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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.

Students must first apply and be admitted to graduate status at the university before being considered for admission to the School of Nursing graduate programs, including ELM and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

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.

  • Official, sealed transcripts with the posted degree from the school where you received a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts (must come from a regionally accredited school) and any schools where you completed coursework contributing to your bachelor’s degree
    • Any applicant submitting international (non-U.S.) transcripts must submit both an official, comprehensive transcript evaluation report from one of APU’s approved agencies (list is available from Graduate and Professional Admissions) and a copy of the international transcripts themselves (translated into English, if necessary).
  • 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (Candidates with a GPA of 2.7–2.99 may be considered for provisional admission. A master’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 may also be considered for admission if the applicant’s undergraduate cumulative GPA is 2.7–2.99).
  • A Graduate Application for Admission
    (Apply Online | Download PDF)
  • $45 application fee (Fee may be paid online, by a check made out to Azusa Pacific University, or by calling the Graduate and Professional Center cashier at (626) 815-4559.)
  • Three APU recommendation forms (PDF) (two from work or school and one personal [no relatives]). The provided APU forms must be used.
  • Written statement of educational and professional goals, also known as a Letter to the Dean (This essay should be one to two pages in length.)
  • Official transcripts showing completion of prerequisite courses (in expected semester units):
    • Sciences: human anatomy and lab (4 units), human physiology and lab (4 units), biochemistry (1 unit), organic chemistry and lab (3 units), general microbiology and lab (4 units) (Biochemistry and organic chemistry may be combined in one 4-unit class.) Human Physiology is the only science course that must have been taken within the last five years.
    • Nonsciences: communication skills—verbal (3 units) and written (3 units), general psychology (3 units), human growth and development (lifespan) (3 units), statistics (3 units), and a research methods course in any behavioral science field (3 units)
    • Note: Prior to applying, applicants must have completed 12 units of the science prerequisites with a 3.0 (B) average, and 12 units of the nonscience prerequisites. It is your responsibility to ensure that transcripts showing completion of these prerequisites are included at the time of submission of your other application materials. Your file will be considered ineligible for admission if these transcripts are not included. Prerequisite grades of a C- or below will not be accepted.
    • If you have questions regarding specific prerequisite courses, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Résumé or statement of experience
  • An interview/pre-admission advising session is required (see "Deadlines" below).
  • Any applicant who is a U.S. permanent resident also needs to submit a photocopy of his or her green card. If you have applied for a green card but have not yet received it, you will need to apply through our International Center. Please see “Admission Requirements—International Applicants” below.

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

Deadlines: Application and Interview

All qualified applicants must complete an interview for the direct entry nursing program. Once the Graduate and Professional Center has received the application materials required above, they forward your file to the School of Nursing. A nursing representative will then contact you to set up the advising session before or after the posted deadline depending on your application submission date.

We highly recommend early application because we cannot guarantee an interview/advising session if we receive a high volume of applications near the deadline. Note that all deadlines refer to the date Graduate and Professional Admissions receives your complete application package. This is not a postmark deadline.

Desired Starting Term Application Deadline (previous year)
Fall Semester (September) November 1
Spring Semester (January) March 1
Summer Semester (May) July 1

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.

Additional Requirements

At the beginning of clinical coursework, including health assessment labs, the student is required to provide documentation concerning CPR certification, malpractice insurance, TB screening, and immunizations appropriate to the clinical setting.

The student’s health status must permit him/her to safely undertake and complete clinical experience required for the entry level nursing degree.

As a fully prepared health professional, the student is expected to take responsibility for self-evaluation of her/his own health status, including an assessment of the safety and appropriateness of practice in the clinical context, both for the student and the patient. An individual faculty member may require documentation of the student’s health status.

In light of recent statements from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and contracted facilities, the School of Nursing now requires that all undergraduate and graduate students undergo a background check prior to their involvement at clinical sites. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the student.

Note: International students are required to pay the additional fee based upon the actual costs of background checks for their country.

All students are expected to read, understand, and adhere to the policies and requirements articulated in the Second Degree and MSN Handbook.

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.