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 music from an NASM-accredited university or conservatory by the date of entrance
- Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a GPA between 2.5–2.99 may be considered for provisional admission.
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.
- Résumé or statement of experience including academic experience and employment in the music field and professional organizations. Performance majors, please include a repertory list of major performance areas.
- Letter of intent (500-1,000 words) addressed to the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies that answers the following questions:
- Please share your interest in studying music as it relates to your emphasis (conducting, performance, composition, music education) at APU.
- What are your career goals, and how would this degree assist you?
- Share a significant experience with a work of music.
- What is your understanding on the relationship between music and religion?
- Two letters of recommendation: one from an academic and/or professional source, and one from a personal source (no family members).
Send official transcripts to:
Application is not complete without:
- Complete an entrance exam to qualify for admission. Contact Associate Graduate Chair Claire Fedoruk, DMA, at firstname.lastname@example.org for requirements.
- Schedule an audition for your area of performance (vocal, guitar, keyboard collaborative arts, percussion, piano, strings, winds/brass). View the audition requirements.
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 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 a 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:
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 two weeks.
Entering Fall 2018
Priority Deadline – March 30, 2018
Applications are reviewed as they are received and applicants are encouraged to apply by this date for the first priority for admission and scholarship opportunities.
Standard Deadline – June 1, 2018
Applications will be reviewed and considered for remaining scholarship funds available. Applications submitted after this date are welcome and reviewed for admission and scholarships as cohort space and scholarship funds permit.