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Admissions

English

  • Students admitted to the Creative Writing concentration are expected to have at least an undergraduate minor in English and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale). Consideration will be given to those having the equivalent of 18 hours beyond the general education level, but such consideration will depend on the courses taken. More undergraduate preparation may be required at the discretion of the departmental graduate committee. Applicants must submit a writing sample of not less than ten (10) and not more than twenty (20) pages in the genre of their choice. (10 pages of poetry or 15 pages of prose/fiction or nonfiction or 20 pages of drama)
  • Students admitted to the English Education and Writing concentration are expected to have an English major, minor or equivalent and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (4.0 scale).
  • Students admitted to the Literature concentration are expected to have an undergraduate major in English, a minimum of thirty (30) hours and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (4.0 scale). Consideration will be given to those having an English minor, minimum eighteen (18) hours, depending on the courses taken, but more undergraduate preparation may be required at the discretion of the departmental graduate committee.
  • Students admitted to the English 6-12 Initial Licensure concentration are expected to have an undergraduate major or at least a minor (18 credit hours) in English with courses in grammar and linguistics required and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (4.0 scale). Survey courses in American, British, and world literature are preferred and additional undergraduate preparation may be required at the discretion of the departmental graduate committee. All applicants must have a passing score on one of the tests outlined on the Office of Professional Services Teacher Preparation webpage.  
 
 

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate of a four-year regionally accredited college or university.
  • Applicants to English/Education & Writing or Literature or 6-12 Initial Licensure a minimum, overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale); applicants to English/Creative Writing a minimum, overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) OR 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.
  • 500 word or more personal essay in which you discuss your reasons for seeking graduate education. *
  • Two recommendations related to your competence and effectiveness in your academic and professional work. *
  • Passing Praxis I scores OR equivalent SAT or ACT scores, OR passing VCLA scores plus Praxis I or SAT or ACT passing math score, if applying to one of the initial teaching licensure concentration.

*See Application Procedures for complete instructions.

Note: No more than nine Longwood non-degree graduate hours may be counted towards a degree, certificate or licensure 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.

The Longwood University Graduate Admissions Application is available via regular mail. If you wish to have an information/application packet mailed to you, please complete the Graduate Studies Information Request Form, and one will be mailed to you promptly. You may also access the materials on the Graduate Studies website.