Why choose Lipscomb?
You have many options available to you if you are seeking a graduate education. You may be wondering why Lipscomb’s programs are unique and why it is worth your investment of time and money. Summarized below are some of the “distinctives” that make us unique.
Excellent preparation for licensure: We offer programs that prepare you to become an LMFT or LPC-MHSP (and the option to be dual-licensed by adding a couple of additional classes to the MFT program). Not all programs offer this type of preparation. Some only offer the core classes required for licensure in shorter degree. After you graduate, you will be left to complete the 60-hour minimum that is required by Tennessee (and most other states) and navigate the licensure process on your own. Lipscomb's licensure-track programs offer everything in one package: courses required by the state of Tennessee, courses you’ll need for the national licensure exams, internship and practicum experiences, and guidance about how to navigate the licensure process. The additional MHSP designation preparation included in our Professional Counseling degree provides is important because it will open more jobs opportunities than a regular LPC licensure and allow you to provide a wider range of services to clients.
Opportunities to advance your career: Our M.S. in Psychology and Certificate programs can help professionals in fields such as education, ministry, social work, health care and business advance their career through earning an advanced degree that will teach them useful skills and knowledge. The core curriculum is designed to help students enrich their understanding of human behavior and develop basic counseling skills; electives allow students to tailor the degree to their unique career goals.
Faith oriented curriculum: We are not the only Christian university in Middle Tennessee, but we are the only one that offers a faith-oriented graduate program. We believe that LPCs and LMFTs should be prepared to be highly effective in any setting, whether it be secular or faith related. We also believe that they (regardless of their personal religious beliefs) should be educated about how to understand and address clients’ spiritual concerns. This knowledge is integrated throughout our curriculum but is the focus of an entire course that all our students take. The teachers in our program are Christians from a variety of religious traditions who have experience working in both faith-oriented and secular settings. Many of our faculty members have ministry training in addition to their counseling/psychology training.
Interdisciplinary cooperation: In addition to the electives available in our own department, students who desire interdisciplinary studies will also have the option to deepen their knowledge of theology and spiritual formation by taking courses from Lipscomb’s Hazelip School of Theology and the Institute for Christian Spirituality. Students can also structure their training to include courses from Lipscomb’s Institute for Conflict Management, a unique center that prepares students to address the conflict that is inherent in human interaction. Counselors who receive training provided by the ICM will be academically prepared to work as Rule 31 Family Mediators in Tennessee. We also offer programs in Exercise and Nutrition Science, Education, and Aging Services.
Mentoring from high-quality faculty: As a student in our program, you will be taught by a core set of full-time faculty who will get to know you and mentor you throughout the program. We supplement this core group with visiting faculty who are leaders in the MFT and counseling community and who enrich the program with their experience. You won’t be just another ‘face in the crowd’ the way you would be at larger university. We believe that human interaction is essential for counselor training and that the online programs available at some universities can’t provide this dimension, either.
Broad in approach: Our students are not locked into working with only one age group or from one theoretical perspective from the beginning, but are exposed to a number of perspectives. After they have become more familiar with their field, students who wish to develop a more specialized area of practice will have opportunities to choose from a wide assortment of electives that are tailored to their interests.
Respected university: Lipscomb has been educating students in Nashville since 1891 and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award master’s and doctoral degrees. We are a nationally respected as a quality institution, ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top tier of universities of our type. Employers seek out our students because they are known for their academic preparation, commitment to excellence, and integrity.
Convenient scheduling: We know that our students have busy lives and that most need to be employed in order to pay for their education. Therefore, our classes are offered at times that will fit around your work schedule. All programs meet year-round in an evening format, allowing you to complete the program quickly. We offer a few courses in an online format. To review our schedule of course offerings over the last few years, click here and search for "PSG: Graduate Psychology" and "PMFT: Marriage and Family Therapy"
Great location: As a leader in the health care industry, the Nashville area offers a wide assortment of opportunities for internship sites and employment. Nashville is also a great place to live, offering numerous parks, a thriving entertainment industry, professional sports teams, and countless cultural and educational opportunities.