Admission Policies and Procedures

Applicants to graduate programs must submit the following:

  1. Application Form. Each applicant must complete an application form.
  2. Application Fee. Each application should be accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee ($75 for international students).
  3. Standardized Exam Score or Substantive Professional Experience. Each applicant must submit either a standardized exam score or complete the GRE Waiver Form (see criteria below). If a candidate chooses to submit an exam score, it should be from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Contact the Aging Services Program to learn the most current score requirements. Students who have already earned a master’s level degree may apply to the program without submitting a standardized test score or completing the GRE Waiver Form. Applicants may submit an official GRE score or complete the GRE Waiver Form if the following criteria are met: Five years of professional work experience OR 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
  4. References. Each applicant is required to submit two references. Please submit either two professional references or one professional and one academic reference from individuals who know you well and who are able to comment on your skills and abilities. Appropriate forms are available as part of the online application by providing the email address of each of your references.
  5. Official Transcript(s). Each applicant must submit an official transcript, showing degree conferral when appropriate, from all schools attended.
  6. Resume. A resume detailing the applicant’s work and academic experience is required.
  7. Personal Statement: Details are provided on the Graduate Personal Statement Form, which is part of the online application process.
  8. Interview: After all application documents are received and academic requirements are met, the program director and academic committee will schedule an on-campus interview (when feasible) or schedule an online interview.
  9. TOEFL. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international students. (See section titled International Students in the graduate catalog for more information.)

REGISTRATION NOTICE: After admission has been confirmed, graduate students are required to submit additional documentation to begin registering for courses, including a FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) form and completed Health Forms. 

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

For questions about our Graduate Programs or for additional information, please contact us at 615.966.1100.

Transfer of Courses

Although graduate credit hours may be transferred from another accredited institution, a maximum of nine hours will be counted toward the M.P.S. in Aging Services Leadership degree. The director or appropriate faculty member of the graduate program 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.


Students are required to provide satisfactory documentation of personal identification for off-site learning experiences required in many programs of graduate study at Lipscomb University. Failure to provide proper credentials will result in failure to complete the desired course of study. For complete policy, see section entitled Required Documentation for Off-Site Learning Experiences in the front of the graduate catalog.

Student Classifications

Students are admitted to graduate courses in one of five categories:

  1. Graduate Student: one who has satisfied all admissions requirements (average of 2.75 on undergraduate work, GRE acceptable scores). A student with an incomplete admission file will be accepted to the program at the discretion of the program director but will be placed on an academic hold which will prevent registration for the following semester. Once the proper admissions documents have been received, the hold will be removed and the student will be allowed to register for the following semester.
  2. Conditionally Admitted Student: one who has been admitted conditionally, at the discretion of the program director, without satisfying all admission requirements. Students admitted with the following criteria may be required to complete a minimum of nine hours of graduate work with a grade of “B” or above. 
    1. From an unaccredited school or with a substandard GPA or GRE/MAT score.
    2. A transfer student with a graduate GPA between 2.50 and 2.99. The transfer student must be in good standing at the previous institution attended.
  3. Non-Degree Student: one who has been admitted to graduate studies and has met all admission requirements except GPA or GRE. The student may take up to nine-semester hours for graduate credit. Those hours may be applied toward a master’s degree if the student makes a grade of “B” or better in the courses taken for credit and if all admission requirements (GPA and entrance test score) are met and the student is formally admitted to a graduate program as a degree-seeking student. 
  4. Visiting Student: one who is currently enrolled as a student in good standing at the post-bachelor’s level at another graduate school, wishes to take courses at Lipscomb, and desires to have transcript evidence of course work done at Lipscomb provided for the school of primary enrollment.
  5. Probationary Student: one who has been readmitted to a graduate program following academic suspension from the program.

Admission to a program does not imply admission to candidacy for the master’s degree. Only those students who meet the requirements for “graduate student” described above are eligible for candidacy.