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Admissions Requirements

Deadlines & Important Dates

Applications are considered through a modified rolling admissions process. To be considered for full matriculation in the fall semester, applications must be submitted by May 1st of the previous spring. To be considered for full matriculation in the spring semester, applications must be submitted by November 1st of the previous fall. These deadlines permit the review process to occur in its entirety, which includes both a thorough examination of the application materials and an applicant interview.

Applications that are received after these dates (i.e., May 1 for fall admission; Nov 1 for spring admission) are considered for limited matriculation on a provisional basis. Late applicants with an undergraduate and/or previous graduate grade point average of 3.0 or above may be accepted on a limited matriculation basis and permitted to take up to 12 credits (a full load of courses) during their first semester. During that semester, these students are interviewed and their applications more thoroughly assessed to determine if they will be accepted for full matriculation. Late applicants with an undergraduate or previous graduate grade point average below 3.0 will be eligible for limited matriculation and permission to register for up to 6 credits during their first semester. During that semester, these students are interviewed and their applications more thoroughly assessed to determine if they will be accepted into the program, either for limited for full matriculation. When a student’s status is changed, the department notifies the Admissions office.

Application Materials

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 or previous graduate study is required for full matriculation. Applicants with a 2.50 – 3.0 GPA are considered for limited matriculation. If admitted with limited matriculation status, students may take a maximum of 6 credits each semester for two semesters and must attain an overall grade point average of 3.0 to continue in the program and become fully matriculated. After 12 credits on limited matriculation status, students with under a 3.0 grade point average may not be permitted to continue in the program.
  2. Writing: A personal statement is analyzed in terms of both content and prose. All school psychology candidates love children, and find the field of school psychology to be interesting; as such these should not necessarily be the main themes in the personal statement. The successful applicant demonstrates an understanding of what has led them to pursue graduate study in school psychology, and an exploration of which family, childhood or early adolescent experiences shaped this decision. 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 in addition to employment experience) should demonstrate in breadth and/or depth a developed commitment to serving others in a helping capacity. A minimal background in education and/or psychology is not looked at negatively and all interested individuals should apply.


After a thorough examination of application materials, program faculty interview selected applicants, often in small groups. Interviews take place throughout most months of the fall and spring semesters. Most interviews take place in the early afternoon. Interviews are approximately half an hour in length.

Interviews typically involve responses to questions pertaining to their individual, relational, educational, and vocational experiences that have contributed to their desire to pursue graduate study in counseling and questions pertaining to their educational and career goals. Time is also allotted for applicants to ask questions of the faculty about the program and the University.

Applicants are evaluated on verbal and non-verbal communication skills, interpersonal interactions with staff, and appropriateness of responses.

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.