Public Policy (Ph.D.) - Education Policy

Public Policy (Ph.D.) - Education Policy

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses
PLCY 700Foundations of Public Policy3
PLCY 701Natural Law, The State & The Gospel3
PLCY 702Founding Era and the Constitution3
PLCY 703Contemporary Challenges to Constitutional Order and the Role of the State3
PLCY 802Competing Visions of Statesmanship3
PLCY 804Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations3
Total Hours18
Research Methods & Tools Courses
PLCY 805Policy Analysis and Research Design3
PLCY 809Advanced Research Methods for Policymakers3
PLCY 810Quantitative Methods I 13
PLCY 811Quantitative Methods II 13
PLCY 812Qualitative Methods3
Total Hours15

PLCY 815 Advanced Quantitative Methods I (3 c.h.) and PLCY 816 Advanced Quantitative Methods II (3 c.h.) may be substituted for PLCY 810 Quantitative Methods I (3 c.h.) and PLCY 811 Quantitative Methods II (3 c.h.) by permission of the Department Chair

Education Policy Cognate
PLCY 707Education and Public Policy3
PLCY 840Introduction to Education Policy Studies3
PLCY 841Research Seminar in Education Policy3
Total Hours9
Dissertation Courses 1
PLCY 885Research Concept3
PLCY 987Dissertation I5
PLCY 988Dissertation II5
PLCY 989Dissertation III 25
PLCY 990Dissertation IV - Dissertation Defense0
Total Hours18

Once the student enters the Dissertation phase, he/she must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters) until all degree requirements are completed


Any student who is not ready for enrollment in PLCY 990 Dissertation IV - Dissertation Defense (0 c.h.) after completing PLCY 989 Dissertation III (5 c.h.) may be required, as determined by the student’s dissertation chair, to repeat PLCY 989 Dissertation III (5 c.h.) until deemed ready for enrollment in PLCY 990 Dissertation IV - Dissertation Defense (0 c.h.)

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 60 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of a post-graduate and doctoral degree may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree
  • Successful completion of Research Concept
  • Successful defense of Dissertation
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

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