Admission Policies and Procedures

Applicants to graduate programs must submit the following:

  1. Application Form. Each applicant must complete an online APPLICATION FORM. The application can be completed online and applicants will create an account to track their completion progress.
  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. Click here for reference forms.
  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.  The admissions committee would like to understand (1) how the university can assist your personal and career goals, (2) why you are seeking a degree in your chosen area and (3) what you expect to receive from the program.
  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 utilizing Adobe Connect or Skype.
  9. TOEFL. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international students. (See section titled International Students for more information.)

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

Please send all materials to: Lipscomb University; School of TransformAging; ATTN: Suzanne Sager, Aging Services Leadership; One University Park Drive; Nashville, TN 37204 or fax to 615-966-1336.

For questions about our Graduate Programs or for additional information, please contact us at 615-966-1103.

Transfer and Waiver of Courses

Although all 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 “Documentation” in the front of this 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 or substantive professional experience.) 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. As a student who has not completed a bachelor’s degree program. 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 9 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.

Academic Policies

Course Load

A student enrolled for 9 hours is considered a full-time student. No student will be permitted to enroll for more than 12 hours per semester without special approval from the director of the graduate program.

Academic Standing

  1. Good Academic Standing: To remain in good academic standing, the M.P.S. in Aging Services Leadership student must maintain a cumulative 3.00 GPA and a 3.00 GPA on the most recent 12 semester hours of work.
  2. Probation: Should the student’s cumulative graduate GPA fall below 3.00, he/she will be placed on academic probation. A student on academic probation will not be allowed to enroll for more than 6 hours during any term the probation applies.

    The probationary student is required to achieve a 3.00 cumulative GPA by the time the student has completed the next 9 hours of course work. A course(s) may be repeated to achieve the requisite GPA. If the requisite GPA is attained, the academic probation status will be removed.
  3. Suspension: If the requisite GPA is not attained, the student will be suspended from graduate studies at Lipscomb for the following semester, after which the student may apply for readmission. The student may be required to appear before the Graduate Committee.

    Failing grades will provide no credit toward the degree but will be included in figuring scholarship level, unless replaced with a higher grade by repeating the course(s). A 3.00 GPA must be maintained to be eligible for financial assistance.
  4. Appeals: Appeals to suspension decisions should be made in writing to the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies. Appeals must be received no later than 4:30 pm on the Monday of the week before classes begin for the term during which the student wishes to be readmitted.

Degree Completion Requirements


No period of formal residency is required for a degree in the master’s program.

Statute of Limitations

All requirements for the M.P.S. in Aging Services Leadership degree must be completed within a 5-year period from the time of initial matriculation.


Admission to a program does not imply admission to candidacy for the master’s degree. During the course of pursuing the M.P.S. in Aging Services Leadership degree, the student must be admitted to “candidacy.” For admission to candidacy the student must satisfy the following:

  1. Complete all required undergraduate deficiencies if admitted on condition.
  2. Complete at least twelve hours of graduate work.
  3. Maintain a 3.00 GPA on all courses taken toward the requirements for the degree with no incomplete grades.
  4. File a degree plan/application for candidacy in the graduate program office which meets all requirements and is approved by the administrator of the graduate program and the dean of the college. The degree plan must be filed during the second semester of graduate work in the Program.

After admission to candidacy and approval of the degree plan, any changes in the degree plan must be approved by the administrator of the graduate program and the dean of the college. The application for candidacy must be filed before the beginning of the student’s last semester in the program. No student will be allowed to graduate in the same semester in which the application for candidacy is filed.

Minimum Credits

The M.P.S. in Aging Services Leadership requires 30 semester hours. This requirement does not include hours accumulated to satisfy academic deficiencies.

Minimum GPA

The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all graduate education programs is 3.00 for all graduate courses taken for graduate credit while pursuing the degree. No grade below a “C” is acceptable. Such grades will not apply toward degree completion.


Students must register for GN 999X the semester in which all coursework will be completed for graduation. Students who do not file their Intent to Graduate form in the Registrar’s Office by the end of the first week of their last semester may be delayed in graduating.

Graduate students receiving degrees are hooded during the May and December commencement exercises.


Any exceptions to the above stated requirements would require approval via the appeal process established by the Graduate Academic Leadership Team.