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Admission Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Graduate of a four-year regionally accredited college or university.
  • A minimum, overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) unless specified otherwise below.  If not, either a minimum mean score on 2 out of 3 parts (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing) of the General GRE test OR a GPA of 3.5 on 6 hours of Longwood graduate courses that are part of the degree program to which the applicant is applying taken as a non-degree registrant within the last 12 months.
  • Submit a 500 word or more personal essay in which you discuss your reasons for seeking graduate education including your career goals and how the graduate program to which you are applying would help to meet those goals; prior work/life experiences which relate to your interest in, and aptitude for, the graduate program to which you are applying; and your perception of your intellectual capability to complete successfully your graduate program.
  • Submit a minimum of two recommendations related to your competence and effectiveness in your academic and professional work.

Additional Program Specific Requirements:

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders program - Applicants to this program must have either an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders OR an undergraduate degree in an unrelated discipline with a minimum, overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) and scores from the General Test of the GRE taken within the last five years. Applicants to this program must complete the following courses with a grade of B- or better before completing graduate coursework:  Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing Mechanisms, Phonetics (Transcription), Speech Science, Introduction to Audiology & Hearing Science, Language Development Across the Lifespan, Phonology & Language Disorders, Neurology of Human Communication, Morphology & Syntax, and Introduction to Clinical Practice, or courses deemed comparable by the CSDS graduate faculty.    Students without an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders would be enrolled in an 8 – 9 semester graduate program, completing prerequisite courses during their first two semesters. 
    To apply, complete the CSDCAS application at www.capcsd.org/csdcas and the Longwood University online application at www.longwood.edu/graduatestudies/10314.htm, pages 1, 2, 4 (if applicable), and 5.  The essay, recommendations, official transcripts, and GRE scores are components of the CSDCAS application and should not be sent to Longwood.  The February 1st deadline is an absolute deadline with verification of all application materials required by that date for the CSDCAS application.  CSDCAS advises that it takes four weeks after achieving 'complete' status for the application to be in 'verified' status.  Receipt of the Longwood University online application is required by February 1st as well.  Applications are reviewed once annually after the February 1st deadline for consideration for admission to the subsequent fall semester.  Students accepted for the fall semester are given the option of taking courses the preceding summer.
  • English/Education & Writing, Literature, or 6-12 Initial Licensure programs- Applicants to these English concentrations must have an undergraduate major in English.  Consideration will be given to those having an English minor (18 credit hours), depending on the courses taken, but more undergraduate preparation may be required at the discretion of the departmental graduate committee.  A minimum, overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. 
  • English/Creative Writing program- Applicants to this English concentration are expected to have an undergraduate minor in English (18 credit hours) or 18 hours beyond the general education level.  A writing sample of not less than ten (10) nor more than twenty (20) pages in the genre of their choice is required.  (10 pages of poetry; or 15 pages of prose/fiction or non-fiction; or 20 pages of drama) 
  • Business Administration program- Applicants who have not completed an undergraduate major or minor in business that includes principles level courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, finance, management, marketing, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and statistics must take MANG 500 - Introduction to Business (6 credits) before enrolling in any other MBA courses.  The GMAT with a minimum score of 470 plus a minimum admission score of 1100 or greater are required.  The admission score is based on the following formula: GMAT + GPA (200) ≥ 1100.
  • Education/Elementary & Middle School Mathematics program - Applicants are expected to have two years teaching experience including mathematics curriculum.
  • Education/Educational Leadership program - Applicants are expected to have two years teaching experience and the recommendation of their principal or assistant principal.
  • Reading, Literacy & Learning program - Applicants are expected to be currently employed in a school division or have a minimum of two years teaching experience under a full-time teaching contract and the capacity to work directly with students in an educational setting as they proceed through the program. 
  • Educational Leadership and Reading, Literacy & Learning Professional Endorsement programs- Applicants must have a master's degree, a valid postgraduate professional teaching license, and three years of teaching experience.
  • Degree or professional endorsement programs- A valid Virginia Collegiate Professional Teaching license or equivalent from another state is required as a prerequisite in specified programs.  See individual program listings. 
  • Initial licensure programs - A passing Praxis I score or equivalent SAT or ACT scores or passing VCLA scores plus the equivalent SAT or ACT or passing Praxis I math score are required if applying to one of the programs leading to initial teaching licensure.

Our published admission application deadlines are good guidelines, but not absolute deadlines.  (See two exceptions on 'How to Apply' page.)  Our Graduate Admissions Office is available to assist with any questions - graduate@longwood.edu or 434-395-2380.

No more than nine Longwood non-degree graduate hours may be counted towards a degree, certificate or professional endorsement program. Students are expected to apply to a Longwood graduate program prior to enrolling in classes. At the latest, all application materials should be received before the completion of six hours.

Longwood offers seven graduate majors with 17 different degree concentrations, 4 graduate professional endorsements, and a graduate certificate. 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.  We can guarantee full-time enrollment in the Communication Sciences & Disorders major; in the English major; in the online MBA major; in the Algebra & Middle School Mathematics, Special Education, and Health & Physical Education concentrations of the Education major; and in the Reading, Literacy and Learning major. Careful planning in other individual concentrations and majors could provide full-time enrollment in individual semesters, but it cannot be guaranteed.