissions, in its professional opinion, determines that the documentation justifies the candidate’s potential for success, the Office of Graduate Admissions may present the documentation to the Provost’s Office with a request to admit the student.

Please see the Program Specific Admissions Procedures in the individual program sections of this Catalog for information regarding minimum grade-point-average requirements.

The Office of Graduate Admission may request additional documentation from applicants who do not meet admissions standards. If the Office of Graduate Admissions, in its professional opinion, determines that the documentation justifies the candidate’s potential for success, the Office of Graduate Admissions may present the documentation to the Provost’s Office with a request to admit the student.
Some applicants may be required to provide Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores, or other similar type of test scores (GMAT, MCAT, and etc).

  • Applicants who have taken the GRE should contact the College Testing Service and request that an official score report be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Applicants who have not taken the GRE should contact Educational Testing Service to make arrangements to take the exam. The website address for the GRE is http://www.gre.org and the toll-free number is 1-(866) 473-4373. The computer-based format may be scheduled by individual appointment. Please use the Liberty University code 5385 on the GRE forms in order to have test results sent directly to the University.
  • Applicants who have taken the Miller Analogies Test should contact www.milleranalogies.com to request that an official score report be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

GPA Policy For Matriculated Students

Students who apply for admission/readmission to a Graduate/Doctoral program and who have already matriculated at Liberty University as a Graduate/Doctoral student must have, at the time of the receipt of their application, a cumulative Liberty Graduate/Doctoral GPA equal to or higher than the minimum cumulative GPA required for good academic standing in and graduation from the degree program to which they are applying.

Conditional Enrollment

Conditional enrollment is not available to applicants or programs offered in the traditional resident semester format.

Self-Certification Form

Applicants to a master’s degree may complete a Self-Certification Form verifying that they will have completed a bachelor’s degree by the time they begin their master’s-level classes. Applicants to a doctoral degree must complete a Self-Certification Form verifying that they will have completed a master’s degree by the time they begin their doctoral-level classes. Students must have met all other admission requirements for the program for which they are applying. Students under this status will be eligible for financial aid.

In order to maintain enrollment in the master’s program, students must submit a final official transcript with an undergraduate degree conferral date by the end of their first term of enrollment. In order to maintain enrollment in the doctoral program, students must submit a final official transcript with a master’s degree conferral date by the end of their first term of enrollment.

Transfer Students

Graduate applicants who intend to transfer to the University must be eligible for re-enrollment or readmission to the graduate program at the institution they most recently attended.

Transfer of Credits

Liberty offers a lifetime acceptance of credit for approved and allowable courses, with the exception of those courses wherein the University faculty has determined the course content changes significantly over time.

For master’s and post-master’s degrees, there is a limit of ten years for the acceptance of credit. For exceptions, please see specific program requirements and the Transfer Credit Matrix.

For doctoral degrees, there is a limit of seven years for acceptance of credit.

The above transfer of credits policy does not apply to coursework completed at Liberty University, whether or not the coursework was part of a conferred degree.

Only courses from institutions accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are eligible for transfer credit. These include regional accrediting bodies such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and other accrediting bodies such as the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Courses from University–approved institutions that meet regional or national accreditation equivalency will be accepted for transfer credit based on transfer credit policy. Applicants must request official transcripts be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from the registrar(s) of previously-attended schools. Transfer credit policies vary by degree program. Additional information is available in the Program Specific Admission Procedures in the individual program sections of this Catalog.

Credits transferred from other institutions are awarded grades of P for Pass, and do not impact a student’s Liberty University GPA or academic standing.

In order to receive direct credit for a course, the description must overlap the Liberty University course content at least 80%. Courses that do not match a Liberty University course by at least 80% are eligible to transfer as elective credit where allowable. Elective credit is coded as 5XX to 9XX, depending on the level of the course.

At least one-third of credits toward a graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree are earned through instruction offered by Liberty University.

Internship credit and life-experience credit are not transferable.

Course work from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty University is considered transfer credit, and is subject to the same restrictions as course work completed through other institutions. Please refer to the next section (“Multiple Degrees”) for more detailed information.

Please see the Transfer Credit Matrix at the end of this section for more information.

Multiple Degrees

Credit from a degree completed through Liberty University may be applied toward a second degree of the same academic level (e.g., master’s) earned through Liberty. The number of credits allowed to be applied toward the second degree may not exceed the maximum number of transfer credit for that degree as listed on the Transfer Credit Matrix at the end of this section.

In cases where the two degrees shared required courses in excess of the maximum amount of transfer credits allowed for the second degree, the student must take additional courses and use them as substitutions for the shared courses.

Any established exceptions to this policy will be noted either in the Transfer Credit Matrix at the end of this section and/or in the pertinent college/school section(s) elsewhere in this Catalog.

Dual Cognates or Concentrations

Students may not earn a degree with two or more cognates or concentrations (e.g., a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling with cognates in Business and Executive Leadership). Any exception to this policy for an individual degree program will be noted in the Catalog information pertaining to that program.

Students who have graduated with a degree may not apply for admission to pursue the same degree with a different cognate/concentration (example: a student who has earned a Master of Business Administration MBA degree with a cognate in Accounting may not apply for admission to pursue a second MBA with a cognate in Healthcare Management).

Admission Notification

When all required items have been received, applicants will be notified of an admission decision from the Office of Graduate Admissions or the appropriate academic department. Course registration information, pertinent information about financial check-in, and orientation for residential courses are included in the letter of acceptance.

Readmission

Students must apply for readmission if they have broken enrollment. A Residential student breaks enrollment if he/she does not maintain continuous enrollment every Fall and Spring semester.

Admission status is subject to the terms of any previous academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal. Students must submit official transcripts from all educational institutions attended since enrollment at Liberty. Admission decisions for re-applicants will be based on the current admission criteria of the respective degree program at the time the re-application is submitted.

Students who break enrollment and apply for readmission will be required to follow the current degree completion plan in effect at the time of re-entry to the University.

Any military students wishing to be readmitted who broke enrollment due to deployment must contact the Office of Military Affairs.

International Student Admission

Applicants who are not citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States and who desire to be enrolled as on-campus international students must follow procedures established by the Office of International Student Admissions. Graduate applicants who will be applying for Student (F-1) Visas should submit applications for the fall semester by April 1 and for the spring semester by September 1. Applicants must submit an affidavit of financial support for themselves and any family members accompanying them before they can be admitted.

Students living abroad and foreign nationals residing in the U.S. with an appropriate visa status are eligible to enroll in online classes provided they have the necessary Internet access and email service. Enrollment in online courses does not enable students to obtain or remain on Student (F-1) Visa Status.

Applicants who have completed secondary education or college-level academic coursework outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service provider that is a member of the National Association of Credential Services (NACES®).

If a NACES credential evaluation was completed based on a preliminary secondary transcript for the purpose of admission to the University, the student must also submit a NACES evaluation of the final secondary credential before being permitted to register for second semester courses.

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 alternate assessment (see below). Applicants who successfully complete the levels of English-Second-Language (ESL) instruction indicated below at one of two schools will have the TOEFL requirement waived. Students will have their application held until transcripts from one of the below schools are received.

Applicants must earn a score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a 3.9 on the iTEP, a 6.5 on the IELTS, or an equivalent score on an approved alternate test for all graduate degree programs. An official score report sent directly from the testing service must be submitted to the University before an admission decision can be made. Applicants who have an earned degree from a college or university in the U.S. or other English-speaking country or school may have the TOEFL requirement waived by the Office of Graduate Admissions. In addition, the Office of Graduate Admissions may require any student whose native language is not English, regardless of citizenship, to submit a TOEFL score or score from an approved alternate test, if such documentation is deemed necessary. Enrollment in certain courses may be determined by the student’s English proficiency test score in conjunction with other diagnostic assessments administered after the student matriculates on campus. Information regarding approved English proficiency tests may be obtained online as follows: TOEFL: www.ets.org/toefl; IELTS: www.ielts.org/; iTEP: www.itepexam.com.

International students and all dependents who accompany them to the U.S. must be covered with an adequate health insurance policy each semester of enrollment. A mandatory health insurance fee is added to the account of international students each fall and spring semester. It is the responsibility of all international students to remain enrolled in an adequate health insurance policy while studying at the University.

Special (Non-Degree-Seeking) Students

Students who are not seeking degrees may enroll in master’s-level courses as Special (A.K.A. Non-Degree-Seeking) Students. These students may accumulate no more than 12 semester hours under this status. Doctoral-level programs do not have Special-Student status; however, Special Students may be able to take doctoral-level classes upon approval by the Associate Dean or Academic Dean.

Special Students are not eligible to receive transfer credit, including credit earned through advanced standing, ICE (Institutional Challenge Examination), and Experiential Learning Credit. Financial Aid is not available for Special Students.

Students on Academic Suspension or Academic Dismissal are not eligible for admission as Special Students.

Academic Amnesty

Students Academically Suspended or Academically Dismissed from Liberty University may appeal for readmission under Academic Amnesty per the following protocols:

  1. The student must not have been enrolled at the University for a period of three (3) years. (Example: If the student’s last enrollment was in the Spring 2016 term, he/she would not eligible to appeal for Academic Amnesty until after the Spring 2019 term.)
  2. The student must submit a written appeal for readmission to the Registrar’s Office through the designated portal. The appeal should include a thorough explanation of
    1. the circumstances which contributed to the academic performance which resulted in the student’s Academic Suspension or Dismissal and
    2. why the student’s present circumstances are more conducive to improved academic performance if permitted to resume his/her studies.
  3. Corroboration may be requested of the student (e.g., transcripts from other institutions, certificates, awards).
  4. Students who were Academically Dismissed because of academic dishonesty are not eligible for Academic Amnesty.

The Registrar’s Office, upon reviewing the written appeal, must receive approval from Community Life and the academic department indicating the student is eligible for readmission.

If the student is approved by Community Life and the academic department, the Registrar’s Office will submit the appeal for academic amnesty for review by the Office of the Provost.

If the student’s appeal is approved, the grades will be revised as follows, and as determined by the Office of the Provost:

  1. Programs with a graduation GPA of 2.50, 3.00, or 3.25: Grades of C, D and F (including +/- grades) will be revised to Q and will no longer be included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA. Grades of A and B (including +/- grades) will not be revised and will continue to be included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA.
  2. Programs with a 2.00 graduation GPA: Grades of D and F (including +/- grades) will be revised to Q and will no longer be included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA. Grades of A, B, and C (including +/- grades) will not be revised and will continue to be included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA.
  3. Students who have been granted Academic Amnesty are not eligible for graduation honors.

If any prior certificate or degree has been awarded through Liberty University, grades earned during that time cannot be excluded when Academic Amnesty is applied. All grades earned toward a previously awarded certificate or conferred degree will remain on the student’s transcript.

Once the approved student’s grades have been revised, he/she is eligible to apply for readmission. If the student meets all other applicable admission requirements, he/she will be readmitted on Academic Caution.

If the student desires to pursue a degree program that is different than the one for which he/she was approved for academic amnesty, he/she must submit a new appeal to the Associate Registrar for Academic Success, who in turn will submit the appeal to the Associate Dean over the student’s desired program.

All previously assigned academic standings will not change and will remain part of the student’s academic records for the respective terms for which they were earned.

If, after the first term of enrollment following readmission, the student’s cumulative GPA falls below the minimum cumulative GPA required for good academic standing in the student’s degree program, the student will be Academically Dismissed, and will not be permitted to submit any further appeals for permission to continue his/her studies through Liberty University.

If the Office of the Provost denies the student’s appeal, that decision will be final. The student will not be permitted to resume the pursuit of any Graduate or Doctoral degree through Liberty University.

Degree Candidacy

Requirements for Degree Candidacy vary by program. See the Program Specific Admission Requirements in the individual program sections of this Catalog.

Dual Enrollment

Undergraduate students may enroll in master’s-level courses during the semester in which they have nine or fewer semester hours remaining to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Students must meet the cumulative GPA requirement for admission in good standing into a Graduate program to be eligible to register under dual enrollment for that program.

Students may be dually enrolled for a maximum of two semesters, and may enroll for a maximum of nine semester hours of Graduate course work.

Non-Liberty University undergraduate students must send in their graduate admission application, official transcripts, and a letter from their current Registrar’s Office indicating their current Grade Point Average, the specific degree they are pursuing, the estimated date of graduation, and the number of remaining credit hours for degree completion. Once these documents are received by the Office of Graduate Admissions, the student must contact the Liberty University Registrar's Office to request approval for dual enrollment.

Currently enrolled Liberty University undergraduate students do not need to send in an application; they must contact the Registrar directly to request approval for dual enrollment.

Dual enrollment is not available to students already enrolled at the Graduate level, including students pursuing a Graduate Certificate, nor is it available to undergraduate students who are pursuing an undergraduate Certificate rather than an undergraduate degree or who plan to pursue a Graduate Certificate rather than a Graduate degree.

Graduate Student Assistantships

Graduate Student Assistantships are available for residential students in most of the graduate programs. These involve a stipend and tuition rebate. Application is separate from the admissions process.

Additional Information

Additional information regarding the University’s academic and administrative policies and procedures can be found on the University web site at http://www.liberty.edu/registrar.

Privacy of Student Records: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Liberty follows the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Details regarding University policies are published online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=14819. Persons desiring additional information about University policies and procedures should call or write the Director of Graduate Student Affairs.

Liberty University Online Programs
General Admission Procedures

Graduate Admissions, Online Program

Liberty University Graduate Admissions Office:
Phone: (800) 424-9596 Fax: (888) 301-3577
Email: LUOgrad@liberty.edu
Website: www.liberty.edu/online
M-F: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm EST
Sat: 10:00 am –  6:00 pm EST

Mailing Address:
Liberty University
Admissions Verification
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

Items to be Submitted

Applicants must submit the following items to Liberty University’s online Admissions Office in order to be considered for admission. Admission decisions are not made until all documentation has been received and evaluated.

  1. Application for Admission
    Application can be made online at apply.liberty.edu.To initiate an application for online programs by phone, graduate students may contact Liberty University at (800) 424-9596.
  2. Application Fee is non-refundable. The fee is deferred until Financial Check-in.
  3. Academic Records
    Applicants to master’s-level degree programs may submit an unofficial transcript indicating successful completion of a baccalaureate degree program from an accredited institution. Unofficial transcripts will allow for acceptance and registration. Unofficial transcripts will not be reviewed for transfer credit. Before submitting unofficial transcripts, please make sure they include the following:
    • School’s name or logo printed on the document
    • List of completed courses and earned credit
    • Degree and date conferred
    To be admitted using unofficial transcripts, students will need to submit a Transcript Request Form. Upon an admission decision, official transcripts are required within 60 days; official transcripts are required in order to register for a second semester of courses. The official transcripts must adhere to the specific program’s requirements for admission. If the official transcripts do not meet the requirements, the admission decision may be reversed and the student could be dropped from current classes and have financial aid removed. All applicants to Liberty University must be eligible for readmission at the last institution attended.
    Applicants to doctoral programs will be required to submit official transcripts indicating successful completion of a master’s degree and may also be required to submit transcripts from their baccalaureate degree. Please see Program Specific Admission Requirements for more details.
    In some cases, additional transcripts may be required in order for an acceptance decision to occur. In order to receive credit for both transfer courses and prerequisite courses, students must send in official transcripts from the school(s) at which the course(s) was/were taken. An “official transcript” is one that is received directly from the educational institution attended, or is sent to Liberty University (by any party) within the original, sealed, university envelope. Official transcripts should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
    Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited institution who have also earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution may be assessed on the basis of the master’s-level degree. The Office of Graduate Admissions may request additional documentation from applicants who do not meet admission standards. If the Office of Graduate Admissions determines that the documentation justifies the candidate’s potential for success, the Office of Graduate Admissions may present the documentation to the Provost’s Office with a request to admit the student.
    Liberty University does not engage in unlawful discrimination or harassment because of race, color, ancestry, religion, age, sex, national origin, pregnancy or childbirth, disability or military veteran status in its educational programs and activities. Liberty University maintains its Christian mission and reserves its right to discriminate on the basis of religion to the extent that applicable law respects its right to act in furtherance of its religious objectives.
  4. Additional Requirements for Admission
    Please see the Program Specific Admissions Procedures in the individual program sections of this catalog for information regarding minimum grade-point-average requirements and additional items needed for acceptance.
    Some Applicants may be required to provide Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores, or other similar type of test scores (GMAT, MCAT, and etc.).
    1. Applicants who have taken the GRE should contact the College Testing Service and request that an official score report be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Applicants who have not taken the GRE should contact the Educational Testing Service to make arrangements to take the exam. The website address for the GRE is www.gre.org, and the toll-free number is (866) 473-4373. The computer-based format may be scheduled by individual appointment. Please use the Liberty University code 5385 on the GRE forms in order to have test results sent directly to the University.
    2. Applicants who have taken the Miller Analogies Exam should contact www.milleranalogies.com to request that an official score report be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Students Serving In The U.S. Army

Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard students serving in the U.S. Army must apply for admission and enroll via the GoArmyEd portal, https://www.goarmyed.com/. Admission and enrollment through the Army portal will allow Tuition Assistance to be approved through the enrollment process. Additional information is provided online at http://www.liberty.edu/online/military-students/.

GPA Policy For Matriculated Students

Students who apply for admission/readmission to a Graduate/Doctoral program and who have already matriculated at Liberty University as a Graduate/Doctoral student must have, at the time of the receipt of their application, a cumulative Liberty Graduate/Doctoral GPA equal to or higher than the minimum cumulative GPA required for good academic standing in and graduation from the degree program to which they are applying.

Conditional Enrollment

Some programs allow students to be conditionally enrolled following the receipt of a completed application. Conditionally enrolled Graduate students may enroll for up to nine semester hours of online coursework within only the first semester, pending the receipt of all remaining admission documentation. Students who have not submitted the required documentation by the completion of the first semester will not be permitted to enroll in additional courses until the admission file is completed and program admission is granted.

Conditional enrollment is not a guarantee of full admission to a degree program. Federal and state financial aid is not available to students under conditional enrollment.

Self-Certification Form

Applicants to a master’s degree who have not yet completed their bachelor’s degree must complete a Self–Certification Form verifying that they will have completed a bachelor’s degree by the time they begin their master’s-level classes. Applicants to a doctoral degree who have not yet completed a master’s degree must complete a Self-Certification Form verifying that they will have completed a master’s degree by the time they begin their doctoral-level classes.

In order to maintain enrollment in the master’s program, students must submit a final official transcript with an undergraduate degree conferral date by the end of their first term of enrollment.  In order to maintain enrollment in the doctoral program, students must submit a final official transcript with a master’s degree conferral date by the end of their first term of enrollment.

Transfer Students

Graduate applicants who intend to transfer to the University must be eligible for re-enrollment or readmission to the graduate program at the institution they most recently attended.

Transfer of Credits

Only courses from institutions accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are eligible for transfer credit. These include regional accrediting bodies such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and other accrediting bodies such as the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Courses from University–approved institutions that meet regional or national accreditation equivalency will be accepted for transfer credit based on transfer credit policy. Applicants must request official transcripts be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from the registrar(s) of previously-attended schools. Transfer credit policies vary by degree program. Additional information is available in the Program Specific Admission Procedures in the individual program sections of this Catalog.

Credits transferred from other institutions are awarded grades of "P" for Pass and do not impact a student’s Liberty University GPA or academic standing.

In order to receive direct credit for a course, the description must overlap the Liberty University course content at least 80%. Courses that do not match a Liberty University course by at least 80% are eligible to transfer as elective credit where allowable. Elective credit is coded as 5XX to 9XX, depending on the level of the course.

At least one-third of credits toward a graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree are earned through instruction offered by Liberty University.

Internship credit and Experience Plus credit are not transferable.

Course work from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty University is considered transfer credit, and is subject to the same restrictions as course work completed through other institutions. Refer to the next section (“Multiple Degrees”) for more detailed information.

See the Transfer Credit Matrix at the end of this section for more information.

Multiple Degrees

Credit from a degree completed through Liberty University  may be applied toward a second degree of the same academic level (e.g., master’s) earned through Liberty. The number of credits allowed to be applied toward the second degree may not exceed the maximum amount of transfer credit for that degree as listed on the Transfer Credit Matrix at the end of this section.

In cases where the two degrees share required courses in excess of the maximum amount of transfer credits allowed for the second degree, the student must take additional courses and use them as substitutions for the shared courses.

Any established exceptions to this policy will be noted either in the Transfer Credit Matrix at the end of this section and/or in the pertinent college/school section(s) elsewhere in this catalog.

Dual Cognates or Concentrations

Students may not earn a degree with two or more cognates or concentrations (e.g., a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling with cognates in Business and Executive Leadership). Any exception to this policy for an individual degree program will be noted in the catalog information pertaining to that program.

Students who have graduated with a degree may not apply for admission to pursue the same degree with a different cognate/concentration (example: a student who has earned a Master of Business Administration [MBA] degree with a cognate in Accounting may not apply for admission to pursue a second MBA with a cognate in Healthcare Management).

Admission Notification

When all required items have been received, applicants will be notified of an admission decision from the Office of Graduate Admissions or the appropriate academic department. Course registration information, and pertinent information about financial check-in, are included in the letter of acceptance.

Readmission

Students must apply for readmission if they have broken enrollment. A student breaks enrollment if he/she does not matriculate in a course at least once every academic year.

Note:

  1. Students in Doctoral programs who have begun the dissertation/project/thesis phase of their degrees must maintain continual enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until they complete their degrees. Students enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry only need to maintain enrollment through Fall and Spring semesters.
  2. Students who are pursuing Master’s degrees which require projects or theses, and who have begun the project/thesis phase of their degrees, must adhere to the Residential enrollment policy (they must be enrolled for each Fall and Spring semester) until they complete their degrees.

Admission status is subject to the terms of any previous academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal. Students may be required to provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended since enrollment at Liberty. Admission decisions for re-applicants will be based on the current admission criteria of the respective degree program at the time the re-application is submitted.

Students who break enrollment and apply for readmission will be required to follow the current degree completion plan in effect at the time of re-entry to the University.

Any military student wishing to be readmitted who broke enrollment due to deployment must contact the Office of Military Affairs.

International Admission

Applicants whose native language is a language other than English must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an approved alternate assessment (see below). Applicants who successfully complete the levels of English-Second-Language (ESL) instruction indicated below at one of three schools will have the TOEFL requirement waived. Students will have their application held until transcripts from one of the below schools are received.

Applicants must earn a score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a 3.9 on the iTEP, a 6.5 on the IELTS, or an equivalent score on an approved alternate test for all graduate degree programs. An official score report sent directly from the testing service must be submitted to the University before an admission decision can be made. Applicants who have an earned degree from a college or university in the U.S. or other English-speaking country or school may have the TOEFL requirement waived by the Office of Graduate Admissions. In addition, the Office of Graduate Admissions may require any student whose native official language is not English, regardless of citizenship, to submit a TOEFL score or score from an approved alternate test, if such documentation is deemed necessary. Enrollment in certain courses may be determined by the student’s English proficiency test score in conjunction with other diagnostic assessments administered after the student matriculates on campus.

Information regarding approved English proficiency tests may be obtained online as follows: TOEFL: www.ets.org/toefl; IELTS: www.ielts.org/; iTEP: www.itepexam.com.

Special (Non-Degree-Seeking) Students

Students who are not seeking degrees may enroll in master’s-level courses as Special (Non-Degree-Seeking) Students. These students may accumulate no more than 12 semester hours under this status. Doctoral-level programs do not have Special-Student status; however, Special Students may be able to take doctoral-level classes upon approval by the Associate Dean or Academic Dean.

Special Students are not eligible to receive transfer credit, including credit earned through Experience Plus. Financial Aid is not available for Special Students.

Students on Academic Suspension or Academic Dismissal are not eligible for admission as Special Students.

Academic Amnesty

Students Academically Suspended or Academically Dismissed from Liberty University may appeal for readmission under Academic Amnesty per the following protocols:

  1. The student must not have been enrolled at the University for a period of two (2) years. (Example: If the student’s last enrollment was in the Fall 2018 term, he/she would not eligible to appeal for Academic Amnesty until after the Fall 2020 term.)
  2. The student must submit a written appeal for readmission to the Registrar’s Office through the designated portal. The appeal should include a thorough explanation of
    1. the circumstances which contributed to the academic performance which resulted in the student’s Academic Suspension or Dismissal and
    2. why the student’s present circumstances are more conducive to improved academic performance if permitted to resume his/her studies.
  3. Corroboration may be requested of the student (e.g., transcripts from other institutions, certificates, awards).
  4. Students who were Academically Dismissed because of academic dishonesty are not eligible for Academic Amnesty.

The Registrar’s Office, upon reviewing the written appeal, must receive approval from Community Life and the academic department indicating the student is eligible for readmission.

If the student is approved by Community Life and the academic department, the Registrar’s Office will submit the appeal for academic amnesty for review by the Office of the Online Provost.

If the student’s appeal is approved, the grades will be revised as follows, and as determined by the Office of the Online Provost:

  1. Programs with a graduation GPA of 2.50, 3.00, or 3.25: Grades of C, D and F (including +/- grades) will be revised to Q and will no longer be included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA. Grades of A and B (including +/- grades) will not be revised and will continue to be included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA.
  2. Programs with a 2.00 graduation GPA: Grades of D and F (including +/- grades) will be revised to Q and will no longer be included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA. Grades of A, B, and C (including +/- grades) will not be revised and will continue to be included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA.
  3. Students who have been granted Academic Amnesty are not eligible for graduation honors.

If any prior certificate or degree has been awarded through Liberty University, grades earned during that time cannot be excluded when Academic Amnesty is applied. All grades earned toward a previously awarded certificate or conferred degree will remain on the student’s transcript.

Once the approved student’s grades have been revised, he/she is eligible to apply for readmission. If the student meets all other applicable admission requirements, he/she will be readmitted on Academic Caution.

If the student desires to pursue a degree program that is different than the one for which he/she was approved for academic amnesty, he/she must submit a new appeal to the Associate Registrar for Academic Success, who in turn will submit the appeal to the Associate Dean over the student’s desired program.

All previously assigned academic standings will not change and will remain part of the student’s academic records for the respective terms for which they were earned.

If, after the first term of enrollment following readmission, the student’s cumulative GPA falls below the minimum cumulative GPA required for good academic standing in the student’s degree program, the student will be Academically Dismissed, and will not be permitted to submit any further appeals for permission to continue his/her studies through Liberty University.

If the Office of the Online Provost denies the student’s appeal, that decision will be final.  The student will not be permitted to resume the pursuit of any Graduate or Doctoral degree through Liberty University.

Degree Candidacy

Requirements for Degree Candidacy vary by program. See the Program Specific Admission Requirements in the individual program sections of this Catalog.

Dual Enrollment

Undergraduate students may enroll in master’s-level courses during the semester in which they have nine or fewer semester hours remaining to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Students must meet the cumulative GPA requirement for admission in good standing into a graduate program to be eligible to register under dual enrollment for that program.

Students may be dually enrolled for a maximum of two semesters, and may enroll for a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate course work. 

Non-Liberty University undergraduate students must send in their Graduate admission application, official transcripts, and a letter from their current Registrar’s Office indicating their current Grade Point Average, the specific degree they are pursuing, the estimated date of graduation, and the number of remaining credit hours for degree completion. Once these documents have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions, the student must contact the Liberty University Registrar's Office to request approval for dual enrollment.

Currently enrolled Liberty University undergraduate students do not need to send in an application; they must contact the Registrar directly to request approval for dual enrollment.

Dual enrollment is not available to students already enrolled at the graduate level, including students pursuing a graduate certificate, nor is it available to undergraduate students who are pursuing an undergraduate certificate rather than an undergraduate degree or who plan to pursue a graduate certificate rather than a graduate degree.

Privacy of Student Records: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Liberty follows the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Details regarding University policies are published online at www.liberty.edu/ferpa. Persons desiring additional information about University policies and procedures should call or write the Director of Graduate Student Affairs.

Additional Information

Additional information regarding the University’s academic and administrative policies and procedures can be found on the University web site at www.liberty.edu/online.

Admissions Requirements Matrix

Master’s Degree Programs

Program Format GPA GPA for Caution GRE Recommendations Contact Information Recommendations Statement of Purpose Essay Research Paper/Writing Sample
JM - AVAILABLE SPRING 2020 O 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
JM in American Legal Studies O 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
JM in International Legal Studies O 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
LLM in International Legal Studies O 3.00 case-by-case N 2 n/a N N
MA in Addiction Counseling O1 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MA in Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology R 2.50 none N n/a n/a N N
MA in Applied Psychology O 2.50 none N n/a n/a N N
MA in Biblical Studies (MABS) O/R 2.00 none N n/a 1 N N
MA in Christian Apologetics O/R 2.50 2.00 N n/a 1 N N
MA in Communication O/R 2.50 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
MA in Composition O 3.00 2.75 N n/a n/a Y N
MA in English R 3.00 case-by-case N n/a 2 Y Y
MA in Ethnomusicology O1 3.00 2.50 N n/a 1 Y N2
MA in Global Studies (MAGS) O/R 2.00 none N n/a 1 N N
MA in History O/R 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a Y N
MA in Medical Sciences O1 2.75 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MA in Music & Worship O/R1 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MA in Music Education O/R1 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MA in Professional Writing O 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a Y N
MA in Promotion & Video Content O 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MA in Public Policy (MAPP) O/R 3.00 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
MA in Strategic Communication O/R 2.50 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
MA in Teaching English as a Second Language O 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a Y N
MA in Visual Communication Design O 3.00 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
MBA O/R 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) O/R 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a Y3 N
Master of Public Administration (MPA) O 3.00 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
Master of Public Health (MPH) O/R 2.50 none N n/a n/a N N
MS in Biomedical Sciences - 1-yr option R 2.75 2.50 Y n/a n/a N N
MS in Biomedical Sciences - 2-yr option R 2.75 2.50 Y n/a n/a N N
MS in Criminal Justice O 3.00 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Cyber Security O 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Exercise Science & Wellness O/R 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Finance O 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Healthcare Administration O 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Health Informatics (MSHI) O 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Human Performance O/R 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Information Systems (MSIS) O 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Information Technology (MSIT) O/R 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MS in International Relations O 3.00 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Marketing O 3.00 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
MS in National Security O 3.00 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Political Science O 3.00 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Project Management O 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Psychology R 3.00 2.75 Y4 n/a 2 N N
MS in Social Media Management O 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Sport Management O/R 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling O/R 2.70 none N 2 n/a Y N
MA in Marriage & Family Counseling R 2.70 none N 2 n/a Y N
MA in Marriage & Family Therapy O1 2.70 none N 2 n/a Y N
MAT/MEd - Licensure O1 3.00 2.50 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Accounting O 3.00 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
MS in Nursing (MSN) O 3.00 2.00 N 1 n/a N N
MSN / MBA dual degree O 3.00 2.00 N 1 n/a N N
MSN / MS in Healthcare Administration dual degree O 3.00 2.00 N 1 n/a N N
MA in Executive Leadership O 2.50 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
MA in Human Services Counseling O/R 2.00 none N n/a n/a N N
MA in Interdisciplinary Studies O 2.50 2.25 N n/a n/a N N
MA in Pastoral Counseling O/R1 2.00 none N n/a n/a N N
MA in Worship Studies O/R1 3.00 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Non-licensure O 3.00 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
MEd in Higher Education - Non-licensure O 3.00 2.00 N n/a n/a N N
MA in Biblical Exposition O/R 2.00 none N n/a 1 N N
MA in Christian Ministry (MACM) O/R 2.00 none N n/a 1 N N
MAR O/R 2.00 none N n/a 1 N N
MA in Sports Chaplaincy O 2.00 none N n/a 1 N N
MA in Theological Studies (MATS) O/R 2.00 none N n/a 1 N N
MDiv O/R 2.00 none N n/a 1 N N
MRE O 2.00 none N n/a 1 N N

Important Notes:

Post-Master’s and Doctoral Degree Programs

Program Format GPA GPA for Caution GRE Recommendations Contact Information Recommendations Statement of Purpose Essay Research Paper/Writing Sample
ThM O/R1 3.00 2.00 N 0 1 N N
DBA O1 3.00 none N 0 02 N N
DMin O1 3.00 2.00 N 0 2 Y N
DNP (post-MSN)3 O1 3.00 none N 0 0 Y Y
DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner (post-BSN)3 O/R4 3.00 none N 0 3 Y Y
DNP - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner3 O 3.00 none N 0 1 N Y
DPA O 3.00 none5 N 0 0 Y N
DSL O 3.00 none N 0 0 N N
DWS O1 3.00 none N 0 02 Y N
PhD in Theology & Apologetics O1 3.25 none Y 2 0 Y Y
EdS in Curriculum & Instruction O 3.00 none N 0 0 N N
EdS in Educational Leadership O 3.00 none N 0 0 N N
EdS in Higher Education Administration O 3.00 none N 0 0 N N
EdD in Christian Leadership O1 3.00 none N 0 02 Y N
EdD in Community Care & Counseling O1 3.00 none N 0 02 Y N
EdD in Curriculum & Instruction O1 3.00 none N 0 02 N N
EdD in Educational Leadership O1 3.00 none N 0 02 N N
PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology R 3.00 none Y 3 0 Y N
PhD in Bible Exposition O 3.00 none N 0 0 N Y
PhD in Criminal Justice O 3.00 none5 N 0 0 Y N
PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision O1 3.25 none Y 2 0 N Y
PhD in Education O 3.00 none N 0 0 N N
PhD in Higher Education Administration O 3.00 none N 0 0 N N
PhD in Public Policy O 3.00 none5 N 0 0 Y N
PhD in History O 3.00 none5 N 0 0 N N
PhD in Communication O 3.00 none N 0 0 N N
PhD in Nursing O 3.00 none N 0 1 Y N
PhD in Psychology O 3.00 none N 0 2 Y N
PhD in Strategic Media - AVAILABLE SPRING 2020 O 3.00 none N 0 0 N N

Important Notes:

 Transfer Credit Matrix

Degree Program Hours in program Minimum hours required through Liberty1 Maximum hours of transfer credit allowed2 Maximum age of transfer credit (in years)
College of Arts & Sciences
Master of Arts in Composition (MA) 36 18 18 10
Master of Arts in English (MA) 36 18 18 10
Master of Arts in History (MA) 36 18 18 10
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MA) 31 16 15 10
Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MA) 36 18 18 10
Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA) 30 15 15 10
Doctor of Philosophy in History (PhD) 72 48 24 7
School of Behavioral Sciences
Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling (MA) 48 24 24 10
Master of Arts in Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MA) 36 18 18 10
Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (MA) 36 18 18 10
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA) 60 30 30 10
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (MA) 30 15 15 10
Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Counseling (MA) 60 30 30 10
Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy (MA) 60 30 30 10
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA) 36 18 18 10
Master of Education in School Counseling (MEd) 48 24 24 10
Master of Science in Psychology (MS) 36 18 18 10
Doctor of Education in Community Care & Counseling (EdD) 57 42 15 7
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD) 60-66 45-51 15 7
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) 60 45 15 7
Alton W. & Lois H. Overton Graduate School of Business
Master of Arts in Executive Leadership (MA) 30 15 15 10
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - 36-hour 36 18 18 10
Master of Business Administration (MBA) 45 24 21 10
Master of Science in Accounting (MS) 30 15 15 103
Master of Science in Cyber Security (MS) 36 18 18 5
Master of Science in Finance (MS) 30 15 15 10
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MS) - 42-hour 42 21 21 10
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MS) - 48-hour 48 24 24 10
Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) 36 18 18 104
Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) 36 18 18 105
Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) 36 18 18 105,6
Master of Science in Marketing (MS) 36 18 18 10
Master of Science in Project Management (MS) 36 18 18 10
Master of Science in Sport Management - Non-Thesis & Thesis options (MS) 36 18 18 10
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) 60 45 15 7
Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL) 51 36 15 7
School of Communication & Digital Content
Master of Arts in Communication (MA) 33 18 15 10
Master of Arts in Promotion & Video Content (MA) 33 18 15 10
Master of Arts in Strategic Communication (MA) 33 18 15 10
Master of Science in Social Media Management (MS) 33 18 15 10
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD) 60 45 15 7
Doctor of Philosophy in Strategic Media (PhD) - AVAILABLE SPRING 2020 60 45 15 7
Rawlings School of Divinity
Master of Arts in Biblical Exposition (MA) 36 18 18 10
Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS) 60 30 30 10
Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (MA) 36 18 18 10
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) 36 18 18 10
Master of Arts in Global Studies (MAGS) 36 18 18 10
Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) 60 30 30 10
Master of Arts in Sports Chaplaincy (MA) 36 18 18 10
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) 36 18 18 10
Master of Divinity - 75-hour (MDiv)7 75 39 36 10
Master of Divinity - Biblical Languages - 90-hour (MDiv)7 90 45 45 10
Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy - 75-hour (MDiv)7,8 75 39 36 10
Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy - 93-hour (MDiv)7,8 75 48 45 10
Master of Religious Education (MRE) 60 30 30 10
Master of Theology - Non-Thesis & Thesis options (ThM) 30 24 6 10
Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership (EdD) 60 51 9 7
Doctor of Ministry (DMin) 30 24 6 7
Doctor of Philosophy in Bible Exposition (PhD) 60 48 12 7
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology & Apologetics (PhD) 57 42 15 7
School of Education
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - 36-hour 36 18 18 10
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - 45-hour 45 24 21 10
Master of Education (MEd) 36 18 18 10
Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (MEd) 36 18 18 10
Master of Education in Higher Education (MEd) 30 15 15 10
Education Specialist in Curriculum & Instruction (EdS) 30 24 6 10
Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (EdS) 30 24 6 10
Education Specialist in Higher Education Administration (EdS) 30 24 6 10
Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)9 54 39 15 7
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)9 54 39 15 7
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)10 60 45 15 7
Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration (PhD)11 60 45 15 7
Helms School of Government
Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) 36 18 18 10
Master of Public Administration (MPA) 36 18 18 10
Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MS) 36 18 18 10
Master of Science in International Relations (MS) 36 18 18 10
Master of Science in National Security (MS) 36 18 18 10
Master of Science in Political Science (MS) 36 18 18 10
Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice (PhD) 60 45 15 7
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy (PhD) 60 45 15 7
Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) 48 36 12 7
School of Health Sciences
Master of Arts in Medical Sciences (MA) 34 18 16 10
Master of Public Health (MPH) 42 21 21 10
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MS) 39 21 18 10
Master of Science in Exercise Science & Wellness (MS) 33 18 15 10
Master of Science in Human Performance (MS) 35 20 15 10
Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy & Cell Biology (PhD) 96-97 57-58 39 7
School of Law
Juris Master (JM) - AVAILABLE SPRING 2020 30 15 15 10
Juris Master in American Legal Studies (JM) 30 15 15 10
Juris Master in International Legal Studies (JM) 30 15 15 10
Master of Laws in International Legal Studies (LLM) 24 18 6 10
School of Music
Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology (MA) 42 21 21 10
Master of Arts in Music & Worship (MA) 42 21 21 10
Master of Arts in Music Education (MA) 39 21 18 10
Master of Arts in Worship Studies (MA) 42 21 21 10
Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS) 45 33 12 7
School of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - concentrations in Community Health & Health Policy 36 18 18 5
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - concentrations in Nurse Educator, Nursing Administration, & Nursing Informatics 42 21 21 5
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) / Master of Business Administration (MBA) dual degree 60 30 30 5
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) / Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MS) dual degree 60 30 30 5
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) 41 35 6 7
Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP) 78 72 6 7
Doctor of Nursing Practice - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP) 58 55 3 7
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) 60 45 15 7
School of Visual & Performing Arts
Master of Arts in Visual Communication Design (MA) 30 15 15 10
Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (MFA) 60 30 30 10
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (MFA) 60 30 30 10

Admissions – Graduate Certificate Programs

General Requirements

Applicants to the graduate certificate programs at Liberty University are assessed according to academic background, aptitude for graduate-level work, and personal information. Professional experience may also be considered for applicants to some graduate programs. Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a veteran or disabled veteran. The school maintains its Christian character, but does not discriminate on the basis of religion except to the extent that applicable law respects its right to act in furtherance of its religious objectives.

The mission of Liberty University is to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world. We expect that our students understand and respect our mission and purpose while enrolled at Liberty University.

Admission to Liberty University’s graduate programs is governed by policies and procedures developed by the Graduate Senate and Graduate Administrative Council. Admission to graduate programs does not constitute Certificate Candidacy status in a specific graduate program. Requirements for Certificate Candidacy are outlined in the Program Specific Admission Procedures in the individual program sections of this Catalog.

The University reserves the right to refuse admission or readmission to any prospective student or re-enrollment to any student. Any applicant who intentionally withholds pertinent information or who falsifies information may be required to withdraw from Liberty University. The regulations listed herein are subject to change after the publication of this Catalog. The University reserves the right to make necessary changes to admission requirements without notice.

Liberty University graduate certificate programs utilize a variety of course-delivery formats, some of which are available through on-campus and online instruction and/or DVDs/videos. Course delivery format options vary by certificate program.

An overview of program format options and admissions requirements by program is provided in the Admission Requirements Matrix located at the end of the Graduate Admissions section.

Applicants to all graduate programs are required to have access to the Internet, e-mail service, and proficiency with word processing software.

Program Format

On-Campus [Residential]. With the residential delivery format, courses in a program are delivered on campus [face-to-face] and generally last the standard semester.

Online [Distance Education]. With the online delivery format, courses in a program are delivered to students through a virtual classroom experience that is flexible, personal, and challenging. Through the online format a student can complete a certificate program entirely online.

Liberty University On-Campus
General Certificate Admission Procedures

Graduate Admissions, On-Campus Certificates

Resident Graduate Admissions Office:
Phone: (877) 298-9617
Fax: (866) 418-4037
Email: Residentgraduate@liberty.edu
Text: 839-858 (TEXTLU)
Website: www.liberty.edu/residentgraduate
M-F: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm EST
Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm EST

Mailing Address:
Liberty University
Office of Resident Graduate Admissions
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

Items to be Submitted

Applicants must submit the following items to the Liberty University On-Campus Graduate Admissions Office in order to be considered for admission. Admission decisions are not made until all documentation has been received and evaluated.

  1. Application for Admission
    Application can be made online at www.liberty.edu/residentgraduate. To initiate an application by phone, graduate students may contact the Resident Graduate Admissions Office (1-877-298-9617).
  2. Application Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  3. Academic Records

    Applicants to master’s-level certificate programs may submit an official transcript indicating successful completion of a baccalaureate degree program from an accredited institution. Before submitting official transcripts, please make sure they include the following:
    School’s name or logo printed on the document
    Cumulative GPA
    List of completed courses and earned credit
    Degree and date conferred
    Upon an admission decision, the official transcripts must adhere to the specific program’s requirements for admission. If the official transcripts do not meet the requirements, the admissions decision may be reversed and the student could be dropped from current classes and have financial aid removed. All applicants to Liberty University must be eligible for readmission at the last institution attended. In some cases, additional transcripts may be required in order for an acceptance decision to occur. An “official transcript” is one that is received directly from the educational institution attended, or is sent to Liberty University (by any party) within the original, sealed, university envelope. Official transcripts should be sent to the Liberty University On-Campus Graduate Admissions Office.Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited institution who have also earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution will be assessed on the basis of the master’s-level degree. The Office of Graduate Admission may request additional documentation from applicants who do not meet admissions standards. If the Office of Graduate Admissions, in its professional opinion, determines that the documentation justifies the candidate’s potential for success, the Office of Graduate Admissions may present the documentation to the Provost’s Office with a request to admit the student admission to students based on professional judgment.

  4. Additional Requirements for Admission
    Please see the Program Specific Admissions Procedures in the individual program sections of this Catalog for information regarding minimum grade-point-average requirements and additional items needed for acceptance.

Conditional Enrollment

Conditional enrollment is not available to students pursuing certificates.

Self-Certification Form

Undergraduate students seeking admission to an online graduate certificate are not permitted to complete a Self-Certification. Students must submit transcripts indicating successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Transfer Students

Graduate applicants who intend to transfer to the University must be eligible for reenrollment or readmission to the graduate program at the institution they most recently attended.

Transfer of Credits

All credits must be completed through Liberty University for a certificate program. Credits from classes taken through Liberty University for a degree or a certificate conferred after January 25, 2013 can be transferred to a certificate. Courses taken outside of Liberty University cannot transfer into a certificate program.

Admission Notification

When all required items have been received, applicants will be notified of an admission decision from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Readmission

Students must apply for readmission if they have broken enrollment. A Liberty University residential student breaks enrollment if he/she does not matriculate in a course at least once every Fall/Spring semester.

Admission status is subject to the terms of any previous academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal. Students may be required to provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended since enrollment at Liberty. Admission decisions for re-applicants will be based on the current admission criteria of the respective certificate program at the time the re-application is submitted.

Students who break enrollment and apply for readmission will be required to follow the current certificate completion plan in effect at the time of re-entry to the University.

Certificate Candidacy

Requirements for Certificate Candidacy vary by program. See the Admission Requirements Matrix for Certificates located at the end of this section.

Privacy Of Student Records: Family Educational Rights And Privacy Act (FERPA)

Liberty follows the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Details regarding University policies are published online at www.liberty.edu/ferpa. Persons desiring additional information about University policies and procedures should call or write the Director of Graduate Student Affairs.

Additional Information

Additional information regarding the University’s academic and administrative policies and procedures can be found on the University web site at www.liberty.edu/registrar.

Liberty University Online
General Certificate Admission Procedures

Graduate Admissions, Online Certificate

Liberty University Graduate Admissions Office:
Phone:  (800) 424-9596
Fax: (888) 301-3577
Email: LUOgrad@liberty.edu
Website: www.liberty.edu/online
M-F: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm EST
Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm EST

Mailing Address:
Liberty University
Admission Verification
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

Items to be Submitted

Applicants must submit the following items to Liberty’s online Admissions Office in order to be considered for admission. Admission decisions are not made until all documentation has been received and evaluated.

  1. Application for Admission
    Application can be made online at apply.liberty.edu. To initiate an application for online programs by phone, graduate students may contact Liberty University at (800) 424-9596.
  2. Application Fee is non-refundable. 
    The fee is deferred until Financial Check-in.
  3. Academic Records
    Applicants to master’s-level certificate programs must submit official transcripts for admission. The official transcripts must adhere to the specific program’s requirements for admission. All applicants applying to Liberty University must be eligible for readmission or re-enrollment at the last institution attended.

    In some cases, additional transcripts may be required in order for an acceptance decision to occur. An official transcript is one that is received directly from the educational institution attended, or is sent to Liberty University (by any party) within the original, sealed, university envelope. Official transcripts should be sent to the Liberty University Graduate Admissions Office.

    Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited institution who have also earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution will be assessed on the basis of the master’s-level degree. The Office of Graduate Admission may request additional documentation from applicants who do not meet admissions standards. If the Office of Graduate Admissions determines that the documentation justifies the candidate’s potential for success, the Office of Graduate Admissions may present the documentation to the Provost’s Office with a request to admit the student.

    Liberty University does not engage in unlawful discrimination or harassment because of race, color, ancestry, religion, age, sex, national origin, pregnancy or childbirth, disability or military veteran status in its educational programs and activities. Liberty University maintains its Christian mission and reserves its right to discriminate on the basis of religion to the extent that applicable law respects its right to act in furtherance of its religious objectives.
  4. Additional Requirements for Admission
    Please see the Program Specific Admissions Procedures in the individual program sections of this catalog for information regarding minimum GPA requirements and additional items needed for acceptance.

Conditional Enrollment

Conditional enrollment is not available to students pursuing certificates.

Self-Certification Form

Undergraduate students seeking admission to an online graduate certificate are not permitted to complete a Self-Certification form. Students must submit transcripts indicating successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Transfer Students

Graduate applicants who intend to transfer to the University must be eligible for re-enrollment or readmission to the graduate program at the institution they most recently attended.

Transfer of Credits

All credits must be completed through Liberty University for a certificate program. Credits from classes taken through Liberty University for a degree or a certificate conferred after January 25, 2013 can be transferred to a certificate. Courses taken outside of Liberty University cannot transfer into a certificate program.

Admission Notification

When all required items have been received, applicants will be notified of an admission decision from the Office of Graduate Admissions or the appropriate academic department. Course registration information, pertinent information about Financial Check-in, and orientation for online courses are included in the letter of acceptance.

Readmission

Students must apply for readmission if they have broken enrollment. A student breaks enrollment if he/she does not matriculate in a course at least once every academic year.

Admission status is subject to the terms of any previous academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal. Students may be required to provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended since enrollment at Liberty. Admission decisions for re-applicants will be based on the current admission criteria of the respective certificate program at the time the re-application is submitted.

Students who break enrollment and apply for readmission will be required to follow the current certificate completion plan in effect at the time of re-entry to the University.

Certificate Candidacy

Requirements for certificate candidacy vary by program. See the Admission Requirements Matrix for Certificates located at the end of this section.

Privacy of Student Records: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Liberty follows the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Details regarding University policies are published online at www.liberty.edu/ferpa. Persons desiring additional information about University policies and procedures should call or write the Director of Graduate Student Affairs.

Additional Information

Additional information regarding the University’s academic and administrative policies and procedures can be found on the University web site at www.liberty.edu/online.

Admissions Requirements Matrix for Certificates

Certificate Format GPA GRE Contact Information for Recommendations Statement of Purpose Essay Questionnaire
Advanced Certificate in Criminal Justice O 2.00 N 0 N N
Advanced Certificate in Leadership O 2.50 N 0 N N
Advanced Certificate in Public Policy O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Applied Communication Studies O 2.25 N 1 Y N
Certificate in Autism Education O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Biblical Studies O 2.00 N 1 N Y
Certificate in Christian Leadership O 2.00 N 1 N Y
Certificate in Christian Ministry O 2.00 N 1 N Y
Certificate in Communication & Business Administration O 2.25 N 0 N N
Certificate in Communication for Human Services O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Criminal Justice O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Educational Technology & Online Instruction O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in General Business O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Gifted Education O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Global Health O/R 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Global Studies O 2.00 N 1 N Y
Certificate in Greek O/R 2.00 N 1 N Y
Certificate in Health Promotion O/R 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Healthcare Management O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Hebrew O/R 2.00 N 1 N Y
Certificate in Management & Leadership O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Marketing O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Middle Grades O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Military Resilience O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Music in World Cultures – Ethnomusicology O 2.25 N 1 Y N
Certificate in Nutrition O/R 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Organizational Communication O 2.00 N 1 N N
Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Sport O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Pastoral Counseling O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Preschool O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Public Administration O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Public Policy O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in School Leadership O 2.00 N 0 N N
Certificate in Sport Management O 2.50 N 0 N N
Certificate in Theological Studies O 2.00 N 1 N Y
Certificate in Worship Studies O 2.50 N 1 Y N
Executive Certificate in Curriculum & Instruction O 3.00 N 0 N N
Executive Certificate in Higher Education Administration O 3.00 N 0 N N
Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner O 3.00 N 1 N N
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