APU brings to its campus students who are committed to personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth. Applicants must evidence sympathetic appreciation for the standards and spirit of the university, and exhibit moral character in harmony with its purpose.
The university encourages applications from students who will contribute to, as well as benefit from, the university experience. In assessing the applicant's potential for success, academic capabilities and involvement in church, school, and community activities are reviewed.
While the following minimum admission requirements are considered for university admission, program acceptance requirements and application deadlines should be consulted as well by reviewing the program websites.
All non-U.S. permanent residents should refer to the International Graduate Admissions website.
To be considered for university graduate admission, the applicant must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. An earned baccalaureate or master’s degree from an ATS- or ABHE-accredited institution will be considered only for admission to the Graduate School of Theology programs.
If you have attended and/or graduated from a college or university outside of the United States and are now applying to one of APU’s on-campus programs (as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident) or are applying to one of APU’s online programs (regardless of citizenship status), you are required to provide an APU approved foreign transcript evaluation report. Please refer to the Foreign Transcript Evaluation Agencies (PDF) for further details.
The grade-point average (GPA) from the highest earned degree is used for admission consideration. Applicants with an earned master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA or higher qualify for university graduate admission. A master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA from an ATS- or ABHE-accredited institution qualifies an applicant for university admission consideration in the Graduate School of Theology. Proof of the baccalaureate degree is also required. Specific program admission requirements may be more stringent.
A cumulative minimum 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) GPA is required for the posted baccalaureate degree. Candidates with a GPA of 2.5-2.99 will be considered for provisional admission. This provisional status requires maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and no grade lower than a B- in the first 12 units of the program to which the candidate was provisionally admitted. The student who does not meet this requirement will be dismissed from the program to which the candidate was provisionally admitted. Specific program admission requirements may be more stringent. Those with a baccalaureate GPA below 2.5 will be denied admission to the university.
Petition for Exception
Applicants denied admission may be considered for university admission by meeting one of the following options:
- Option 1: A teaching and/or service credential
- Option 2: CBEST scores and one of the following: CSET, MSAT, GRE, or PRAXIS/SSAT scores (All scores must meet California passing standards.)
- Option 3: A minimum combined score of 1,000 for the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (The GRE must be taken within the previous 12 months prior to application.)
- Option 4: Post-baccalaureate evidence of ability for graduate study may be established through the completion of at least 12 semester units of upper-division undergraduate or 6 semester units of graduate coursework from a regionally accredited college or university. The relevance of this coursework to the program to which application is being made must be demonstrated, and a grade of B or better must be achieved in each course.
Anyone admitted based on one of these four options is admitted with provisional status and must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and no grade lower than a B- in the first 12 units.