Admission

Students are admitted to and can start the MBA program in any of the six sessions during the school year. The application deadline is approximately three weeks before the start of any session.

Program Code

GMAT Scores and Waiver Eligibility

Admission is based on a review of each applicant’s academic achievements, GMAT score (if applicable), work experience, and personal statement by the Graduate Business Admissions Committee. While the entirety of an applicant’s credentials are considered, applicants generally fit into one of the following categories:

  • Acceptance with GMAT waived: Students admitted to the program in this group must have undergraduate GPAs of 3.25 or higher, or have completed a master's degree, and demonstrate the motivation and capacity to succeed in graduate-level coursework. GMAT scores are waived for these applicants.
  • Acceptance with GMAT required: Students admitted to the program conditionally have undergraduate GPAs of 2.5 to 3.24. GMAT scores are required for these applicants. Students in this group should take special care in writing their application essay.
  • Conditional Program Acceptance: Students who are accepted into the program but have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5-2.99 will be admitted to the program conditionally. A limited number of applicants from this group are accepted into the program, and they should take special care in writing their personal statement. If admitted, conditional students must maintain a 3.0 or higher overall GPA in the first 12 units of coursework, with no course grade below a B-.

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.
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA
    A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4-point scale.
  • Potential for success in graduate business studies
    An assessment of student’s total qualifications—the rigor of their undergraduate studies, academic performance, extensive work experience, and personal references—is made.

Applicants must submit:

  • A Graduate Application for Admission
    (Apply Online | Download PDF)

  • A $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts
    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. Read more about APU’s domestic applicant transcript policy.
  • An application essay
    Submit a typewritten letter of 1-2 pages describing educational and professional goals.
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae of work experience
  • GMAT Score
    • Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher will be considered for admission without submission of a GMAT score.
    • Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 will not be accepted into the program.
    • Students with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 to 3.24 will be required to submit GMAT scores, and admission will be based on achieving a 1050 or higher on an index computed by (UG GPA * 200) + GMAT score.
    • While the GMAT is preferred, GRE scores will be accepted and will be converted to a GMAT equivalent score for use in computing the index. Decision on admittance made by the Graduate Business Admissions Committee. Request that GMAT scores be sent to APU (scores must be five years old or less).

Submit all materials to:

Graduate and Professional Center: Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Fax: (626) 815-4571 • (626) 815-4545
gpc@apu.edu

What to Expect

After all admission materials have been received by the Graduate and Professional Center, the faculty or department chair reviews the applicant’s file. The student is notified in writing of the admission decision. Applications should be submitted three weeks prior to the start of classes for the desired semester to allow for processing.

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
    Proficiency is evidenced by a TOEFL/IELTS score that meets program-specific requirements. 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 Culture 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 American Language and Culture Institute (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.
  • An application essay
    Submit a typewritten letter of 1-2 pages describing educational and professional goals.
  • GMAT Score
    • Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher will be considered for admission without submission of a GMAT score.
    • Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 will not be accepted into the program.
    • Students with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 to 3.24 will be required to submit GMAT scores, and admission will be based on achieving a 1050 or higher on an index computed by (UG GPA * 200) + GMAT score.
    • While the GMAT is preferred, GRE scores will be accepted and will be converted to a GMAT equivalent score for use in computing the index. Decision on admittance made by the Graduate Business Admissions Committee. Request that GMAT scores be sent to APU (scores must be five years old or less).

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 reviews the applicant’s file. The student is notified in writing of the admission decision. Applications should be submitted three weeks prior to the start of classes for the desired semester to allow for processing.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.