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Lee University Catalog 2013-2014 
Lee University Catalog 2013-2014 [Archived Catalog]

Graduate Studies at Lee University


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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.

Twenty degree programs are offered at Lee University for the level of Master in those fields within the colleges or schools.  Applicants are advised to refer to appropriate sections in this catalog for detailed information regarding the policies and procedures for each respective program.

Graduate Programs of Study

College of Arts and Sciences



Graduate Studies in Counseling 
Degree   Program of Study   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
Business Administration     
M.B.A.   Business Administration   BUSAD.MBA

Helen DeVos College of Education

Graduate Studies in 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



Graduate Studies in Music     
M.C.M.   Master of Church Music   MUSCH.MCM
M.M.   Master of Music - Conducting   MUSCO.MM
M.M.   Master of Music - Music Education   MUSED.MM
M.M.   Master of Music - Performance   MUSPF.MM

School of Religion



Graduate Studies in Religion     
M.A.   Biblical Studies   BIBST.MA
M.A.   Theological Studies   THEST.MA
M.A.   Ministry Studies   MINST.MA

Division of Adult Learning



Graduate Studies in the Division of Adult Learning     
M.A.   Ministry Studies   MINOL.MA

Graduate Tuition and Fees


Itemized Expenses Per Semester for Full-time Students - All Graduate Programs Except Religion

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)
MBA Program Fee (required per semester for MBA students) 
**The Health Service Fee must be paid in order to receive services offered by the Health Clinic and the Counseling Center.



Itemized Expenses Per Semester for Students in Graduate School of Religion

Tuition per semester hour
Ministerial Discount
Registration Fee (required per semester, non-refundable)
Technology Fee (required for full-time students, per semester)
Technology Fee (required for part-time students, per semester)
Health Fee (optional)**
Student Activity Fee (optional)
Student Publications Fee (optional)
**The Health Service Fee must be paid in order to receive services offered by the Health Clinic and the Counseling Center.



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.  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 Meal Plan Fees

Commuter Meal Plan (optional) $430

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


Itemized Expenses Per Semester for Part-time Students - All Graduate Programs Except Religion

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 (required, gives access to campus computer labs)
Student Publications Fee (optional)
**The Health Service Fee must be paid in order to receive services offered by the Health Clinic and the Counseling Center.


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.  Students already receiving full tuition scholarships will not be eligible for the family tuition discount.  Discounts and scholarships awarded by Lee University cannot exceed the cost of tuition.

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

  Room Rent    

Brinsfield Row, Livingston East, Church St. & Walker St. Houses
B.L. Hicks, Bowdle, Keeble, Livingston, O’Bannon, Storms, and Auxiliary Housing
Atkins-Ellis, Cross, Davis, New Hughes, Sharp, Tharp, and Auxiliary Housing
Medlin, Nora Chambers, and Simmons







Unlimited Meals ($100 flex dollars, no meal equivalency allowance)
All 21 Meals ($31 flex dollars)
Any 15 Meals ($60 flex dollars)
Any 10 Meals ($120 flex dollars)



Miscellaneous Residential Hall Fees



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


Married and Non-Traditional Students


Carroll Court Apartments (includes utilities):


  Rent (per month) - One Bedroom
Rent (per month) - Two Bedroom
Key deposit (payable at check-in, refundable)
Programming Fee (first semseter, non-refundable) 

 Course Related Fees

Music Fees (per semester)


Graduate Applied Music Fee
     (1-4 credit hours of applied lessons and practice fees. Available only to full-time music majors.)
Graduate Applied Music Fee - the first hour (elective)
    (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 2013 is:

Tuition per semester hour
Registration Fee
Key Deposit (payable at check-in, refundable)
Music Fees


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

The cost of attending graduate classes at Lee University for the summer 2014 is:

Tuition per semester hour
Registration Fee
Key Deposit (payable at check-in, refundable)
Music Fees


25 per term
275 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 $5,350 and off-campus or part-time students are required to pay fifty 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 $5,350 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 fifty 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 $85 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 $5,350 at registration; off-campus and part-time students must pay fifty 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 ($5,350) is required at registration. (Off-campus and part-time students must pay fifty 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 $35 late fee will be assessed.

Deferred Payment Plan for Summer School

Students are ordinarily required to pay the full charges for all sessions 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 or third session must pay an additional registration fee of $25. Students enrolling in the deferred payment plan will be charged a $85 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. 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


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


  3. If you register for multiple sessions and withdraw prior to the beginning of the second or third session, you will receive full refund for the second or third session (whichever is applicable).

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. 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. Graduation from a program can impact eligibility for future federal aid. Graduate students are eligible to apply for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans. Maximum annual loan amounts are indicated below:

                Unsubsidized Stafford                                20,500

Aggregate Loan Limits  can be viewed in the Lee University Calendar under the Undergraduate Financial Aid section. These amounts will be subject to the student’s filing for federal aid, showing eligibility for loans and cost of attendance for school. Students may or may not be eligible for the maximum possible award based on these criteria. Students must be enrolled at least halftime to receive Federal Student Aid.

                Half-time Enrollment                                  5 to 6 credit hours

                Three Quarter-time Enrollment                   7 to 8 credit hours

                Full-time Enrollment                                   9 credit hours or more

All graduate students who receive federal financial aid must be working toward an eligible degree from Lee University. In order to assure that students make satisfactory academic progress requirements have been established.  Please view the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards  in the Undergraduate Financial Aid section of the Lee University Catalog. 

Federal Graduate Plus Loan

A Federal Grad Plus Loan is a loan for graduate students who need further assistance after the use of Federal Direct loans. This is a federal loan with a fixed interest rate and is approved based on a student’s credit. Applications are made at . 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 also be completed at:

  • 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.

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

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


Graduation, 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 cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.


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)
In Process
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 “F” 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; “Quicklinks”, “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 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  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 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 process the appropriate form from the Office of Records. 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 automatically receive an “F” in that course if accepted procedures for withdrawal are not followed.