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Lipscomb offers tuition-free MBAs for military veterans

Lipscomb offers tuition-free MBAs for military veterans

Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 12:22 pm

The Messenger 05.03.10
The College of Business at Lipscomb University in Nashville recently announced it is now offering a tuition-free Master of Business Administration (MBA) to military veterans eligible through the Yellow Ribbon Program — a benefit of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill that provides college tuition, a housing stipend and money for books.
In fall 2009, Lipscomb began offering free undergraduate tuition and discounts on certain graduate programs to qualified military veterans through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Currently, 31 veterans are enrolled and receiving free undergraduate educations from the university.
On the heels of Operation Yellow Ribbon, a March 23 fund-raising concert and a daylong symposium on issues facing returning veterans, the university announced the expansion of its tuition program to cover the full cost of an MBA.
The total value of a Lipscomb MBA provided to the veterans is more than $31,000. That amount includes all books and fees. Applications for the free MBA are now being accepted for the fall 2010 semester.
David Hughes, Lipscomb’s veterans liaison and a retired captain in the Army, said he has seen a great deal of interest among veterans in earning an MBA.
“Of course, an MBA is among the most popular degrees today because it is so respected and demanded within the business world,” Hughes noted. “With the current economic challenges veterans face upon returning from military service, the opportunity to earn an MBA degree will greatly enhance their marketability when pursuing a career.
“Lipscomb’s commitment to provide free tuition for an MBA will not only benefit the veterans themselves, but it will infuse Middle Tennessee’s business market with a group of well-educated, highly qualified, proven leaders ready to take on any challenge.”
The Lipscomb MBA offers evening classes with one-year and two-year tracks. Courses are taught in eight-week terms and allow for new enrollments in August and January of each year. The program offers emphases in accounting, conflict management, finance, health care management, leadership, non-profit management, sports management and sustainability. There is also a customized option available for students.
To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program, veterans must:
• Have served at least 36 months of active duty after September 10, 2001;
• Be honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after having served at least 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001; or
• Be a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
For more information on the MBA program, contact Emily Landsell at (615) 966-5284 or at For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program, contact David Hughes at (615) 966-5176 or at

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