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Admission Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements

Below are the general admission requirements for ALL graduate programs.  Please carefully review individual program specific requirements listed below.

  • 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. The following courses must be completed with a grade of B- or better prior to enrollment in graduate level course work:  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, Introduction to Clinical Practice, and Sign Language or courses deemed comparable by the CSD graduate faculty.  Students can be admitted without these courses and will complete them during their first two semesters on campus.  The length of the program: five to six semesters with an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and eight to nine semesters without an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. 
    To apply, complete both the CSDCAS Application AND the Longwood University Online Application, pages 1, 2, 4 (if applicable), and 5.  The personal essay, resume/curriculum vitae, recommendations, official transcripts, GRE scores, and interview video are components of the CSDCAS application and should NOT be sent to Longwood.  The February 1st deadline is an absolute deadline for both applications 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.  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.
  • Business Administration program- Applicants must provide a third recommendation which must be from an employer/professional source and scores from the GMAT with a minimum 470.  (A waiver of the GMAT is available.  See the MBA web site for information.)  A Longwood calculated admission score of 1100 or greater is required and is based on the following formula: GMAT + GPA (200) ≥ 1100.  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.  
  • Education/Counselor Education program - Applicants must provide a criminal background check. 
  • 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 Core Academics for Educators score OR equivalent SAT or ACT scores OR passing VCLA scores plus the equivalent SAT or ACT or passing Praxis Core Academics for Educators: 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 three 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 six graduate majors with 13 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 online MBA major; in the 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.