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Graduate Studies

  • C. Sue McCullough, Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Kathy E. K. Charleston, Assistant Dean
  • Susan G. Finch, Secretary
  • Charlene Gaines Cook, Secretary

(See 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog (pdf) for further details)

Longwood offers graduate level programs leading to the degree of Master of Arts with a major in English, the degree of Master of Business Administration, and the degree of Master of Science with majors in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Education, and Sociology. Our graduate programs are designed to provide capable students with opportunities for individual inquiry, to develop knowledge and skills necessary to work efficiently and lead effectively, and to integrate academic knowledge with practical applied experiences. In the education major, areas of concentration include: Community and College Counseling, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist/Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist/K-8 Mathematics, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist/LD, E/BD, and Mild MR, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist/Modern Languages, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist/Music, Educational Leadership, Guidance and Counseling, Literacy and Culture, and School Library Media. The Elementary Education PreK-6 Initial Licensure, Special Education PreK-12 Initial Licensure, and School Library Media PreK-12 Initial Licensure programs are available for persons with a baccalaureate degree in any discipline who wish to obtain a master's degree plus a teaching license in one of those three areas. The Modern Languages/ESL PreK-12 Initial Licensure program is available for persons with a baccalaureate degree who wish to obtain a master's degree plus a teaching license in French, German, Spanish or English as a Second Language. In addition, licensure only programs in Educational Leadership/Administration & Supervision, Literacy and Culture/Reading Specialist, School Library Media and Special Education are available. In the English major, the areas of concentration include creative writing, literature, education and writing, and secondary (6-12) initial licensure. The Sociology major is a criminal justice based program. The Communication Sciences and Disorders major prepares individuals for entry level positions in speech-language pathology. The Business Administration major offers concentrations in Accounting, General Business and Retail Management.

A senior at Longwood may take up to six hours of graduate credit beyond the undergraduate degree requirements. Such graduate credit may be earned only in 500-level courses and, if it meets course requirements for the degree, may be counted toward a master's degree. The senior must have a "B" average in the major and must receive permission from the department chair of their major and then the Dean of Graduate Studies. In any case where an undergraduate student is registered for a 500-level course that is to be applied to a graduate degree, the Dean of Graduate Studies must notify the Office of Registration of this designation.

A student who holds a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA from an accredited institution may apply for admission to graduate study in most of our programs. Applications for graduate study are reviewed by the graduate admissions committees once monthly on a rolling basis, but adherence to the published deadlines is a good guideline for optimum consideration. The application deadline for the Education/Curriculum & Instruction Specialist in Music program is February 1st for a cohort that begins in the summer. Applicants to the Communication Sciences & Disorders program must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, scores from the General Test of the GRE and submit their applications by February 1st for the annual review for the subsequent fall semester. Applicants to the Business Administration program must have an admission score of 1100 calculated by a minimum GMAT score of 470 + GPA (200) =/> 1100. For further information regarding admission to the graduate program, contact the Office of Graduate Studies, Longwood University, 434.395.2707 or graduate@longwood.edu or visit the web site at www.longwood.edu/graduatestudies. Individual program specific requirements for admission are outlined in the Graduate Catalog and on the website.