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Graduate Admission

Whether your goal is to update your professional skills or advance your career, Lenoir-Rhyne University offers a graduate program that is right for you. With over 25 master degree programs to choose from, flexible scheduling with evening and weekend classes, and experienced faculty to provide the guidance you need to succeed – LRU makes earning your master’s degree a reality. Programs are offered across our three campuses and many are fully online, allowing you to begin in any semester and complete the program at a pace that fits your busy schedule.


Thank you for considering Lenoir-Rhyne University for your continued education – we are confident you have made the right choice. We strive to make our application and admission process as simple as possible. With your convenience in mind, we have outlined a step by step process which should assist you in submitting your graduate application and supporting documentation – and we are here to answer any questions you may have.


Lenoir-Rhyne University offers over 25 master degree programs across our three campuses in Hickory, Asheville and Columbia, South Carolina. Our comprehensive programs are designed to offer the flexibility and convenience you need to accommodate your busy schedule. Whether you choose to pursue your degree on campus or online, our experienced faculty and staff are here to offer the support you need to succeed.


At Lenoir-Rhyne University, we recognize that paying for your master’s degree is a top concern. Our staff is here to provide financial aid, payment plans, and other options to help all graduate students achieve their educational goals. Bridges to Dreams, Alumni Advantage, and LR Partners are programs specifically designed for current students, alumni and employees of our business partners - respectively - which offer tuition discounts and other benefits.


We welcome you to contact us and encourage you to ask questions. Our LR Admission team is ready to speak and/or meet one-on-one with all graduate students to make the application process as easy as possible. They are eager to provide the information and guidance you need to submit your application, develop a financial plan, and select the graduate program to best meet your goals.


I have never felt like I had to choose between my job and class. It can be a lot at times, but it’s manageable.
Class of 2015


LR not only prepared me with textbook knowledge of my field, but also the human compassion needed to serve others that may be struggling for one reason or another.

Class of 2013


It was an easy decision to stay at LR for graduate school. The professors at LR are very personable, and I knew they had the tools that would unleash the greatness on the inside of me.
Class of 2015

“I thought I would be overwhelmed and exhausted, but I feel challenged and satisfied in my decision to move my career forward.”


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“The admissions staff at LRU has done a great job of providing financial aid and scholarship opportunities and helping to make my education affordable.”


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“Thanks to Lenoir-Rhyne’s Bridges to Dreams program, I am able to achieve my master’s degree in less time and for less money.”

“I knew the LTSS could better prepare me for the ministry and the next phase of my life.”


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