Admission Requirements—Domestic Applicants

The university graduate and accounting degree program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

International students have a separate application procedure that precedes the standard admission process. View international requirements or contact the International Center at +1-626-812-3055 or by email.

Applicants must possess:

  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent
    A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A minimum 3.3 GPA
    A minimum grade-point average of 3.3 on a 4-point scale.
  • Potential as a scholar
    An assessment of student’s total qualifications — the rigor of their undergraduate studies, academic performance, extensive work experience, and personal references — is made.

Applicants must submit:

  • A Graduate Application for Admission
    (Apply Online | Download PDF)
  • A $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts
    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. Read more about APU’s domestic applicant transcript policy.
  • A letter to the dean
    Submit a typewritten letter to the dean describing educational and professional goals.
  • A résumé of work experience
  • Three letters of recommendation (Download PDF)
  • 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.

Send all materials to:

Graduate and Professional Center
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

(626) 815-4570
Fax: (626) 815-4545

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 student 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-.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.