It is a marvelous time to be a part of post-baccalaureate education at Lipscomb University. The diversity of our graduate programs continues to broaden our capacity to academically serve students. New master's degrees in Information Security and Health Care Informatics provide distinctive academic training. Our new M.Ed. degrees with Math Specialty and Instructional Technology emphasis address market needs for more math teachers and for those with enhanced technical capabilities. In addition, our Doctor of Pharmacy program positions us to expand our reputation for excellence in training health care professionals. Certificates of graduate study offered in Aging Services Leadership, Conflict Management, Accountancy, Counseling-Psychology, and Sustainability, provide valuable professional development opportunities. While the world of post-baccalaureate education at Lipscomb continues to evolve, develop, and grow, our commitment to excellent academic instruction in an environment that fosters critical thinking, problem solving, and collegial interaction remains constant and clear.
I am delighted that you are interested in continuing to develop your academic potential and enhancing your professional marketability. I am especially pleased that Lipscomb University can play a role in making that happen. You are entering a time in your personal educational landscape that is exciting and challenging. In some respects you may be navigating waters that are uncharted ones for you, but the post-baccalaureate educational experience can have many benefits and life-changing consequences. It has been suggested that a master’s degree can equate to as much as seven years of professional work experience.
The post-baccalaureate degree experience is, by nature, distinct from the baccalaureate experience. First, it lays a heavier emphasis on research and reflective thinking. Second, the post-baccalaureate curriculum provides greater depth of education and aims at building specialized skills. Third, it engenders a sense of creative independence that prepares the student to function in an area of work and to contribute to a profession or field of scholarship. Post-baccalaureate education provides a valuable credential in a professional journey.
The elements of a post-baccalaureate degree usually include an introduction to research methodology, bibliographic tools, a major field of study, related electives, a bridge between theory and practice, and a capstone experience. Interaction with the faculty provides a stimulating opportunity for personal evaluation of the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and abilities. The nature of this educational experience dictates variety in methodology. In each of the programs of study, students are exposed to the resourcefulness of professors, the sharing of independent investigation, intense research, reflective thinking, and application.
We look forward to helping you realize your academic and professional potential as you join our community of learners at Lipscomb University.
Randy Bouldin, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Graduate Studies