Frequently Asked Questions
General Program Questions
Do you have job placement programs for graduates?
Our on-campus Center for Career and Community-Engaged Learning in Azusa helps current students and alumni find jobs, obtain interviews, write résumés, etc. The center also hosts events throughout the year to help students and employers connect.
Our academic departments are also available to help students with their job search efforts. Because of APU’s low student-to-faculty ratio, students are able to build mentoring relationships with faculty who have cultivated professional networks and contacts at local organizations.
Are Bible classes required for graduate students?
No. Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian community of disciples and scholars who seek to advance the work of God in the world through academic excellence in liberal arts and professional programs of higher education that encourage students to develop a Christian perspective of truth and life. As such, a Christian worldview is incorporated into each class within the graduate program, but graduate students are not required to take Bible classes in addition to the required classes for a program.
I am interested in applying to the university. What does the application for admission entail and how would I apply?
You can apply to the university’s programs online, selecting from our traditional undergraduate, graduate, professional, or international student programs.
How soon can I start?
The application process should begin as soon as possible. Because one can encounter unanticipated obstacles, it is recommended to start your application at least six weeks prior to the beginning of a term to ensure that all the pieces can be processed. If you have questions regarding this matter, please contact the regional campus you wish to attend.
How much is tuition for an APU program?
The total cost of attendance for one year depends on the program. Learn more about general tuition and fees for graduate and professional degrees, not including any scholarships or financial aid.
You may also learn more about financial aid.
I am interested in applying for financial aid. What programs offer financial aid?
Students are able to obtain financial aid in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. In order to serve the large number of students who need financial assistance, the university coordinates various elements of each student’s financial aid program. This “packaging” approach may include assistance from two or more financial aid sources. The university’s goal is to award all applicants the maximum scholarship, grant, and loan dollars for which they qualify, given restrictions on the availability of funds, institutional policies, and federal guidelines.
Types of financial aid for students include the Federal Stafford Loan, Cal Grants, graduate fellowships, and other alternative loans. Other loans and grants may be available in certain programs. Contact the Student Services Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 815-2020) to work with a Student Account Specialist. For more information visit Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services.
When do I have to start paying back the loan?
Repayment of loans begins six months after dropping below half time, withdrawing from school, or finishing the program. Loans can be deferred as long as you are enrolled half time or more in school.
Do I only borrow once for the whole program?
You may borrow in every aid year in which you are eligible.
Visit the FAFSA website to read about the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
How is APU ranked compared to other colleges and universities?
APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report and as one of the Best in the West by The Princeton Review.
Is your school affiliated with a church or denomination?
Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical, Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. As part of that commitment, APU maintains strong ties with the Brethren in Christ Church; the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana); the Free Methodist Church; the Missionary Church; the Friends Church; the Wesleyan Church; and The Salvation Army.
Faculty, staff, and students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and a number of different denominations, and we accept students of all denominations, as the university is interdenominational while remaining rooted in our Wesleyan Holiness heritage.
What are APU’s accreditations?
APU’s accreditations include:
- WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)—Accrediting body for colleges and universities that prepare teachers and other professional personnel for work in elementary and secondary schools.
- California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
- Association of Theological Schools (ATS)—Our graduate theology programs are accredited under ATS.
View a complete list of APU’s accreditations and memberships.