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Master of

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Program Overview
Advance your career with the convenience and affordability of Lipscomb Online.

In the current marketplace, advanced education often leads to increased opportunities and responsibilities. Change the trajectory of your career with a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) from Lipscomb University. In this convenient, customized online degree program designed for working professionals, you’ll meet the growing demands of the workplace by improving your professional leadership skills and refining your strategic thinking.

Working with a faculty advisor, you’ll build a course of study based on your goals and interests, create a research plan and complete a capstone project that integrates your learning across academic disciplines.

Combine any two certificate programs to tailor your graduate studies based on your preferences. Let us help you keep your competitive advantage, advance your career and meet your personal and professional aspirations.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Ready to apply? Let’s get started. We’re here to help at every step. Here’s what you’ll need to apply to Lipscomb Online.

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Completed online application
  • $50 application fee or fee waiver
  • Official college transcripts from all schools attended (minimum 2.5 GPA)
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Résumé
  • Interview with faculty

If your undergraduate GPA is below 2.5, please provide a standardized test score or evidence of substantive professional experience.

Steps to Apply

Follow these simple steps to submit your application for admission:

  1. Complete our online application. Please be sure to list each college you have previously attended.
  2. Request to have your transcript(s) from all previous schools and colleges sent directly to Lipscomb. Mail to:
    Lipscomb University
    Online Admissions
    One University Park Drive
    Nashville, TN 37204
  3. You may submit the $50 application fee via credit card after completing the online application, or mail a check made out to “Lipscomb University” to the address above.

Program of Study

Our graduate program curriculum allows you to create a program of study personalized to meet your educational needs and career goals. The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) requires 30-36 credit hours. You can earn your degree by combining two graduate certificate programs along with research methods and capstone. 

For students pursuing two or more certificates:

Select two stackable certificates (below) along with a research core consisting of the following
OGLD 5101 - Research Methods
OGLD 5992 - Capstone

For students seeking an MPS while pursuing one certificate:

Master of Professional Studies Core (18 hours)
OGLD 5101 - Research Methods
OGLD 5992 - Capstone
OGLD 5403 - Leadership Skills and Assessment
OGLD 5503 - Strategic and Advanced Competency Development
OGLD 5243 - Mission Focused Leadership
OGLD 5613 - Leadership Seminar

Three of the following two-credit hour competencies required:
CORE 5053 - Communication Strategies
CORE 5123 - Leading in High Performance Environments
CORE 5263 - Organizing and Planning
CORE 5293 - Problem Solving and Decision Making
CORE 5303 - Relationship Building and Influence

Certificate Programs

Business Leadership Certificate (12 hours)
PSBL 5013 - Strategic Leadership
PSBL 5023 - Market Based Management
PSBL 5033 - Accounting for Leaders
PSBL 5043 - Financial Management for Leaders

Global Leadership Certificate (15 hours)
OGLD 5013 - Leading Across Cultures
OGLD 5153 - International Trends and Cultural Diversity
OGLD 5403 - Leadership Skills and Assessment
OGLD 5413 - Individual and Socio-cultural Skills
OGLD 5623 - Talent Development and Coaching for Leaders

Performance Coaching Certificate (16 hours)
OGLD 5011 - Mentoring I
OGLD 5021 - Mentoring II
OGLD 5031 - Mentoring III
OGLD 5041 - Mentoring IV
OGLD 5023 - Active Listening and Somatics
OGLD 5033 - Foundations of Ethical Coaching
OGLD 5633 - Applied Coaching Skills
OGLD 5643 - Structures and Models

Sustainability Certificate (15 hours)
ICM 5003 - Survey of Conflict Management
SU 6003 - Sustainable Earth Systems
SU 6153 - Zero Management
SU 6023 - Sustainable Enterprise
One upper division elective

Total Hours for Graduation: 30-36 hours

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Time is precious, especially for a busy adult like yourself. That’s why Lipscomb created personalized online programs tailored to fit your career needs and busy schedule. Lipscomb Online offers the same high-quality degree as our traditional on-campus programs with the flexibility to fit your life. Tuition is $899 per credit hour.

Financial Aid

Earn a Lipscomb education in a way that fits your budget through financial aid opportunities like scholarships, grants, loans and part-time employment.

  • Grants: You may qualify for federal grants or grants from other sources specific to your program of study and personal background.
  • Loans: Finance your education through one or more loans, either from the federal government or a private lender, that you can repay after college.
  • Scholarships: Depending on your credentials, you may qualify for scholarships from federal, state and other sources.
  • Tuition Discounts: If your employer offers tuition assistance or has a corporate partnership with Lipscomb University, you may be eligible for an application fee waiver and reduced tuition.
  • Military Benefits: Veterans, military members and their families attending Lipscomb may qualify for a variety of aid, including scholarships, stipends and tuition assistance.

Master of Professional Studies

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Lipscomb was the clear choice for quality of educational experience, affordability and a palpable passion for their students' success. I can't express my gratitude enough for the staff and professors at Lipscomb who have supported and guided me throughout this portion of my educational journey. Maria Moen, ’19

Why Lipscomb Online?


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


Study in a program where you don’t have to sacrifice academic quality in order to enjoy the flexibility of online education. A Lipscomb master’s degree is more than just letters after your name—it’s next-level innovation that will drive the success of your organization.


Each of our graduate degrees is specially designed to work with your busy schedule. Our online class model allows you to obtain your degree as a full-time working professional, without having to put your life on hold.

You have what it takes.