Alton W. & Lois H. Overton Graduate School of Business

Alton W. & Lois H. Overton Graduate School of Business

Graduate School of Business

Administration

David Brat, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.
Dean of Residential Programs
Professor of Business

Melanie Hicks, B.S., M.B.A, D.B.A.
Associate Dean of Residential Programs
Director of Accreditation, Professor of Business

Anita Satterlee, B.S., M.A., Ed.D.
Dean of Online Programs

Daniel O’Malley, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Chair, Computer Sciences
Associate Professor of Computer Sciences

Beth Koss, B.S., M.B.A., CPA
Chair, Department of Accounting, Finance, Financial Planning, & Economics
Associate Professor of Business

Roger Bingham, B.S., M.B.A, Ph.D.
Chair, School of Business
Associate Professor of Business

Mike Floyd, B.S., M.A.R.
Associate Dean of Online Programs, School of Business
Associate Professor of Business

Jonathan M. Philebaum, B.S., M.B.A, Ph.D.
Online Chair, School of Business
Associate Professor of Business

Laura Hatfield, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Chair, Sport, Event, and Tourism Management
Associate Professor, Sport, Event, and Tourism Management

Alexander Averin, B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Online Chair, School of Business
Associate Professor of Business

Jason R. Vranes M.B.A., Ed.D.
Online Chair, School of Business
Associate Professor of Business

Program Directors

A listing of program directors can be viewed at https://www.liberty.edu/institutional-effectiveness/academic-program-directors/.

Accreditation

Liberty University’s School of Business has achieved voluntary accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), demonstrating it has met standards of business education that promote teaching excellence.

Graduate programs that have achieved accredited status include:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Doctor of Business Administration

Graduate programs that are candidates for accreditation include:

  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Master of Science in Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Marketing
  • Master of Science in Project Management

The sport management degree program(s) at Liberty University have received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) located in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. The sport management programs in the following degrees are accredited by COSMA:

  • Master of Science in Sport Management (Residential and Online) with cognates in Sport Administration, Outdoor Adventure Sport, and Tourism

Purpose

To educate our business students with the values, knowledge, and skills they need in the development of the whole person to enable them to impact their world.

Inherent in this mission are the following fundamental imperatives:

  1. That all teaching be given within a distinctively Christian worldview.
  2. That the Word of God be honored as the final authority for life and practice.
  3. That justice and ethics be exalted within a context of limited government and a free market system in a global economy.
  4. That all of life’s tasks are sacred and are to be done as unto the Lord.
  5. That the education process be a collaboration with faculty and staff, helping to transform students into self-sufficient, lifelong learners.
  6. That course of instruction be designed and delivered to provide our graduates with a competitive advantage as they pursue their chosen careers.

Transfer of Credit

Applicants may transfer coursework based on the program to which they are applying. Please refer to the Transfer Credit Matrix in the Graduate Admissions section of this Catalog for specific hour amounts. In order for a transferred course to replace a Liberty University core course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s core courses by at least 80%. The course(s) to be transferred must have been completed within 10 years of the start date of the student’s program at Liberty University. 
  5. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

Courses related to business administration that meet all but criterion #4 above may be transferred in as elective courses. Transfer credit for capstone courses will not be given. Capstone courses include:

BUSI 690Policy and Strategy in Global Competition3
BMAL 570Ethical Leadership3
ACCT 642Accounting Ethics3
BMIS 690Integrated Capstone3
MRKT 690Marketing Strategy Capstone3
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