FAQ

FAQ

What is the timeline for applying?

We review applications on a rolling basis; however, following these deadlines will assure optimum consideration for admission, financial aid and course selection. Please submit your completed application packet by:

  • February 1 for full-time students who start in the summer semester.
  • May 1 for part-time students who start in the fall semester.

Please keep in mind that it can take about 4 weeks for your GMAT scores to be reported to us.


What do I need to submit?

You will need to:

  • Complete the Application form and the In-State Tuition Application (if applicable).
  • Submit your personal essay of 500 words or more in which you discuss your reasons for seeking an MBA.
  • Request and submit official transcripts from EVERY INSTITUTION attended (even if recorded on subsequent transcripts) including undergraduate and graduate part-time, full-time, non-degree and summer studies and have them sent directly to you in a sealed envelope. Do not break the seal.
  • Submit three recommendation letters. At least one must be from a professional source.
  • Submit GMAT scores/GMAT waiver or GRE scores.
  • Applicants from outside the U.S. must also submit an official TOEFL score of 570 or higher (paper test) or 80 or higher (Internet test) or an official IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived for applicants whose previous degree is from a university at which English is the primary language of instruction.

Submitting applications requires a $50 fee paid to Longwood’s Office of Cashiering.


How will my application be evaluated?

We will review your entire application package, looking most closely at your undergraduate GPA and GMAT or GRE scores.

In addition, we also consider your application essay and three letters of recommendation.

If there are other materials, such as your resume, that support your candidacy, we encourage you to include those as well.


Is there a minimum GMAT required to apply?

GMAT scores for our most recent class ranged from 420-690.


Can I be admitted without taking the GMAT?

Applicants to Longwood’s online MBA are generally required to supply GMAT scores as part of their application packages. You may request a waiver of the GMAT requirement if you can demonstrate preparedness for success in the quantitatively-oriented and analytical coursework of an MBA program through at least one of the following:

  1. Completion of a master’s or doctoral level degree from an accredited institution. This includes the JD, MD, Ph.D. and other degrees.
  2. Completion of a minimum of seven years of post-bachelor’s, professional and progressive work experience that reflects substantial responsibility, particularly in such areas as budgets, finance, operations and staff supervision, and which demonstrates applied quantitative and analytical skills.
  3. Possession of professional certifications with a quantitative focus, such as the CPA, CFA, FINRA, Six Sigma, etc.

Instructions for submitting a GMAT waiver request can be found on the graduate admissions site.


Do you accept GRE scores in place of GMAT scores?

Yes, we do accept GRE scores.


I don’t have an undergraduate degree in business or anything related to business. Am I still eligible to apply and be considered for admission into the Longwood MBA?

Yes, you are still eligible to apply. If you have not completed undergraduate principles level courses in accounting, finance, management, marketing, economics or statistics, you will be asked to complete these courses. This requirement can be satisfied by completing these courses at a community college or elsewhere, or by taking Longwood’s MBA Foundations courses in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and statistics. These six one-credit courses are offered online in the summers only. This requirement needs to be filled before enrolling in any other MBA courses. Credits earned in the MBA foundations courses will not count towards the 36 credit hours required for the degree, nor will they count toward your graduate GPA. The grade in MBA foundations courses may not be used to satisfy the GPA admission criteria. MBA foundations requirement may be reevaluated in special circumstances.


Is work experience necessary to be accepted into the MBA program?

Work experience is not required, however most of our students have 5-8 years of work experience.


Where do I send my application?

If you do not apply online, please mail all application materials to the College of Graduate andProfessional Studies, Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23909.

Please mail your $50.00 non-refundable application fee to the Office of Cashiering, Longwood University, 201 High Street Farmville, VA 23909. Make the check payable to Longwood University and include a note indicating the fee is for an admission application to graduate studies. If you applied online, your application fee was paid when the online application was submitted.


When does my application go to the MBA program?

Complete applications are sent from the College of Graduate and Professional Studies to the MBA Advisory Council around the 15th of every month.


When and how can I expect to hear back from Longwood?

Once all completed materials are sent to them, the MBA Advisory Council meets monthly to review applications. You can expect to receive a decision by mail within approximately 45 days of receipt of your complete application.


Who should I contact if I have a question regarding my application status?

Please contact the College of Graduate and Professional Studies for all questions regarding application status. You can contact them by email at graduate@longwood.edu or by phone at 434-395-2380.


What if something changes after I am accepted? For how long can I defer admission?

You may defer admission for 1 year. Please contact the College of Graduate and Professional Studies for more information on deferring admission.

Once you are admitted to the program you must enroll in classes during the semester to which you are admitted.


What is the estimated cost for the MBA Program?

Total tuition and fees for in-state online MBA credit hours are $570.00 per credit hour. With 36 credit hours, this brings the total cost of the MBA degree to about $20,520 for an in-state student.

Tuition and all fees for out-of-state online MBA credit hours are $1,149.00 per credit hour. With 36 credit hours, this brings the total cost of the MBA degree for an out-of-state student to about $41,364.

This does not include the cost of textbooks and other instructional materials, or travel to the on-campus residencies. There is no additional cost for the residency sessions themselves. 


Whom should I contact with questions about Virginia resident status?

For questions about Virginia residency please contact The College of Graduate and Professional Studies. The application for in-state tuition can be found on the registrar’s website.


How is the curriculum structured?

Classes are offered in 7-week blocks. Each semester is split into two sections (part A- the first half and part B-the second half) which allows full-time students to focus on two subjects at a time, and part-time students only one subject at a time. You will progress through the program in a cohort format where students start the program together and follow the same sequence of courses.


Can I transfer in previously completed graduate courses?

You may transfer in up to 6 graduate credit hours from another accredited institution if such credits carry a "B" or better, are comparable to MBA graduate courses offered at Longwood, and are no more than five years old. Credits earned at other institutions will be recorded at Longwood University in terms of semester hours of credit but will not be included in the calculation of your Longwood grade point average.


What if I want to schedule an appointment to talk to someone about the Longwood online MBA?

Please contact MBA Program Director, Ms. Abigail O’Connor to schedule an appointment. She can be reached at oconnorah@longwood.edu, or by phone at (434)395-2043.