Admission

Application Deadline

Traditional: January 31 (priority)*

*Those who have completed applications by the deadline, if admitted, will have the opportunity to come to campus in early spring to interview for on-campus assistantships.

Admission Requirements – Domestic Applicants

The university graduate and program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.

International students have a separate application procedure that precedes the standard admission process. View international requirements below or contact the International Center at +1-626-812-3055 or by email.

Applicants must possess:

  • A bachelor’s degree
    A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
    A 3.0 baccalaureate or master’s grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale is required. (Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals who do not meet this criteria if competency can be shown.)

Applicants must submit:

  • A Graduate Application (Apply Online | Download PDF)
  • Use the following program code when applying: CSAF03
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts (Download PDF)
    Request that official transcripts be sent to APU’s Graduate and Professional Center for all degrees, certificates, and credentials earned prior to application to APU. Learn more about APU’s domestic applicant transcript policy.
  • Letter to the Dean
    Submit a three- to five-page (double-spaced) personal statement describing your education goals as well as short- and long-term professional goals, and addressing such topics as career objectives, current interests, and your reason(s) for applying to the program.
  • A résumé or statement of experience (Download PDF)
  • Three letters of recommendation (Download PDF)
    Request three letters of recommendation from those who can speak to your academic and/or professional interests, aptitude, and potential; these should come from two professors and one employer who have current knowledge of your academic ability and potential. Note: The employer recommendation should be from a student affairs professional.
  • Certificate of Clearance or valid Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) document (for the Sport Management and Integrated Leadership emphasis only)

  • All materials should be sent to:
    Graduate and Professional Center: Admissions
    Azusa Pacific University
    PO Box 7000
    Azusa, CA 91702-7000
    Fax: (626) 815-4545
    gpc@apu.edu

  • Interview and Writing Sample
    Once the application materials have been received, potential candidates may be invited for a personal interview with a member of the Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology. This conversational meeting will allow us to further acknowledge your interests and goals in obtaining this degree. A writing assessment may be requested at this time.

What to Expect

Once all admission materials have been received by the appropriate office, the Graduate Admissions and department faculty review the applicant’s file. The applicant is then notified of the committee’s decision.

Admission Requirements—International Applicants

Azusa Pacific University is authorized under federal law by the U.S. CIS and the U.S. Department of State to enroll nonimmigrant, alien undergraduate and graduate students. APU issues and administers both the I-20 and DS 2019 (F-1 and J-1 status documents respectively).

To apply for a graduate program at APU, the following requirements must be fulfilled in addition to meeting the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements specified by the program.

International applicants must:

  • Meet all standard admission requirements
    International applicants must fulfill the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements in addition to meeting the following criteria.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English
    Applicants should refer to APU’s English Proficiency Requirements to learn more. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may seek conditional admission to the university by enrolling in the APU American Language and Cultural Institute (ALCI) to gain English proficiency. (Some programs allow for other ways to demonstrate proficiency while others do not accept conditional admission through ALCI; please check with an international enrollment advisor for further details.)

International applicants must also submit:

  • An International Graduate Application
    (Apply Online | Download PDF)
    Note: This application should be used instead of the domestic graduate application.
  • A $45 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts
    Request that official transcripts be sent to APU’s International Center for all degrees, certificates, and credentials earned prior to application to APU. Read more about APU’s requirements for international applicants.
  • Proof of English Proficiency
    Request that official TOEFL/IELTS test scores be sent directly to APU. Any other forms of proof indicated in the university’s English Proficiency Requirements must be submitted directly to the International Center. Applicants applying for conditional admission through ALCI must submit an ALCI application (PDF).
  • An affidavit of financial support and a bank statement
    International applicants must provide an affidavit of support and a bank statement proving financial ability to pay for educational costs through personal, family, or sponsor resources.
  • A copy of a valid passport.
  • A résumé showing work experience
    International applicants must submit a current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) that demonstrates recent work experience.
  • Three recommendations
    Two from academic and/or professional sources, and one from a personal source (no family members). All recommendations must use the APU Graduate Recommendation Form (PDF).

Submit all materials to:

International Center
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
USA
+1-626-812-3055
Fax: +1-626-815-3801
Email IC

What to Expect

After the International Center receives all admission materials, a committee of department faculty review the applicant’s file. The applicant is then notified of the committee’s decision.

Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.