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.

  • Graduate Application for Admission
    (Apply Online | Download PDF)
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee. View payment methods.
  • 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 3.5 (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 who do not meet the minimum GPA if competency can be shown through multiple measures.

  • A master's degree in education or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution and a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Three letters of recommendation (PDF) on APU forms, two completed by individuals who have supervised the applicant and all recommendations from persons who can attest to the applicant’s potential for doctoral study and leadership
  • Evidence of five years of relevant professional experience (PDF) (Applicants who lack appropriate experience but meet the other admissions criteria may still be considered for admission and, subsequently, complete experiences to broaden their base of practical experience.)
  • A current professional résumé
  • A statement of intent. This should be a double-spaced paper, five to seven pages in length, that details the applicant's (a) educational goals, (b) short- and long-term professional goals, (c) professional activities, (d) research interests to be pursued in the program, and (e) reasons for choosing APU’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
  • An academic writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to write cogently and use research and professional literature effectively in developing ideas and arguments (e.g., a master’s thesis, a scholarly article published in a journal, a comprehensive course paper, or a major district report)
  • Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken within the last five years should be sent directly from the testing agency to the Graduate and Professional Center. While an applicant’s entire application is considered as a whole, the following scores are typically predictive of success in the program:
    • GRE: 152 or higher on both verbal and quantitative reasoning, plus an analytical writing score of 4.5
    • MAT: 402 or higher
  • A valid California Certificate of Clearance (COC) or other appropriate California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) document
  • Succesful admissions interview
  • Other evidence of potential for leadership as the applicant desires

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.

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

Fax: +1-626-815-3801

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.

Application Deadlines

Completed applications with all supporting documentation must be received by one of the following deadlines for fall admission into the Doctor of Education program.

  • Priority deadline: May 1 (apply by this date to receive full consideration for scholarships)
  • Regular deadline: June 1


Upon invitation, doctoral applicants interview with at least two members of the doctoral faculty. The purpose of the interview is to meet the applicant, discuss educational and career goals, evaluate the match of the program to the applicant, and determine the applicant’s potential for success in the program.

Computer Requirement

Students must own or have ready access to a computer during their tenure in the program. The SPSS statistical software package is required of students in their research courses throughout the program. The University Bookstore makes arrangements to enable students to purchase computers and software at economical rates on convenient terms. Often, the required purchase of the laptop and software can be budgeted into student loans. For further information, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services in the Graduate and Professional Center at (626) 815-4570.

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.