Master of Science in Political Science (M.S.)
The Master of Science in Political Science seeks to equip graduates with a solid understanding of the philosophical and Biblical influences impacting politics and government. Students are challenged to see how domestic and international government structures and political processes influence one another, and how historical and contemporary ideas impact both. In all of this, students are challenged to operate as Christian statesmen and women to impact their generation and generations to come, for the glory of God.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific requirements for admission to the Master of Science in Political Science (M.S.) are as follows:
- Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
- An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
- TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)
Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted on Academic Caution status. Applicants who hold a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.00 to 2.99 on a 4.00 scale may be eligible for admission on Academic Caution.
Transfer of Credit
Students may transfer up to 18 hours of graduate-level credit from an accredited institution. In order to transfer credit, students must have earned the minimum grade of B-, and courses must have been completed within 10 years of the start date of the student’s program at Liberty University. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Evaluate current research and knowledge of the political science discipline.
- Apply a Christian worldview to aspects of the political science context.
- Evaluate the impact of various political stakeholders in the political science context.
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in this Catalog, M.S. in Political Science graduates must:
- Complete 36 total hours.
- A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
- No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
- No Grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
- For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
- Students must complete all work for the degree within five years of initial enrollment in the program.
- Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.