Online General Certificate Admission Procedures
Liberty University Graduate Admissions Office:
Phone: (800) 424-9596
Fax: (888) 301-3577
M-F: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm EST
Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm EST
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.
- 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.
- Application Fee is non-refundable.
The fee is deferred until Financial Check-in.
- 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.
- 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 is not available to students pursuing certificates.
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.
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.
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.
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 new 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.
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 regarding the University’s academic and administrative policies and procedures can be found on the University web site at www.liberty.edu/online.