Domestic Applicant Requirements


  • Candidates with a master’s degree that did not include coursework equivalent to EDL 582 (Cornerstones of Educational Leadership) may be required to take that course.

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. Note: For the Educational Leadership, M.A. (online) program, international students who have graduated from a college or university where English was not the principal language must provide evidence of a minimum TOEFL score of 550. View international requirements.

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 baccalaureate or master’s grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals who do not meet this criterion if competency can be shown.)

Applicants must submit:

  • A Graduate Application for Admission (Apply Online | Download PDF)
  • A $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Letter to the dean (Download PDF)
    A typewritten letter to the dean describing educational goals as well as short- and long-term professional goals.
  • A résumé or statement of experience (Download PDF)
    verifying with supervisor signatures at least three years of full-time service under a "basic" credential (i.e., Teaching, Pupil Personnel Services, Library, School Nurse, etc.)
  • Three letters of recommendation (Download PDF)
    Submitted by principals or district administrators who have current knowledge of the applicant’s academic ability and potential for service in school administration.
  • 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. Learn more about APU's transcript policy.

Submit all materials to:

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

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.

Note: This information is current for the 2014–15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.