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 making an admissions decision.


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. Applicants to either the Certificate or M.A. program in Conflict Management must submit the following application requirements no later than August 1, 2016:
  2. Graduate Application Form: The Institute for Conflict Management offers graduate programs with two entry points per academic year, August  (fall semester) and January (spring semester.) Although we offer rolling admission, all candidates are encouraged to complete the online graduate application at least 4-6 weeks before courses begin.
  3. Application Fee: A non-refundable $50 application fee must be submitted  before the application is evaluated by the admissions committee.
  4. Official Transcripts: Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. Please request transcripts to be sent by mail at the address below.
  5. Standardized Test Scores: Please submit official test scores from one of the following: MAT, GRE, LSAT, or GMAT. Students who have completed graduate work are exempt from the test score requirement.
  6. References: Each applicant is required to submit two references. Click here for Graduate Reference Form
  7. Personal Statement/Essay: A written response of less than 1,000 words to respond to the following questions: (1) What draws you to study conflict management? (2) What are your personal and professional goals and interests? and (3) What are your expectations of this program? ?
  8. On-Campus Interview: After all application documents are received and academic requirements are met, an on-campus interview will be scheduled. 

Mailing address for application items: 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 .

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.