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Lynchburg College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Lynchburg College should be directed to the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, 404.679.4500, or by going to All other inquiries about the College should be directed to Lynchburg College, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, Virginia 24501-3133 or 434.544.8100, not the Commission. For questions about accreditation for nursing program, contact the Virginia Board of Nursing, 9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA 23233, 804.367.4515, or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.785.8320, Effective April 24, 2013: The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Lynchburg College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703.684.2782; email:; website, Lynchburg College has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The College anticipates matriculating its first class in June 2015, pending provisional accreditation in March 2015. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards. The program will not commence in the event that this provisional accreditation is not received.


From the Dean of Graduate Studies:

We are very pleased that you are interested in our graduate programs at

Lynchburg College. Our doctoral and master’s level degree programs are

designed to relate directly to the professional and personal development goals

of our students and to reflect our strong commitment to quality education.

As a Lynchburg College graduate student, you will become part of a learning

environment that enables discovery, creativity, professional scholarship, and

achievement through an outstanding teaching/learning process. Our faculty

are committed to your success and will support you before, during, and after

your LC experience.

We hope you will choose Lynchburg College for your graduate study, and we

look forward to the opportunity of working with you.

Edward A. Polloway, Ed.D.

Rosel H. Schewel Professor of Education Dean of the School of Graduate Studies 434.544.8655,

A world of opportunities awaits

you at Lynchburg College.

Doctoral and master’s level

degree programs provide you

with a wide variety of study

options that will lead to exciting

careers or subsequent study.

Highly respected faculty are

com-mitted to your success and will

give you personal attention.

If you are looking for:

Graduate Programs


Face-to-face instruction and online options

Courses taught by full-time, credentialed


High quality academic programs approved

by applicable licensing agencies and/or

the Virginia Department of Education

Continuous examination of

curriculum to ensure relevancy

Convenient evening courses for

part-time and full-time students

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies

Master of Arts in English, History, Music

Master of Business Administration

Master of Education in:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Curriculum and Instruction

Educational Leadership


School Counseling

Science Education

Special Education

Master of Science in Nursing

Physician Assistant in Medicine

(planned for summer 2015)

Lynchburg College is

the place for you.


Program Highlights

• Rigorous and relevant interdisciplinary education experience

• 3-year cohort program with prerequisites

• Minimum of 66 credit hours including 14 doctoral seminars and a dissertation

• Courses offered evenings during fall and spring terms plus intensive summer schedule

• Master’s degree required

The program prepares you for:

• Administrative positions in elementary and high school

• Administrative positions in colleges and universities

• Executive director and other management positions in nonprofit and community organizations

For more information: or

Doctor of Education in

Leadership Studies

This full-time, cohort-based interdisciplinary

program integrates the fields of education,

business, and public policy. The program

provides you with concepts, interdisciplinary

knowledge, practical skills, and professional

experiences to prepare you to be a leader,

scholar, or practitioner for schools, colleges,

nonprofit organizations, and community


What will I study?

Coursework includes emphases on leadership

models, economic trends and considerations;

public policy; governmental affairs; human

resources; sustainability issues; community

health; organizational change strategies;

community dynamics; effective communication;

and research design methods.

Doctor of Physical

Therapy Program

Established in partnership with the regional

health care community, the Doctor of Physical

Therapy (DPT) Program prepares you to be

a successful clinician in the physical therapy

field. The full-time cohort program is accredited

by the Commission on Accreditation in

Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

What will I study?

The curriculum is progressive and

evidence-based with a focus on active learning through

case-based, integrated instruction. Clinical

rotations provide opportunities to apply

class-room knowledge with patients in clinical settings.

Program Highlights

• 120 credit hours

• Student-centered approach from faculty, many of whom are board certified specialists, who are dedicated to their students’ success

• 40 weeks of supervised clinical experiences at healthcare facilities in every state including Alaska and Hawaii

• Close working relationship between students and faculty

• State-of-the art classroom and laboratory facilities

The program prepares you for:

• Physical therapist positions in hospitals, PT clinics, and rehab facilities

• Management positions in physical therapy clinics or hospitals

• Teaching positions in hospitals and academic settings

For more information: or



“The EdD Program is really a challenge, but everything we are learning is so practi-cal and applicable, that it gives us a greater insight into how to solve issues we face every day.”

— Amy Huskins ’07 MEd, EdD candidate ’14, principal of T.C. Miller Elementary School

What our students are saying

“Not only are the facilities exceptional, the professors are second to none and provide you with individual attention and support.” — Lauren Redig, DPT candidate ’14

What our students are saying

“Earning a doctoral degree has been a goal for me since my days as an undergraduate student. The EdD will enhance and enrich my ability to lead in an academic setting.” — Lisa J. D. Thomas ’95 MEd in Special Education,

’09 MEd in Educational Leadership, EdD candi-date ’14, Assistant Head, New Vistas School

Doctor of Physical Therapy students apply what they’ve learned in the classroom.


Master of Arts

in English

The MA in English provides a critical

approach to the study of literature, writing,

and language. You may choose between a

traditional critical thesis or a hybrid

critical/creative thesis.

What will I study?

We offer a wide range of courses that

provides you with flexibility in your studies

as well as the opportunity to explore your

own interests. Faculty will help you design

and complete your thesis work.

Program Highlights

• 36-hour program offering diverse critical approaches to the study of literature and language

• Opportunities to study

Southern writers with a focus on Virginia authors

Ecocriticism and environmental literature

Gender studies

Post-colonial/transnational studies

• Enrichment opportunities through the Geraldine Lyon Owen Speaker Series and the Thornton Writing Program, two programs that bring published creative writers to campus to read and teach

• Editing opportunities through the James Dickey Review,a scholarly journal housed at Lynchburg College and edited by a member of the English faculty

The program prepares you for:

• Teaching positions in high schools and colleges

• Doctoral study in English or an MFA in creative writing

• Professional writing and editing positions

• Further study and careers in fields requir-ing critical analysis, creative thinkrequir-ing, literary knowledge, or the ability to com-municate in precise, persuasive prose

For more information: or

Program Highlights

• 36-hour program

• Options for specialization in areas of particular interest

• Master’s thesis or comprehensive exam

• Internship opportunities

Historic Sandusky

Lynchburg City Museum

Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox, Va.

• Research Opportunities:

Jones Memorial Library, Lynchburg, Va.

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Forest, Va.

The George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Va.

The Legacy Museum of African American History and Culture, Lynchburg, Va.

• Study Abroad:

You will have the opportunity to earn graduate credit when you participate in study abroad trips led by history faculty.

The program prepares you for:

• Teaching positions in secondary schools and colleges

• Doctoral study in history

• Further study and careers in history related fields

For more information: or

Master of Arts

in History

This unique program of study provides

comprehensive content area knowledge for

the teaching of US, world, and European

history and geography at the middle/secondary/

college level. The program specifically benefits

teachers and those planning to pursue a

PhD in history.

What will I study?

You will focus on the Atlantic World and

explore the interrelatedness of US, European,

African, African American, and Latin American

histories. You’ll have hands-on learning

opportunities at Historic Sandusky, a registered

Virginia Historic Landmark that also is listed

on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lynchburg College’s partnership with Historic

Sandusky also provides internship and research


Dr. Robin Bates, associate professor of English, discusses approaches to literature with her MA in English students.


in English

Unique learning opportuni-ties are available through Lynchburg College’s partner-ship with Historic Sandusky. A six-week archaeology field school gives students a chance to excavate, analyze, and interpret the remains of a nineteenth century kitchen at Sandusky plantation.


in History


Master of Arts

in Music

For choral or instrumental conducting

profes-sionals, LC’s summer MA in Music Program

offers you the opportunity to complete an

advanced degree without giving up your

full-time job. The program will provide you with

advanced, in-depth training to further develop

your skills and prepare for doctoral programs

in conducting.

What will I study?

With emphasis on choral/instrumental

con-ducting skills and stylistic awareness, you

will receive practical training in conducting,

instrumental, and choral/vocal pedagogy,

performance practices, score preparation,

rehearsal techniques, and applied music.

Program Highlights

• Six-week summer program that can be completed in four summers or three summers and one academic year

• 36-credit-hour program

• Graduate recital and comprehensive exam

• Practicum opportunities

The program prepares you for:

• Teaching positions in high schools and colleges

• Conducting high school or community choirs and orchestras

• Doctoral study in conducting

For more information: or

Program Highlights

• A 36-hour program that can be completed in 14 months of full-time study or 24-36 months of part-time study

• A fully-credentialed (100 percent doctor-ally-qualified) faculty

• Student-faculty collaborative research opportunities

• A study abroad experience embedded within the program to prepare you for the challenges of competing in a global marketplace

• Evening and summer classes

• Small classes that allow you to get to know, and work with, faculty on a one-on-one basis

• A student-centered learning environment with extensive in-class discussion and experiential learning opportunities

The program prepares you for

posi-tions in business, manufacturing, and

noprofit organizations including:

Accounting Manager Financial Analyst Operations Manager Department Manager Project Manager Purchasing Manager

For more information: or

Master of Business


Lynchburg College’s MBA Program is

interna-tionally accredited by the Accreditation Council

for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

and nationally and globally ranked by CEO

Magazine. The program has a reputation for

“opening doors” for graduates active in the

job market.

What will I study?

You will gain a broad-based understanding of

all of the functional areas of business as well as

the ability to generate solutions to real-world

business problems.

“LC’s MA in Music Program provided me with individual vocal and conducting lessons from excellent professors. They shared their knowledge and experiences to help me become the best choral direc-tor/educator I can be.”

— Melanie Coleman BA ’06, MA ’10, choral director, Amherst County High School


in Music

“Many of the concepts covered in the MBA Program could be immediately applied to my cur-rent job, while others have helped prepare me for future opportunities. I enjoyed learn-ing alongside both recent col-lege graduates and other work-ing professionals from a variety of local industries.”

— Jonathan Stephens ’13 MBA, Nuclear Engineering Supervisor, AREVA, Lynchburg, Va.


What our graduates are saying

“LC’s program is one of only a few summer programs in the US that allows me to continue to work full time during the school year while pursuing an advanced degree.”

— Antonios Ververis ’12 MA, public school music teacher and conductor of two adult choirs in Greece

What our graduates are saying

“The MBA program provided me with a personalized education and structured my thinking process, allowing me to formulate appropriate strategies for problem solving.”

— Randall R. Birnschein ’12 MBA, Contracts Manager, Babcock & Wilcox


Our MEd curriculum offers a wide variety

of options for teachers who wish to

pursue additional study, obtain licensure,

or change career focus. The program also

provides initial training for students

preparing for a teaching career.

• Licensure programs approved by the Virginia Department of Education

• Evening classes during fall and spring

• Day classes in summer

• Online components that extend learning opportunities beyond the classroom

• Small classes that create an atmosphere of support and freedom to express ideas with faculty and colleagues


Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam

Lynchburg College uses the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) as the comprehen-sive exam for the Counselor Education Program. The CPCE is designed to assess counseling stu-dents’ knowledge of counseling information and is used by more than 270 universities and colleges.

Advanced Counseling Certificate

This certificate program provides you with an opportunity to complete advanced graduate work in counseling that can lead to potential eligibility as a Licensed Professional Counselor. You must previously have completed a 48-hour master’s degree in school counseling, community counseling, or a related counseling field.

For more information: or

Master of Education in

Counselor Education

The MEd in Counselor Education offers

two emphases – Clinical Mental Health

Counseling and School Counseling. Both

programs are fully accredited by the Council

for Accreditation of Counseling and Related

Educational Programs (CACREP), which

guarantees that your LC degree will be

rec-ognized and respected across the nation as

the highest standard of professional training

in the profession.

Our Counselor Education program will

prepare you to be an effective, ethical,

professional practitioner who is equipped

to both serve and lead in the counseling


What our graduates are saying

“I chose Lynchburg College for its high academic standards, and I am impressed with the experi-ential elements of the counseling program. The faculty has been committed to my personal and professional growth from the start.”

— Thomas Field ’11 MEd, mental health counselor, Centra

“Our MEd graduates are well

trained and well received and

are having a positive impact

on Central Virginia.”

— Dr. Ed Polloway, Dean of the School of

Graduate Studies

Dr. Michael Williams (second from right), assistant professor of counselor education, talks with students in LC’s Dell.





What our graduates are saying

“My graduate degree has enabled me to become a principal, director of instruction, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools. Lynchburg College maintains a focus on the principle of strong leadership while preparing future administrators for the demands of an ever-changing public education system. My connection with Lynchburg College is a great source of personal pride.”

— Bobbi Farmer Johnson ’81 BS,’93 MEd,

Superintendent, Culpeper County Public Schools

Master of Education

More than 2,000 educators and counselors

working in Central Virginia are graduates of

Lynchburg College’s Master of Education


• LC grads hold more than 100 positions as principals, assistant principals, and directors of instruction, technology, and special edu-cation in Central Virginia schools.

• LC trained counselors are leaders in public and private schools; community, agency, and private practice counseling; and other related human services fields.


Master of Education in

Curriculum and Instruction

Our MEd in curriculum and instruction will

expand your professional development whether

you are an experienced teacher or just

begin-ning a teaching career.

What will I study?

Two tracks are offered to meet specific

career goals: Instructional Leadership Track

for licensed teachers and Teacher Licensure

Track for aspiring teachers

School Counseling

Program Highlights

• 48-hour program that emphasizes coun-seling, consultation skills, guidance cur-riculum development, and coordination of guidance program components

• Academic preparation and internship experiences that will meet the Virginia Department of Education licensure requirements and requirements for licensure reciprocity in most states throughout the nation

• Excellent placement record for graduates

The program prepares you for

counsel-ing positions in elementary, middle, or

high schools.

Program Highlights – Instructional


• 30 hours of advanced coursework in curriculum development and instructional strategies

• Focus on effective instruction and prepa-ration for leadership in curriculum devel-opment and instructional planning within schools

Program Highlights - Teacher Licensure

• 36-hour teacher licensure program

• Additional content courses (beyond the 36 hours) as needed for licensure

• Student teaching

The program prepares you to:

• Assume instructional leadership roles within schools

• Satisfy licensure requirements and earn the MEd degree

For more information: or

“I learned how to teach at LC. It’s one thing to know about a subject, but it’s quite another to know how to go about teaching it.”

— Meg Smith ’99, ’07, MEd, 2012 Virginia Teacher of the Year




and Instruction

Clinical Mental Health


Program Highlights

• 60-hour program focusing on areas of individual, family, and group counseling

• Extensive supervised practicum experience

• Internship opportunities

The program prepares you for

entry-level counseling positions in:

• Community mental health agencies

• Human service organizations

• Outpatient counseling centers

• Drug and alcohol treatment programs

• Psychiatric hospitals




What our graduates are saying

“I was an ordained minister but felt equally called to professional counseling. Lynchburg College allowed me to make that transition smoothly and effectively. My graduate education prepared me well to face a challenging and changing mental health treatment community. It was the best pro-fessional step I could have taken.”

— Mark Beck ’98 MEd, Pastoral Counseling. Individual, Family and Marital Counseling

Meg Watson ’07 MEd, counselor at Jefferson Forest High School

For more information: or






What will I study?

The primary emphasis is on K-12 education with options for a higher education focus. The learning format combines in-class and practicum experiences that provide an overall understanding of social, political, educational, legal, and cultural issues that will help you build a successful school or school division.

Program Highlights

• 36-hour program

• K-12 endorsement in school administra-tion and supervision

• Courses designed to ensure compatibility with Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards

• Program of study integrated into staff development initiatives of regional school districts

The program prepares you for

leader-ship positions such as:

• Principals in elementary, middle, and secondary schools

• Superintendents and assistant superin-tendents in school divisions

• Instructional supervisors

• Central Office positions

For more information: or

Master of Education in

Educational Leadership

Our multifaceted, practical program is

focused on teaching you to create and

maintain a learning environment where

all students can grow and develop.

With emphasis on state competencies, our

school leadership program is approved by

the Commonwealth of Virginia. Students

are encouraged to take the School Leaders

Licensure Assessment (SLLA), which is

required by the state of Virginia. We are

proud of the fact that 99 percent of our

students pass the SLLA.

What will I study?

The program offers two tracks: reading instruc-tion and reading specialist, both leading to a MEd in reading. The reading specialist track provides you with a Virginia endorsement as reading specialist once the Reading for Virginia Education Assessment is passed. The course of study focuses on diagnosis, assessment, and remediation of reading problems in addition to reading content, writing, and literature.

Program Highlights

• 36-hour program

• Explicit reading and literature instruction

• Writing technology

• Research methodology

• Summer Reading Clinic, the final capstone experience that involves tutoring strug-gling readers on a one-to-one basis

A 12-hour online Literacy Studies

Certificate is also available.

The program prepares you for:

• Reading specialist positions in school systems

• Positions in other educational entities that work with struggling readers

For more information: or

Master of Education

in Reading

The MEd in Reading is based on the

philos-ophy that literacy holds the key to success in

the personal, professional, and civic lives of

children. The program is available on a

full-time or part-full-time basis.

What our graduates are saying

“Through the MEd in Reading Program, I have become a more competent educator and advocate for reading education. Classes are designed around practical experiences and involve hands-on learning of impor-tant concepts. The professors’ encouragement was the foundation of my success in the program.” — Jeremy Craft ‘12 MEd, Teacher, Bedford County

Public Schools




“My years in the undergraduate and graduate programs at Lynchburg College offered me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. I would not be where I am today with-out stepping through that first door.”

— Tyrone Gafford ’94 BA, ’08 MEd, Principal, Altavista Combined School

MEd in Reading students work with area children in a summer reading clinic held at the College.










Master of Education

in Science Education

With this course of study, you can obtain

the designation of master science teacher

and/or the add-on endorsement in earth

science. In addition, you can improve your

classroom expertise through advanced

training in science content areas.

The program is a collaborative initiative

between the School of Sciences and

the School of Education and Human


What will I study?

The program includes 18 to 27 hours of

science content and nine to 18 hours of

education coursework.

Program Highlights

• Field-related studies at Lynchburg College’s 470-acre Claytor Nature Study Center

• Opportunities at the College research-grade Belk Astronomical Observatory

• 18-hour earth science add-on endorsement option and Earth Science Certificate

The program prepares you for positions

such as:

• Teacher in middle and high school

• Naturalist

• Outdoor Program Leader

• Adjunct professor

• Lab Technician

For more information: or

What our graduates are saying

“The high quality instruction and personal atten-tion given to me by the faculty during my under-graduate years made it easy for me to choose LC for my graduate program. The opportunities and experiences that Lynchburg College provid-ed me during both programs have been critical in opening the door to my current success in my career field.”

— Carrie Francisco ’02 BS, ’07 MEd, earth science and biology teacher, Pittsylvania County Schools

Program Highlights

• 36-hour program

• Online options for early childhood special education courses

• Courses in applied behavior analysis offered in conjunction with the Virginia ABA Consortium

The program prepares you for positions in:

• Public and private schools

• Schools for students with autism

• Residential settings

• Hospital settings

• Higher education

• Consulting companies

Special education graduate certificates (12 credit

hours) are offered in the following fields:

• Autism Spectrum Disorders – recognized by the Virginia Autism Council (VAC)

• School Inclusion

• Students with Significant Disabilities

• Young Children with Development Disabilities

For more information: or

Master of Education

in Special Education

Our program prepares you to make positive

contributions to the lives of people with

dis-abilities, addressing the complexities of the

challenges they face, as well as services needed

to assist them as they strive for independence.

Learning experiences are structured so you

develop a comprehensive knowledge of the

multifaceted nature of special education.

What will I study?

The program offers multiple options, and

you may choose one or more areas of study


• Autism spectrum disorders

• Early childhood special education

• Special education adapted curriculum (significant disabilities)

• Special education general curriculum (focusing on students with learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and intellectual disabilities)

What our graduates are saying

“I have had a very rewarding experience at Lynchburg College. I have learned diagnostic skills and strategies to help people with disabilities experience some level of academic success.”

— Jean Thomas-Jeremy ’13 MEd, Special Education Teacher, Dominica

Dr. David Perault, professor of biology and environmental science, leads MEd in Science Education students on a field trip to study water quality.

“The lessons learned and relation-ships gained from Lynchburg College influence how I plan every day in my preschool autism classroom. The hands-on experience provided during my graduate program is most beneficial. I continue to seek advice from professors, staff, and cooperating teachers to this day.”

— Carmen Johnson ’11 BS, ’13 MEd, special education teacher, Stafford Elementary School



in Nursing

Master of Science

in Nursing

Our online program is designed to provide you

with professional development opportunities

in key areas of the nursing field. Our program

is founded on evidence-based nursing practice

and provides educational experiences that are

grounded in current knowledge and research.

What will I study?

Depending on your career goals, you may

choose from three tracks:

• RN to MSN Pathway – allows registered nurses without a bachelor’s degree (or with a non-nurs-ing bachelor’s degree) to complete the master’s program

• Clinical Nurse Leader – offers advanced nursing leadership education for nurses who provide expert bedside care in health facilities

• Nursing Education – provides specialized prepa-ration for the role of nurse educator in academia, clinical education, and staff development

Program Highlights

• 37-hour program

• Online learning format that provides flex-ibility to working professionals

• Cohort rate for hospitals and agencies with eight or more participants beginning the program in the same term

• Clinical experiences in healthcare settings

The MSN will prepare you for positions

such as:

• Clinical care specialist on a patient care floor

• Teaching nursing students in the class-room, clinical area, or at a BSN or ADN program

• Teaching hospital staff in the agency’s education department

• Quality improvement in a health agency

• Evidence-based researcher

For more information: or

Physician Assistant Medicine

Lynchburg College will launch a graduate level Physician Assistant Medicine Program in

the summer of 2015. For more information:, or 434.544.8876,


International Students

International students enjoy a high rate of success at Lynchburg College. Our faculty are committed to student success, and our campus community provides a supportive environment where students of diverse backgrounds can learn from each other and excel. Admission and application information is available online at

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available through scholarships, state grants, federal loans, and graduate assistantships. Endowed scholarships, including Presidential Scholarships and post-master’s tuition vouchers are available to eligible students.

A complete list of financial aid opportunities and application information can be found online at

Information Sessions

The Office of Graduate Studies hosts monthly grad-uate information sessions throughout the year. For specific dates and registration information, visit

Online Applications

Online applications are available at

Admission deadlines:

July 31 - fall enrollment

November 30 - spring enrollment May 1 - summer enrollment


For the current tuition rate, go to

Contact us at or 434.544.8383

Dr. Ellen Deluca, professor of nursing, talks with nurses about opportunities in LC’s MSN Program.

What our graduates are saying

“Now that I have completed the MSN degree, I can use my talents to benefit the lives of others and give back to a profession that has offered me so much. Being part of the Lynchburg College MSN program is one of the greatest rewards of my personal and professional advancement.”

— Dana Woody ’00 BS, ’12 MSN


Dr. Jeremy Welsh is founding department chair, program director, and associate professor of Physician Assistant Medicine.