Our programs are primarily designed for the individual who is employed full-time and wishes to enroll in graduate studies on a part-time basis. Full-time enrollment at the graduate level is nine (9) credit hours per semester and is required for international students studying on an F-1 or J visa. The University does not provide any type of housing for graduate students.
Several of our programs can guarantee full-time enrollment - Communication Sciences & Disorders; the Education major concentrations in Health & Physical Education and Special Education; and Reading, Literacy & Learning. Careful planning in individual programs could provide full-time enrollment in individual semesters, but it cannot be guaranteed. In addition, we offer an online, full-time MBA with concentrations in General Business and Real Estate. This MBA program requires a summer campus-based weekend residency every summer while enrolled in the degree program.
In order to qualify for admittance, a graduate international applicant must have the equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree. The academic record must be evaluated by a credential evaluation service to determine its equivalency to a U.S. baccalaureate degree. There are several companies that provide this service: AACRAO International Education Services (www.aacrao.org) and World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org) are two examples, there are others.
All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or International English Language Testing system (IELTS) if English is not the primary language spoken in the household. A minimum score of 570 (paper test) or 80 (Internet test) is required on the TOEFL or a minimum 6.5 on the IELTS for admission. Applicants who have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS may receive a conditional admission pending the completion of the final level in the Longwood University ESLP (English as a Second Language Program), a non-credit program with four levels, and an official proctored final exam. Applicants must have completed the graduate admission process and be academically qualified for one of our graduate programs to be offered the ESLP option. When a conditionally admitted student completes the ESLP program, a second letter of admission is provided stating that the condition has been removed.
It is important to note that international students are permitted to study in the U.S. by applying for a student visa. The Office of International Affairs issues the forms for all student visas and the forms for the ESL visa are different from the standard graduate or undergraduate visa forms. A student will not be able to begin graduate study in the U.S. until the visa record is changed in the national database and the student receives an updated visa form.
To allow time for credential evaluation and unexpected delays in international mail, international applicants should mail the Application for Graduate Admission along with all other required materials at least six months before planning to enroll. For the application forms and complete procedures, please visit our How to Apply webpage in the Admissions section.