Lee University Catalog 2011-2012 
    Jun 06, 2020  
Lee University Catalog 2011-2012 [Archived Catalog]

Graduate Studies


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Graduate Studies at Lee University


A Christian environment and team of personally committed professionals are the “natural surroundings” that encompass all programs in Lee’s graduate studies. Lee University’s graduate programs provide an educational experience that meets the most important requirement - a profitable engagement of the student’s time, purpose and personal resources.

Lee’s graduate programs serve adult students with various professional interests and diverse personal histories. Flexible scheduling for part-time and full-time students and personal attention from experts and practitioners in wide-ranging professional fields enable students to find a niche for their personal goals and their intellectual progress in a field of study.

Eighteen degree programs are offered at Lee University for the level of Master in those fields within the colleges or schools. The Ed.S. degree is offered within the Helen DeVos College of Education.

In the College of Arts & Sciences:  the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy prepares students for careers in counseling children and families. The Master of Science in School Counseling prepares students to be counselors in public and private schools. The Master of Science in College Student Development offers preparation for students interested in working in the student affairs areas of higher education administration. The Master of Science in Holistic Child Development prepares students to work in frontline advocacy roles for children.

In the Helen DeVos College of Education the Master of Arts in Teaching provides preparation for professional licensure in education for graduates from liberal arts and other non-education fields. The Master of Education program extends to classroom teachers and school administrators an opportunity for in-service professional training and advanced development in both knowledge and practical skills. The Education Specialist degree is offered to those who currently hold a master’s degree in education and provides candidates with two options: Classroom Teaching or Educational Leadership.

 In the School of Music the Master of Church Music degree program develops the potential of musicians while providing leadership in music training for ministry. The Master of Music - Music Education is designed to provide graduate professional education for men and women who wish to pursue or are currently involved in music education in public or private institutions. The Master of Music - Performance provides graduate professional education for men and women who wish to pursue or are currently involved in music performance and/or studio instruction.

In the School of Religion: the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies and in Theological Studies offers advanced graduate study in the respective disciplines. The Master of Arts in Ministry Studies prepares students for ministry in the areas of Youth and Family Studies, Leadership Studies, or Worship Studies.


Graduate Programs of Study

College of Arts and Sciences



Behavioral and Social Sciences    
Degree   Major   Code
M.S.   College Student Development   CSDEV.MS
M.S.   Holistic Child Development   HCDEV.MS
M.S.   Marriage & Family Therapy   MAFTS.MS
M.S.   School Counseling   SHCSL.MS

Helen DeVos College of Education

M.A.T.   Special Education (Initial Licensure in Mild/Moderate Disabilities)   SPCED.MAT
M.A.T.   Elementary Education (Early Childhood, Elementary, or Middle Grades Emphasis)   ELMED.MAT
M.A.T.   Secondary Education (Secondary Education Emphasis with Grades 7-12 Licensure in Chosen Specialty Area or K-12 Licensure in Health and Physical Education)   SECED.MAT
M.Ed.   Classroom Teaching   CLTCH.MED
M.Ed.   Educational Leadership   EDLDR.MED
M.Ed.   Special Education   SPEDU.MED
Ed.S.   Educational Leadership   EDLDR.EDS
Ed.S.            Classroom Teaching   CLTCH.EDS

School of Music



M.C.M   Master of Church Music   MUSCH.MCM
M. M.   Master of Music - Music Education   MUSED.MM
M. M.   Master of Music - Performance   MUSPF.MM

School of Religion



M.A.   Biblical Studies   BIBST.MA
M.A.   Theological Studies   THEST.MA
M.A.   Ministry Studies   MINST.MA

Graduate Faculty

The purpose of the graduate faculty of Lee University is to set standards for graduate work and to provide graduate instruction. Only members of graduate faculty or associate graduate faculty may teach courses numbered 500 or above or serve on Final Project Committees for master’s degree candidates.

Members of the graduate faculty must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a doctorate or hold candidacy status in a doctoral program,
  2. Hold the rank of assistant professor or higher, and
  3. Demonstrate teaching competence, continuing interest in the graduate program and research or creative productivity.

Associate graduate faculty members are those who do not satisfy the above criteria but are approved to provide instructional services for graduate students because of their unique competencies and professional roles.

Graduate Admissions


Criteria for Admission

Graduate programs at Lee University are open to persons holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university whose undergraduate or graduate work has been of sufficient quality and scope to enable them to profitably pursue graduate study.

Lee University offers equal educational opportunity to all persons without regard to race, religion, gender, age, creed, color, national origin or disability. Applicants are required to meet specific admission criteria established by each of the graduate programs. All applications must be accompanied by a $25 non-refundable application fee.

An application to a graduate program is reviewed by the graduate faculty in each program before an admission decision is recommended. The applicant is advised to have all credentials on file well in advance of the registration period for the semester in which the application is made.

Each Lee University graduate program has different requirements for admission. Applicants are advised to refer to appropriate sections in this catalog for specific graduate program admission requirements (or go to www.leegraduate.com).

Graduate students applying for admissions must submit the following immunization documentation:

               *Measles Immunization Verification (MMR) (if born after January 1, 1957)
               *Proof of Chicken Pox Immunity (Required for full-time graduate students born after 1979)
               *International graduate students must also submit proof of a Tuberculin PPD skin test taken within a
                one-year period of the date of admissions application

The Certificate of Immunization form must be completed and signed by a Licensed Health Care Provider and returned to Lee University prior to registration.

If an applicant does not meet the admission requirements of a graduate program, he/she may be considered for probationary acceptance.

Admissions Testing

A student who has completed a bachelor’s degree within the past seven years must submit Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (GRE) scores indicating a score that is at least in the 35th percentile or above; or, the student may take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and score at least in the 35th percentile. (GRE Institutional Code 1401; MAT Institutional Code 2540)  Education graduate students not meeting these minimum requirements may be admitted on a provisional status.

The MAT is offered by individual appointment in the Lee University Office of Counseling and Testing. Applicants may contact the office by phone at 423-614-8415 or online at www.hbtpc.com/mat . The GRE is not administered at Lee University, but informational materials are available at www.gre.org. For information regarding testing and placements for the School of Music degree programs, please see the Graduate section for the School of Music in this catalog or contact the office of Graduate Studies in Music at 423-614-8245 or gradmusic@leeuniversity.edu.

Policy Regarding False Information

Any applicant who fails to acknowledge attendance or who submits false records from any college or university where he/she has previously registered is subject to dismissal from the university.

International Students

The university is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students on an F-1 or J-1 visa. International applicants are expected to apply well in advance of their projected beginning date. All academic records and other credentials must be accompanied by an official English translation. If transfer credit from an institution outside the United States is desired, an evaluation from World Education Services (WES) must be submitted.  [Refer to the “Transfer Credit” section  under Graduate Academic Policies for additional information.]

In addition to admissions requirements described in each graduate program, international students must supply the following:

  1. TOEFL Scores: All applicants who will be attending the university on a student visa and who are not graduates of an American college or university must supply proof of a minimum score of 550 (paper), or 213 (computer) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information on this test can be attained by writing to TOEFL Educational Testing Service; Princeton, New Jersey 08540; U.S.A. (or go to www.toefl.org). All test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency to Lee University (Lee University Code: 1401).

  2. Financial Statement: An applicant on an F-1 student visa must supply, on the form provided by the university, sufficient evidence of financial support for the applicant and all members of his/her family who will accompany the applicant to Lee. This requires that the applicant certify that his/her intent is to attend full time and that no employment will be required.

All of the above credentials must be received and approved before an INS Form I-20 can be issued to the applicant.

Change of Program

Students who have previously declared a program of study but desire to change should apply to the appropriate graduate program director. A change in program is considered the equivalent of reapplying for admission. All admission requirements of the new graduate program must be satisfied and approved before a change can be granted.

Graduate Tuition and Fees


Itemized Expenses Per Semester for Full-time Students

      Tuition per semester hour
      Tuition per semester hour over 12 hours
      Registration Fee (required per semester, non-refundable)
      Health Service Fee (optional)
      Student Activity Fee (optional)
      Technology Fee (required, per semester gives access to campus computer labs)
      Student Publications Fee (optional)

The above charges do not include books and supplies which are sold in the Lee University Bookstore. Students must be prepared to pay for books and supplies with cash, check or a major credit card. Books and supplies will not be charged to student accounts (unless the student is eligible for a book voucher).

Book Vouchers

Students will receive a book voucher only when their financial aid exceeds the amount of their school bill. If a student qualifies for a book voucher, the student will be able to go to the bookstore and use his or her Lee ID to purchase textbooks after he or she completes registration.  (Non-textbook purchases may not be paid for with a book voucher.) Charges for textbooks purchased will be applied to the student’s account at the time of purchase. There will be a $5 book voucher fee assessed and applied to the student’s account at the end of the book voucher period for those who used their Lee ID to purchase textbooks at the Campus Bookstore. Questions regarding book vouchers should be directed to the Student Financial Services Office.

NOTE:  Students are not required to use book vouchers to purchase textbooks.

Additional Fees

Other expenses for all students, when applicable, include:

Audit Fee (per semester hour)
Auto Registration and Parking Fee (per year)
Deferred Payment Plan Fee (per semester)
Extra Transcripts (per additional copy; first copy given to each student free of charge)
Graduation Application Fee
Late Registration Fee
Returned Checks (per check)
Schedule Change (per transaction)



Commuter Plan Fees

Commuter Meal Plan (optional) $370

(75 Meals per semester plus $75.00 flex dollars)
The meals and flex dollars expire at the end of each semester


Itemized Expenses Per Semester for Part-time Students

Students who register for a part-time load will be charged as follows:
  Semester hour
Registration (required, per semester, non-refundable)
Late registration
Health Service Fee (optional)
Student Activity Fee (optional)
Technology Fee (optional, gives access to campus computer labs)
Student Publications Fee (optional)



In those cases where more than one member of an immediate household is registered full time (at least 9 graduate hours), a 25% discount on tuition only is permitted for all except the first student. Those involved must call the matter to the university’s attention at the beginning of each semester in order to be assured of receiving the discount. This policy does not include married children or students considered independent for financial aid purposes.

Residence Hall Students - Room and Board Fees (per semester)

  Room Rent    

Residents of Brinsfield Row and Livingston East
Residents of B.L. Hicks, Bowdle, Keeble, Livingston, O’Bannon, and Storms
Residents of Atkins-Ellis, Cross, Davis, Sharp, New Magnolia Street Dorm, Tharp, and Auxiliary Housing
Residents of Medlin, Nora Chambers, and Simmons







Unlimited Meals ($100 flex dollars, no meal equivalency allowance)
All 21 Meals ($31.00 flex dollars)
Any 15 Meals ($60.00 flex dollars)
Any 10 Meals ($120.00 flex dollars)
Upperclassmen 160 Meals (160 meals, $350 flex dollars, no meal        equivalency allowance)



Miscellaneous Residential Hall Fees



Breakage Fee, first semester (non-refundable)
Key deposit (payable at check-in time, refundable)
Programming Fee
Residence Hall Technology Fee (per semester)


Married and Non-Traditional Students


Carroll Court Apartments (rent for married students per month including all utilities):


  Room Rent - One Bedroom
Room Rent - Two Bedroom
Key deposit (payable at check-in time, refundable)
Programming Fee 

Course Related Fees

Music Fees (per semester)


Graduate Applied Music Fee - the first hour (elective)
Graduate Applied Music Fee
      (1-4 credit hours of applied lessons and practice fees.  Available only to full-time music majors.)
      (No refunds will be given for private music lessons after the first lesson.)
Instrument Rental Fee
Piano Lab Fee
Accompanist fee (per semester, automatically applied for music majors)
Accompanist fee (per semester, automatically applied for music major in MM Performance degree)
     NOTE: Accompanist fees are non-refundable after September 30 (fall) or February 27 (spring) .
Graduate, Final Project, Binding Fee 





Summer School Costs



The cost of attending graduate classes at Lee University for the summer 2011 is:
  Tuition per semester hour
Registration Fee
Music Fees

25 per term
250 per term
See previous section on Music Fees (Super Session only)


The cost of attending graduate classes at Lee University for the summer 2012 is:
  Tuition per semester hour
Registration Fee
Music Fees
25 per term
250 per term
See previous section on Music Fees (Super Session only)

Settlement of Accounts

Students should be prepared to pay full semester charges on or before registration. Money may be submitted in advance to the Student Financial Services Office. This payment will facilitate registration. On-campus students are required to pay $4,220 and off-campus or part-time students are required to pay forty five percent down on or before registration according to the deferred payment plan. Students who are unable to pay their accounts in full must either borrow the necessary funds or enroll in the university’s deferred payment plan. Students who will have difficulty paying the full charges within the semester are encouraged to make advance arrangements for borrowing the needed funds. The university also offers services by which students may use Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express to make payment on their accounts.

Deferred Payment Plan

Any full-time, on-campus student desiring to participate in the university’s deferred payment plan is required to pay $4,220 down at registration and the balance of the semester charges in two equal payments on the dates mentioned below. Any part-time student or off-campus student desiring to participate in the deferred payment plan is required to pay forty five percent of the total charges at registration and the balance of semester charges in two equal monthly payments on the dates mentioned below. The same financial requirements apply to veterans and others in cases when money is not sent directly to Lee University. In all cases, when the student does not have the down payment, a commitment letter is required from those underwriting the student’s account. Students enrolling in the deferred payment plan will be charged a $75 fee for this service. This fee will apply to all students owing a balance in excess of $500 at the completion of registration.

Fall Semester

Full-time, on-campus students must pay $4,220 at registration; off-campus and part-time students must pay forty five percent of their total charges. The balance must be paid as follows:

  • First payment by September 30
  • Final payment by October 31

Spring Semester

The same down payment ($4,220) is required at registration. (Off-campus and part-time students must pay forty five percent of their total charges.) The balance must be paid as follows:

  • First payment by February 28
  • Final payment by March 31

A bill will be sent to the student’s permanent address (unless otherwise indicated) each month. However, the student is still responsible for timely payments, even if a bill is not received. If payment is not made on the due date, a $25 late fee will be assessed.

Deferred Payment Plan for Summer School

Students are ordinarily required to pay the full charges for all terms at registration. However, those unable to pay the full amount may defer up to 50% of the charges for a maximum of 30 days. Students delaying registration for a second term must pay an additional registration fee of $25. Students enrolling in the deferred payment plan will be charged a $75 fee for this service. This fee will apply to all students owing a balance in excess of $500 at the completion of registration.

Refund Policy

No reduction of charges will be granted unless application is made within two weeks of any change in program or departure of the students. STUDENTS WHO WITHDRAW FROM THE UNIVERSITY AFTER THE FIFTH WEEK OF CLASSES WILL RECEIVE NO ADJUSTMENT ON TUITION, FEES, AND ROOM. Those whose study is interrupted by the university for discipline reasons will receive no adjustment on tuition, fees, and room after the fifth week of classes. When a student withdraws from the university or moves out of on-campus housing, his or her ROOM CHARGES WILL BE ADJUSTED ON THE SAME SCHEDULE AS TUITION AND FEES.  Board charges will be prorated from date of withdrawal. If a student withdraws during a semester and requests a refund of advanced payments, the following rules will determine the amount of adjustment, provided the student withdraws formally through the Office of Student Life.

  1. Board will be adjusted by the full amount unused at the date of withdrawal

  2. Tuition, fees, and room, with the exception of matriculation and registration fees, will be adjusted on the following percentages:

    • During first two weeks of semester
    • During third week of semester
    • During fourth week of semester.
    • During fifth week of semester
    • After fifth week of semester.
    No Adjustment

  4. No person who registers as a full-time student and is later permitted to drop enough courses to place him/her in the classification of a part-time student will be entitled to an adjustment or prorated tuition after the fifth week.

  5. Mandatory refunds and repayments to Federal Title IV student financial aid programs will be calculated based upon earned and unearned aid percentages as outlined by the Federal Government. The formula for such calculations is based on the number of days in a given semester and the number of days attendance completed by the student prior to his/her withdrawal. Refunds mandated by the calculation could possibly increase the amount a student must pay after he/she withdraws from school. Please refer to “Return of Federal Title IV Financial Aid Policy” in the Undergraduate Financial Aid section.

Refund Policy for Summer School

  1. Withdrawals during the first week of classes will receive 50% credit on tuition and room. THERE IS NO REFUND AFTER THE FIRST WEEK.

  2. There is no refund for Registration Fee or Late Registration Fee. Refund for board will be prorated by the week.

  3. If you register for both terms and withdraw prior to the beginning of the second term, you will receive full refund for the second term.

Accounts Must be Paid Prior to Final Examinations

Written commitments for aid from Lee University or other sources are the only substitutes for the required down payment. Therefore, students should assume responsibility for applying for aid in advance and for seeing that the proper letters or cash arrive at the Student Financial Services Office by registration day.

While we recognize the problems involved in increasing costs to the student, education with a Christian emphasis is the greatest personal investment available today. The university will assist students in every way possible to finance their education. If you need financial assistance, please check with our Office of Student Financial Aid.

Accounts with the school must be settled in full before a diploma or a transcript of credits is issued or a letter of honorable dismissal is granted. ACCOUNTS MUST BE PAID BEFORE FINAL EXAMINATIONS ARE TAKEN. NO STUDENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO GRADUATE UNTIL HIS/HER ACCOUNT IS PAID IN FULL.

Graduate Financial Aid


Eligibility for financial aid is determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the Federal Processor. The FAFSA can be completed online at (www.fafsa.ed.gov.) In order to receive federal aid, a student must be fully accepted into a graduate program. Provisional acceptance does not meet the requirements to qualify for federal aid. Students must be enrolled at least halftime to receive Federal Student Aid. Graduation from a program can impact eligibility for future federal aid. Graduate students are eligible to apply for Stafford Loans. Maximum annual loan amounts are indicated below:

  Subsidized Stafford
Unsubsidized Stafford

These amounts will be subject to the student’s filing for federal aid, showing eligibility for loans based on income and cost of attendance for school. Students may or may not be eligible for the maximum possible award based on these criteria.

Lifetime Learning Credits

A family may claim a 20% tax credit for the first $5,000 of tuition and fees paid each year through 2002, and thereafter 20% of the first $10,000. This credit may be claimed for any number of years, starting July 1, 1998, provided students and taxpayers meet the criteria for each credit. If eligible, this credit can be applied to an individual annual tax return. The program is administered by the Internal Revenue Service. Questions should be addressed to a local IRS representative.

Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

Assistantships and scholarships are available for full-time and part-time graduate students. Information can be obtained from the Director of the Graduate Program in each area of study.

More Resources

For more information about financial aid and funding resources, see the Undergraduate Financial Aid Section of this catalog.

Graduate Student Life


Residential Life and Housing

Lee University has a Residential Life and Housing program that exists to meet the housing needs of graduate students who desire this service. Graduate students are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, once the following criteria has been met:  (1) acceptance to Lee University, (2) completion of a Residence Hall application, and (3) payment of the $200 housing reservation deposit.  Half of this deposit will be applied toward the cost of the first semester’s residence hall expense, and the other half will be held as a “roll-over” deposit. In subsequent semesters, this roll-over deposit, along with a residence hall application, will reserve the student’s residence hall assignment for the following semester. Room assignments within the residence hall are made by the Resident Director. Every effort is made to assign roommates based on written mutual request on the residence hall application. The university reserves the right to change residence hall assignments.

Married/non-traditional housing is available but limited. Graduate students are expected to abide by all rules and regulations governing residential life and housing as established by the Student Handbook. These include regulations regarding care of room, safety concerns and special services, among others. Residence Hall applications can be obtained by contacting the Office of Residential Life and Housing or visitng http://www.leeuniversity.edu/residential-life

Lifestyle Expectations

Graduate students will be expected to adhere to all of the rules and policies of Lee University while on campus. Every student is provided a copy of the Student Handbook at registration and is encouraged to read it thoroughly.

Lee University is a smoke-free, alcohol-free, drug free campus. Graduate students are expected to respect campus norms.

Sexual harassment, unwelcome sexual advances, premarital or homosexual conduct, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature will not be tolerated on campus. Students who are subjected to harassment should promptly contact the Vice President for Administration.

Questions regarding student lifestyle expectations can be directed to the Dean of Students.


Graduate students are invited to attend intercollegiate athletic activities. Varsity teams compete in men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, soccer and cross country; women’s fast-pitch softball and volleyball; and men’s golf and baseball. Graduate students interested in participating in intercollegiate athletics should contact the university’s Athletic Director to verify eligibility.

Recreation and Fitness

The DeVos Recreation Center offers a wide range of equipment and activities from treadmills and weights to racquetball and billiards. Graduate students have full use of the facility and its services with a minimal additional fee for some features such as lockers and supplies. Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children of graduate students) may purchase memberships good for one calendar year. Fees for adults are $25 per year. Children (15 and up) are $15 per year. Membership includes full use of the facilities and the same privileges as students. Children under the age of 16 must have adult supervision at all times. The DeVos Recreation Center is not appropriate for pre-school age children. Participants must present a valid ID at the reception desk prior to use of facilities.


Graduate students and their spouses may participate in intramural programs.  This service is free to all students.  Spouses may participate by purchasing a spouse pass at the Recreation Center Office.  The pass includes participation in any intramural event.  Some events such as golf and bowling may have additional fees.

Campus Safety

All graduate students are required to have a valid student identification card. Additionally, all students who park an automobile on campus must register it with the Campus Safety Office. Upon receipt of a parking permit the student is entitled to park in an assigned area. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Automobiles parked illegally will be ticketed and in some cases “booted” or towed at the owner’s expense.

More Resources

For more about student life, see the undergraduate student life section of this catalog.

Graduate Academic Policies


Academic Probation and Disqualification

Satisfactory progress toward the degree is required. A student may be disqualified from further graduate work if a 3.0 grade-point average is not maintained. In the event that the grade-point average drops below the minimum level, the student may be given one enrollment period to raise it to the satisfactory level.


A qualified student may apply for permission to audit a class. The student must meet the regular university entrance requirements and pay the audit fee per credit hour. Changing from audit to credit or credit to audit must be done during the registration period at the beginning of each term. Such a change to audit would not entail a refund.

Course Numbering System

Graduate courses are identified by a departmental abbreviation followed by a three-digit 500-level course number.


The Lee University graduate programs use the following system of grading and quality points for all graduate- level courses. These letter grades are assigned grade point values as follows:

Indicates the student’s work was incomplete
Passing Credit (no quality points)
Satisfactory progress, no credit
Student officially withdrew from the class without penalty
  4.0 quality points
3.7 quality points
3.3 quality points
3.0 quality points
2.7 quality points
2.3 quality points
2.0 quality points
0 quality points

A grade of “I” indicates the student’s work is incomplete. The grade becomes “IF” if the work is not completed by the end of the following semester unless a written extension has been approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs. A grade of “I” is given only to students who encounter some personal difficulty such as a severe illness or an extreme family emergency near the end of the semester. The “I” grade is not given in order to allow students additional time to complete assignments.

A grade of “W” (withdrawal) is assigned to a student who, for any reason, officially withdraws or is withdrawn by the official semester date. This “W” is assigned without quality point penalty to the student.

Policies for Theses

Many, but not all, of the Lee University graduate programs require a thesis as a demonstration of the student’s research, writing and critical thinking skills. If a thesis is required, two copies must be deposited with the William G. Squires Library. In addition to the two copies required for the library, the college or school granting the degree will require a certain number of copies and the student may want several copies for his/her own purposes.

The library will assist the student by sending all copies to the bindery, but reproduction and bindery costs are the student’s responsibility. The college or school granting the degree will collect all the required fees and credit the proper library account. The charge for binding is $9 per copy. A fee of $15, in addition to the sum for binding, is charged for handling the bindery process. Should a student bring additional copies of the thesis to be bound at a later date, an additional fee will be charged for processing the second order. Therefore it is important that all copies requiring binding be delivered to the library at one time.

When the copies are delivered to the library, the student must include a one-paragraph abstract of the thesis. At that time the student will also complete a form to ensure all relevant information is communicated correctly.

Because the two copies held by the library are considered a permanent record of the student’s scholarship, these two copies should be duplicated on paper that is acid free and 25% rag content.

Release of Transcripts

Transcripts of Lee University course work are available approximately four weeks after the completion of courses. Requests must be made in writing and should include the following information: the last semester attended, where the transcript is to be sent, date of graduation (if applicable), social security number and signature. Transcript requests are available online at www.leeuniversity.edu; “Alumni and Friends”, “Request a Lee Transcript”. A $5 fee per official transcript applies. Transcript requests can be filled only if a signature accompanies the request. Also, transcripts, diplomas and/or verification of degrees will not be released until all the student’s financial obligations to the university are met.

Study Load

To be classified as a full-time graduate student, students must enroll in at no fewer than nine hours per semester. Maximum graduate enrollment is 12 hours per semester. Students enrolled in summer sessions may take a maximum of six hours per session. For summer sessions shorter than four weeks, the maximum load is four hours.

Time Limits

Course work completed more than 10 years prior to admission is generally not accepted toward meeting degree requirements. The student has a maximum of six years from the date of admission to degree standing (and registration for course work) in which to complete the requirements for the master’s degree. Refer to specific program sections within the catalog for detailed policies.

Transfer Credit

Lee University will allow up to six semester credit hours of a graduate program to be comprised of transfer credit from a regionally accredited graduate program when the grade received is a “B” or better. The individual program committee must approve application of transfer credits. Exceptions to this policy may be determined by the respective graduate program committees.

Up to six semester credit hours of appropriate graduate work with a grade of “B” or better from institutions outside the United States may be approved by the individual graduate program committee.  The program committee will normally require these credits to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).  Instructions for submitting a transcript for review can be found at www.wes.org.  This website provides specific submission instructions for each country.  The transfer work will not be added to the Lee transcript until the program committee has approved the hours and, if requested by the committee, the official academic credit report is received from WES.  All costs associated with obtaining the WES evaluation are the responsibility of the student.

Withdrawing from the University

Students may withdraw from the university at any time beginning the first day of classes until the final day of classes for the semester. Withdrawals will not be processed after final exams have begun. Withdrawn students will not be allowed to continue on the meal plan or remain in campus housing and should make arrangements to check-out of their on-campus housing within 24 hours upon withdrawal. Withdrawn students will be assigned the grade of “W” for all courses. Following is the withdrawal procedure:

  1. The Office of Administration is designated by the University as the office to process official withdrawals. Any student wishing to withdraw from all courses must notify this office. Students are required to present both his/her current University I.D. card and parking permit. Students are asked to complete the Permission to Withdraw Request Form.

  2. The Vice President for Administration must approve the withdrawal request. Upon approval, the appropriate offices will be notified.

  3. Students are responsible to notify their graduate program directors.

  4. Financial aid recipients should note that withdrawing from the University can affect eligibility for current and future aid. See the Undergraduate Tuition and Fees Refund section and the Undergraduate Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy respectively. Students who are recipients of federal student loans should complete required loan exit counseling. This can be completed online at www.leeuniversity.edu/financial-aid or in the Financial Aid Office. Recipients of the Tennessee Hope Scholarship should go the Financial Aid Office to complete the Tennessee Hope Enrollment Change Request Form to avoid loss of eligibility for future funding.

  5. The Business Office will issue a final statement of the student’s account. See the Undergraduate Tuition and Fees section of this catalog from refund policy information.

Withdrawal from Courses

Students may withdraw from a class without grade penalty until the official withdrawal deadline published in the online university calendar. The student must secure the appropriate form from the Office of Records and obtain an approval signature from the professor. The student will receive a “W” grade in the course from which he or she withdraws. A student who never attends or stops attending a course for which he or she is officially registered will receive an “F” in that course if accepted procedures for withdrawal are not followed.

Federal Graduate Plus Loan

 A Federal Grad Plus Loan is a non-deferred loan for graduate students who need further assistance after the use of Federal Stafford loans. This is a federal loan with a fixed interest rate and is approved based on a student’s credit. Applications are made directly with the lender.   Students are eligible for an amount up to the Cost of Education, less other aid received. Grad Plus Loan Entrance Counseling is required before funds can be disbursed. Entrance counseling can be completed at: http://mappingyourfuture.org/oslc/counseling/index.cfm?act=Intro&OslcTypeID=24

  • Grad Plus Loan Entrance Counseling 
    This interview process provides valuable information about the Federal Graduate Plus Loan Program. It is a Federal requirement that recipients must complete prior to receiving funds from this program.
  • Grad Plus Loan Exit Counseling
    Federal regulations require all students who borrow Graduate Plus funds to complete exit counseling when graduating or dropping below half-time enrollment.


College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies


J. Matthew Melton, Dean

Graduate Studies in Counseling

J. Trevor Milliron, Graduate Program Director
Doyle Goff, Marriage and Family Therapy Program Chair
Mike Hayes, College Student Development Program Chair
Richard Albright, School Counseling Program Chair
Michael Dieterich, Counseling Psychology Program Chair (ETS)

Mission and Philosophy

 The counseling faculty at Lee University affirms its commitment to counseling as an effective, viable means of assisting individuals and families in the prevention of problems and in coping effectively with personal, social and spiritual problems.

We believe that God exists, that He is the source of all truth and that He calls us into relationship with Himself and others. The theological paradigm which portrays human nature as created by God, sinfully altered by the fall and redeemed in Jesus Christ provides the foundation of our understanding of human nature. The primary purpose of all our counseling programs is to develop within the students knowledge, appreciation, understanding, ability and skills which will prepare them for responsible Christian service in a complex world.

The practice of counseling is based on theory and research information, an understanding of ethical practices and a set of professional and interpersonal skills. Exposure to conceptual frameworks, research findings and informed practice is the basic curriculum model employed. It is recognized that an interaction of these components is essential.

The counselor, regardless of his/her theoretical stance, functions as a change agent. Effective and positive change is brought about by assisting clients to examine and modify their behavior for more effective living and by assisting clients to cope with, adjust to or otherwise negotiate the environments affecting their psychosocial well-being. For optimal change to occur, the counselor must also be sensitive to the spiritual needs of the individual. We believe that the grace of God and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit are the ultimate experiences through which individuals can achieve wholeness and maturity.

The counseling faculty, while representing diverse views, is in agreement that individual beliefs and theoretical patterns must be fostered in graduate counseling students. Faculty members represent an array of models and information which they make available to students to help them clarify their own philosophical, theoretical and practical positions. Special emphasis is given to the enhancement of self-awareness and personal value clarification regarding such issues as the nature of humankind and the meaning of life. Students are continually encouraged in the process of maturation in the image of Christ. The opportunity to consider and refine a personal perspective on life is encouraged as an evolving aspect of individual development.

The counseling faculty is also dedicated to establishing a professional identity appropriate for students in each degree program. Specifically, we seek to encourage identification with the profession of counseling through active membership in organizations and divisions including the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, the Tennessee Association of Marriage and Family Therapy,  the American School Counselor Association, and the Tennessee School Counselor Association.

Lee University identifies its public service region as being generally coterminous with the geographic scope of the denomination. While most students come from the United States, the student body typically consists of representatives from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds. Because of this geographic span, programs serve a racially, ethnically and culturally diverse student body. The institution has adopted the policy that no person in whatever relation with Lee University shall be subject to discrimination because of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability.

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program prepares professionals as broadly trained mental health professionals with a specialty in working with relationships.  Graduates of the program are trained to work in a wide variety of settings including mental health centers, substance abuse centers, church counseling centers and private practice.  Completion of the degree is the first stage toward licensure as a marriage and family therapist.  All MFT students are required to complete 500 hours of direct clinical services, half of which will be working with couples and families.  In addition, students are required to complete over 100 hours of supervision in the delivery of those services.

Master of Science in College Student Development

 College Student Development prepares graduates to work in student life sectors at colleges and universities.  Using counseling skills as the base, coursework includes training in student leadership development, higher educational environments, and institutional research.  Following an apprenticeship model, students will be assigned to complete four projects, each within a different institutional sector, such as service learning, global perspectives, first-year programs, student leadership, and the career center.  

Master of Science in Holistic Child Development

 The Holistic Child Development Program is designed to prepare a student for working in child development and advocacy organizations both domestically and internationally.  Coursework emphasizes legal and ethical issues in working for non-profits and NGOs, utilizing community resources, and research-supported interventions.  

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (ETS Campus only)

The Counseling Psychology Program is specifically designed for students seeking training in providing systems interventions in an international context.  Offered only at our satellite campus in Kniebis, Germany, this degree is ideal for students interested in creating or working with advocacy programs, church service ministries, or NGO organizations in developing countries.  

Master of Science in School Counseling

At the heart of the Master of Science program in School Counseling is the recognition of the inseparability of the school and the community and the role that counselors have in being advocates for all children and adolescents within these contexts.  The program will lead students to develop skills in guiding and counseling children and adolescents, in facilitating team-building efforts, collaboration and coordination between teachers, parents, support personnel and community resources and in developing and implementing school guidance and counseling programs. Therefore, the purpose of the Master of Science program in School Counseling (PreK-12) is two-fold: (1) to provide a route to initial school counselor licensure and (2) to educate school counselors to become advocates and systems specialists who are capable of assessing, developing, implementing and sustaining programs for youth PreK- 12 from diverse backgrounds.

Students who successfully complete the degree program and meet all standardized test requirements and other conditions set by the state are eligible for school counselor licensure in grades PreK-12 (Praxis II - School Counselor Exam) and for certification by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Licensed Professional Counselor Exam.

The Master of Science program in School Counseling would benefit students with undergraduate degrees in psychology, sociology, human development or teacher education that are seeking to become a licensed school counselor in the PreK-12 school setting. Students entering the program may often be mature students embarking on a career change or those who begin immediately upon completion of the undergraduate degree. Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree. The program offered by the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences includes integrated academic and field-based experiences that provide the knowledge base and develop the skills, abilities and understanding needed for success as a school counselor in an elementary or secondary school environment. The curriculum is designed to equip graduates to assume roles as professional counselors who will emerge as leaders in the field of school counseling.

Program Goals

Counseling programs at Lee University are based upon the following goals, which reflect both programmatic and individual needs:

To provide a curriculum which contains an appropriate balance between both didactic and experiential learning.

To provide a curriculum which reflects faculty expertise and competencies, students’ needs for credentialing and the community’s needs for well trained professionals.

To provide students with the opportunity to test out their newly acquired skills in a structured, supervised environment.

To provide a comprehensive program which is open to change and revision based upon the changing needs of students, faculty, the institution and society.

To provide a comprehensive program that enables students to gain knowledge and experience that will enhance their identity as a professional.

To provide a program that teaches the theory and practice of counseling in conjunction with application of Christian principles and values.

To provide a learning environment which is sensitive to the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

Admissions Policies


Application materials for any of our degree programs may be obtained from the graduate admissions coordinator

Applications will not be acted upon until all required documents have been received (including transcripts, letters of recommendation, and entrance exam scores). In order to allow time for the university and the program admissions committee to process the applications, it is advisable to have applications completed by the following dates:

April 1 for Fall matriculation
(MFT applications will only be accepted for Fall)
November 1 for Spring matriculation


Applicants who are granted regular admission must meet minimum requirements. Among those elements of the total evaluation process are the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4 point scale (highly recommended). 
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4 point scale for any graduate work completed.
  • No specific undergraduate major is essential for admission. Applicants are encouraged to have undergraduate credit in subjects that embrace human development, sociology, psychology and statistics. Applicants without adequate preparation may be accepted upon the condition that they register for additional courses deemed necessary by the admissions committee.
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) must be provided. Scores must be no more than five years old. The GRE Advanced tests and Subject tests are not required. For regular admission, scores should be in the 50th percentile or higher.                                                                                                                                                                                 NOTE: Individuals who have completed a graduate degree at an accredited college or university are not required to submit GRE/MAT test scores. Also, test scores are waived for students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above from a regionally accredited college or university.

Each applicant must submit the following:

  • Completed application form
  • $25 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    Scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) if required
  • Three recommendation forms, two of which must be from former professors familiar with your work (recommendation forms are included in the application packet).
  • Autobiographical information (guidelines are included in the application packet).
  • Personal interview for those who are finalists in the application process (phone interviews may be conducted in cases where face-to-face interviews are impossible).

Hours Required

A minimum of 60 semester hours is required to complete the Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. A minimum of 44 semester hours is required to complete the Master of Science degree in College Student Development. A minimum of 36 semester hours is required to complete the Master of Science degree in Holistic Child Development. A minimum of 48 semester hours is required to complete the Master of Science degree in School Counseling

Transfer Credit.

A maximum of six semester hours of credit may be transferred into the program. Approval for the substitution of required course work is made on an individual basis in consultation with the student’s advisor and the Program Director.

Non-Degree Status

Students desiring to take courses without full admission status in our program may choose one of the following options. With any category of non-degree status, students will be required to complete a non-degree status application and submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. If at any time nondegree students wish to pursue one of the Master of Science programs, full admission status will be required including a separate application and all other full admission status requirements. Completion of course work under non-degree status does not guarantee that students will be granted full admission status.

A maximum of nine semester hours may be taken at the applicant’s risk as an unclassified student. Enrollment will be limited to specific entry-level courses. Courses must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in Counseling. Professionals who hold a master’s degree in counseling or a closely related field but do not satisfy state requirements for licensure may take a maximum of six courses with non-degree status through one of the Counseling programs. 

Admission with Deficiencies

Students may be admitted into the program with deficiencies if they lack appropriate course work in their undergraduate programs. Deficiencies should be completed during the first year of study. Credits taken to make up deficiencies do not count toward the 60 hour credit requirement.

Full-time vs. Part-time

Although it would be the faculty’s preference, students need not always take a full-time course load.  However, degree requirements must be completed within 6 years of matriculation. 

Once students are admitted they are expected to maintain continuous enrollment (a minimum of three hours during both the fall and spring semester), and make satisfactory progress toward their degree. If a student has not maintained continuous enrollment, he or she must go through the re-entry process and contact the Program Director at least ten weeks prior to the semester in which he or she wishes to re-enter. The admissions committee can:

  1. Grant re-entry without conditions.
  2. Grant re-entry conditionally.
  3. Deny re-entry.

Generally, if the student is making satisfactory progress toward a degree, re-entry will be approved without conditions. However, evidence of delayed progress without reasonable grounds (e.g. multiple requests for re-entry, several semesters not registered) may result in option (2) or (3) above. Students who anticipate discontinuities in registration should inform their advisor in writing.

Ethical Standards

The program endorses and abides by ethical standards of service delivery and research established by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists and American School Counseling Association, Lee University and the State of Tennessee. In accordance with these ethical standards, master level students are not permitted to engage in the independent practice of counseling. Information on professional ethics is distributed to and reviewed with each incoming class on an annual basis and reiterated in counseling courses and seminars.

The Counseling Graduate Committee

The Counseling Graduate Committee’s responsibility is to give administrative oversight to the graduate program. The committee considers and recommends curricular changes to the Graduate Council, approves all program policies, assesses effectiveness of the graduate program, serves as the Admissions Committee, reviews candidacy, and approves applicants for graduation.

Helen DeVos College of Education Graduate Studies


Deborah Murray, Dean

Graduate Studies in Education

Gary Riggins, Graduate Program Director

Master of Education in Classroom Teaching, Special Education, or Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)

This program is designed to provide post-baccalaureate study for persons preparing for careers in professional education and for those teachers and school administrators who want to refine their professional skills. Specifically, the degree will:

  1. Provide advanced preparation, theory, integration of faith and learning, and practical application.
  2. Encourage candidates to solve professional problems by independent investigation through study and research.
  3. Further develop the professional competencies attained in undergraduate programs.

For those school personnel who have a need for further professional training but who may not be interested in pursuing a graduate degree, this program of study may provide in-service educational opportunities.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

The purpose of this program in Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education is to provide a route to initial teacher licensure with graduate work leading to a master’s degree. Students who successfully complete the degree program and meet all standardized test requirements will be eligible for licensure by the Tennessee Department of Education.

The Conceptual Framework

The following brief outline is an abridged version of the extended Conceptual Framework that guides the Unit’s work.  This abstraction delineates the linkage between the Unit’s Vision, Mission, Philosophy, and Goals and is the basic rationale for all it activities.


The vision of the Graduate Education Program at Lee University is to be an institution of international significance in professional education.  That vision is expressed in the following mission statement summarizing and orgarnizing this unit’s efforts toward that end.


This unit’s mission is to produce candidates who are…

     Lifelong Learners

     Effective Educators

     Ethical Practitioners

Each of the three statements in the mission is an organizing principle that shapes and iniorms this unit’s activities and is the summation of the following fundamental philosophical assumptions undergirding these lofty ideals.


Competent, caring, and qualified educational professionals are essential in securing the future of this country and the world.  These men and women must be prepared to discern wisely, think creatively, teach effectively, and lead courageously.  Toward that end, the Lee University Graduate Education programs are designed to encourage problem finding, problem solving and reflective practice within the framework of biblical truth and commitment of service in the kingdom of God.  The program should enhance the candidates’ present teaching and leadership skills, help develop new talents, and improve educational research abilities.  Expected outcomes include scholarly contribution to the profession, significantly improved classroom teaching , and modeling of able and compassionate leadership.  This philosophical ideal is best achieved if our candidates are Lifelong learners, Effective Educators, and Ethical Practitioners.


Specifically, the goals that follow are the expected pragmatic outcomes of the unit’s vision, mission and philosophy.  Along the way, the assessment of these benchmarks helps insure adequate progress toward the realization of the unit’s philosophy, its mission and utlimately its vision.

For each of the levels in the unit - the Masters and Specialists - the seven fundamental goals are the same.  In each of the levels, these goals are further refined to reflect program specifics and are linked to additional external measures that help clarify and differentiate the expected outcome by program.  Further, each of the fundamental goals will be related to one or more of the mission outcomes, Lifelong Learner, Effective Educator, Ethical Practitioner.  As indicated above, the subsections for each level of these fundamental goals will be identified and cited from a variety of organizations including outcome goals established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Tennessee State Board of Education for the Administrator License (TSBEAL), and those identified by this unit (12 Unit Goals).

Graduate Goals

Masters Level Classroom Teaching Candidates will demonstrate evidence of intellectual and personal growth defined by the prescriptive activities in the 12 undergraduate Unit Goals (initial license) linked to each of the following goals for the Master Level candidate.

Masters Level Educational Leadership Candidates will demonstrate evidence of intellectual and personal growth in standards implicit in the seven areas described in the Tennessee State Board of Education for the Administrator License (TSBEAL -A-G) as they are linked to the following fundamental goals for the Master Level candidate.

Educational Specialist Level Classroom Teaching Candidates:  The graduate education goals are extended for the Educational Specialist candidates in Classroom Teaching to include outcomes identified by the Unit (U1-12), the EDS candidates in Classroom Teaching will satisy the objectives inherent in the five (5) Core Propositions (P1-5) of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

Educational Specialist Level Educational Leadership Candidates: The fundamental graduate education goals are extended for the Educational Specialist candidates in Educational Leadership.  In addition to the general outcomes identified by the NBPTS Five (5) Core Propositions (P1-5: please note that in the NBPTS sections, the word “Teachers” has been replaced by the word “Educator”), these candidates will satisfy the outcomes mandated by the Tennessee State Board of Education for the Administrator License (TSBEAL).

All Graduate candidates will demonstrate competencies in an (a):

1. Extend Knowledge and experience in the area of learning and instruction, including conceptual and practical applications of practices that support the process.

2. Understanding and utilization of research methods that improve practices in schools and classrooms.

3. Ability to apply knowledge of multi-media technology to school and classroom practices.

4. Understanding and application of practice of inclusive educational opportunities for learners from diverse backgrounds and disabilites.

5. Enhancement and extension of knowledge of current trends and issues in education.

6. *Demonstration of professional contributions, such as leadership in professional organizations, provision of in-service education for peers and mentorship of beginning teachers.

7. Articulation of a Christian worldview of teaching.

*NOT REQUIRED for Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) candidates

Admission Requirements

The Graduate Education Committee will make individual admission decisions after considering weighted criteria from the candidate’s completed application file.

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Candidates for admission to the Master of Education program must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

  1. Completed application including all supporting materials.
  2. Two original transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions.
  3. Completion of an approved Teacher Education Program.

The Graduate Education Committee will consider the following weighted criteria in the final admission decisions:

  1. Official Grade Point Average (GPA) from all undergraduate and graduate programs.
  2. Scores within the last ten years on a nationally normed test (e.g. Graduate Record Exam (GRE); Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT); Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), Law School Admissions Test, (LSAT), etc.).
  3. Interview with the Graduate Education Committee or its representatives.
  4. A 500 word writing sample based on questions included in the application.
  5. Three recommendations from professionals acquainted with the candidate’s work.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Candidates for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

  1. Completed application including all supporting materials.
  2. Two original transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions.

The Graduate Education Committee will consider the following weighted criteria in final admission decisions:

  1. Official Grade Point Average (GPA) from all undergraduate and graduate programs.
  2. Scores within the last ten years on a nationally normed test (e.g. Graduate Record Exam (GRE); Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT); Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), Law School Admissions Test, (LSAT), etc.).
  3. Interview with the Graduate Education Committee or its representatives.
  4. A 500 word writing sample based on questions included in the application.
  5. Three recommendations from professionals acquainted with the candidate’s work.

Admission Status

The Graduate Education Committee may admit candidates in one of the following categories:

  1. Full Admission—applicant meets all admission requirements.
  2. Provisional Admission—May be granted if the candidate does not meet minimum standards in one or more of the weighted criteria above. However, the candidate may not take more than nine (9) hours, which may be prescribed as a condition of acceptance, as a Provisionally Admitted candidate. To continue beyond the nine (9) hours, the candidate must be considered for Full Admission by the Graduate Education Committee.
  3. Non-Degree Admission: A candidate may be granted Non-Degree Admission status to take up to nine hours of coursework.  Non-Degree status may be granted if the following minimum criteria are met:
    1. Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university.
    2. Presentation of official transcripts of all completed coursework.
    3. Completion of demographic information on the application.

A Non-Degree candidate may take a maximum of nine (9) hours in this status. To continue, the candidate must complete the requirements for consideration for Full Admission by the Graduate Education Committee.

Completion Requirements

  1. A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer work from an accredited institution and approved by the Dean of the Helen DeVos College of Education may be counted toward the graduate degree.
  2. Candidates must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  3. Grades below a “C” are unacceptable and may be grounds for dismissal from the program.
  4. No more than two “C’s” are acceptable. The candidate will be dismissed from the program with a third “C” or below.
  5. Candidates must apply for graduation in accordance with the university’s published policy.
  6. Candidates must complete application for Admission to Candidacy.
  7. Students must complete the program within six (6) calendar years from the completion of the first course.
  8. Candidates electing the thesis option will present the results of their Graduate Research Exercise in an open forum as a culmination of the Thesis Seminar class. This constitutes the candidate’s oral examination.
  9. The candidate’s Portfolio must be submitted to the Graduate Education Office ten (10) days prior to graduation.
  10. Candidates must complete a comprehensive written evaluation during the last semester.
  11. For the Master’s level candidates, there will be an option to complete a formal thesis or take an approved graduate class elective.  This choice will be made subsequent to the candidate’s completion of EDUC-501 and prior to Admission to Candidacy.  In addition, the candidate contemplating the thesis will attach a Thesis Application to the documents for Admission to Candidacy.  The Thesis Application will require the signature of at least one Graduate Education Faculty member indicating approval of the candidate’s choice.  Candidates approved for the thesis will enroll in EDUC-595 at least one semester prior to graduation.  The completed theses, including faculty signatures indicating full acceptance, will be due in the Graduate Education Office at least ten (10) days prior to graduation.  In the event a candidate completes the program’s course work but lacks the thesis, graduation will be delayed and the candidate will enroll in GRAD-591 Graduate Supervision each semester thereafter until the thesis is submitted and accepted. GRAD-591 carries no credit, but is billed at the equivalent of one graduate credit hour.

Professional Certification/Licensure

Completing the degree requirements does not constitute Professional Certification/Licensure as an educator. The candidate must complete all of the state mandated undergraduate certification courses and pass the appropriate national exams (i.e., Praxis II series) to be recommended for licensure by the Certification Officer. Consequently, the candidate is advised to have official transcripts evaluated early in the program by the Certification Officer to determine the required undergraduate certification courses.

The Graduate Education Committee

The Graduate Education Committee’s responsibility is to provide administrative oversight to the graduate program. The committee considers and recommends curricular changes to the Graduate Council, approves all program policies, assesses effectiveness of the graduate program, serves as the Admissions Committee, reviews candidacy, and approves applicants for graduation. The Graduate Education Committee consists of the Dean of the Helen DeVos College of Education; the Director of Graduate Studies in Education; the Chairs of the Departments of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education and Health, Exercise Science, and Secondary Education; the Director of Teacher Education and Field Experiences; three faculty members; and one candidate representative.

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)

Program Description

The Lee University Educational Specialist Degree with a concentration in either Classroom Teaching or Educational Leadership is a post master’s degree level program of study.  The purpose of the program is to equip successful educators with the tools, knowledge and understanding necessary to provide innovative classroom instruction to the schools and school systems of the twenty-first century.  This program is intended to serve three related purposes:

  1. To provide professional educators with an opportunity to develop specialized expertise and best practice skills in the area of classroom teaching or educational leadership.
  2. To provide those professional educators who desire it, a bridge from their master’s level work to doctoral level study in the areas of educational administration or curriculum and instruction.
  3. To provide a career path for classroom teachers to pursue the highest professional ranking in the profession, National Board Certification.  Consequently, the Educational Specialist in Classroom Teaching will be organized around the five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  These standards are indended to produce professional educators who:
    1. Are committed to students and their learning.
    2. Know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
    3. Are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
    4. Think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
    5. Are members of learning communities.

General Description of the Programs

Classroom Teaching:  The Educational Specialist degree with a concentration in Classroom Teaching is a 30 semester hour (10 courses) responsibilty.  Of those, 18 hours are required courses and the 12 additional hours will be selected from the graduate course electives.

Educational Leadership:  The Educational Specialist degree with a concentration in Educational Leadership is a 33 semester hour (11 courses) undertaking.  Of the 33 hours, eighteen hours (six courses) consist of required courses and 15 hours (five courses) will be selected from a specified list of electives.

Admission Requirements for the Ed.S. Degree

Students who are admitted to the Ed.S. program, must:

  1. Complete admission application materials.
  2. Hold a Master’s degree from an accredited institution.  (Official transcripts must be submitted.)
  3. Have earned a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Submit scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (taken within the last ten years).
  5. Submit recommendations from three professional sources including one from a graduate professor or employer.
  6. Complete an acceptable interview with the Graduate Education Committee.
  7. Submit a writing sample to be assessed by the Graduate Education Committee or their designee.

Completion Requirements of the Ed.S. Degree

In order to receive the Ed.S. degree, students must accomplish the following:

  1. Maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average with no grade below a “C”.  No more than two “C’s” will be accepted.  Possible grades to be awarded are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, F, I, P, S, and W.
  2. Apply for graduation in accordance with the university’s published deadlines.
  3. Be admitted to candidacy.
  4. Complete a portfolio submitted to the Graduate Education Office two weeks prior to graduation.
  5. Complete the program within six calendar years from the completion of the first course.

School of Music Graduate Studies


William R. Green, Dean

Graduate Studies in Church and Sacred Music

Brad Moffett, Graduate Discipline Coordinator

Graduate Studies in Music Performance

Ron Brendel, Graduate Discipline Coordinator

Graduate Studies in Music Education

Linda Thompson, Graduate Discipline Coordinator

Statement of Purpose

The School of Music provides discipline related experiences in worship, musical artistry, and aesthetics which will help prepare Lee University graduate students for responsible living in the modern world.  It addresses its efforts both to the general university student and to those who choose to pursue music as graduate students.

For the student who wishes to pursue music as a profession, course offerings will assist in preparing graduate students for careers in the ministry of music in either church leadership or performance roles, music education in either public or private schools or private studio teaching, and the public performance arena as soloist or collaborative artist.

The School of Music supports the belief that in order to be truly educated, each student must be familiar with the monumental artistic achievements of western civilization.  Each student is offered the opportunity to become acquainted with selected examples of music literature and to develop the listening and analytic skills necessary to understand and appreciate that literature.

The faculty of the School of Music advocates that music is not only an academic discipline, but it is also a performance art. Working with university administration and the Fine Arts Committee, the School of Music endeavors to provide a well-rounded series of events that allow the university community to participate in music from an artistic and aesthetic perspective. The School also maintains a variety of music ensembles that provide interested, talented, and qualified students the opportunity to become acquainted with the performer’s art.

Since Lee University is a Christian university, the School of Music is intimately involved in the spiritual life of the campus.  Through its faculty and students, the School takes a leading role in providing musical worship experiences in the university-wide chapel services.  Courses are provided which are specifically designed to aid pastors, Christian Education students, and others preparing for full-time Christian service.  In addition, the School of Music offers workshops, seminars, and clinics for ministers of music, pastors, and church leaders in order to promote the ministry of music in the Church of God, the sponsoring denomination of Lee University and other faith traditions.

The students, faculty and administration of the School of Music accept the responsibility to provide the opportunity to bring a sense of celebration to our university community through the re-creative art of music – a celebration of the creative gifts with which our Creator God has endowed man and a celebration of the God of our salvation through music that is both artistic and spiritual.

National Association of Schools of Music

The Lee University School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). NASM has been recognized by the United States Department of Education as the agency responsible for the accreditation of all music curricula. NASM is a constituent member of the American Council on Education. In the field of teacher education, the Association cooperates with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The services of the Association are available to all types of degree-granting institutions in higher education and to non-degree-granting institutions offering pre-professional programs or general music training programs. Membership in the Association is on a voluntary basis.

The general statement of aims and objectives follows:

  • To provide a national forum for the discussion and consideration of concerns relevant to the preservation and advancement of standards in the field of music in higher education.
  • To develop a national unity and strength for the purpose of maintaining the position of music study in the family of fine arts and humanities in our universities, colleges and schools of music.
  • To maintain professional leadership in music training and develop a national context for professional growth of the artist.
  • To establish minimum standards of achievement in music curricula without restricting an administration or school in its freedom to develop new ideas, to experiment or to expand its program.
  • To recognize that inspired teaching may rightly reject a “status quo” philosophy.
  • To establish that the prime objective of all educational programs in music is to provide the opportunity for every music student to develop individual potentialities to the utmost.

The Graduate Music Committee

The Graduate Music Committee’s responsibility is to give administrative oversight to the Graduate Studies in Music program. The committee considers and recommends curricular changes to the university faculty, approves all policies, assesses effectiveness of the graduate program, serves as the Admissions Committee, reviews candidacy, and approves applicants for graduation. The Graduate Music Committee consists of: William R. Green, Dean of the School of Music, Chair; Mark Bailey, D.M.E., Jim Burns, D.M.A., Ron Brendel, D.M.A., Walt Mauldin, D.M.A., Bradley Moffett, D.W.S., Austin Patty, PhD; Phillip Thomas, Ph. D., Linda Thompson, Ph. D., and LuAnn Holden, M. M.

Graduate Programs in Music Admission Requirements

Each applicant must complete and submit:

  • The Graduate Studies in Music Application for Admission
  • a current Resume
  • An essay explaining the rationale for his/her desire to become a graduate student in Lee University School of Music Graduate Program
  • Three reference forms (two academic and one personal)
  • Lee University Health Clinic Certificate of Immunization

NOTE: Each program has additional requirements pertaining to the application process that must be submitted in order for the application file to be complete. These requirements are listed under the description of each specific degree program in the following pages.

Each applicant must submit official transcripts verifying the completion of an undergraduate degree in music, or equivalent, at an accredited institution.

Each applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 for admission to the graduate music programs. If the applicant has a grade point average below 2.75, the student may petition the Dean of the School of Music for Special Student Status.  Action on this petition will be determined by the Music Graduate Committee in consultation with the Dean of the School of Music.

Each applicant is required to have an interview with the Graduate Music Executive Committee or its appointees.

Non-degree Seeking Status

A student desiring to take courses without admission to Graduate Studies in Music will be required to complete an application and submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. A maximum of nine semester hours may be taken as a non-degree seeking student, and enrollment will be limited to specific entry-level courses. The Dean of the School of Music must approve any course(s) selected by the applicant. Completion of course work under non-degree seeking status does not guarantee that a student will be admitted to any graduate music degree program for which they may subsequently apply.

Non-degree-seeking student may pursue admission to Graduate Studies in Music programs by meeting all admission criteria.

Completion Requirements

  1. To be a full-time graduate student the student must enroll in nine semester hours per semester. It is possible for a full-time graduate student-in-residence to complete classroom courses for the degree program in one year. It is suggested that this optimal course load will be as follows:




    12 hours
    12 hours
    08 hours

    In addition to this traditional approach to scheduling, courses will be offered so that students may attend classes one day a week (specifically Thursday for only Master of Church Music students) and complete course requirements over a two-year period. A schedule of late afternoon and early evening classes has been developed to assist the working music professional to achieve his/her degree while maintaining a career.

    Another option is the modular two-week “J-Term” summer courses offered each June and July. Distance students may complete course requirements over a three-year period using other creative options during the regular academic calendar to meet Music Elective, Ministerial Elective and Advanced Technique Music Studies requirements.
  2. A cumulative average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) is required in the graduate program. Course credits with a grade below a “C” may not be counted toward the degree.
  3. Graduate Church Music students will have a practicum requirement in which they will serve in a local church or other appropriate venue under the supervision of a qualified professional and his/her graduate faculty adviser.
  4. Graduate students must successfully complete a final project, depending on their degree program the final project may be a graduate recital, a thesis or a worship festival.  The final project must be completed at least three weeks prior to graduation.
  5. Master of Church Music Graduate students must successfully complete a worship festival. This must be completed at least three weeks prior to graduation.
  6. Music Education Graduate students must successfully complete a thesis (two options) or final project. This must be completed at least three weeks prior to graduation.
  7. Master of Music-Music Performance students must successfully present a one-hour public recital. The the recital must be presented at least three weeks prior to graduation.
  8. A student is admitted to candidacy for the graduate degrees only after the completion of 28 (MUSCH.MCM) or 30 (MUSED.MM & MUSPF. MM) hours of course work and the successful completion of the written and oral comprehensive exams.
  9. Upon completion of all required course work, the Master’s candidate is required to register for GRAD-591 Graduate Supervision for each succeeding semester until the comprehensive examinations and the final project (thesis, recital, or worship festival, depending upon the degree requirements) are satisfactorily completed.  One hour of graduate tuition is charged for each semester of enrollment in GRAD-591.  While enrollment in GRAD-591 is required for continuing candidate status in the program, it does not fulfill any degree requirements and carries no credit.  If the student fails to register and pay for GRAD-591 for two consecutive semesters, but then wishes to return to complete the final project and/or comprehensive exams, s/he must re-apply to the University.

Once a student begins course work towards a graduate music degree, the degree program must be completed within a six-year period.

Final Project Committee

  1. The graduate student’s Final Project Committee will include a chairperson and two additional members. This committee will give oversight and direction for the final project. The student may refer to this committee as his/her “Final Project Committee.” The Chair of the Graduate Music Committee will assign two graduate faculty members to serve on the student’s Final Project Committee. Each student may choose an additional faculty member to serve on his/her committee. The student must seek approval from the faculty member before submitting his/her name to the Chair of the Graduate Music Committee.
  2. Requirements for the worship festival, thesis, and recital can be found in the Graduate Music Handbook or from the Graduate Studies in Music Office.

Comprehensive Exams

Comprehensive exams are typically offered three weeks before the desired graduation ceremonies. A three-hour written exam is followed one week later by a 30 minute oral examination. The written exam can cover all material presented in the graduate music curriculum, and/or other material in music history, hymnology and related areas from undergraduate study. The oral exam continues the exploration by the graduate faculty of the student’s experiences and the synthesis of their academic work. A minimum of three members of the Graduate Music Committee will be present for the oral comprehensive exam.

School of Religion Graduate Studies


Terry L. Cross, Dean

The School of Religion offers three graduate degrees: the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, the Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and the Master of Arts in Ministry Studies.


Graduate Studies in Biblical and Theological Studies

Rickie D. Moore, Department of Theology, Chairperson
Skip Jenkins, Director of Graduate Programs in Biblical and Theological Studies

The Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies and the Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies provide post-baccalaureate study which prepares men and women for further graduate work or for other vocational interests. The programs are offered within a community of Christian scholars. The educational perspective is evangelical/Pentecostal. The focus of the degree programs is academic rather than professional. The goal of the programs is disciplinary competence through collegial engagement with peers and scholars in the discipline. The degree programs in Biblical and Theological Studies offer advanced study in the disciplines. In this respect, they are different from seminary degree programs which accept applicants with any undergraduate degree. Those with the undergraduate degree in biblical/theological studies can complete the MA with 36 credit hours of study. There is an alternative path for those with less preparation at the undergraduate level. This degree tract requires 48 credit hours to complete.


Graduate Studies in Christian Ministries

Thomas J. Doolittle, Department of Christian Ministries, Chairperson
Lisa M. Long, Director of Graduate Programs in Christian Ministries

The Master of Arts degree in Ministry Studies at Lee University provides a program of study that combines practical studies and practical ministry.  For those whose undergraduate degree focused on religious studies, this graduate program offers the opportunity to further the student’s knowledge and expertise.  For those whose undergraduate degree focused on disciplines other than religion, this graduate program can fill the missing pieces of the student’s education.  The Master of Arts in Ministry Studies will equip the student to be the leader in ministry that God has called and gifted the person to be.

The courses in this program are specifically designed to help the student to understand the biblical and theological foundation of issues related to ministry in contemporary contexts, and then to move beyond theory to the implementation of practical skills for successful vocational ministry.  The combination of superior education and ministry experience of the School of Religion faculty enable them to present a realistic approach to this union of theory and practice.  The modular design of this program offers convenient once-a-month course scheduling.

The Master of Arts degree in Ministry Studies at Lee University offers three tracks: Youth and Family Studies, Leadership Studies, and Worship Studies.  The degree includes 18 hours of common core courses and 18 hours of courses within each track.  The student’s learning experience will culminate in either a track-specific final project or internship.