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)
- $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.
- Application Essay
Submit a three- to five-page (double-spaced) personal statement that addresses the following:
- Motivation for pursuing a master’s degree in leadership, including how your experiences and professional goals have influenced your decision to apply for this program.
- Aspirations for growth as a result of the master’s in leadership program. Provide an explanation of the learning outcomes you propose to accomplish during the program, as well as a discussion of your ambitions and the ways you envision the master’s of leadership helping you accomplish these goals.
- 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. It is our desire to admit students who have made a thoughtful decision regarding the commitment that is required for success in a master’s-level program. Note: If you do not feel that you can provide the requested recommendations, contact the Graduate and Professional Center for assistance.
- Certificate of Clearance or valid Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) document (for the Sport Management and Integrated Leadership emphasis only)
- 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.
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
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 $65 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee
Note: This fee is submitted in place of the $45 nonrefundable application fee for domestic applicants.
- 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:
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.