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Program Overview

Program Overview

Focus on doing business the right way by leading, creating, and making a difference.

AACSBEnroll in one of the top-ranked MBA programs in the U.S. where we mold leaders, creators and disruptors. Our faculty not only teach but mentor. You’ll grow to inspire others, be strategic, and work with integrity. Gain the right mix of quantitative and qualitative skills through practical learning to become a business expert.

Lipscomb’s Professional MBA program is a part-time program offered in both in-person and online/hybrid formats. The in-person program is completed in 22 months by attending classes primarily one night per week. The online/hybrid MBA (OHMBA) is completed in 16 months with synchronous, virtual classes meeting one or two nights per week. This makes either program a perfect fit for the full-time working professional. There are four key areas of focus: 

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Health Care Management

Our cohort model provides a built-in support system during your two years of study. You'll find common interests and form invaluable relationships with classmates and mentors of diverse backgrounds. One of the chief ways students gain real-world experience is through the insight and mentorship of Lipscomb’s seven Executives-in-Residence, longtime business titans who bring their real-world solutions to students within the confines of the classroom. Learn how to build companies that engage, grow and support collaborators and visionaries. Our graduates are influencing the business world for good, at home and overseas. You too can make a difference.

Professional MBA Program Outcomes

The Professional MBA is an AACSB accredited program that will take your business competencies to the next level. Before the program ends, you will excel in business acumen, leadership, confidence, and presentation skills. Your ability to have a high level of understanding value to an organization and how leadership decisions create impact ensure a strong foundation for furthering your career.

Why Earn Your MBA Degree at Lipscomb University?

Every aspect of our Professional MBA program and curriculum is designed for your learning benefit. The small class sizes and cohort model allow you to form deep connections with peers and faculty. We also provide frequent networking and professional development opportunities. You will see a definitive return on investment through this program.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and fee
  • Undergraduate transcripts (and graduate, if applicable)
    • Have electronic copies emailed directly from the university to
    • If you are having a hard copy mailed, have it sent to:
      • ATTN: Graduate Admissions Office, One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204
  • A student is eligible for a GMAT waiver with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and with three or more years of professional, progressive work experience.
  • Resume
  • Two professional references
  • Personal response to the following question:
    How will the knowledge and skills you expect to attain in Lipscomb's MBA program help you create more value in your organization and community?


Professional MBA Core Courses (30 hours required):

  • BU 6000 - Orientation to MBA Program (Non-credit and P/F)
  • BU 6010 - MBA Graduation Seminar (Non-credit and P/F)
  • BU 6012 - Embracing Values
  • BU 6032 - Accounting for Executives
  • BU 6052 - Financial Management
  • BU 6082 - Strategy
  • BU 6132 - Operations
  • BU 6142 - Business Intelligence
  • BU 6532 - Leading Effective Organizations
  • BU 6632 - International Business
  • BU 6112 - Organizational Behavior
  • BU 6122 - Entrepreneurship
  • BU 6232 - Integrated Decision Making
  • BU 6252 - Integrated Talent Management
  • BU 6262 - Applied Value Creation
  • BU 6062 - Strategic Marketing
  • ICM 5082 - Strategic Negotiation in Legal Settings

For those enrolled in the dual degree program for M.S./MBA, the successful completion of 48 hours of coursework (24 hours in sustainability and 24 hours in business) will earn students both diplomas.

The dual degree option MUST be declared before you graduate with either degree. 

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Tuition: 36-hour program / $1,395 per credit hour

  • Total Tuition: $50,220
  • $50 application fee and $195 graduation fee
  • Case materials included in tuition
  • Program Fee

Types of Aid

Small Class Size

The Professional MBA program fosters an engaging learning environment where you’ll have opportunities to participate in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small-sized Professional MBA classes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.

Online/Hybrid Option (OHMBA)

This degree can be completed in just 16 months and is an ideal format for working professionals or other students. OHMBA students have the access to similar in-person networking events, which is a rare, unique opportunity for an online/hybrid program. You'll also meet with your cohort in-person 5 times throughout their degree.


Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.

Cohort Model

Our cohort model emphasizes collaborative learning and extended field experiences. You'll have the opportunity to form professional and personal relationships with like-minded peers that will extend far beyond the duration of the program.

Nashville, TN

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville, Tennessee an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Alumni and Student Stories

Jen Peters

Jen Peters '19

"Don't compare yourself to everyone else, not only are you smart enough to be here, you already have everything you need inside you to be successful - you deserve a place at the table just as much as anyone else - your contributions, the way you think, the way your process will benefit the people around you."

Scott Huitink

Scott Huitink '23

"The value of faith, Biblical principles, godly wisdom, and servant leadership... these are not typical ingredients in a PMBA program. At the same time, for a student seeking to find ways to create eternal value in the context of the limited time we have on this earth through business, I cannot imagine finding a more complete program."

Nick Tate

Nick Tate '20

"The Lipscomb MBA program strengthened my ability to make decisions earlier, faster, and with greater conviction - especially in times of ambiguity, with incomplete information, and in unfamiliar positions."

Joshua Bohannon

Joshua Bohannon '22

"I was drawn to Lipscomb by the idea of learning graduate-level business skills from a Christian perspective. I couldn’t wait to see what was on the other side and Lipscomb has not failed to deliver."


Doctor holding kid patient's hand

MBA graduate Sergio Licona is working to accelerate clinical care of children globally

Just a few weeks after earning his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in health care administration...

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Our Faculty

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    Joe Ivey


    Joe Ivey serves as a Professor of Management. Prior to becoming a member of the full-time faculty, he served five years as the university's Senior Vice President for advancement. He received...

    Meet Joe Ivey
  • Allison Duke headshot

    Allison Duke

    Senior Associate Dean

    Dr. Allison Duke is Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Management at Lipscomb University's College of Business. As Senior Associate Dean, Dr. Duke leads the development of strategic initiatives and...

    Meet Allison Duke
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    Rick Holaway

    Associate Provost for Graduate Enrollment and Support

    Rick Holaway serves as the Associate Provost for Graduate Enrollment and Support, and as an Assistant Professor in the College of Business, teaching marketing and management courses to undergraduate and...

    Meet Rick Holaway
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    Julio Rivas

    Associate Professor and MBA Director

    Julio A. Rivas, born in Torreon, Mexico, and lived in Guadalajara, Mexico, until 2007. He went to school to Monterrey Tech, Guadalajara Campus, and got his BBA in Finance and...

    Meet Julio Rivas
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    Jeff Cohu

    Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

    Dr. Jeff Cohu is an experienced management consultant, entrepreneur, and educator. In addition to his ongoing consulting practice, he currently serves as an Associate Professor of Management and Executive Director...

    Meet Jeff Cohu
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    Jeff Jewell

    Accounting Department Chair

    Jeff was born in Bloomington, Indiana, but grew up in Searcy, Arkansas, where both of his parents were professors at Harding University. Jeff earned his BA in history from Harding,...

    Meet Jeff Jewell
  • Lindsay Dillingham headshot

    Lindsay Dillingham

    Associate Professor

    Prior to earning her doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 2014, Dr. Dillingham worked for Merrill in Nashville. Since joining the faculty full-time in 2015, she has continued her...

    Meet Lindsay Dillingham
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    Bart Liddle

    Associate Dean

    Dr. Bart Liddle serves the Associate Dean of Academic Excellence in the College of Business. As Associate Dean, he is responsible for all undergraduate and graduate academic programming. In addition...

    Meet Bart Liddle
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    Ray Eldridge

    Dean of College of Business

    Dean, College of Business, Lipscomb University. An experienced leader in higher education. Previously served as Senior Associate Dean, Associate Dean and Department Chair at Lipscomb University; Dean at Freed-Hardeman University...

    Meet Ray Eldridge

Career Paths


Whether a project or program manager, marketing or sales manager, human resources manager, or general manager, many facets of business require individuals with strong strategic planning and leadership skills to achieve the company’s vision.

Office and Building Administration

Daily operations and the carrying out business goals are overseen by Office and Building Administrators for a company or organization. They lead with confidence to implement policies and procedures among employees.

Business Analysts

Business Analysts review processes and data to monitor the effectiveness of a business. They use strong communication and analytical skills to develop metrics to measure and ensure needs are met.