Graduate Application Information

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies at the Institute for Sustainable Practice. To make application to the graduate sustainability program, please follow the steps below. If you have any questions, please call 615.966.6691 or email

The Institute for Sustainable Practice admits graduate students on a continuing basis. Two entry points each year are offered for new students: August (Fall Semester) and January (Spring Semester). Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this degree and the diverse backgrounds of successful sustainability students, standardized and non-standardized proofs of eligibility will be used to ensure fair and appropriate evaluation for admission.

View our admissions and program Frequently Asked Questions page.

Application Checklist

  1. Application Form: Submit an Online Application and application fee ($50)
  2. 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
  3. Reference Forms: Facilitate submission of two completed reference forms by providing contact information for two references within the online application. Once reference names and email addresses are submitted, references will receive an email with prompt to complete an online reference form.
  4. Resume: Submit a resume of professional experience within the online application or by email to
  5. Personal Statement: Write and submit a personal statement of less than 1,000 words. The Institute for Sustainable Practice Admissions Committee will assess your written statement based on how well it addresses the following:
    • Professional, personal, and academic experiences relevant to sustainability;
    • Knowledge, skills, abilities, experiences, and certifications you hope to gain;
    • Specialization on which you may want to focus (building, food systems, energy, business performance, faith based, or other)
    • Examples of how you might collaborate with people who have knowledge or skills you don't possess.
  6. Standardized examination score OR 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), 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. Interview: Complete the admissions interview form that will be provided by email upon application submission.

Forms should be mailed to: Graduate Admissions, Lipscomb University, One University Park Drive, Nashville TN 37204-3951.

Accepted Students

Accepted students are required to submit The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) form and the Graduate Health Record form prior to beginning courses at Lipscomb University.

For additional information about career options, ISP-sponsored internships, and professional opportunities in the field, please email