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Frequently Asked Questions for Students Considering

Graduate School


It’s been a long time since I have been in school. Can I do this?
This is probably the most frequently asked question we hear from individuals considering graduate school. The answer is YES. Don’t discount your life experience. In fact, for certain graduate degrees, a career track option is offered that will waive the test score requirement for students working in a professional work environment for a minimum of 6 years.

What kind of financial aid can I expect?
Lenoir-Rhyne offers student loans to assist with your education cost. To be considered for loans, you will need to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at We also have payment plan options or you can pay by semester.

Do you need all my college transcripts to apply?
Yes. It is our policy to have all transcripts for the computation of a cumulative grade point average from all colleges attended.

Will I have an advisor?
Certainly! Your advisor will be assigned to you as soon as you are accepted into the graduate program. Your success is their success!

What kind of course schedule can I expect?
LR runs on a semester session with two summer sessions. The academic calendar applies to both undergrad and graduate schools. Classes are in a variety of formats designed to best suit the program in which you are interested. Some programs focus on evening courses, while others are in the day. All of our programs emphasize classroom experience to best promote interaction with the faculty and fellow students.

Does Lenoir-Rhyne offer Graduate Assistantships?
Yes, on our Hickory campus. Graduate Assistantships are offered through several offices in Hickory and are appointed on a yearly basis. Accepted students can apply for these starting in April.

May I transfer any graduate work from another graduate school?
Generally, no more than six credit hours may be transferable. Transfer credit is at the discretion of admission and the program coordinators. See the online catalog for more information.