Frequently Asked Questions
In this Section:
General Program Questions:
- How long will my program take?
- Do you have job placement programs for your graduates?
- What are the specific graduate degrees and credentials offered at the Murrieta Regional Center?
Adult and Professional Studies:
- I have heard that you have an Adult and Professional Studies program (formerly Accelerated Degree Program) aimed at “mature” students. I would like information about this program.
- Is the Adult and Professional Studies (APS) program accredited?
- I am interested in applying to the university. What does the application for admission entail and how would I apply?
- How soon can I start?
- If I have passed the MSAT, will I still need to take the CSET?
- May I bring my application and registration forms into your center, or will I need to mail everything to the Graduate and Professional Center in Azusa?
- If I take a one-course break from my cohort group, can I restart with the next class or do I need to wait for the next time the class is offered and jump into a new cohort?
- How much is tuition for graduate and degree completion programs?
- I am interested in applying for financial aid. What programs offer financial aid?
- What financial paperwork do I need to turn in before starting the program?
- What if I don’t get the loan and I have already started the class?
- When do I have to start paying back the loan?
- Do I only borrow once for the whole program?
- What is your payment plan option?
General Program Questions
How long will my program take?
Education programs take 18–30 months and Adult and Professional Studies Programs take 15–19 months depending on the program specifics and student’s pace. Please refer to the website for program details. Education credentials and graduate degree information can be found at www.apu.edu/education/.
Do you have job placement programs for your graduates?
Our on-campus Office of Career Services in Azusa helps current students and alumni to find jobs, obtain interviews, write résumés, etc. This office also hosts three career fairs each spring to assist both students and employers including the Career Fair (targeted to all undergraduate majors), the Nursing Career Forum (targeted to all undergraduate- and graduate-level nursing students and alumni), and Teacher Career Forum (targeted to credential, master's, and doctoral School of Education students and alumni). You can read more about Career Services online at www.apu.edu/careerservices/.
Please also note that our academic departments help with job placement. For instance, if you were a business student, our School of Business and Management faculty and staff would utilize their networks to help you find a job that fits your goals. Given a low student-to-faculty ratio in the undergraduate program (14:1 in 09–10), we are also able to capitalize on relationships that faculty have with local organizations.
What are the specific graduate degrees and credentials offered at the Murrieta Regional Center?
For a listing of specific programs offered at the Murrieta Regional Center, visit www.apu.edu/murrieta/programs/.
Adult and Professional Studies
I have heard that you have an Adult and Professional
Studies program (formerly Accelerated Degree Program) aimed at “mature”
students. I would like information about this program.
Our School of Adult and Professional Studies (APS) program provides mature students with the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degrees. The degree completion programs are experience-based degrees for working adults, offering majors in five different areas: organizational leadership, liberal studies, and the RN to BSN degree program.
Designed specifically for the adult learner, the programs offer flexible class scheduling, convenient locations, accelerated curricula, and a simplified registration process.
You can go to www.apu.edu/aps/programs/ to find out more about these programs.
Is the Adult and Professional Studies (APS) program accredited?
Yes. They are regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). You can read more about the university's accreditation at www.apu.edu/provost/accreditation/.
Are Bible classes required for graduate students?
No. Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian community of disciples and scholars who seek to advance the work of God in the world through academic excellence in liberal arts and professional programs of higher education that encourage students to develop a Christian perspective of truth and life. As such, a Christian worldview is incorporated into each class within the graduate program. However, graduate students are not required to take Bible classes in addition to the required classes for a program.
I am interested in applying to the university. What
does the application for admission entail and how would I apply?
You can apply to the university’s programs online by going to www.apu.edu/apply and selecting your program of interest. From here, you can apply to our traditional undergraduate, our graduate, our international student, or our adult and professional studies programs.
You can also request a printed application online at www.apu.edu/request or call the university at (800) 825-5278 to request one to be mailed to you.
How soon can I start?
Application should begin as soon as possible. Because one can encounter unanticipated obstacles, it is recommended to start your application at least six weeks prior to the beginning of a term to ensure that all the pieces can be processed. If you have questions regarding this matter, please call the Murrieta Regional Center.
If the five years have passed, then yes, the student would have to complete the CSET which replaces the MSAT. Because of this, students are advised to finish their credential programs within five years.
If the student has taken the MSAT and has a preliminary credential or an intern credential, the five year maximum does not apply.
May I bring my application and registration forms into your center, or will I need to mail everything to the Graduate and Professional Center in Azusa?
We are more than happy to send your application to the APU Graduate and Professional Center for you or assist you with the online application process.
We regularly register students at the Murrieta Regional Center and we will mail your registration directly to the APU Graduate and Professional Center.
If I take a one-course break from my cohort group, can I restart with the next class or do I need to wait for the next time the class is offered and jump into a new cohort?
You will be able, if you chose, to join in with another group and pick up at the same point of study. Our desire is for everyone to complete their degree. You will not lose what you have completed. Should you need to take a break from any of our APS programs then you would need to contact the School of Adult and Professional Studies at (626) 815-5301.
How much is tuition for graduate and degree completion
The total cost of attendance for one year depends on the program. For general tuition and fees for graduate (master's and doctoral) degrees, not including any scholarships or financial aid, please go to www.apu.edu/graduateprofessionalcenter/sfs/costs/.
Please visit www.apu.edu/graduateprofessionalcenter/sfs/ for more information on financial aid.
If you would like to speak to an Admissions representative about applying to APU, please call (800) 825-5278.
Traditional Graduate Students
Graduate Students are able to obtain financial aid in the form of employment, loans, grants, and scholarships. In order to serve the large number of students who need financial assistance, the university attempts to coordinate various elements of each student’s financial aid program. This “packaging” approach may include assistance from two or more financial aid sources. The university's goal is to award all applicants the maximum scholarship, grant, and loan dollars for which they qualify, given restrictions on the availability of funds, institutional policies, and federal guidelines.
Types of financial aid for graduate students include the Federal Stafford Loan, Cal Grants, the APLE Grant (a competitive teacher incentive program), graduate fellowships, and other alternative loans. Other loans and grants are available to students in education, nursing, and theology. Please contact your graduate financial aid counselor to obtain more information on which aid you are eligible for, visit Graduate Student Financial Services, or contact the School of Adult and Professional Studies Student Financial Services at (626) 815-5300.
School of Adults and Professional Studies (APS) Students
What financial paperwork do I need to turn in before starting the program?
To begin the program you must complete and submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
When do I have to start paying back the loan?
Repayment of loans begins six months after dropping below half time, withdrawing from school, or finishing the program. Loans can be deferred as long as you are enrolled half time or more in school.
You can visit the School of Adult and Professional Studies section of the website for more information at www.apu.edu/aps/. For more information regarding cost, please contact the School of Adult and Professional Studies at (626) 815-5301.
Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to read about the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
How is APU ranked compared to other colleges and universities?
APU has distinguished itself in a number of areas. Azusa Pacific University secured a place in U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges national 2010 rankings, categorized alongside such schools as Havard, Yale, and Princeton, and was selected as an up-and-coming institution. Additionally, The Princeton Review designated APU as 1 of 123 colleges in the 2009 Best in the West category.
In addition, the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching praised APU stating: “We believe Azusa Pacific is becoming a leader among colleges and universities, willing to combine an unapologetic commitment to Christianity with an uncompromising commitment to educational excellence.”
Is your school affiliated with a church or denomination?
Azusa Pacific stands as a comprehensive Christian university of the liberal arts and professional programs that seeks to serve its diverse constituencies throughout the world. As part of that commitment, APU maintains strong ties with the Brethren in Christ Church; the Church of God — Anderson, Indiana; the Free Methodist Church; the Missionary Church; the Friends Church; the Wesleyan Church; and the Salvation Army.
Faculty, staff, and students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and a number of different denominations, and we accept students of all denominations, as the university is interdenominational.
- Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC)
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Accrediting body for colleges and universities that prepare teachers and other professional personnel for work in elementary and secondary schools.
- California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
- Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
Our Graduate Theology programs are accredited under ATS.
View a complete list of APU’s accreditations and memberships.