For regular admission, all applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college prior to entering the program. Lipscomb seniors can apply for conditional admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Psychology, or Certificate programs (but not the MFT program), which would allow them to take graduate courses in the last semester of their senior year (and the following summer, for May graduates).
Students entering the program can have a bachelor's degree in any discipline. However, degree-seeking students in the M.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must take the “Survey of Psychology” course during their first 9 hours of study if they lack a bachelor's degree in Psychology (students in the M.MFT and Certificate programs are not required to take this course).
The minimum standards for regular admission are (1) an 800 combined Verbal/Quantitative score on the GRE (or equivalent score on the revised version) and (2) a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Students who have taken graduate coursework prior to applying to Lipscomb must also have maintained a 3.0 average in graduate coursework. Exceptions to these standards may be made on a case-by-case basis and will result in conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students must maintain a 3.25 average during their first 9 hours of study.
These are only minimums and achieving these scores does not guarantee admission; students will be chosen from among the pool of qualified applicants based on test scores, grades, and information contained in letters of recommendation, the statement of purpose, and interview.
Students transferring to Lipscomb University from other graduate programs should have an official transcript from their program mailed to the Graduate Counseling office. Up to 9 hours of courses will be accepted for transfer if a grade of “B” or higher has been earned the class. These courses would transfer as electives initially; decisions about substitutions for required classes could be made on a case-by case basis.