Study and practice the pastoral arts in the unique environment of the Tennessee Prison for Women. The MACM (LIFE) degree combines ‘outside’ and ‘inside’ students into one learning community. This is a chance to pursue theological training in a cohort setting with both women and men, over a four year period. Within our supportive environment, you’ll learn the skills to restore others and yourself.
Our experienced faculty will guide you through theology, psychology, conflict management, spiritual direction and coaching. We'll help you think critically about complex ministry issues. As a result, you'll learn to lead others in their faith development and increase your effectiveness as a minister.
Our next cohort opens in summer 2022. The application process will begin in fall 2021.
The standard for admissions into our programs is a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation with a cumulative grade point average during the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
An applicant holding an unaccredited degree and/or a low undergraduate GPA (2.00-2.74), or one who is within one semester of completing a bachelor's degree, may be considered for conditional admission. Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.00 cannot be admitted to the graduate program as either a graduate student or a conditionally admitted student.
To be considered for admission to the Hazelip School of Theology, applicants must submit all of the above items at least three full weeks prior to the first day of class and submit the pieces listed below.
Self-evaluation essay This is a 750-1000 word essay concerning your religious heritage, career goals, and how the degree program will contribute to the achievement of those goals. This is uploaded as part of the online application.
Three reference forms Request one from each of the following through the online application site. If any help is needed on recommendation forms, please contact email@example.com.
- University professor or administrator
- Church minister or leader
- Employer or professional
Official transcript(s) They must be from each undergraduate institution where you earned credit (one must show degree conferral) as well as prior graduate institutions. If you need a transcript from Lipscomb University, go to the Office of the Registrar's site in order to request one. They can send your transcript through campus mail, but we cannot request it for you.
Once all application materials are received and reviewed, an interview with the Hazelip director will be scheduled prior to acceptance.
Applicants outside the United States will need to secure appropriate visas if they intend to attend classes on campus. For more information on visa requirements, please contact Sylvia Braden, coordinator of international student services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615.966.6151.
Additionally, applicants whose academic records are from colleges, universities and institutes located outside the United States must order a course-by-course report from an approved evaluation service. Application for admission will not be considered without having this detailed review on file. All applicants are required to order a course-by-course report.
The services that Lipscomb University uses are:
Foreign International Credential Evaluation
P.O. Box 407
Auburn, AL 36831-0407 U.S.A.
World Education Services (WES)
P.O. Box 01-5060
Miami, FL 3310104
- GB 5A93 - Seminar in Bible: Interpreting Scripture
- GB 5483 - Introduction to Theology
- GB 5543 - Ministry, Personhood, and Discipleship
- GB 5553 - Spiritual Formation and Guidance
- GB 5653 - Pastoral Care and Counseling
- GB 5A83 - Seminar in Bible: Suffering and the Psalms
- GB 5H03 - Seminar in Counseling: Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation
- GB 5393 - The Gospels
- GB 6043 - Religious and Cross-Cultural Engagement
- GB 5G93 - Seminar in Ministry: Community Leadership
- GB 6033 - Facilitating Care Groups
- GB 580V - Practicum
Tuition & Aid
Program tuition is currently $525 per credit hour.
Tuition is offered at a discounted rate.