In 1985, ‘Liberty University Online’ was launched to provide working professionals the opportunity to earn an online degree from an established brick and mortar school with Christian values. All the University’s diplomas state “Liberty University” with no distinction between residential and online programs.
As the world’s largest Christian university, LU has 16 colleges and schools. Graduate students can choose from over 330 programs of study in many fields. These span education, counseling, religion, law and business programs. Many programs are offered in residential or online program format.
Liberty University supports a Christian academic community. Their mission is to foster social responsibility and compassionate service. At the same time, Liberty University is committed to preparing students to enter the competitive job market. The vision at LU is to produce students who have critical thinking, research, data analysis, and communication skills that transfer to a variety of fields.
Based on NCES data from Fall 2015, Liberty University has a graduate enrollment of 30,631 students, of which 96% are enrolled in only distance education. Of these students, 33% were enrolled on a full-time basis and 67 percent are enrolled part-time. Overall graduation rate for students who began their studies in Fall 2009 was 47 percent. Also, noteworthy are graduate program completions for the years 2014-2015. These are as following:i
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid, such as Direct Loans.i Liberty University Online also offers several Resident Graduate Scholarships for qualified students. One is these is the Heroes Fund Scholarship. Other tuition initiatives that may be available to qualified students include the following.
Liberty University accepts students from around the globe. Admissions to LU requires 5 steps: “Secure funding. Transcripts. Enroll. Pay. Start.” Regardless of the program, the first step of the admissions process is to submit an official application. Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance purposes, however official college transcripts must be mailed. Along with your form, you include the below.
Aside from the above, graduate admission requirements vary by specific degree programs. One of the features that Liberty University offers is preliminary acceptance. This is designed so students in their final undergraduate term may be able to start their Master’s degree immediately after graduation. Official transcripts, mailed within 60 days, are required to register for a second semester of courses.
Doctoral Admission Requirements
EdD, EdS, PhD, DMin, WSB, former students reapplying, and resident students are not allowed to register until fully accepted into a program. Programs such as the Doctor of Business Administration may be competitive. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission.
Liberty University and Liberty University Online’s academic school year consists of three terms: fall, spring, and summer. Terms consist of three eight-week sub-terms, and one semester-long sub-term which can range from fourteen to seventeen weeks in length.
Liberty University has a total instructional faculty of 1,720 full-time and 1,135 part-time based on NCES data from Fall 2015.i Faculty is comprised of leaders from each field, and bring real-world experience to the classroom. All faculty members have either master’s or doctorate degrees.
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