Doctoral Admission Requirements

Required Application Materials

All the application materials listed below must be submitted to the International Center. Once an application is complete, the department of study will carefully review it and an admission decision will be made. There are intensive programs and regular term programs.

  1. Completed International Graduate Application form (Apply Online | Download PDF)*, and Statement of Agreement with Institutional Policy
  2. $45 nonrefundable application fee
  3. A letter to the dean
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Statement of Experience or Resume
  6. Official university transcripts (Please see the Transcript Policy below.)
  7. Official TOEFL (90 iBT M.A./M.S.) or IELTS (7.0 iBT M.A./M.S.) score
    • All international applicants must provide a proof of English proficiency. There are a few ways to provide them. Please review English Proficiency Requirements. For a TOEFL score report, use APU’s school code, 4596, to request the report to be sent to APU. Please note, the score is only valid for two years.
  8. A bank statement or other official forms of documentation of financial support must accompany the financial statement and affidavit of financial support form. (Please see tuition and fees.)
  9. Copy of passport

Note: Additional program-specific items are required to complete the graduate application. These must be submitted to the International Center as well.

*Transcript Policy

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts for all degrees, certificates, and credentials earned. Official transcripts for other college coursework not leading to a degree, certificate, or credential may be required by the department for consideration.

An official transcript is one which Azusa Pacific University receives unopened in an envelope sealed by the former institution and which bears the official seal of the college or university. APU reserves the right to require transcripts sent directly from the former institution. The baccalaureate degree transcript is required even if an applicant has already earned a master's degree.

An APU degree and earned credits can be verified by the International Center without applicants requesting an official transcript through the APU Registrar’s office.

Official international credentials (transcripts, certificates, diplomas, and degrees) must be submitted in their original language and also must be translated into English. The translated documents must be certified by an authorized official.

Once filed, transcripts are subject to the provisions of applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and cannot be returned to the applicant or forwarded to other educational institutions.

Minimum GPA

A minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 US scale is required for all international applicants. Some programs require a high GPA. Please review the program-specific items.

English Proficiency Requirements

All international applicants must provide a proof of English proficiency. There are a few ways to provide them. Please review the English Proficiency Requirements site. For a TOEFL score report, use APU’s school code of 4596 to request the report to be sent to APU. Please note, the score is only valid for two years.

Additional Test Requirements

Other test score reports (GMAT, GRE, or CBEST) may be required for certain programs. Please review the program-specific items.