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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.

Admission decisions to the Doctor of Ministry program are based initially on three primary criteria: Prerequisite theological education, practical ministry leadership experience, and demonstrated academic aptitude for advanced studies at the doctoral level.

  1. A completed application for graduate admission (available from the Graduate and Professional Center, the Office of Doctor of Ministry, or online at

    Please use one of the following program codes when applying:

    • DTHM01 (D.Min.)
    • DTHM02 (Korean)
  2. An M.Div. from an ATS-accredited school or its educational equivalent, achieved with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and verified by the submission of an official transcript. (Educational equivalent is evidenced by at least 72 semester units of theological study, inclusive of a master’s degree and broad-based work in theology, biblical studies, and the arts of ministry. For more information on equivalency, contact Azusa Pacific Seminary.)
  3. Transcripts from all institutions leading to, and awarding, the applicant’s baccalaureate degree and all post-baccalaureate study
  4. Evidence of active practice in ministry leadership for at least three years after completion of the first theological degree and current involvement in ministry leadership. This must include a written letter of support for doctoral studies from the applicant’s current ministry assignment.
  5. A 1,500-word written statement that addresses ministerial and educational goals; personal, spiritual, and leadership journey; and recent theological reading. Please contact the Office of the Doctor of Ministry for details on completing this admission requirement.
  6. Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s personal character, academic ability, and ministerial skills. Forms are included with application materials.
  7. A current résumé
  8. A personal interview with the program director may be required.
  9. Applicants planning to study in English, and for whom English is a second language, must demonstrate language aptitude for advanced studies at the doctoral level by the following minimum international iBT (internet-based TOEFL) scores:
    • Reading: 25
    • Speaking: 25
    • Writing: 25
    • Listening: 25

    Students who have completed at least 48 units in an accredited English-speaking program just prior to application may be admitted without the TOEFL.
  10. Nonrefundable $45 application fee.

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

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 above
    International applicants must fulfill the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements specified above in addition to meeting the following criteria.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English
    Applicants should refer to APU’s English Proficiency Requirements to learn more.

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 international applicant transcript policy.
  • 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). For more information, read our English Proficiency Requirements for Graduate and Doctoral Programs.
  • 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).

Submit all materials to:

International Center
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Fax: +1-626-815-3801
Email IC

What to Expect

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

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.