My journey to becoming a Liberty Ph.D. student

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by chrisjm18, Dec 15, 2018.

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  1. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Member

    Hey Chris sorry to bother you but what is your typical work load for each class? Does Liberty use exams or just papers for each class? Is there like online discussion boards and weekly assignments?
    If required to do a paper at the end of the course how long do they typically want them?

    I was considering applying to the Doctorate in Public Administration for 2022. I get the military and law enforcement discount so it would be super cheap tuition. I also hold a degree in public administration and another in urban affairs. From what I read on the website I can transfer 50% of the credits which would be 24 credits (most of my masters courses seem to the similar or the same) only leaving me with 24 more credits. Mostly research methods and Capstones.


    https://www.liberty.edu/registrar/wp-content/uploads/sites/119/2020/03/DPAD-DPA-D.pdf
     
  2. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Hey,

    The course assignments vary by course. Few courses had quizzes. They mostly consist of papers and DBs. Except for quantitative methods, all the courses I took I had several papers. This is different from master's coursework where there is typically one major paper.

    I doubt any of your master's credit will transfer. They have to be doctoral level courses, even if you have dual master's degrees. In fact, someone with dual master's degree was just denied transfer credits to the Ph.D. program. Another had 21 credits from a DBA and they denied even his research courses. The bottom line is that you'd have to have doctoral-level courses with similar content to the DPA courses.

    Here's a link to view the course guide for the PADM courses:

    https://liberty.campusconcourse.com/view_syllabus?course_id=40416&public_mode=1

    In the top right-hand corner, you should see a search bar. Just enter each course code on the degree completion plan you shared. That should allow you to view the assignment requirement of each course.
     
  3. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Member

    Interesting, I would of thought like other programs they would accept master's level credits towards the doctoral degree. From the website it states "A maximum of 50% of a post-graduate and doctoral degree may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level"
     
  4. Dustin

    Dustin Active Member

    I read the syllabus for PADM-810. Was this the quant course you took? I'd love to know the names/types of datasets that you were used and the types of questions you needed to answer from them. I've been learning Python for Data Science myself lately, using State of Iowa datasets on education and criminal justice.
     
  5. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Nope. I took CJUS745. We used Andy Field's book, Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS.

    Each week, we had to do some SPSS exercises. It was a mostly easy course, though I hate stats. However, Andy provides a step by step for most of the things we were required to do. For the ones that he didn't, I watched YouTube videos. The mid-term and final exams were brutal.. honestly, I think it was a trash course. Learning stats in 8 weeks with no synchronous teaching is hard. Idk how I got an "A" in that course. Well, I do know... lol. I knew I was gonna do a qual research, so I just wanted to pass quant. I wasn't keen on retaining anything.

    Here's a break down of the topics we covered.. yes, we did all 21 chapters.

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  6. Dustin

    Dustin Active Member

    D'oh! I forgot you were a CJ student not a Public Policy student. Thanks for the info on the course!
     
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