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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 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)

    Please use one of the following program codes when applying:

    • GMUP02 (Organ, Piano)
    • GMUP03 (French Horn, Clarinet, Voice)
    • GMUP04 (Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Instrumental, Oboe, Percussion, Piccolo, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin)
    • GMUP05 (Keyboard Collaborative Arts)
  • $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 letter to the dean (Download PDF)
    Submit a written letter describing educational goals as well as short- and long-term professional goals.
  • A résumé or statement of experience (Download PDF)
  • Three letters of recommendation (Download PDF)
    Request three letters of recommendation. At least one recommendation must be from a professor or teacher acquainted with the applicant's academic work.

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

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 Graduate Chair Dennis Royse at for requirements.
  • Audition for the School of Music
    A personal audition or recent CD or DVD recording is required of applicants to the Master of Music programs. (CDs and DVDs will not be returned unless return postage is supplied. Personal auditions must be scheduled through the School of Music.)

What to Expect

Once all admission materials have been received by the appropriate office, Graduate Admissions and the 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
    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).
  • 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 in leadership helping you accomplish these goals.

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.

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.