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How to Apply

You can apply one of three ways:

Follow the appropriate Application Procedures for all three methods.

 

To apply to ALL except the Special Education General Curriculum/Liberal Studies Five-Year Concentration, complete the following steps:

  1. Apply online OR print the application (pdf) and the recommendation form (pdf) OR request an application packet from the College of Graduate & Professional Studies by calling 434.395.2380 or completing the information request formTo apply to the CSDS major, 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. 
  2. Complete the application form and the In-State Tuition Application (if applicable). (Learn more about Tuition & Fees)
  3. Write* a personal essay of 500 words or more in which you discuss your reasons for seeking graduate education. Include your career goals and how the graduate program for 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 for which you are applying; and your perception of your intellectual capability to complete successfully your graduate program.
    *If applying online, write your essay using a word processing program (such as Microsoft Word) and paste your essay in the text box provided in the online application.
  4. Must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale). 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. An applicant must be a graduate of a four-year regionally accredited college or university.
    Applicants to the Communication Sciences and Disorders major must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale).
    Applicants to the English/Education & Writing, Literature, or 6-12 Initial Licensure concentrations must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale).
    Applicants to the Business Administration major must have an admission score of 1100 or greater, with a minimum GMAT score of 470. Admission score is based on the following formula: GMAT + GPA (200) ≥ 1100
  5. Request 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. (Longwood transcripts - DO NOT submit, as they will be obtained in house.) 
    If you wish to have credit considered for transfer, you must include a written request and course description with your application.  Six hours from a regionally accredited institution, no more than five years old, equivalent to graduate course work at Longwood in the program to which you wish to be admitted, and a grade of "B" or better earned can be transferred.
  6. Two recommendations (minimum) related to your competence and effectiveness in your professional work are required. These recommendations are to come from academic sources such as current/prior faculty members, supervisors or professional contacts. Section 1 of each recommendation form is to be completed by the applicant. Provide the recommendation form and a self-addressed, stamped (if needed) envelope to each person preparing a recommendation. Instruct each to enclose the completed recommendation in the envelope. The envelope should then be sealed, signed across the seal and returned to you. Do not break the seal. 
  7. Applicants must submit a copy of their valid teaching license if applying to one of the Education degrees or professional endorsements that require a teaching license as a prerequisite.
  8. Applicants must submit a copy of passing scores on Praxis I, or an equivalent SAT or ACT score, or passing scores on the VCLA plus equivalent SAT or ACT or passing Praxis I math score, if applying to any of the five initial licensure concentrations or majors.
  9. Applicants to the English/Creative Writing concentration must submit a writing sample of not less than (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 non-fiction or 20 pages of drama)
  10. Applicants to the Education/Music concentration must submit a 15-30 minute video (VHS or DVD) of their teaching or rehearsal.
  11. Applicants to the Communication Sciences and Disorders major must submit scores from the General Test of the GRE. They can be no more than five years old.  Applicants who have a master's degree are exempt from this requirement.
  12. Applicants to the Business Administration major must submit scores from the GMAT.
  13. Once you have compiled ALL of the above, mail the complete application to the College of Graduate & Professional Studies, Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23909. A complete* application consists of the application form, the essay, a minimum of two recommendations, official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, a copy of your teaching license if applicable, Praxis I or SAT or ACT or VCLA + math scores if applicable, GRE scores if applicable, GMAT scores if applicable, writing sample if applicable, and video/DVD if applicable. (Application packets obtained from the College of Graduate & Professional Studies contain a large, return envelope with a checklist of the above items. Optional items that may be included with the application are a personal vitae or résumé, a writing sample for those programs that do not have this requirement, and additional recommendations.)
    *If applying online, the application form and essay have been submitted online and do not need to be resubmitted.
  14. Mail the $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. (Application packets obtained from the College of Graduate & Professional Studies contain an Application Fee Receipt and a postage paid, return envelope.)
    *If applying online, the application fee was paid when the online application was submitted and does not need to be paid again.
 
 

Admission Deadlines

Semester applicant wishes to begin Graduate Program: Completed application packets due to College of Graduate & Professional Studies: Applicants who meet completed application deadline are sent notification of admission status no later than: $50 Deposit due in Cashiering for Students accepting their offer of admission: Deadline for requesting a refund of the deposit:
Fall Semester May 1 June 30 June 30 July 31
Spring Semester October 1 November 15 November 15 December 15
Summer Sessions February 1 March 31 March 31 April 30
 

Admission Process

 

Deadline Exceptions

Applications to the online Business Administration/General Business or Retail Management concentrations are due twice annually by May 1st for consideration for admission to the subsequent fall semester as a part-time student or by February 1st for admission to the subsequent summer semester as a full-time student.  Applicants are sent notification of a decision within 45 days of receipt of the complete application.  Deposits are refundable provided a written withdrawal/refund request is submitted to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies prior to the dates above.

Applications to the Communication Sciences and Disorders major are due annually by February 1st (an absolute deadline) for consideration for admission to the subsequent fall semesterTo 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.  Applicants are sent notification of a decision no later than March 15th and must accept the offer-of-admission by submitting a deposit by April 15th. Deposits are refundable provided a written withdrawal/refund request is submitted to the College of Graduate & Professional Studies prior to June 30th.

Applications to the Education/Music concentration are due by February 1st for consideration for admission to the subsequent summer semester cohort (if a cohort is available). Applicants are sent notification of a decision no later than March 15th and must accept the offer-of-admission by submitting a deposit by April 15th. Deposits are refundable provided a written withdrawal/refund request is submitted to the College of Graduate & Professional Studies prior to April 30th. 


General Process

Complete applications are reviewed once monthly beginning around the middle of the month in all programs except Business Administration/General Business or Retail Management, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Education/Music.  The deadlines listed above are good guidelines, but not absolute deadlines.  For optimum consideration for all programs but the three exceptions, completed applications should be submitted by the deadlines listed above to insure admission to the requested term, financial aid and/or course selection.

When all application materials have been received and the file is complete, it is forwarded by the College of Graduate and Professional Studies to the appropriate faculty admissions committee for review.  Each admissions committee reviews applications once monthly beginning around the middle of the month.  Once the committee has rendered a decision, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies sends prompt, written notification to the applicant.

 

Cancellation of Admissions Offer

Longwood's Honor Code prohibits lying, cheating, and stealing. Students who complete the Application for Graduate Admission pledge to abide by the Longwood Honor Code, the Longwood Student Handbook, the Longwood Technology Handbook, and the Longwood Graduate Catalog. Should a student falsify the information provided on the application, alter academic documents, plagiarize the essay or otherwise issue an untrue statement as part of the application process, the offer of admission will be revoked. The University also reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission:

  • should a student's academic performance fall below established minimums, or
  • should a student not enroll in a course for the term admitted.