Graduate Admissions

Graduate Enrollment Office

750 Broad Street
PO Box 3450
Cleveland, TN 37320-3450
(423) 614-8691
Monday - Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM EST

Lee University's graduate programs provide an educational experience that meets the most important requirement: a profitable engagement of your time, purpose, and personal resources. The graduate faculty live out the integration of their personal faith with expertise in their respective disciplines. They are dedicated to guiding, encouraging, and fully equipping you for the next step in your academic and professional journey. This is a big decision, and we’d love to be a part of it.

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

  • 60 semester hours
  • Preparation for a career in school counseling at an elementary, middle, or high school setting
  • Training based on the American School Counseling Association Model

Master of Science, School Counseling (SHCSL.MS)

  • 36 semester hours
  • Preparation for work 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, Holistic Child Development

  • 36 semester hours
  • Preparation for those wanting to work in administrative roles in family service agencies or in family ministries at a church
  • Also provides a thesis option for those student considering doctoral work in family studies
    Master of Science, Marriage and Family Studies (MAFAM.MS)
  • 60 semester hours
  • Preparation of 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
  • Leads to licensure as a marriage and family therapist
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Program

Mission to prepare leaders in the marriage and family therapy profession

  • 60 semester hours over 3 years
  • Applicants must be eligible for temporary licensure as an MFT or LPC
  • Coursework limited to Fridays allowing for flexibility in work hours
  • Focus on serving the underserved through Christian organizations

Doctor of Philosophy, Marriage and Family Therapy (MAFTS.PHD)

  • 42-44 hours (This does not include any extra classes required from the transcript evaluation.)
  • 14-month program that begins each June
    Student enrolling in the spring or fall semester can complete the program in about a year and a half.
  • Students complete two internships in varied settings
  • Students have the option to complete and present a thesis in partial fulfillment of graduate requirements
  • Upon successful completion of this program, graduates should be eligible for a teaching license in:
  • The purpose of this program is to prepare individuals for careers in the college and university setting. With attention given to student development, assessment, learning communities, financial and legal issues, students are exposed to most sectors of a modern higher education institution. This degree culminates with an internship.
    Master of Science, Higher Education Administration (MSHEA.MS)
  • 36 semester hours (for applicants with undergraduate degrees in related areas of religious, biblical, theological, or pastoral studies)
  • 48 semester hours (for applicants with undergraduate degrees in areas not related to those mentioned above)
  • Program designed for the student seeking advanced study in the disciplines, preparing for work in the education ministry of the church, and/or anticipating the research doctorate

Master of Arts in Biblical / Theological Studies

  • 36 semester hours (for applicants with a bachelor’s degree in religion or practical ministry areas from an accredited university, college, or Bible college)
  • 48 semester hours (for applicants without a bachelor’s degree in religion or practical ministry areas)
  • Program offers choice of three tracks of ministry specialization:
    • Youth & Family Studies
    • Leadership Studies
    • Practical Theology Studies

Are you ready to take the next step?

Let us talk to you about the program that best helps you to fulfill your calling.
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