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Submitting an Application for Admission

It is recommended that an Application for Admission to the Master of Science program in Childhood Education, Literacy Education or Teaching Students with Disabilities be submitted at least one month prior to the start of classes. All applications and requested materials (i.e., transcripts, letters of recommendation) should be submitted to the LIU Riverhead Office of Admissions.

To apply for admission, please follow these steps.

1. Long Island University Online Application for Admission
Applicants must complete the LIU Riverhead 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. A print version of the Application for Admission can be downloaded from our website. You can also request that a graduate application be mailed to you by calling 631-287-8010 or emailing

2. Transcripts
Submit all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts to the LIU Riverhead Office of Admissions. International students should refer to the International Admissions website for transcript requirements.

3. Letter of Recommendation
Submit one letter of recommendation from a professional in the field of education, psychology, or related disciplines which supports the student's request for admission, and addresses your academic skills and personal attributes, strengths and/or weaknesses. If you have been out of school for several years, recommendations may come from your employer or supervisor. The references should be given the Letter of Recommendation Form signed by you, along with a stamped envelope addressed to: LIU Riverhead, Office of Graduate Admissions, 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road – LIU Bldg., Riverhead, N.Y. 11901

4. On-site writing sample
Students will be asked to respond to a statement. There is no correct or incorrect response to this requirement. The response will be evaluated on the following criteria:

•Extent to which your argument is developed and supported
•Logical organization and development of the central idea
•Paragraph organization and construction
•Freedom from errors in mechanics and usage

5. Interview
Applicants are required to schedule an appointment with the Office of Admissions for an interview. Please contact us at 631-287-8010 or e-mail

6. International Students
In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5. International students whose native language is English, or who have attended for at least two years an accredited College or University where the only medium of instruction is English, may have the English Language proficiency requirement waived. The waiver is determined on an individual basis following a review of the student’s application.

Need Help With Your Admissions Application?
If you have any questions about the admissions application process or requirements, please contact the Graduate Office of Admissions at 631-287-8010 or email