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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 3.0 GPA
    A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale. (Students with a grade-point average of 2.50-2.99 will be considered for admission on a provisional basis.)
  • Potential as a scholar
    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.
  • A letter to the dean (Download PDF)
    Submit a typewritten letter to the dean describing educational and professional goals.
  • A résumé of work experience
  • Three letters of recommendation (Download PDF)
  • GMAT or GRE scores
    Request scores from either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) be sent to APU. (Scores must be five years old or less.)

    Note: The School of Business and Management prefers applicants take the GMAT over the GRE.

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

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. It is recommended that applications be submitted two months prior to the start of classes for the desired semester to allow for processing.

Note: Nursing, psychology, art, and physical therapy programs have specific deadlines. Please check with a program representative for further details.

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.
  • 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
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 applicant is then notified of the committee’s decision within approximately two weeks.

Additional Admissions Information

Admission to the one year MBA is based on a review of each applicant’s academic achievements, GMAT score, work experience, personal statement, and references. While the entirety of an applicant’s package is considered, accepted applicants generally fit into one of the following three categories.

Dean’s Fellows – Students accepted as dean’s fellows generally have undergraduate GPAs of 3.5 or higher, GMAT scores of 600 or higher, and strong work and research experience. Students who apply for and are admitted to the Dean’s Fellows Program receive free textbooks during the program and the opportunity to work with research faculty and attend academic conferences. This is a competitive program that accepts fewer than five percent of applicants.

Regular Program Acceptance – Students admitted to the program in this group typically have undergraduate GPAs of 3.0 or higher, GMAT scores of 500 or higher, and solid work experience. Most students are admitted under this category.

Conditional Program Acceptance – Students admitted to the program provisionally typically have undergraduate GPAs between 2.5 and 2.9, or GMAT scores between 450 and 499. Only a limited number of applicants in this group are accepted into the program. Students in this group should take special care in writing their personal statements. If admitted, provisional students must maintain a B or better overall GPA in the first 12 units of coursework with no course grade below a B- in order to continue in the program.

Start Times – Students are admitted and can start the traditional MBA program in any term during the school year. MMBA and YEMBA program cohorts are admitted and start the program during the month of June each year.

Application Deadline – The application deadline for the traditional MBA program is approximately four weeks before the start of any session. The application deadline for the MMBA and YEMBA programs is March 31.

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.