I completed a Master's of Art in Human Services Counseling with a cognate in Military Resilience. The MA was 30 total credits and I was able to complete the degree in one year. I set it up so that I would start and finish a class each month. I was able... Read More to stagger them in such a manner. During my pursuit of the degree I was placed on academic review after the first term. This was not due to the fault of the university. I was working an average of 70 hours a week and I had to adjust my time management skills to be successful. Once I got on track with my time management I came off of academic review and never looked back. I have since completed a MBA at another university and I can tell you I learned more at Liberty than I did at the other university or any of my undergraduate universities. Some have said that Liberty is known to give "busy work". I found this to be somewhat true but based on the individual instructor. If you are going to go to graduate school and expect to have 3-5 page papers, your not. I have to complete one or two 10-20 page paper while at Liberty, per course. Yes it seems tedious but it reflects on the amount of knowledge you retain, which is evident when you take the quizzes and exams. In my opinion if you are looking for an easy school then look somewhere else. If you are wanting to learn a lot and can handle the stress of graduate school then Liberty is a good option to look into.
I'm an online student and it is great for me. I am a full-time student and I work 30 hours a week. I have always gotten pretty quick responses from my Professors. The military tuition discount really helps out a lot and online learning for me is ideal.... Read More If I had set log-in times I would not be able to take a full course load. I got behind recently because of some personal issues and holiday traveling, they were very understanding and did not pry for information. I was allowed to turn in assignments after the last day of class by all of my Professors and I will pass because of it. I do not know what is up with Campus learning but I do not have any complaints. Also, the people complaining that Christian principles are incorporated into every facet of learning, I do not know why you would enroll here. That is what it means to be a Christian, bringing Christ into every area of your life every decision, even down to your thoughts. If you are not a Christian you probably should figure out what authentic Christianity is about before you think about enrollment here so you won't be surprised.
As with any endeavor in life, the more you invest, the more significant benefit of the outcome. I completed the online MSCJ program in one year due to the construction of the program. Semesters are divided into 8-week segments, allowing intense work on... Read More a specific subject. Books are insanely expensive (as usual), but I recommend you get the electronic versions. The quizzes are an open book, and you can query the online version to find specific subjects or keywords to complete the quizzes. Always do the reading on the subject for the week; it makes the narrative quiz questions much easier to answer. Most of the graduate-level work is research and writing of the subject matter. You are expected to complete your work with a biblical perspective on the subject. Equally, students are expected to form an idea of their own regarding the week's reading. This is not an easy program, and many online students dropped out because they didn't manage their time well. You should afford 10-12 hours for each paper (usually at least 1 per week, sometimes 2). You must also interact with other students on the discussion boards with researched answers. Do not do the undergraduate norm of cramming and regurgitating what you read. You should come up with your own well-researched ideas. By the end of the program, you will know more about the subject matters than you ever expected. The MSCJ is great for aspiring criminal justice leaders of tomorrow.