Admission

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. Note: A limited number of students who do not have bachelor’s degrees but have extensive ministerial experience, may be considered for admission. For a description of the standards governing this exception, please contact the dean of the School of Theology. Students admitted under this exception must obtain a B or better in their first 12 units of coursework.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
    A 3.0 baccalaureate or master’s grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. (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)

    Please use one of the following program codes when applying:

    • THPS04 (Spanish)
    • THPS05 (Korean)
    • THPS06 (Church Leadership and Development Concentration)
    • THPS07 (Urban Studies Concentration)
    • THPS08 (Worship Leadership Concentration)
    • THPS10 (Youth and Family Ministry Concentration)
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts (Download PDF)
    Request that official transcripts be sent to APU’s Graduate and Professional 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 (Download PDF)
    Submit a 500-word written statement addressing ministerial and educational goals and your personal spiritual and leadership journey.
  • A résumé or statement of experience (Download PDF)
  • Three letters of recommendation (Download PDF)

Submit all materials to:

Graduate and Professional Center: Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Fax: (626) 815-4545 • (626) 815-4571
gpc@apu.edu

What to Expect

After the information has been reviewed by the Admissions Committee, the candidate is notified of the committee’s decision. An academic counseling appointment with Azusa Pacific Seminary faculty is required prior to registration for classes.

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 $45 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee
  • 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 requirements for international applicants.
  • 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).
  • 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:

International Center
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
USA
+1-626-812-3055
Fax: +1-626-815-3801
Email IC

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.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.