Text Size Default Text SizeDefault Text Size Large Text SizeLarge Text Size Largest Text SizeLargest Text Size Print Print this Page

Dean's Office

Message from the Dean's Office

Longwood University has educated Virginia undergraduates since 1839 with graduate education beginning in 1954. Longwood is known for its quality graduate programs and quality graduates who are in high demand in education and professional settings.

Longwood has expanded its graduate offerings that now include Master's degrees in Education; Reading, Literacy & Learning; School Librarianship; Business Administration; Sociology/Criminal Justice & Social Policy, and Communication Sciences and Disorders. These six degree majors include 13 degree concentrations, 4 professional endorsement programs, and 1 certificate program. Graduate programs are flexibly scheduled with the adult student in mind: evening and weekend classes, locations around the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a growing list of online courses and programs.

The Master of Science in Education emphasizes field experiences, as well as advanced training, in eleven areas of concentration. Offerings include initial licensure programs in Elementary Education and Special Education for those without a teacher's license. For licensed teachers the master's degree programs offer the degree and an additional endorsement in Educational Leadership, Algebra & Middle School Mathematics, Elementary & Middle School Mathematics, or Special Education. The Counselor Education concentration offers five tracks in Community and College Counseling, Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Courses are offered in many off-campus locations including the Southside Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston, the Longwood Powhatan Center, and in many school divisions around the commonwealth.

The Master of Education in Reading, Literacy and Learning prepares teachers to be reading specialists/coaches, but also provides a literacy background that is beneficial in any classroom.  Students may complete the program in one year on a full-time basis offered on the main campus or in three years on a part-time basis both on-campus and in school divisions around the commonwealth.

The Master of Education in School Librarianship prepares students to fulfill the growing need for school librarians.  It is offered to licensed teachers and to those who wish to pursue an initial teaching license on a part-time basis both on-campus and in many school divisions around the commonwealth.  With careful planning, full-time study is also available.

The Master of Science in Sociology/Criminal Justice & Social Policy is offered both part-time and full-time on the main campus.  In addition, students in the undergraduate program in Sociology or Criminal Justice can stay for a fifth year to complete the Master of Science.  These students must meet certain requirements in their junior year.

The MBA program has three concentrations, General Business, Real Estate, and Retail Management and the entire program is offered online.

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders is an on-campus, full-time Master's program that is completed in two years. In addition, the department offers SLPOnline - nine undergraduate courses required to be eligible for admission to a Master's program. All nine courses are offered online every semester for those who do not have an undergraduate major in the field and wish to pursue a master's degree for entry into the field.

To discover the power in you to increase your knowledge and skills, to prepare for a career change or new professional challenge, or to continue your life-long learning, choose Longwood Graduate Studies, a stable, quality choice for 60 years.

The College of Graduate and Professional Studies



About the Dean

Dr. Jeannine Rajewski Perry became Dean of the College of Graduate & Professional Studies on August 25, 2011.  Dr. Perry, Associate Professor of Education, came to Longwood in the Department of Education and Special Education in the fall of 2003.  In the fall of 2004, she became the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Literacy and Culture program and served in that capacity until assuming her new role as Dean.  In 2009, Dr. Perry assumed the additional role of part-time assistant dean in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.   She has over 15 year’s public school teaching experience, mostly at the elementary level, in the Shaker Heights City School district in northeast Ohio.  She has also taught university level courses and continuing education workshops for over ten years.  Jeannine earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading & Language Arts from Kent State University and her Master of Science in English at the same institution. Her Bachelor of Arts from Hiram College includes a major in English (with secondary teaching endorsement), a minor in Writing and a minor in Business Management.


Jeannine has published in several professional journals on literacy education, presented on numerous literacy topics regionally and nationally, and has been active in several professional organizations.  Her areas of interest are nonfiction and content area literacy, comprehension instruction, writing instruction, learning communities, and program design and development for adult learners.  She is married to her high school sweetheart and has a grown son.



Dean Perry 2011 Photo Dr. Jeannine R. Perry

Jeannine R. Perry, Ph.D.