Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need an interview for graduate program admission?
- How long does the letter to the dean have to be and what does it entail?
- How will I be notified when I am admitted to APU?
- Is graduate student housing available?
- What constitutes full-time vs. part-time as a graduate student?
- What are the registration deadlines?
Do I need an interview for graduate program admission?
Some graduate programs require an interview while some do not. Consult the current graduate catalog for the program you are interested in to see if an interview is required for that program.
How long does the letter to the dean have to be and what does it entail?
The letter to the dean is typically 3-5 paragraphs, indicating your interest in pursuing graduate education and specific goals you have in mind for yourself that will be accomplished by completing a graduate program at APU.
How will I be notified when I am admitted to APU?
The Office of Graduate Admissions in the Graduate and Professional Center notifies students of their admission status. A letter is sent when a) a program acceptance decision has been received from the department and the student is admitted to the university, or b) the applicant does not meet minimum university admission requirements and is denied admission.
Is graduate student housing available?
Yes, the university has several complexes that are open to graduate students as well as non-students. More information is available from the APU Office of Asset Management.
What constitutes full-time vs. part-time as a graduate student?
To be classified as a full-time graduate student at the master's or credential level, one must be enrolled in at least nine units (credits) per 15-week term (or combination of 15-week and 9-week terms within the same semester); at the doctorate level, six units. Comparable requirements for half-time status for 15-week semesters are five to eight units, and three units at the doctoral level.
With certain restrictions, students at the dissertation level are considered full time if enrolled in any one of the following courses:
- EDUC 794, EDUC 795
- GDMN 790, GDMN 792
- GNRS 780, GNRS 781, GNRS 782, GNRS 783, GNRS 784, GNRS 798
- HED 790, HED 794, HED 795
- PPSY 731, PPSY 745, PPSY 746, PPSY 747, PPSY 748, PPSY 750, PPSY 751, PPSY 755, PPSY 756, PPSY 795
Students in the Ed.D. Program who work full time may not enroll in more than seven units. Students in the Clinical Psychology Program qualify for full-time status by taking at least seven units per 15-week semester and four to six units for half-time status.
What are the registration deadlines?
Registration deadlines can be found by visiting the Graduate Academic Calendar or at the Graduate and Professional Center.