Prospective students may attend an informational meeting to receive initial group advising prior to submitting an application. Check the School of Education's information meeting calendar for upcoming dates.
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.
- A Graduate Application for Admission
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- A $45 nonrefundable application fee
- Official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant's baccalaureate degree (bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution) and all post-baccalaureate study (To be considered official, a transcript must be mailed directly from the Office of the Registrar of the institution attended to the Graduate and Professional Center at Azusa Pacific University. Students' sealed copies will not be considered official. Baccalaureate or master's degree grade-point average (GPA) should be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.9 if competency can be shown using multiple measures.)
- Three recommendation forms should be submitted by supervisors who have current knowledge of the applicant's academic ability and potential for service within the credential area. A professor, current supervisor, or previous supervisor may write the letter of recommendation. A letter of recommendation from a pastor, friend, or coworker will NOT be accepted.
- A five-page essay/autobiography describing personal and professional history
- Résumé, vita (preferred), or Statement of Experience, including most relevant work and volunteer experience
- Proof of Certificate of Clearance (Submit a photocopy of the most current Emergency Permit or Certificate of Clearance to the Graduate and Professional Center. [Fingerprint check required for CTC.] For more information, please contact the Credential Analyst at (626) 815-5346.)
- Successful completion of the CBEST (Proof of completion; test scores and/or CBEST card)
After all above materials have been received, by the Office of Graduate Admissions, the Department of School Counseling and Psychology reviews the file and returns it to the admission office with a final recommendation. A letter is then generated to the student regarding their admission status.
All materials should be sent to:
Graduate and Professional Center: Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
568 E. Foothill Blvd.
Azusa, CA 91702
Fax (626) 815-4571
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
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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.