Liberty University is a private, nonprofit, higher-learning institution that is built on a foundation of Christian values. It is the world’s largest evangelical university, with almost 30,000 students enrolled in online degree programs. Liberty strives to provide high-quality, affordable, and flexible Christian-based academic programs to students around the world. Liberty University Online offers more than 36 degree programs at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctorate degree level. Liberty also offers certificate programs. Liberty wants to help you accomplish your academic and professional goals by offering online accredited degree programs. Liberty University Online offers the ideal combination of structure and freedom with programs designed for online study. You study on your own schedule and pace, while receiving all the support you need to complete your program. The online courses are very flexible and you can start your degree program at any time. Online courses can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any location with Internet access.
In 1971, Jerry Falwell – then senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church – founded Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. In 1976, the school’s name was changed to Liberty Baptist College. In 1985, the school gained university status, and was renamed Liberty University. Currently, Liberty University continues to expand, constructing new buildings and facilities.
Liberty University Online is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Schools of Education
The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in many areas such as aviation, biology, history, mathematics, nursing, and psychology. The curricula are rigorous and challenge students to promote intellectual development.
The School of Aeronautics trains and mentors students who desire to become outstanding pilots. The school strives to create and maintain a modern world-class professional aviation program where students have solid Christian values, critical thinking skills, and effective communication skills.
The School of Business prepares you for careers in business environments and helps you to develop the essential skills, knowledge, and values to make a significant difference in your career field. The school offers associate, bachelor, and master degrees in areas such as accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, and marketing.
The School of Communication offers education to students to become competent, committed professionals in the communication field. The school offers majors in areas such as English, teaching English as a second/foreign language, and communication studies.
The School of Education provides superior learning based on Christian principles. The school provides graduate and undergraduate programs in teaching, school administration, and sports management.
The School of Engineering and Computational Sciences focuses on providing instruction on computer science and technology-related disciplines and highlights how they impact the world. The school offers many programs such as electrical, industrial, software, and computer engineering, as well as computer science and web design and technology.
The Helms School of Government offers students insight into the historical Christian tenets that is the basis for our modern government, and the political liberties with which this country was established. The school provides programs at the bachelor, master, and doctorate level and include politics, pre-law, criminal justice, and international relations.
The School of Law provides Christian-based education that promotes academic and professional excellence in the study of law. The school will guide students to become skilled law practitioners, able to make positive contributions to the areas and communities where they practice.
The School of Religion provides students with the skills, knowledge and values to grow into the role of Christ-centered leaders. The school provides rigorous curricula to build a solid spiritual foundation for successful ministry. The school offers specializations such as pastoral, cross-cultural, and youth ministries.
Liberty University offers scholarships such as Academic Achievement Scholarship, AGAPE Scholarship, Alumni Scholarship, CMT (Center for Ministry Training) Scholarship, Heroes Fund Scholarship, and Pastor Scholarship.
Liberty University participates in federal financial aid programs such as Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National SMART Grant, Federal TEACH Grant, Federal Graduate PLUS loan, Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Federal Stafford Loan with subsidized and unsubsidized options. State grants from Virginia and other states are also available. Military benefits and private loans are also available.
Credit Earning Options
Liberty University accepts transfer credits from other accredited institutions. Liberty also offers a Credit for Life Experience program where undergraduate students can earn credit for previous career accomplishments.
- Institutional Accrediting
Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees.
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24502
- Institution Type
Private, not-for-profit, Higher Education
- Calendar Type
8-week and 16-week online courses, 9 start dates
- Delivery Format
The majority of programs are entirely online and utilize the Blackboard online learning platform. Notated programs utilize a blended format.
- Carnegie Classification
Master’s College or University I
- Technical Requirements
Internet connection, web browser, email account, windows 98 or better, 120 MHz, 64 Meg RAM. Adobe Acrobat
- Geographic Restrictions
No geographic restrictions
- On-Campus Requirement
There are no on-campus requirements for online programs. Blended programs may have on-campus requirements.
- Average Cost per Credit
For 2008-2009, the full time cost/credit is $250 undergraduate and $395 graduate. The part time cost/credit is $275 undergraduate and $415 graduate. The technology fee is $150 per semester.
- Credit-earning Options
Liberty accepts transfer credits from other accredited institutions, as well as offering a Credit for Life Experience program for Undergraduate students where you can earn credit for what you have already accomplished in your career.
- Loans Offered
Available to many students and parents, loans are an option for funding one’s education.
- Registration Details
Prospective students must hold a high school degree. Apply online.
- Scholarships Offered
There are scholarships available through independent organizations and funds. Financial Aid encourages students to apply for these outside sources of aid, as well.