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Admissions Requirements

All candidates must submit the following:

  1. A completed LIU/Brooklyn graduate admissions application, including a personal statement
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study
  3. A current resume (curriculum vitae)
  4. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s work or academic performance (i.e., employer, supervisor, former professor).

Application Review Criteria

  1. GPA:  A minimum grade point average of 3.0 from undergraduate and previous graduate study is required for full matriculation.
  2. Writing:  A personal statement of 500 words or less is analyzed in terms of both content and prose.  With regard to content, the successful applicant demonstrates an understanding of what has led them to pursue graduate study in applied behavior analysis and their educational and career goals that are consistent with our program mission and curriculum.  As for prose, organization, cogency, and grammar are taken into consideration, with a well organized, well-reasoned, grammatically accurate written presentation required for admission.
  3. Resume/Vitae:  Applicants’ experiences (including volunteer work and training along with employment experience) should demonstrate in breadth and/or depth a developed commitment to serving others in a helping capacity.


Based on a thorough review of application materials as described above, department faculty interview selected applicants. Interviews take place throughout most months of the fall and spring semesters.  Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend interviews are arranged.  Interviews are one hour in length.  Applicants are evaluated on verbal and non-verbal communication skills, peer interaction, and appropriateness of responses.

Interviews consist of two parts, each approximately 30 minutes in length:

  1. Applicants respond to questions pertaining to their own individual, relational, educational, and vocational experiences that have contributed to their desire to pursue graduate study in applied behavior analysis and questions pertaining to their educational and career goals.
  2. Applicants are provided with clinical vignettes and asked questions pertaining to their thinking about them.

Time is also allotted for applicants to ask questions of the faculty about the program and the University.

The Review and Notification Process

Graduate applications are submitted to the Brooklyn Campus Admissions Office and forwarded to the department once they are complete. The application form, personal statement, all transcripts, letters of recommendation, and resume must be received by Admissions before the applicant review process begins.

On a monthly basis, the program faculty reviews completed applications that have been forwarded from Admissions to the department. The department then contacts applicants whom they have selected to be interviewed and interviews are scheduled. The remaining applicants are notified that they are not accepted. Applicants who are not accepted may request recommendations for strengthening their application for future submission. Applicants who seek to be reconsidered for acceptance in a future semester may submit an updated application at that time, with indication in the personal statement of how the applicant responded to the direction provided by the faculty when not previously accepted to the program.

Within approximately one month after being interviewed, applicants are informed of their acceptance status.

Submitting an Application For Admission

All applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at My LIU or use the Apply Now link in the top navigation bar. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site.