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5 out of 5
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Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2016

I am a busy mother of five (four of those are under four), so it was crazy to think I could go back to school for my masters degree. LUO offered me the flexibility I needed, while also supporting the Christian education I wanted. I was nervous to attend an online school because I was concerned that it would be a diploma mill that would reward a worthless degree for minimal effort. I am happy to say that my experience at Liberty has been the opposite of my fears. From the first course, I have learned so much - not just about my field of study, but also about my own spiritual journey. I have attended traditional schools in the past, one that is a very well known state school, and I believe that my education at Liberty rivals that instruction. I feel like the work is WORK, but once the work is complete I feel the satisfaction of a job well done. I do not, in any way, feel my professors are disconnected or uncaring. They are all PhD's, they are all responsive, they all give feedback on assignments. In fact, this quarter I have a very tough professor who graded me very harshly. My first response was to be upset, but instead I contacted him and asked how I could improve. Not only did he give me helpful feedback, but he also sent me encouraging emails to congratulate my efforts to improve. My other professor this quarter has written me extensive feedback on my case studies and pushed me to think outside the "textbook" box. My experience at Liberty is second to none. I do not think I will go out into the workforce with this degree and make a million dollars. A degree is just the beginning - from here, it will take hard work and elbow grease to obtain experience and prove my worth. That's what its all about and I look forward to the challenge. I will walk into any interview confident that I bring something special to the table. Liberty has given me that confidence and I look forward to that day. And I am using the post-9/11 GI Bill. I have paid nothing for my classes. I have had to pay out of pocket for books (over the book voucher amount for the VA).

3 out of 5
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016

I am about halfway through completing my final class at Liberty University and will be graduating with a Masters in Accounting within a few weeks. Liberty has been a decent online experience. The assignments aren't overwhelming and the online library is top notch for ease of performing research. That said, the classes are overly focused on scholarly research. One should expect a good dose of research assignments in a masters program, but there should be a balance between theory and application. Most of the assignments in the Liberty MSA, including discussion board posts, are theoretical in nature and call for heavy examination of peer-reviewed literature. While these tasks have been challenging, they provide very little in the way of practical skills that can be transferred over to the real world. I was a career-changer when I started the degree and hoped that I would build more technical accounting skill in this program. Unfortunately, I've gotten more material that I can apply to my job from accounting websites than the academic research assignments at Liberty. I have read other reviews indicating that instructors aren't very involved and, while this is true, it is no different from any other online program in that regard. I have taken many online classes at multiple institutions over the years and fact is, the majority of the instructors in the online format are hands off regardless of school. You have to be comfortable learning material on your own if you choose the online format. If you are new to the accounting field and need to gain practical skills that you can apply on the job, I would not recommend this program. Do some research for yourself and find a program that builds those skills through assignments that involve application of the material. You should also consider whether or not you will need an accounting internship, which will be the case if you want to get into big public accounting. If you need an internship, take a look at programs that have strong ties with public firms. If you are already in the accounting profession and want a masters to bolster your resume or provide enough hours to sit for the CPA exam, Liberty can be a cost effective option for you.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

I've been practicing law for 20 years and am currently part of the executive of a public agency. I checked out a number of online Masters programs and then decided on LU to develop my executive leadership skills. The eight week classes are more rigorous than I expected. They do a great job of blending Christian worldview with the academics. I highly recommend LU online if you are serious about learning and want to start and finish your program. They do indeed focus on making Champions for Christ. Great job Liberty!

3 out of 5
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016

If you are looking for a Masters of Accounting program that will help you build practical job skills that are valued by employers, look elsewhere. I am close to graduating with a 4.0 GPA and have developed very little in the way of true accounting skill (at least as a result of my classes). Virtually all of the assignments involve heavy scholarly research, which while challenging, does nothing to help prepare you for an accounting career. All of the classes follow the same general format: 1. Discussion board posts which require scholarly journal references 2. 10-12 page individual research paper on a theoretical topic, again requiring an unreasonable amount of research. 3. Group project which is usually a 10-12 page paper with a high number of required scholarly references. Of course, this is a graduate level program and one must anticipate a healthy dose of research. However, I was a career changer into the accounting field and expected to find a better balance between research and useful skill development that would translate into job success. I am now working in public accounting but most of the knowledge I've developed has come from OJT and personal research on sites such as accountingcoach.com and accountingtools.com. Other posters here have talked about the lack of communication from online faculty at Liberty and while this is true, it is the same as most other online programs in that regard. You really have to be comfortable without supervision in order to succeed anywhere in the online format. My advice is simple. If you are already well established in the accounting field and just want a masters degree to build your resume or fill in the 150 hour requirement for the CPA, then Liberty University could be a viable option for you because of affordability and low barriers to entry. If like me, you need a program that will help you develop real world accounting skill that you can apply on the job, this is not a program I can recommend. Even if you have to pay a bit more or jump through some hoops like the GMAT, carefully research your options and find a program with assignments and exercises that require application of the material. You also need to consider the degree to which the school can help you find that first job if you have no accounting background. Liberty does not do much in the way of name recognition with accounting employers.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2017

I was very pleased with the instructors and the learning material. The courses were thorough and challenging. The few times that I have needed to contact the advising department, they were courteous and responsive. I have heard that many people have had issues with the financial aid department, but I have not had the same issues.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2017

I have had a great experience with LU. The eight week courses are great for anyone with a regular working schedule. It allows you to manage your work life and school life. I highly recommend Liberty University.The communication with the professors is excellent, and the online learning experience is great.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016

The college is as good as any other college out there. Some of the professors are great and some are horrible. The worst professors you will encounter are in your undergraduate classes. This information is strictly for accountancy graduates and possibly other disciplines if applicable. I wanted to get my degree in accountancy because there are thousands of accountancy positions available through the job boards. My story is that I was transitioning from a completely different professional field of study with very limited "real-world" accounting experience. From an educational standpoint, this made me take every undergraduate course in accounting as they were prerequisites for the Masters program (big money). I maintained a 4.0 in 17/17 classes. From a job seeking standpoint, I could not have made a worse decision. You MUST have or go through an internship to even hear back from a company. Without this, you will not even get entry level A/P or A/R jobs which are essentially $12-$15 data entry jobs (imputing source document info into the CRM). This is not even discussed by advisors or anybody at the school. Experience is the ONLY way to break into this industry. Companies will not hire to train and I'm speaking from the greater Phoenix area which has hundreds of accounting jobs. The cut-off age (which is unspoken) for the big 10 is 31 years old. I found this out after speaking with a multitude of employees at these firms while Ubering. I would check to see if your degree requires internships and experience before going to an online school (very limited practical knowledge regarding certain disciplines). Everyone that I have spoken to that went to a brick-and-mortar school understood that internships were the industry standard. I wish I knew this before I wasted 65K on a worthless online degree. You would think that your personal academic advisor would have had this conversation with the students before applying. Christian or not, education is all about money. If it were not, I would not have received 30 calls and e-mails from 2 months in advance of class start date until the deadline date to register. Please check to see if your discipline needs experience (even at entry level; which now means 1-2 years of experience) before even thinking about going to on of these schools. I now have a worthless piece of paper that I am willing to sell. Best of luck and do not let the Christian thing fool you! MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!!!!!!

5 out of 5
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Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2016

I like this school. I originally wanted to do my undergraduate here but wasn't able to attend because my Mother thought it was too far away from home. As an online graduate student I believe whether the professors attend to me or not I am going to succeed with this degree. My program only offered 30 credits, but I need 48 to get my Chemical Dependency License in the state of Texas. This was a bit of a set back because I did not want to attend classes anymore, however, as a military wife I was able to supplement tuition with a fee reduction from the school and attend for 18 credits more in order to get my licensure. I currently hold a Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern license and am still able to work in my desired field. I recently was able to get a job with the Department of Family and Protective Services with only a bachelor's in Psychology so I am confident that even with an online master's degree I can get a decent position in the field of my choice. One bad aspect to this university's online programs is that the professors do not push ALL of the students to perform at graduate level. Many of the other student's assignments were sub-par when it came to simple things such as APA formatting, but somehow I ALWAYS seemed to get points taken off when I skipped instructions for assignments.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2099

I requested more information on this school, so they gave me a call. Tgis was fine but they kept trying to force me to apply before I got any information/credibility of the school! So I just told myself that there was no way I would go here! I finally found a school just right for me, Christian university (obviously not liberty) and they gave me all the information that I could ask for. But this school harasses me, they call me a minimum of 5 times a day, most of the time more! They wont leave me alone no matter what! So I just think, if this school is so great and so "Christian", why would they need to harass students to enroll, even when you tell them you're not interested? I just got an all around shady vibe! No one should enroll into school without knowing what they are getting into, and not be harassed to enroll! By the way, it seems like all the positive comments are basically the same just written slightly different, so I wouldn't put it past them if they got their employees to write good reviews and replies to be completely honest....

5 out of 5
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2016

I love Liberty University it is the second University I have attended. The staff is caring and helpful. This school has been a blessing from God for me. I have faced some challenges while attending but, with the guidance of God I was able to succeed and I am thankful there are University that enable people that don't have a lot of money afford a good education. Thank you Liberty I would recommend this University to anyone that is trying to further their education.

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