About Us

A welcome from the Dean

This college is for students who are looking for an intellectually challenging yet flexible academic program that allows you to fit a college degree into your busy life. Through a unique mix of innovative learning methods and strong support from academic coaches and one-on-one relationships with faculty coaches, we help you develop your own personalized learning plan, paced so it works for you.

In each of our programs, you have the advantage of a new concept in higher education called  “competency-based education” (CBE).  In shorthand, this means you get credit for specific skills and abilities you’ve already learned in your career and can target your learning to the areas you want to develop to meet future goals.

So you might say we are a college that gives people who’ve already learned a lot in life a degree that goes with it.  In this section of the website, you’re going to see a lot of information about our programs, but remember as you read it, if you have a vision for your future, even if it is not yet fully formed, it’s our primary job to help you discover it and make it happen so you find your success.

So let’s talk. It could lead to a future you’ve just been dreaming of so far.

Nina Morel, Ed.D.
Dean, College of Professional Studies

Key things to know about Lipscomb’s College of Professional Studies.

  • Our programs are delivered completely online, with on-campus professional seminars, to fit with a working professional’s schedule.
  • Home of CORE--Customized Outcome-based Relevant Evaluation--a process for evaluating individual competencies based on a patented, nationally recognized assessment process.
  • In some cases, undergraduate programs can be combined with graduate programs to shorten the time and cost to complete both degrees.

For more information about our degrees and certificates, contact Julie Harper at 615.966.1100 or email online@lipscomb.edu.


Dr. Nina Morel
Dean, Associate Professor