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Admission Requirements/How To Apply

Step 1. Select your program of interest

The most important step in the admissions process is selecting the program that is right for you. If you have not yet selected a graduate field of study, please use our Academic Programs: Graduate link to the left to learn about the graduate programs at LIU Post.

Step 2. Review admissions requirements for each individual degree program

The admission requirements and deadlines for each individual degree can be accessed through the Academic Programs: Graduate link to the left. International graduate students applying to the School of Visual and Performing Arts are required to audition or submit a portfolio. This may be accomplished by mailing a video of your performance or submitting your portfolio electronically (CD, DVD, or e-mail). Accepted students also will be required to participate in an interview or audition with the department chair upon their arrival on campus. Visit the appropriate Department Web site for more information. Master of Social Work and Doctoral applicants must complete their interview in person or arrange a telephone interview with the appropriate department.

Step 3. Complete an Application for Admission

All international applicants for graduate study at LIU Post must complete the Long Island University Online Application for Admission The application can be obtained by clicking on the above link or selecting the Apply Now button in the upper right-hand corner of this page. In the field marked “Admit Type,” select “International Graduate.”

A print version of the Application for Admission can be downloaded from our Web site. You can also request that an application be mailed to you by calling 1-516-299-2900 or e-mailing

The departmental or supplemental applications for the above programs can be found on the Forms & Documents Admissions Web site.

Step 4. Submit Transcripts

  • Submit official degree-noted transcripts from all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions you have attended.
  • Student copies are not acceptable. LIU Post reserves the right to ask for a professional evaluation of your transcripts to aid in our admissions decision-making process. All transcripts must be sent from your school(s) directly to the International Admissions Office at the LIU Post. Transcripts must be in English or officially translated into English.
  • You may have the transcripts sent directly to the International Admissions Office at LIU Post, or you may wish to have them sent to you. In the event that you have the transcripts sent to you directly, you should submit the transcripts in the original sealed envelope as part of your application packet. Final transcripts state which degree has been awarded, as well as the degree conferral date (for example, Bachelor of Science, May 2009)
  • A Final Degree Certificate or Diploma is also required. Please submit originals to the International Admissions Office at LIU Post. Once the International Admissions Office makes an official copy, the original will be returned to you. Sealed, attested copies of the Final Degree Certificate or Diploma from Education USA or your University Registrar/Controller of Examinations (not affiliated College) are also acceptable.
  • Official transcripts are valid when they are issued by the school you attended. They have an official seal/stamp and an official signature by an appropriate academic officer, such as the Registrar or Controller of Exams. They are sealed by the university. Photo copied or scanned documents are not official. In select cases we may make official copies of unique documents like diplomas or certificates.
  • NOTE: If your previous educational records or other documents are in another name, please be sure to note that on the print or online application.

If you have questions about transcripts, please contact us via e-mail at or call 1-516-299-2637.

Step 5. English Language Proficiency

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. The TOEFL or IELTS is generally not required of candidates who have studied for at least two years at an accredited post-secondary institution where English is the only method of instruction, unless there is a need for additional evidence of proficiency in English upon review of other academic credentials.

Minimum TOEFL score for admission to most graduate programs:
79 Internet-based score (213 computer based, 550 paper-based score) (Master’s or Advanced Certificates) or 100 Internet-based score (250 computer based, 600 paper-based score) (Doctoral)

Minimum IELTS score for admission to most graduate programs: 6.5 (Master’s) or 7.5 (Doctoral).

Master’s applicants who have a TOEFL or IELTS score below the required minimum but who are academically admissible can qualify for conditional admission. This requires successful completion of LIU Post English Language Institute prior to enrollment in any academic course work. Doctoral students must be English language-proficient.

Step 6. Submit Application Fee

Submit a non-refundable application fee of $40 USD made payable to LIU Post. International applicants must pay the fee in U.S. dollars by sending a money order or check to: Bursar’s Office, LIU Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300 USA. You can also pay by credit card by printing the Credit Card Authorization form on the Bursar Web site or by calling 1-516-299-2323. Cash, international postal money orders or Eurochecks are not accepted.

The application fee is waived only for the following applicants:

  • Long Island University alumni (those holding a Long Island University degree or graduate certificate)
  • Current Long Island University student pursuing a degree or certificate at any Long Island University campus

Step 7. Letters of Recommendation

Two or three (depending on the program) professional and/or academic letters of recommendation on school or company letterhead that address the applicant’s potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program. These letters should be from a faculty member, supervisor or employer; not a family member or friend.

Step 8. Personal Statement

Please write an essay in English describing your background, special interests, future plans and your reasons for wanting to attend LIU Post.

Step 9. Examinations Results


GRE (Graduate Record Examination): The General GRE is required for the following Academic Programs: Psychology (M.A.), Speech-Language Pathology (M.A.) and Library and Information Science (M.S.). Both the General and Subject GRE are required for the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.). The GRE is required for Mental Health Counseling (M.S.), School Counselor (M.S.), Music Education (M.A.), and Music (M.A.) applicants with GPAs below 3.0. Applicants to the doctoral program in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies (Ed.D.) are encouraged, but not required, to submit scores for the general test (verbal, quantitative and analytic) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

LIU Post’s code for GRE scores is 2070.

GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test): The GMAT is required for students applying to the Business Administration (M.B.A.), Accounting (M.S.) and Taxation (M.S.) programs. It is the applicant’s responsibility to request official GMAT scores from LIU Post’s code is NNR-40-15.

See the “Admission Requirements” section on the individual homepages for the Master’s Degree or Doctoral Program for which you are applying for detailed information. Click on the left-hand navigation for a listing of our "Academic Programs."

Step 10. Form I-20 for Applicants Seeking F1 Student Visa

The Form I-20 Application certifies that you have been accepted for a full course of study and have proven to Long Island University that you have sufficient funds to study and live in the United States. You are encouraged to complete and submit the Form I-20 Application and mail it to the International Admissions Office along with your admissions application. Please mail documents to: International Admissions Office, LIU Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300 USA

Step 11. Passport and Identification

Submit a copy of valid passport or formal identification with full name and birthdate, preferably including current mailing address.

Need Assistance With Your Application?

If you have any questions about the admissions application process, our counselors can be reached by calling 516-299-2637 or by e-mailing

If you are sending paper documents, please mail to:

International Admissions Office
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300