Ranked the South’s 121st best college by Forbes, Lynn University is a private, nonprofit ICUF member in Southeast Florida that splits into six colleges to provide 48 undergrad majors and 34 graduate degrees, including 32 entirely online, with an 18:1 student-faculty ratio. For example, the Strategic Communication M.S. gives post-grads free iPad Pros for a 37-credit, 12-month curriculum of 500-level online courses like Public Relations Research and Persuasion. Chaired by Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, the Aviation Management M.B.A. builds a 37-credit, FAA-certified path to a pilot’s license with online courses from Managerial Accounting to Global Marketing and practice at Boca Raton Airport.
Lynn University appears in our ranking of the Top 10 Most Affordable Accelerated Master’s in Aerospace/Aviation Online.
Online on Canvas, the Psychology M.S. delivers a 37-credit, GRE-optional plan based on American Psychological Association standards with 12 months of classes like Industrial-Organizational Psychology and thesis research projects for $75,230 average graduate pay. Directed by Dr. Ralph Tilden, the Hospitality Management M.B.A. accelerates eight-week online courses, such as Food Service Administration and Resort Development, in a 37-credit, IACBE-accredited sequence that costs $740 per credit. Other online degrees include the Public Administration M.B.A., Sports Management M.B.A., School Administration M.Ed., Criminal Justice M.S., and Media Management M.B.A.
About Lynn University
Lynn University was founded in 1962 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) as the all-female Marymount College in Boca Raton. In 1963, an inaugural class of 90 ladies began studying at Carroll Academic Hall. Financially strapped by 1970, Marymount was saved by investor Donald E. Ross in 1971. In 1974, Ross called the newly nonreligious school the College of Boca Raton. In 1978, his wife Helen opened the Pine Tree Camps for school-age children. In 1986, the College of Boca Raton awarded its first baccalaureate degree. In 1991, the Lynn University name was adopted in tribute to donor Eugene M. Lynn. In 2012, Lynn hosted the final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. On September 20, 2017, Lynn announced its purchase of Digital Media Arts College. In 2018, Lynn earned the Fair Trade University designation.
Endowed for $26.6 million, Lynn University now employs 136 full-time and 56 part-time faculty teaching 3,247 Fighting Knights from 46 states plus 97 nations on its 123-acre Boca Raton campus outside Miami or fully online with 40+ clubs like Kappa Delta Pi. In 2019, Lynn received the South Florida Business Journal’s Healthiest Employer Award. In 2020, Lynn won the ACPA Innovative Practices Award. Lynn University was also crowned a 2019-22 Apple Distinguished School. The U.S. News & World Report picked Lynn 106th for online bachelor’s, 215th for online teaching, and 229th for online MBA programs. On Niche, Lynn boasts America’s second most diverse student body. College Factual placed Lynn 119th for hospitality, 147th for public relations, and 59th for aviation degrees. Washington Monthly declared Lynn University the 595th top master’s institution.
Lynn University Accreditation Details
On October 15, 2017, Lynn University satisfactorily submitted the Fifth-Year Review Report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to keep the Level V accreditation valid through the next 2021-22 review process under President Kevin M. Ross, EdD, who accepted the George E. Long Award. Located 625 miles north via Interstate 75 in Decatur, Georgia, this lauded 11-state Lower Atlantic Region accreditor is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. The following specialized accreditations are also current at Lynn:
- National Association of Schools of Music
- Federal Aviation Administration Accreditation Board
- International Accreditation Council for Business Education
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
- International Association of Counseling Services
- Florida Department of Education
Lynn University Application Requirements
Enrollment at Lynn University is classified “less selective” by the U.S. News & World Report since 5,338 of the 7,557 Fall 2018 applicants were okayed for 70.45 percent acceptance. Post-grad Fighting Knights must finish 120+ credits of regionally accredited bachelor’s education. Three-year programs at foreign equivalent institutions are also eligible. At least 2.50 cumulative GPAs are required in the last two years. Some online programs, such as the School Administration M.Ed., mandate minimum 3.0 GPAs. That master’s further requires current K-12 teacher certification approved in Florida and effective performance ratings. Online M.B.A. entrants must fulfill three prerequisite courses in accounting, economics, and statistics. Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite is demanded. Online Lynn post-grads don’t need GRE or GMAT scores for entrance. International learners still must achieve a minimum 550 TOEFL pBT or 6.5 IELTS score though.
The Office of Graduate Admissions has general deadlines of August 10th, December 18th, and April 12th. Non-U.S. residents must apply before July 31st, December 2nd, or April 2nd. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. uniquely closes on July 3rd. Hopeful Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) cohorts must apply before August 17th or December 25th. Conservatory of Music forms are due December 1st each year. Prospective Fighting Knights must submit the Lynn Application online for $45. Mail official bachelor’s records to 3601 N. Military Trail in Boca Raton, FL 33431. Forward test results using GRE/TOEFL code 5437 or GMAT code NC6-1H-83 if desired. Attach a personal statement, letter of recommendation, and up-to-date resume. Contact (561) 237-7000 or [email protected] with questions.
Tuition and Financial Aid
For 2019-20, Lynn University billed standard online graduate tuition of $740 per credit. Only the Psychology M.S., Criminal Justice M.S., and School Administration M.Ed. cost $650 per credit. Required master’s program fees were $100. Domestic/international student insurance adds $1,463. Attending the Flight Academy costs Aviation Management M.B.A. majors $15,540 total. Additional lab fees are $30 to $750 per online course. Online course audits are priced at $750. Completing a 37-credit master’s degree online requires $24,050 to $27,380. Paying 30 days before the semester starts will save $50 per class.
The National Center for Education Statistics reports that Lynn University connects 94 percent of incoming, full-time Fighting Knights to tuition assistance averaging $15,054 apiece for $6.57 million combined. Institutional aid includes the Al Schuman Entrepreneurial Scholarship, Watson Institute Scholarship, Affiliated Partners Scholarship, Endowed/Restricted Scholarship, Emergency Planning Grant, Educational Leadership Scholarship, Merit Scholarship, Master of Criminal Justice Grant, Presidential Scholarship, and Experimental Aircraft Association Scholarship. The $5,000 Academic Achievement Scholarship has a January 31st deadline for current full-time students with minimum of 3.50 GPAs. The Graduate Assistant Program pays master’s students with 3.0 or better GPAs $11 hourly for 80 hours each eight-week term. Federal resources, such as the Graduate Plus Loan, require FAFSA applications coded 001505. Online post-grads also apply for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarship, American Indian Graduate Center Scholarship, Dr. Angela Grant Memorial Scholarship, Ralph Shrader Diversity Scholarship, and many more.
Keep reading about Lynn University at the Online Learning Division website.