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. 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)
Must verify 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.
- Valid California teaching, services, or designated subject credential
- Proof of Successful Completion of the CBEST
Provide official proof of successful passage of the CBEST.
Graduate Program Codes (PDF)
Intern credential candidates must also submit:
- Contract or letter verifying the offer of employment as an administrator (not part of the teachers’ bargaining unit)
- Terms and Agreements signed by the superintendent or designee
- Letter from the employing district superintendent or designee expressing willingness to collaborate with the university in the mentoring process.
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.