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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!!!!
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.
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....
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.
I have to say that for me this school was a great experience especially as a veteran. I found the program to be fairly rigorous. Online schooling is what you put into it. As a veteran, they are top notch. The tuition is literally cut in half for vets being about $250 per credit hour for graduate level courses. Those prices are cheaper than any for profit or non profit school that I know of. The main thing to remember with online schooling is that if you turn in your work on time, that's half the battle, and you should do fine. In addition, I really like how Liberty doesn't necessarily cap how many classes you can take in a two month term. I took 4 grad level courses my first term, and this helped me finish a Masters degree in 9 months. It was not easy, but I did it. Some schools curtail how many classes you can take at one time so that you keep getting charged. Overall, this is an excellent school. I thank the Lord that I was blessed to use my GI benefits to attend this great school.
So, I tried to go here, before transferring out because this place is incredibly judgmental, and horrible for military students. This is the application process for transfer students 1) Apply 2) Sign up for classes 3) find out if you're accepted 4)pay. Here's how it is at other colleges 1)Apply 2. them analyze your credits, see what you need to do 4) Sign up for credits 5) Pay I applied, and was told I had to sign up for classes to finish the application process. I told them I think I should wait, since military credits are little weird, and I wanted to see what they'd accept - so I'd know what I need. They said "You need to sign up for classes to apply, that's it" So I signed up, and of course, what I thought would happen did, I sign up for classes I already had credits for, then they wouldn't let me switch out of them. So I did the classes, and while doing it - mind you I work in intelligence - I did the papers, and had my superior at work look them over to "fact-check" them. And I failed like half the papers - why? Because my answer weren't biblical enough. This school doesn't care about teaching you what's right, they care about you learning what they think is right. aka a cult. This school sets you up for failure - hence why the graduation rate sucks, and why the median salary after graduation sucks. I left this "school" and went to a real college.