Students are admitted to and can start the MBA degree program in any of the six sessions during the school year. The application deadline is approximately three weeks before the start of any session.

GMAT Scores and Waiver Eligibility

Admission is based on a review of each applicant’s academic achievements, GMAT score (if applicable), work experience, and personal statement by the Graduate Business Admissions Committee. While the entirety of an applicant’s credentials are considered, applicants generally fit into one of the following categories:

  • Acceptance with GMAT waived: Students admitted to the program in this group must have undergraduate GPAs of 3.25 or higher, or have completed a master's degree, and demonstrate the motivation and capacity to succeed in graduate-level coursework. GMAT scores are waived for these applicants.
  • Acceptance with GMAT required: Students admitted to the program conditionally have undergraduate GPAs of 2.5 to 3.24. GMAT scores are required for these applicants. Students in this group should take special care in writing their application essay.
  • Conditional Program Acceptance: Students who are accepted into the program but have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5-2.99 will be admitted to the program conditionally. A limited number of applicants from this group are accepted into the program, and they should take special care in writing their personal statement. If admitted, conditional students must maintain a 3.0 or higher overall GPA in the first 12 units of coursework, with no course grade below a B-.

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:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4-point scale.
  • Potential for success in graduate business studies. 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 postbaccalaureate 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.

  • Application essay of 1-2 pages describing educational and professional goals
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae of work experience
  • GMAT score
    • Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher will be considered for admission without submission of a GMAT score.
    • Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 will not be accepted into the program.
    • Students with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 to 3.24 will be required to submit GMAT scores, and admission will be based on achieving a 1050 or higher on an index computed by (Undergraduate GPA * 200) + GMAT score.
    • While the GMAT is preferred, GRE scores will be accepted and will be converted to a GMAT equivalent score for use in computing the index. Decision on admittance made by the Graduate Business Admissions Committee. Request that GMAT scores be sent to APU (scores must be five years old or less).

Send official transcripts to:

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

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.

Admission Requirements—International Applicants

Azusa Pacific University is authorized under federal law by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services 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 above.

International applicants must also:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in English through a placement test with the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI), or through a TOEFL/IELTS score that meets program-specific requirements. Refer to APU’s English proficiency requirements to learn more. Request that official test scores be sent to APU. All other forms of proof indicated in the English proficiency requirements must be submitted directly to the International Center. Applicants applying for conditional admission through the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) must apply to both ALCI and the academic program. Read about ALCI admission requirements.
  • Provide an Graduate Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF) and a bank statement from within the last six months proving financial ability to pay for education costs through personal, family, or sponsor resources.
  • Submit a copy of a valid passport showing biographical data, including your name, country of citizenship, date of birth, and other legal information.

International applicants send official transcripts to:

International Center
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

What to Expect

After the International Center receives all transcripts, a committee of department faculty reviews the applicant’s file. The applicant is then notified of the committee’s decision within approximately four weeks.

Note: This information is current for the 2021-22 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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