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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. (Applicants for the TESOL programs are not required to have undergraduate majors in fields such as English, linguistics, or education; however a strong background in one of these is recommended.)
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
    A 3.0 baccalaureate or master’s grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale is required. [Applicants with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 may be considered for provisional admission.]
  • A TOEFL score of 600 or above (nonnative speakers only)
    Nonnative speakers of English must score 600 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), at least 250 on the computer-based TOEFL or 100 on the IBT, and must pass a test of written English. Applicants who score between 550 and 600 (213-249 on the computer-based TOEFL; 79-99 on the IBT) may be granted conditional admission, but will be required to complete TESL 500 English for Internationals (3 units) during their first semester of graduate work.

Applicants must submit:

  • A Graduate Application (Apply Online | Download PDF)
  • $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. Learn more about APU’s domestic applicant transcript policy.
  • A statement of purpose
    Submit a written statement describing educational and professional goals, including reasons for studying TESOL at APU.
  • A résumé or statement of experience (Download PDF)
  • Three letters of recommendation (Download PDF)
    At least one recommendation should be from a professor or teacher acquainted with the applicant’s academic work.
  • TOEFL scores (nonnative speakers only)
    For nonnative speakers of English: Request official TOEFL scores to be sent directly to Azusa Pacific University

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
gpadmissions@apu.edu

What to Expect

Once all admission materials have been received by the appropriate office, Graduate and Professional 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
    Proficiency is evidenced by a TOEFL/IELTS score that meets program-specific requirements. 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 Culture 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 American Language and Culture Institute (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).

Send 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
international@apu.edu

What to Expect

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

Additional Requirements

  • Applicants to the field-based program must submit formal approval from a sending agency or a contract with an educational institution overseas acknowledging the applicant’s participation in the program.
  • Prior to graduation, native speakers of English must verify completion within the last 10 years of a minimum of 6 semester units of college-level foreign language with at least a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent. Options to satisfy the foreign language requirement include formal coursework and community language learning. Students may also establish proficiency via an exam.
  • All students graduating from non-English speaking institutions must satisfy university English Proficiency Requirements. In addition, the following scores on the Internet-based TOEFL are required for admission to the online or field-based TESOL programs:
Reading: 25
Speaking: 25
Writing: 25
Listening: 25

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the prerequisites for the program?
No prerequisite courses must be completed, but courses in English and linguistics are recommended. Before graduating, however, you will need to have completed the equivalent of six semester units of college-level foreign language with a grade of B or better. This requirement may be satisfied by language courses taken within 10 years prior to beginning your program at APU.

What is the language requirement for international students?
Nonnative speakers of English must score 600 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or at least 250 on the computer-based TOEFL or 150 on the IBT, and must also pass a test of written English. Applicants who score between 550 and 600 (213-249 on the computer-based TOEFL; 79-99 on the IBT) may be admitted as conditional students, but they will be required to enroll in TESL 500 English for Internationals during their first term of graduate work.

Is the GRE required or recommended for admission?
No.

What are the application deadlines?
We have rolling admissions, but you should allow at least one month for your application to be processed from the time that all materials are received, including three recommendations. All materials should be received by the end of July for fall admission and by the end of December for spring admission. International applicants should contact the International Center for current deadlines.

Does APU help place applicants to the field-based program in universities overseas and assist them in obtaining visas?
No. APU handles only the academic program. It is suggested that teachers who have not taught abroad before consider going through a sending agency.

What if teachers have not completed the foreign language requirement?
Teachers who have not met the foreign language requirement can complete an equivalency option in which they engage in foreign language tutorials, formal classroom instruction, or some kind of intentional, community-based language learning. Teachers demonstrate equivalency by passing an oral proficiency interview or by documenting the equivalent of six semester units, which would be 240 hours of instruction, including out-of-class work.

How often do I need to be online for the online program?
You must be online sufficiently throughout each week to participate in threaded discussions and to complete all assignments by their designated deadlines. However, there is no prescribed amount of time that you will be required to be online because assignments and their deadlines will vary with each course.

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.