Admissions Process


Admission Requirements

Admission is based on a combination of many factors, including undergraduate GPA, graduate entrance exam score(s), professional experience and references. The admissions committee also considers your essay and interview in making an admissions decision.


Individuals are welcome to apply to the Conflict Management program from all academic disciplines and professions. Students with undergraduate degrees from an accredited university will have met all prerequisites.

Application Requirements

Applicants to either the graduate certificate or M.A. program in Conflict Management must submit the following for enrollment:

  1. Graduate Application Form: The Institute for Conflict Management offers graduate programs with two entry points per academic year, August  (fall semester) and January (spring semester.) Although we offer rolling admission, all candidates are encouraged to complete the online graduate application at least 4-6 weeks before courses begin.
  2. Application Fee: A non-refundable $50 application fee must be submitted  before the application is evaluated by the admissions committee.
  3. Official Transcripts: Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities are required. Transcripts must be sent from the university of attendance in order to be considered official. Hard copy transcripts may be sent by mail at the address below or electronically to
  4. References: Each applicant is required to submit two references. Click here for Graduate Reference Form or send from within online application.
  5. Personal Statement/Essay: A written response of less than 1,000 words responding to the following questions may be submitted within the online application: (1) What draws you to study conflict management? (2) What are your personal and professional goals and interests? and (3) What are your expectations of this program?
  6. Standardized examination score OR writing sample.  

Students must either submit the scores of a standardized examination or a writing sample.

  • Standardized examination score:  Accepted scores include those of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
  • 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.

7. On-Campus Interview: After all application documents are received and academic requirements are met, an on-campus interview will be scheduled. 

Mailing Address For Application Items: Graduate Studies in Conflict Management; Lipscomb University; One University Park Drive; Nashville, TN 37204

To check your application status please contact

Conditional Admission and Denied Admission

A student who does not meet the admission requirements to the program may be conditionally admitted to the program at the discretion of the ICM academic director. If a student is conditionally admitted, the student must complete a minimum of nine hours of graduate work with a grade of “B” or above before the conditional admission is removed. Students who are denied admission may request from the ICM academic director an action plan to help them identify specific areas where improvement is needed. Students who are denied admission may reapply for admission after completing the action plan as described by the ICM academic director.


Transfer Credits

Prior graduate academic work is evaluated on an individual basis for possible transfer credit and fulfillment of program requirements. A maximum of three relevant graduate transfer hours may be counted toward the graduate certificate in Conflict Management. A maximum of six relevant graduate transfer hours may be counted toward the Master of Arts in Conflict Management degree. The ICM director 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.