Online Programs General Admission Procedures

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.

  1. 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.

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.

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 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 new 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.

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