Graduate instruction began at Longwood in the summer of 1952 as a cooperative program with the University of Virginia. This arrangement allowed the College to offer courses, mostly in elementary education, to be transferred to the University of Virginia for credit toward the Master of Education degree.
The College proposed to the State Board of Education of Virginia a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in 1954. The College was authorized to grant master’s degrees beginning in August 1955, and awarded its first graduate degree in August 1956. The MBA degree was authorized beginning in August 2006. The newest graduate degree, Master of Education, was authorized March 2014 to begin with the fall 2014 semester.
The legacy that began in 1839 continues today as Longwood offers small classes, personal attention, and a meaningful learning environment to over 4,000 undergraduate and 700 graduate students.
Longwood University offers graduate programs leading to the degree of Master of Science in two majors - Communication Sciences & Disorders and Education, the degree of Master of Business Administration, and the degree of Master of Education in two majors - Reading, Literacy & Learning and School Librarianship. In the Education major, areas of concentration include Counselor Education, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist in Special Education General Curriculum, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Elementary & Middle School Mathematics, and Health and Physical Education. The M.S. in Education is also awarded to Longwood students enrolled in the Special Education/Liberal Studies five-year program. In the Business Administration major, the areas of concentration are General Business, Real Estate, and Retail Management.
In addition, the University offers graduate degrees with initial licensure programs. These programs are in Special Education General Curriculum K-12, and School Librarianship PreK-12. Graduate Professional Endorsement programs leading to additional endorsements to an existing full professional license are available in Reading Literacy and Learning; School Librarianship, or Special Education General Curriculum. In addition, one graduate certificate is offered in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The graduate program is designed to provide capable students with opportunities for individual inquiry in a variety of fields, to prepare qualified individuals for professional leadership roles, to be the next step in the educational pursuit of an advanced degree, and to integrate technology throughout the learning process. Longwood University is pledged to a policy of nondiscrimination that applies to all phases of university life. Primarily our programs are designed for the individual who is employed full-time and wishes to enroll in graduate studies on a part-time basis.
The Mission of Graduate Studies at Longwood University
Our Mission is to provide leadership in all matters relating to graduate and professional education at Longwood University. In keeping with the university’s mission, the CGPS strives to create a stimulating environment for teaching, learning, research, creative expression and public service.
As part of the mission of a comprehensive institution of higher education supported by public funds, Longwood University is committed to serving the needs of the Commonwealth of Virginia and particularly the Southside and Central Virginia regions. Graduate programs at Longwood support the continuation and development of diverse, innovative programs by building on existing strengths and emerging opportunities.
Graduate classes are regularly offered at off-campus locations. A variety of non-traditional course formats are used to meet the needs of the adult student including weekends and nights. All Longwood graduate rules and regulations govern these courses. Registration takes place in the Registrar’s Office by regular mail, by fax, or online using myLongwood.com.
An entire degree program may be provided at an off-campus location if there is sufficient interest. Individual classes may be delivered upon request. Both of the above require class enrollments to meet the minimum size requirement.
Current Off-Campus Locations
- The Longwood Powhatan Center is located at Pocahontas Middle School, 4290 Anderson Highway, Powhatan, Virginia. Graduate education courses for a degree, licensure renewal or personal enrichment are offered. For schedules, registration materials or general information, please contact the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at 434.395.2380, 877.267.7883 (toll free) or e-mail at email@example.com.
- The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center is located in South Boston, Virginia and offers graduate programs in Education as well as individual courses for licensure renewal or personal enrichment. For schedules, registration materials or general information, please contact the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at 434.395.2380, 877.267.7883 (toll free), or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The New College Institute is located at 30 Franklin Street, Martinsville, Virginia. Graduate degree programs School Librarianship are offered. For schedules, registration materials or general information, please contact the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at 434.395.2380, 877.267.7883 (toll free), or e-mail at email@example.com.