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Graduate Students

Transfer Credits

Graduate courses taken at other institutions before admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus may, if pertinent to the plan of study, be credited to the graduate degree. Permission to transfer such credits must be requested at the time of admission, and official transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. Transfer credit toward the master’s degree is normally limited to six semester hours of credit for courses in which the student has received a grade of B or better and is not recorded as part of the grade point average. Courses with a grade of B- or less are not transferable.

Students seeking a second master’s degree may be granted up to 12 credits, when academically appropriate, at the recommendation of the department chair and with the approval of the graduate dean. Students entering the school psychology program may be granted up to 18 credits. Transfer credits will be granted only for courses taken within the time limits specified.

Classification of Students

All students admitted to the master’s programs will be classified as matriculants or non-degree students.

Matriculated students must:

    1. submit evidence of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
    2. have an acceptable record in undergraduate and other studies as reflected in official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended. Usually a B- average in the undergraduate major subject is required. Attention is given to overall grade averages, grade trends during undergraduate study, as well as areas of scholastic strength.
    3. receive satisfactory scores on any required examinations. Students whose undergraduate average is less than B- and all students from foreign colleges or universities may be requested to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the GRE advanced subject examination. (see Individual Program Requirements for specific details about program testing requirements.)

A student will be classified as a matriculant when accepted into a degree program. Students admitted with technical or academic deficiencies (e.g., incomplete official transcripts) will be classified as limited matriculants, pending resolution of those conditions. Technical deficiencies must be resolved before the end of the first semester of enrollment. Academic deficiencies must be satisfied before the completion of the 12 credits required by the degree program or within one year. Students are in good academic standing as long as they are permitted to continue in attendance in matriculant status.

Non-degree students must meet the same admission standards as those admitted to degree programs. A student in this category may take a limited number of courses for certification, professional advancement or personal enrichment, but he or she is not classified as a graduate degree-seeking student. Admission as a non-degree student is for one semester only and permits registration for a maximum of six credits.

If a non-degree student wishes to matriculate, a graduate application must be filed with the Office of Admissions. Upon review of the student’s application and supporting credentials, the appropriate department will decide if all requirements for matriculation have been met. Courses completed by non-degree students – if pertinent to the degree program in which the student has matriculated and if completed within the time limit – are credited toward the degree.

Individual Program Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Business (M.B.A.) in the School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences, must submit scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

Applicants for the Master’s in Public Health, the Master’s in Psychology, the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Doctor of Physical Therapy and all graduate Pharmacy programs must submit GRE scores from the General Aptitude Test. Additionally, individuals who apply for the Master’s in Psychology and the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology must submit GRE scores from the GRE Subject Test in psychology.

Students Presenting Foreign Credentials

Graduate applications are welcome from international students who hold the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree. Please visit the For International Students section of the Web site for a comprehensive overview of requirements for enrollment.

Admission of Undergraduate Students

Seniors who need substantially less than a full program to meet the requirements for the bachelor’s degree may take, concurrently with their undergraduate program, a limited number of 500- and 600-level graduate courses and reserve the credits for a master’s degree. Such a special arrangement will be limited to undergraduate students who have been formally admitted as graduate students, pending satisfactory completion of bachelor’s degree requirements. Applicants must have permission from the graduate program as well as authorization from the undergraduate institution.

Qualified juniors and seniors attending Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus may, with the approval of the chair of the department concerned and the graduate dean, take courses on the 500-level for undergraduate credit to complete the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The credits they receive may not subsequently be applied toward the credit requirements for the master’s degree.

Undergraduate student enrollment in 600-level courses will not be approved by the graduate dean unless there is exceptional justification given by the department chair.

Visiting Students

Graduate students who are degree candidates in good standing at other universities may be granted permission to attend courses at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus upon filing a visiting student application for the courses and submitting a letter of authorization from the graduate school that they are attending. The application for visiting students can be found in the Forms & Documents section of the Web site. Courses in the Ph.D. programs and field experience courses need additional departmental approval.

Post-baccalaureate Students

An applicant who has not completed adequate preparation for a particular graduate program, but who presents an otherwise acceptable undergraduate record, may be given an opportunity to resolve specific course deficiencies. A post-baccalaureate student enrolls in a program of advanced undergraduate courses in the field selected for graduate study. The appropriate department approves the number of credits necessary, the level of achievement required and the specific courses to be completed. Upon compliance with those conditions, the post-baccalaureate student becomes eligible for admission to the graduate school.

Special Assessment for Life Experience

Matriculated adult students who have demonstrated professional achievement, practical experience and general intellectual growth that compare favorably with formal graduate education may be granted a special assessment. The following rules and procedures apply to such special assessment of credits:

    1. An applicant must submit a request for such assessment together with a comprehensive biography to the Office of the Dean for initial screening.
    2. If the applicant is considered to have had demonstrable experience and verifiable achievement that entitles him or her to consideration for this program, the Office of the Dean will establish an appropriate committee to evaluate the candidate’s submitted documents. Assessment by the committee may include an oral, written or performance examination or the evaluation of a portfolio (or some combination thereof).
    3. The committee will recommend to the dean, the amount of credit to be granted.

The following fee schedule will apply to such assessment:

Evaluation fee (1 to 3 credits), $175.00 per credit
Evaluation fee (additional credits above 3), $85.00 per credit

Special Educational Services, Achievement Studies and Renaissance Services for Disabled or Academically At-Risk Students

Students in need of additional support may investigate the services offered through the Special Educational Services, Achievement Studies and Renaissance Services for Disabled or Academically At-Risk Students. This area provides students with coordinated services that address individual needs related to disabilities or to academically at-risk factors that would otherwise not afford these students the educational and future career opportunities available to them through a degree of higher education.

Students do need to apply for additional services and/or admission to the Achievement Studies program. To learn more about services available, please call: 718-488-1044 or contact the Office of Admissions at


Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus welcomes applications from veterans and encourages them to take full advantage of their G.I. Bill benefits. Candidates are required to submit a copy of Form DD214, Report of Separation, to the Office of Admissions. A veterans counselor is available to assist in admissions and funding procedures. For further information, contact the Veterans Affairs Office. Learn more about the Campus’ participation in The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program by visiting the Special Opportunities section of the Web site.

Auditing of Courses

In order to gain necessary background or enhance general knowledge, students may audit graduate courses for no credit. The permission of the instructor and of the dean is required in every case. Laboratory courses and fieldwork practicums may not be audited. Students (who must have been admitted to a graduate program) pay half the regular tuition for courses, and their transcripts will show that the courses have been audited.

Admission to Classes

Admission to graduate classes does not imply that the student has been accepted as a candidate for a degree. Acceptance for degree candidacy is contingent upon the student’s obtaining matriculated status and satisfying all of the admissions requirements of the graduate program that they are pursuing.

Registration and Advisement

To be eligible for registration, every graduate student must confer with a representative in their proposed major department. The adviser assists the student in preparing a program of study and signs the student’s registration card if required.

Payment of all tuition and fees is required in advance of the beginning of classes, unless special arrangements are made with the Bursar. Students who have not been cleared by the Bursar cannot be considered registered.