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.
Applicants must possess:
- Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university
- Minimum 3.3 GPA on a 4-point scale
- Potential as a scholar. An assessment of students‘ total qualifications—the rigor of their undergraduate studies, academic performance, extensive work experience, and personal references—is made.
Applicants must submit:
- Graduate application for admission
- $45 nonrefundable application fee
Official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant’s bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and all post-baccalaureate study
An official transcript is one that Azusa Pacific University receives unopened in an envelope sealed by the former institution and that bears the official seal of the college or university. A cumulative minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average on the posted degree is required for regular admission status. Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals with a lower GPA if competency can be shown through multiple measures.
- Letter to the dean describing educational and professional goals
- Résumé of work experience
- Three letters of recommendation
- GMAT or GRE scores (waived for students with 3.3 GPA or higher)
Request scores from either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) be sent to APU. Scores must be five years old or less.
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What to Expect
After all admission materials have been received by the Graduate and Professional Center, the faculty or department chair reviews the applicant’s file. The applicant is notified in writing of the admission decision.
It is recommended that applications be submitted two months prior to the start of classes for the desired semester to allow for processing.
Admission is based on a review of each applicant’s academic achievements, GMAT score, work experience, personal statement, and references. While the entirety of an applicant’s package is considered, accepted applicants generally fit into one of the following categories:
Regular Program Acceptance – Students admitted to the program in this group typically have undergraduate degrees in accounting or the equivalent or the dean’s approval, along with GPAs of 3.3 or higher and GMAT scores of 550 or higher. Most students are admitted under this category. The GMAT requirement may be waived for applicants with outstanding academic performance, at the program chair’s discretion.
Conditional Program Acceptance – Students admitted to the program provisionally typically have undergraduate GPAs between 3.0 and 3.29 or GMAT scores between 500 and 549. Only a limited number of applicants in this group are accepted into the program. If admitted, provisional students must maintain a 3.0 or higher overall GPA in the first 12 units of coursework with no course grade below a B-.