- Admission Requirements – Domestic Applicants
- Admission Requirements—International Applicants
- Additional Requirements
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.
- Official copy of all transcripts leading up to and including posted BSN degree from NLN- or CCNE-accredited programs. Transcripts should indicate completion of the following prerequisite courses: health assessment, pathophysiology, nursing research, statistics, nursing leadership, and community health nursing.
- 3.0. baccalaureate or master’s grade-point average (Candidates with a grade-point average of 2.7-2.99 may be considered for provisional admission.)
- Completed application for graduate admission (an online application is available)
- Written statement of educational and professional goals. Also known as the Letter to the Dean, this essay should be one to two pages in length.
- Computer literacy
- Copy of RN license
- Resume showing recent (within past five years) experience as a registered nurse
- $45 application fee. Fee may be paid online, by a check made out to Azusa Pacific University, or by calling the Graduate Center cashier at (626) 815-4559.
- Three APU Recommendation Forms from professional references who have the ability to evaluate your performance in the nursing field (e.g. managers, supervisors, and academic faculty; not coworkers).
- An MSN/ELM Application (PDF)
- Completion of courses in health assessment, pathophysiology, nursing research, statistics, nursing leadership, and community health nursing equivalent to those offered in the APU undergraduate nursing program
- See Additional Requirements for program-specific requirements.
All materials should be sent to:Graduate Center: Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Located at:Azusa Pacific University
568 E. Foothill Blvd.
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Fax: (626) 815-4545 • (626) 815-4571
Admission deadlines for all MSN programs: September 15 for the spring semester, January 15 for the summer semester, and May 15 for the fall semester.
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.
At the beginning of clinical coursework, graduate students are required to provide documentation concerning certifications, results of screening tests, and immunizations. Please refer to the Student Handbook and specific program manuals/course syllabi for details.