Master's in Civic Leadership Admissions Checklist

The Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership is now accepting applications for Fall 2016.  For questions, please contact Danielle Nichols at 615-966-7226.

Application Requirements:

  1. Online 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. Resume. A resume detailing the applicant’s work and academic experience is required.
  4. References. Each applicant is required to submit two references.
  5. Official Transcript(s). Each applicant must submit an official transcript showing degree conferral when appropriate, from all schools attended.
  6. Essay. Please write a 2-3 page double-spaced essay giving your reasons for pursuing a degree in civic leadership and any community, region or state issues of particular interest to you. This is an informal essay; tell us your story including what shaped you, what matters to you and what future you see for yourself and your community, region or state.
  7. Standardized exam score OR Writing sample.
    • Each applicant must submit scores from one of the following the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The MAT is offered on campus, please click here for more information. Students who have already earned a master’s level degree may apply to the program without submitting a standardized test score.
    • Writing sample: In lieu of a standardized test score, applicants may submit a writing sample. The writing sample should demonstrate clarity of thinking, reasoning ability, logic, and strong writing and communication skills. The sample should be an academic or professional document that has been previously written and perhaps evaluated in an academic or professional setting.  Previously published work may also be considered.  The sample should not be something prepared for the sole purpose of admission to the program.

  8. TOEFL. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international students. (See section titled International Students for more information.) 

After Acceptance:

  1. Health Form. Each applicant must submit a completed health form signed by a health care provider. (To print a copy of the health form, click here).
  2. FERPA. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affords students certain rights of access to educational records; even if you are independent of your parents, you must submit this form prior to enrollment. Click here to download.

All application items should be submitted to The Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership no later than July 31, 2017. Classes begin on August 11, 2017. Forms should be mailed to: Graduate Studies in Civic Leadership, Lipscomb University, One University Park Drive, Nashville TN 37204-3951.

To check your application status, please contact Amy Goode at 615-966-6691 or