Admission

Application Deadlines

  • Priority application deadline: March 30
  • General application deadline: July 30

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. (Applicants with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 may be considered for provisional admission.)
  • Potential as a scholar
    Academic capacity and personal maturity for graduate study as demonstrated through GPA, references, and the applicant’s spiritual autobiography (see below).
  • Sufficient English written and oral ability
    For native speakers of languages other than English, this requirement is fulfilled by providing evidence of English proficiency (see below).
  • Sufficient oral proficiency in the field language
    Evidence of sufficient oral proficiency in the field language (e.g., Tamil, Tagalog) to interact with community members through fieldwork and professional service activities (Students fulfill this final admissions requirement at their field site after three-four months of intensive language study and practice and passing an ACTFL proficiency exam in the local language at the high beginning level.)

Applicants must submit:

  • A Graduate Application (Apply Online | Download PDF)
    Use the following program code when applying: MTUL01
  • A $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • MATUL Spiritual Autobiography (PDF)
    Submit a written statement addressing the questions listed on the form.
  • MATUL Urban Ministry Experience (PDF)
    Submit a written statement addressing the questions on the MATUL Urban Ministry Experience form.
  • MATUL Recommendation Form (PDF)
    One recommendation must be an academic reference (e.g., a professor or teacher acquainted with the applicant's academic work) and the other a pastoral reference.
  • 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.
  • Evidence of English proficiency (nonnative speakers only)
    For native speakers of languages other than English, this requirement is fulfilled either by submitting:
    1. A test score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the past five years (with a minimum score of 587 on the paper test, 240 on the computer test, or 94 on the Internet-based test) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Format taken within the past five years (with a minimum score of 6.0)
      – OR –
    2. A university transcript that demonstrates successful study at an English-medium university for at least four years prior to applying to APU.

All materials should be sent to:
Graduate and Professional Center: Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Fax: (626) 815-4545
gpc@apu.edu

What to Expect

Once all admission materials have been received by the appropriate office, the Graduate Admissions and TESOL 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 $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.