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 below or contact the International Center at +1-626-812-3055 or by email.
Applicants must possess:
- A bachelor’s degree
A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required.
- A minimum 3.0 GPA
A 3.0 baccalaureate or master’s grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale is required. (Applicants with a GPA between 2.5–2.99 may be considered for provisional admission.)
Applicants must submit:
- A Graduate Application (Apply Online | Download PDF)
- $45 nonrefundable application fee
- Official transcripts (Download PDF)
Request that official transcripts be sent to APU's Graduate Center for all degrees, certificates, and credentials earned prior to application to APU. Learn more about APU's domestic applicant transcript policy.
- A letter to the dean
Submit a written letter describing educational goals as well as short- and long-term professional goals.
- A résumé or statement of experience (Download PDF)
- Three letters of recommendation (Download PDF)
Request three letters of recommendation. At least one recommendation must be from a professor or teacher acquainted with the applicant's academic work.
All materials should be sent to:
Graduate Center: Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Fax: (626) 815-4545
Applicants must also:
- Complete an Entrance Exam
Students must satisfactorily complete an entrance exam (new requirement for fall 2007 and beyond) to qualify for admission; contact Graduate Chair Dennis Royse at firstname.lastname@example.org for requirements.
- Audition for the School of Music
A personal audition or recent CD or DVD recording is required of applicants to the Master of Music programs. (CDs and DVDs will not be returned unless return postage is supplied. Personal auditions must be scheduled through the School of Music.)
What to Expect
Once all admission materials have been received by the appropriate office, Graduate Admissions and the department faculty review the applicant's file. The applicant is then notified of the committee's decision.
Admission Requirements—International Applicants
Azusa Pacific University is authorized under federal law by the U.S. CIS and the U.S. Department of State to enroll nonimmigrant, alien undergraduate and graduate students. APU issues and administers both the I-20 and DS 2019 (F-1 and J-1 status documents respectively).
To apply for a graduate program at APU, the following requirements must be fulfilled in addition to meeting the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements specified by the program.
International applicants must:
- Meet all standard admission requirements
International applicants must fulfill the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements in addition to meeting the following criteria.
- Demonstrate proficiency in English
Applicants should refer to APU's English Proficiency Requirements to learn more. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may seek conditional admission to the university by enrolling in the APU American Language and Cultural Institute [ALCI] to gain English proficiency. (Some programs allow for other ways to demonstrate proficiency while others do not accept conditional admission through ALCI; please check with an international enrollment advisor for further details.)
International applicants must also submit:
- An International Graduate Application
(Apply Online | Download PDF)
Note: This application should be used instead of the domestic graduate application.
- A $65 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee
Note: This fee is submitted in place of the $45 nonrefundable application fee for domestic applicants.
- Official transcripts
Request that official transcripts be sent to APU's International Center for all degrees, certificates, and credentials earned prior to application to APU. Read more about APU's international applicant transcript policy.
- Proof of English Proficiency
Request that official TOEFL/IELTS test scores be sent directly to APU. Any other forms of proof indicated in the university's English Proficiency Requirements must be submitted directly to the International Center. Applicants applying for conditional admission through ALCI must submit an ALCI application (PDF). For more information, read our English Proficiency Requirements for Graduate and Doctoral Programs.
- An affidavit of financial support and a bank statement
International applicants must provide an affidavit of support and a bank statement proving financial ability to pay for educational costs through personal, family, or sponsor resources.
- A copy of a valid passport.
- A résumé showing work experience
International applicants must submit a current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) that demonstrates recent work experience.
- Three recommendations
Two from academic and/or professional sources, and one from a personal source (no family members). All recommendations must use the APU Graduate Recommendation Form (PDF).
Submit all materials to:
What to Expect
After the International Center receives all admission materials, a committee of department faculty review the applicant's file. The applicant is then notified of the committee's decision.