Lynchburg College
Lynchburg, VA



Lynchburg College is a nationally recognized private college in Virginia that offers graduate programs in business, healthcare, education, leadership, history, and music. More than 2,000 Central Virginia educators and counselors have earned their EdD and master’s degrees from Lynchburg College.

The healthcare and leadership programs are in direct response to community needs and are expanding with each academic year. The College has valuable community partners who provide clinical sites as well as other experiential opportunities.

The Community

Lynchburg College is located in central Virginia, 100 miles from Richmond, 180 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and fifty miles east of Roanoke. Greater Lynchburg is a growing business and industrial center with a population of more than 240,000. The city is noted for its climate, culture, and historic landmarks. Community choral, orchestral, and theater groups present high quality performances and offer perfomance opportunities to interested individuals. The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre offers year-round snowboarding and skiing, and the LaHaye Center provides an ice rink where the community can watch Diviion I hockey games as well as participate in public skate sessions and lessons. Nearby, the Blur Ridge Mountains and Smith Mountain Lake offer a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking on the Appalachian Trail, camping, fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, golf, biking, and tennis.

Programs of study and degree requirements

Lynchburg College offers doctoral and master’s degrees and graduate certificates.
Doctoral degrees are offered in physical therapy and leadership studies.
Master’s degrees include business, clinical mental health and school counseling, criminal justice leadership, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, educational studies, history, music, nonprofit leadership studies, nursing (online), physician assistant medicine, public health, reading, science education, and special education. A MS in athletic training is planned for fall of 2016. Selected courses are offered online and in an executive weekend format.
Seven graduate certificate programs are available in advanced counseling, applied behavior analysis, autism spectrum disorder, earth science, literacy studies, students with significant disabilities, and young children with developmental disabilities.


There are 21 full-time graduate faculty members and 35 part-time. The graduate student/faculty ratio is 11:1.

Facilities and Resources

A newly renovated Graduate Health Sciences Building is located adjacent to campus. The upper level houses the DPT program and has 37,000 square feet of space for classrooms, skills laboratory, dissection laboratory, research laboratory, faculty offices, student library and student lounge. The terrace level houses the Master of Physician Assistant Medicine Program with an additional 25,000 square feet that includes classrooms, break-out rooms,  physical diagnosis lab and simulation lab. Students have access to the Central Virginia Center for Simulation and Virtual Learning, which is operated jointly by Centra Health and Lynchburg College. The 15,221-square-foot center consists of five acute care inpatient rooms, a critical care inpatient room, a labor and delivery birthing suite, two primary care exam rooms, a home health apartment, and an ambulance venue.
Lynchburg College’s Claytor Nature Study Center provides an outdoor classroom and laboratory for hands-on, field-based environmental study and research. Located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bedford County, the property has two small lakes, woodlands, wetlands, grasslands, rare plants, formal gardens, a primitive campground, three miles of hiking trails, and the Belk Astronomical Observatory.
The School of Business and Economics is located in Elliot & Rosel Schewel Hall, a 67,000-square-foot classroom facility that provides break-out rooms, focus group facilities, and a 250-seat auditorium with a performance stage for special events.

Expenses and Financial Assistance

Costs: Graduate tuition varies from program to program. Specific information is available at

Financial Assistance: Graduate financial aid is available through:    

  • Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG)
  • TEACH Grant
  • Virginia Department of Education grants
  • GI Bill
  • Federal Loans

How to Apply

Graduate admission requirements vary by program. Specific information is available at 
Graduate applications are reviewed weekly and students are notified within two weeks. Applications for Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Physician Assistant Medicine are processed through online application systems.


Dr. Paula Lichiello, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Phone: 434.544.8464
Lynchburg College Graduate Catalog
The Graduate Catalog, located at, includes program descriptions, faculty program directors, and course listings.

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