Admission

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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 posted bachelor's degree in music from an NASM accredited university or conservatory by the date of entrance 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. (Applicants with a GPA between 2.5–2.99 may be considered for provisional admission.)

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.
  • A writing sample, such as a term paper, thesis, or course paper
  • A résumé or statement of experience (Download PDF)
    Curriculum vitae, summarizing academic, performance, and employment information. Optional: Examples of involvement in liturgical, musical, or artistic activities.
  • Repertory list of major performance area
  • A letter of intent (500-1,000 words)
    Addressed to the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies that answers the following questions:
    1. Please share your interest in studying music as it relates to your emphasis (conducting, performance, composition, music education) at APU.
    2. What are your career goals, and how would this degree assist you?
    3. Share a significant experience with a work of music.
    4. What is your understanding on the relationship between music and religion?
  • Three letters of recommendation (Download PDF)
    Request three letters of recommendation: two from academic and/or professional sources, and one from a personal source (no family members). All recommendations must use form.
  • Official scores from GRE and TOEFL

Send all materials to:

Graduate and Professional Center
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

(626) 815-4570
Fax: (626) 815-4545
gpadmissions@apu.edu

Applicants must also:

  • Complete an Entrance Exam
    Students must satisfactorily complete an entrance exam (new requirement for fall 2007 and beyond) to qualify for admission; contact Associate Graduate Chair Claire Fedoruk, DMA, at cfedoruk@apu.edu for requirements.
  • Submit Previous Work and Schedule an Interview Applicants must submit 15 minutes worth of previous compositions in contrasting styles and schedule an interview with a faculty member. View the submission requirements for more information.

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.

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).

Send 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
international@apu.edu

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.

Application Deadlines

Entering Fall 2016

Priority Deadline – April 1, 2016
Applications are reviewed as they are received and applicants are encouraged to apply by this date for the first priority for admission and scholarship opportunities.

Standard Deadline – June 1, 2016
Applications will be reviewed and considered for remaining scholarship funds available. Applications submitted after June 1 are welcome and reviewed for admission and scholarships as cohort space and scholarship funds permit.

Entering Spring 2017

Priority Deadline – September 30, 2016
Applications are reviewed as they are received and applicants are encouraged to apply by this date for the first priority for admission and scholarship opportunities.

Standard Deadline – December 9, 2016
Applications will be reviewed and considered for remaining scholarship funds available. Applications submitted after December 9 are welcome and reviewed for admission and scholarships as cohort space and scholarship funds permit.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.