Admission Requirements

Admission is based on a combination of several factors, including undergraduate GPA, GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) score(s), professional experience and references. The admissions committee also considers your personal statement and interview in helping them assess if a Lipscomb graduate business program is the right fit for you.  The personal statement is generally 1-2 pages and addresses the following two questions: (1) Why a graduate business degree, and (2) Why Lipscomb. Here are other admission requirements by program:

Professional MBA (PMBA)

Minimum professional work experience required for the PMBA is three (3) years. A GMAT or GRE waiver may be available if you have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher AND 10 years of professional experience. Our average GMAT score is currently 530. More information on the GMAT is located below.

Prerequisites / Leveling

Students are welcome to apply to the PMBA program from all academic disciplines and professions. Students with bachelor’s business degrees from an accredited university will have met all prerequisites.  Students with bachelor’s degrees in disciplines other than business may start the PMBA program but will need to complete the BU 6103 Introduction to Quantitative Business Analysis prior to enrolling in any graduate level quantitative classes.

Evening MBA/MBA at Cool Springs (MBA)

MBA at Cool Springs

The MBA at Cool Springs differs from the Evening MBA by requiring a minimum professional work experience of three (3) years. A GMAT or GRE waiver may be available if you have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and 10 years of professional experience. Our average GMAT score is currently 530. More information on the GMAT is located below.

Evening MBA

Full-time professional work experience is NOT required for admittance into the Evening MBA program. A GMAT or GRE waiver may be available if you have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and 10 years of professional experience. Our average GMAT score is currently 530. More information on the GMAT is located below.

Prerequisites

Students are welcome to apply to the MBA program from all academic disciplines and professions. Students with bachelor’s business degrees from an accredited university will have met all prerequisites.  Students with bachelor’s degrees in disciplines other than business may start the MBA program but will need to complete BU 6103 Introduction to Quantitative Business Analysis prior to sitting in any graduate level quantitative classes.

Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

Professional work experience is not required for admittance into the MAcc program. Our average GMAT score is currently 530. More information on the GMAT is located below.

Prerequisites

Students are welcome to apply to the MAcc program from all academic disciplines and professions, but students with bachelor’s degrees in disciplines other than business and accounting will need to complete prerequisite work before enrolling in MAcc courses. Students who have taken the following classes – or some equivalent to be determined by our admissions committee - will not be required to take further prerequisite classes.

Business Core (required for MAcc)

  • Principles of Accounting I & II     
  • Business Law
  • Principles of Finance or Managerial Finance
  • Micro & Macro Economics
  • Statistics, Quantitative Methods or Business Math
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing

Accounting Core (required for MAcc)

  • Intermediate Accounting I & II
  • Cost Accounting
  • Federal Income Taxation I
  • Principles of Auditing
  • Accounting Information Systems

If you have not taken one or more of these classes in either an undergraduate program or another graduate program, you have several options for completing them:

Business Core Options

  • Take the appropriate undergraduate courses at Lipscomb OR any other accredited institution. Lipscomb offers an adult degree program in the evenings for working professionals.
  • Demonstrate proficiency through work experience and/or continuing professional education in a specific area. A written test will be required to demonstrate this proficiency.
  • Pass the CLEP test(s) for the appropriate course(s). For more information, contact the Testing Center at Lipscomb (615.966.6294).

Accounting Core Options

  • Take the appropriate undergraduate courses at Lipscomb OR any other 4-year accredited institution. Lipscomb offers an adult degree program in the evenings for working professionals.
  • The Certificate of Accountancy (CAP) program offers students the opportunity to complete accounting core classes in the summer or in 12 to 18 months in the evening.
Master of Human Resources (MHR)

A minimum of three years of work experience OR two years in the human resources field is required for admission to the program. Our average GMAT score is currently 530. A GMAT or GRE waiver may be available if you have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher OR 10 years of professional work experience. More information on the GMAT is located below.

Prerequisites

Students are welcome to apply to the MHR program from all academic disciplines and professions.

Master of Management (MM)

Admission is based on a combination of many factors, including undergraduate GPA, experience and references. The admissions committee also considers your writing skills and interview in helping to assess if a Lipscomb graduate business program is the right fit for you.

GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT measures mathematical, verbal and analytical writing skills. More than 1,900 schools use the GMAT to help in assessing the qualifications of graduate applicants.

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Am I eligible for a GMAT Waiver?

Lipscomb Graduate Studies in Business offers a GMAT waiver to those applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 10 years of professional work experience AND a 3.0 undergrad GPA or higher.
  • All GMAT waivers must be approved through the admissions committee. Resumes and transcripts must be submitted to document work experience and undergrad grade point averages.