Admissions Process

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on a combination of many factors, including undergraduate GPA, graduate entrance exam score(s), professional experience and references. The admissions committee also considers your essay and interview in helping to assess if a Conflict Management graduate program is the right fit for you. Five to ten years of full-time professional work experience is preferred for admittance into the MA and Graduate Certificate program. An exam waiver is available if you have previously done graduate work.


Individuals are welcome to apply to the Conflict Management program from all academic disciplines and professions. Students with undergraduate degrees from an accredited university will have met all prerequisites.

Applicants to either the Certificate or M.A. program in Conflict Management must submit the following as soon as possible:

  1. Graduate Application Form: The Institute for Conflict Management offers graduate programs with two course cycles per academic year, Fall Semester and Spring Semester. Although we have a rolling admission, we encourage all candidates to complete the online graduate application at least 4-6 weeks before courses begin.
  2. Application Fee: A non-refundable $50 application fee must be submitted by check before the application is evaluated by the admissions committee.
  3. Official Transcripts: To be admitted as a graduate student the Institute for Conflict Management requires an official transcript from all universities and colleges previously attended. Please allow 4-6 weeks for transcript delivery.
  4. Standardized Test Scores: The official standardized tests for admissions to the Institute for Conflict Management are the GMAT, MAT, GRE, and LSAT.
  5. References: Each applicant is required to submit two references: personal, professional and/or academic. Click here for Graduate Reference Form
  6. Personal Statement/Short Essay: The Institute for Conflict Management Admissions Committee should be able to garner from your written statement (less than 1000 words) (1) what draws you to study conflict management, (2) your personal and professional goals and interests, and (3) what you expect out of a graduate program of this type.
  7. Resume: Along with other documentation, the Institute for Conflict Management asks that each applicant submit a resume of academic and personal achievements.
  8. On-Campus Interview: After all application documents are received and academic requirements are met, the program director and academic committee will ask you to come on campus for an interview.

Forms should be mailed to: Graduate Studies in Conflict Management, Lipscomb University, One University Park Drive, Nashville TN 37204-3951.

To check your application status please contact Danielle Nichols at 615.966.7226 or .

REGISTRATION NOTICE: After admission has been confirmed, graduate students are required to submit additional documentation to begin registering for courses. To view and download these forms please click here.

**Although we offer a paper copy of our Graduate Application, we ask prospective students to apply on-line for processing purposes.  

Conditional Admission and Denied Admission

A student who does not meet the admission requirements to the program may be conditionally admitted to the program at the discretion of the ICM director. If a student is conditionally admitted, the student must complete a minimum of nine hours of graduate work with a grade of “B” or above before the conditional admission is removed. Students who are denied admission may request from the ICM director an action plan to help them identify specific areas where improvement is needed. Students who are denied admission may reapply for admission after completing the action plan as described by the ICM director.


Transfer Credits

Prior graduate academic work is evaluated on an individual basis for possible transfer credit and fulfillment of program requirements. Normally, no transfer credit will be accepted for the Certificate in Conflict Management. A maximum of six graduate transfer hours may be counted toward the Master of Arts in Conflict Management degree. The ICM director will evaluate the course(s) being proposed for transfer and make a determination of suitability. No course with a grade below a “B” will be considered for transfer. Requests from current students to transfer new course work into the ICM program will generally be denied.