Admissions Requirements

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To enter an associate or bachelor’s degree program, you must: 

  • Have earned an acceptable high school diploma, GED® equivalent, California High School Proficiency Examination certificate or foreign secondary school equivalent. If you currently don’t meet this requirement, you can arrange to take the GED through your state’s GED administrator’s office or search for the nearest GED testing center.
  • Be at least 16 years of age at the time of application if applying to an associate degree program.
  • Meet work experience requirements or have access to an organizational environment, depending on your selected degree program, in order to successfully complete program objectives and apply concepts you learn in our courses. Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn if your program has such a requirement.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or hold an approved, valid visa if residing in the United States.
  • Not have been expelled from a previous institution.
  • Complete all required forms for admission as well as submit official test scores and official transcripts from all colleges and universities you’ve attended.

State/territory-specific requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements above, residents of:

  • Massachusetts and New Jersey must provide health insurance information.
  • Oklahoma, Hawaii, Connecticut and Tennessee must submit immunization documentation if enrolling in a campus-based program.
  • Puerto Rico must meet English Language Proficiency requirements if enrolling in a campus-based program.
  • Tennessee, Nevada and South Carolina must submit high school graduation documentation.

International applicants

Applicants without appropriate previous academic experience in an English language environment must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®), the Test of English as an International Communication (TOEIC®), the Berlitz® Online Proficiency Test, the Pearson Test of English Academic or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS®). Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn more about this requirement if you are a non-native speaker of English.

Transfer credit

As part of your admission, and depending on your grades and/or scores, prior coursework from regionally accredited or nationally accredited degree-granting institutions, or the credit earned through a national testing program such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)®, DANTES or Advanced Placement, may be evaluated and considered for academic credit. If you have had professional training or served in the military, you may be able to convert your training into academic credits.

GED is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education.
TOEFL and TOEIC are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS). This website is not endorsed or approved by ETS.
Berlitz is a registered trademark of Berlitz Investment Corp.
IELTS is a registered trademark of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate on behalf of the chancellor, masters and scholars of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
CLEP is a registered trademark of College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this website.

To enter the Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, you must:

  • Have earned an acceptable high school diploma, GED® equivalent, California High School Proficiency Examination certificate or foreign secondary school equivalent. If you currently don’t meet this requirement, you can arrange to take the GED through your state’s GED administrator’s office or search for the nearest GED testing center.
  • Have completed an LPN or LVN nursing program.
  • Have a valid, unrestricted, unencumbered LPN or LVN license from the United States in all states in which you hold an active license.
  • Provide an official copy of the TEAS V (Test of Essential Academic Skills) assessment, reflecting a proficient level of achievement for the overall score and in Science on the same exam. Acceptable assessment results will have been earned within one year from enrollment agreement sign date and meet the following criteria:
    • A score of 45.8 for Science
    • An overall score of 58.7
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or hold an approved, valid visa if residing in the United States.
  • Not have been expelled from a previous institution.
  • Have a signed Criminal Background Check Disclosure.
  • Complete all required forms for admission as well as submit official test scores and official transcripts from all colleges and universities you’ve attended.

State/territory-specific requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements above, residents of:

  • Hawaii must submit immunization documentation if enrolling in a campus-based program.
  • California can review how University of Phoenix students have performed on the NCLEX-RN® exam at the California Board of Registered Nursing’s pass rates page.

International applicants

Applicants without appropriate previous academic experience in an English language environment must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®), the Test of English as an International Communication (TOEIC®), the Berlitz® Online Proficiency Test, the Pearson Test of English Academic or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS®). Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn more about this requirement if you are a non-native speaker of English.

Transfer credit

As part of your admission, and depending on your grades and/or scores, prior coursework from regionally accredited or nationally accredited degree-granting institutions, or the credit earned through a national testing program such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)®, DANTES or Advanced Placement, may be evaluated and considered for academic credit. If you have had professional training or served in the military, you may be able to convert your training into academic credits.

GED is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education.
NCLEX-RN is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc.
TOEFL and TOEIC are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS). This website is not endorsed or approved by ETS.
Berlitz is a registered trademark of Berlitz Investment Corp.
IELTS is a registered trademark of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate on behalf of the chancellor, masters and scholars of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
CLEP is a registered trademark of College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this website.

To enter the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, you must:

  • Have earned an acceptable high school diploma, GED® equivalent, California High School Proficiency Examination certificate or foreign secondary school equivalent. If you currently don’t meet this requirement, you can arrange to take the GED through your state’s GED administrator’s office or search for the nearest GED testing center.
  • Have earned an associate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or earned a nursing diploma from a recognized school in the United States.
  • Have a valid, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license from the United States in all states in which you hold an active license.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or hold an approved, valid visa if residing in the United States.
  • Not have been expelled from a previous institution.
  • Complete all required forms for admission and submit official test scores and official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.

State/territory-specific requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements above:

  • Residents of Oklahoma, Hawaii, Connecticut and Tennessee must submit immunization documentation if enrolling in a campus-based program.
  • Residents of Tennessee, Nevada and South Carolina must submit high school graduation documentation.
  • Applicants from the territories of Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands must also hold an RN license obtained by taking the NCLEX-RN® exam.
  • Applicants with a nursing license from Puerto Rico must obtain a U.S. license for admission.

International applicants

  • Applicants without appropriate previous academic experience in an English language environment must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®), the Test of English as an International Communication (TOEIC®), the Berlitz® Online Proficiency Test, the Pearson Test of English Academic or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS®). Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn more about this requirement if you are a non-native speaker of English.
  • Applicants with foreign nursing credentials must have an associate degree in nursing or a post-secondary diploma in nursing, or earned a foreign equivalent at a recognized foreign institution

Transfer credit

As part of your admission, and depending on your grades and/or scores, prior coursework from regionally accredited or nationally accredited degree-granting institutions, or the credit earned through a national testing program such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)®, DANTES or Advanced Placement, may be evaluated and considered for academic credit. If you have had professional training or served in the military, you may be able to convert your training into academic credits.

GED is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education.
NCLEX-RN is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc.
TOEFL and TOEIC are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS). This website is not endorsed or approved by ETS.
Berlitz is a registered trademark of Berlitz Investment Corp.
IELTS is a registered trademark of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate on behalf of the chancellor, masters and scholars of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
CLEP is a registered trademark of College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this website.

To enter a graduate degree program, you must:

  • Have an undergraduate degree from an approved, regionally accredited or nationally accredited college or university, or hold a comparable degree from a recognized institution outside the United States.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) as shown on the undergraduate degree posted transcript.
  • Meet work experience requirements or have access to an organizational environment, depending on your selected degree program, in order to successfully complete program objectives and apply concepts you learn in our courses. Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn if your program has such a requirement.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or hold an approved, valid visa if residing in the United States.
  • Not have been expelled from a previous institution.
  • Complete all required forms for admission and submit an official undergraduate degree posted transcript.

State/territory-specific requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements above, residents of:

  • Massachusetts and New Jersey must provide health insurance information.
  • Oklahoma, Hawaii, Connecticut and Tennessee must submit immunization documentation if enrolling in a campus-based program.
  • Puerto Rico must meet English Language Proficiency requirements if enrolling in a campus-based program.

International Applicants

  • Applicants without appropriate previous academic experience in an English language environment must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®), the Test of English as an International Communication (TOEIC®), the Berlitz® Online Proficiency Test, the Pearson Test of English Academic or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS®). Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn more about this requirement if you are a non-native speaker of English.

TOEFL is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Services. Berlitz is a registered trademark of Berlitz International Inc.
Berlitz is a registered trademark of Berlitz Investment Corp.
IELTS is a registered trademark of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate on behalf of the chancellor, masters and scholars of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

To enter a Master of Arts in Education program, you must:

  • Have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or have a comparable degree from a recognized institution outside the United States, and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) as shown on the undergraduate degree posted transcript. The Master of Arts in Education/Adult Education and Training program will accept an undergraduate degree from a nationally accredited college or university.
  • Provide verification of a minimum of three years of significant full-time, post-high school work experience. The Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision program requires that work experience includes 18 months of instructional experience in a P–12 setting. (California residents require three years of instructional experience plus a current California credential). Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn more about this requirement and any specific work experience requirements that may pertain to your state of residence.
  • Be currently employed. If you are not currently employed, you must have access to an organizational environment that allows you to apply the concepts you learn in our courses.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or hold an approved, valid visa, as all applicants to Master of Arts in Education programs must reside in the United States.
  • Not have been expelled from a previous institution.
  • Complete all required forms for admission and submit an official undergraduate degree posted transcript.

State/territory-specific requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements above, residents of:

  • Massachusetts and New Jersey must provide health insurance information.
  • Oklahoma, Hawaii, Connecticut and Tennessee must submit immunization documentation if enrolling in a campus-based program.
  • Puerto Rico must meet English Language Proficiency requirements if enrolling in a campus-based program.
  • Idaho, Indiana, Nevada, Utah and Tennessee may need to meet specific content or subject-area requirements for the selected degree program. Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn if your program has such requirements.

International applicants

  • Applicants without appropriate previous academic experience in an English language environment must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®), the Test of English as an International Communication (TOEIC®), the Berlitz® Online Proficiency Test, the Pearson Test of English Academic or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS®). Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn more about this requirement if you are a non-native speaker of English.
  • Applicants using international academic credentials entering a Master of Arts in Education degree program that leads to certification must use an approved foreign credential evaluation service. Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn more about this requirement.

TOEFL and TOEIC are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS).
This website is not endorsed or approved by ETS.
Berlitz is a registered trademark of Berlitz Investment Corp.
IELTS is a registered trademark of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate on behalf of the chancellor, masters and scholars of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom

To enter a Master of Science in Nursing degree program, you must:

  • Have earned an undergraduate degree in a nursing program with an upper-division major in nursing from a regionally accredited or approved nationally accredited college or university, or have earned a comparable degree from a recognized institution outside the United States. Nurses who hold baccalaureate degrees in non-nursing programs from a regionally accredited or approved, nationally accredited college or university must successfully complete the University of Phoenix Nursing Bridge Program. This program enables nurses with baccalaureate degrees in areas other than nursing to complete three courses at the BSN level and then move directly into the MSN curriculum.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) as shown on the undergraduate degree posted transcript.
  • Have a valid, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license from the United States in all states in which you hold an active license.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or hold an approved, valid visa if residing in the United States.
  • Not have been expelled from a previous institution.
  • Complete all required forms for admission and submit an official undergraduate degree posted transcript.

Additional admission requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program:

  • Completion of all requirements for the signature of the FNP program manager on the program eligibility form.
  • A 3.0 GPA.
  • Verification of a minimum of three years of significant full-time, post-high school work experience within the past 10 years, of which two years must be as a practicing RN and one year must be of other health care experience.

State/territory-specific requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements above,

  • Residents of Oklahoma, Hawaii, Connecticut and Tennessee must submit immunization documentation if enrolling in a campus-based program.
  • Residents of Oregon must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA on their degree posted transcript.
  • Applicants from the territories of Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands must also hold an RN license obtained by taking the NCLEX-RN® exam.
  • Applicants with a nursing license from Puerto Rico must obtain a U.S. license for admission.

International applicants

  • Applicants without appropriate previous academic experience in an English language environment must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®), the Test of English as an International Communication (TOEIC®), the Berlitz® Online Proficiency Test, the Pearson Test of English Academic or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS®). Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn more about this requirement if you are a non-native speaker of English.

NCLEX-RN is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc.
TOEFL and TOEIC are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS). This website is not endorsed or approved by ETS.
Berlitz is a registered trademark of Berlitz Investment Corp.
IELTS is a registered trademark of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate on behalf of the chancellor, masters and scholars of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

To enter a doctoral degree program, you must:

  • Have a master’s degree from an approved college or university that’s regionally or nationally accredited, or a comparable degree from a recognized institution outside the United States.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on graduate degree posted transcripts.
  • Have an official transcript listing a minimum of three credits in research methods, statistics or scientific reasoning with a grade of C or better. This requirement and the level at which these credits must have been completed may vary by program. Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn more about this requirement and if it applies to the program you are interested in.
  • Have professional work experience in a leadership or management position. Certain doctoral degree programs may have program-specific work experience requirements. Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn more about program-specific work experience requirements.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or hold an approved, valid visa if residing in the United States.
  • Have access to a research library.
  • Have a signed University hardware/software agreement.
  • Not have been expelled from a previous institution.
  • Complete all required forms for admission and submit an official graduate degree posted transcript.

International applicants:

English proficiency requirements

Applicants without appropriate previous academic experience in an English language environment must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®), the Test of English as an International Communication (TOEIC®), the Berlitz® Online Proficiency Test, the Pearson Test of English Academic or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS®). Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn more about this requirement if you are a non-native speaker of English.

 

Travel requirements for residencies

An integral component of our doctoral programs involves residencies, the physical attendance in a classroom environment at key points in each program. These residencies support the dissertation process, encourage professional networking and aid in aligning academic interests.

Doctoral residencies for international students are usually conducted at the Phoenix Main Campus in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

What you need to know:

  1. Doctoral degree coursework is conducted online with an annual residency requirement that varies in length from three to eight days. International students are expected to travel to Phoenix a total of 10 to 16 days over the duration of their programs, depending on the degree.

  2. Students admitted to the U.S. in F-1 visa status are monitored by the University, through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a government database. SEVIS is designed to accommodate traditional academic institutions. Due to the nontraditional format of the University of Phoenix doctoral residency requirements, however, the University is authorized to issue an I-20 that is only valid for the duration of each residency at the Phoenix Main Campus. International students admitted to a doctoral program cannot remain in the United States between residencies under the I-20 and/or F-1 status.

  3. Under the advisement of the Department of Homeland Security, University of Phoenix is required to issue a new I-20 and SEVIS ID number to international students for each residency course when travel to the U.S. is required. Students are therefore required to pay a SEVIS I-901 fee ($200 USD) in advance of each residency.

Special representatives are trained to assist our international doctoral students. Please contact a School of Advanced Studies Enrollment Representative for more information.

The following government resources also provide helpful information regarding processes and regulations relevant to F-1 visa holders:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
I-901/SEVIS fee payment and information Study in the States
Embassy locations
Student process information
Student visa information

University of Phoenix is authorized under Federal Law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

TOEFL and TOEIC are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS). This website is not endorsed or approved by ETS.

Berlitz is a registered trademark of Berlitz Investment Corp.

IELTS is a registered trademark of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate on behalf of the chancellor, masters and scholars of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

To enter the Doctor of Business Administration, you must:

  • Have a graduate degree in business, management or administration from an approved college or university that’s regionally or nationally accredited, or a comparable degree from a recognized institution outside the United States.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on graduate degree posted transcripts.
  • Have an official transcript listing a minimum of three graduate-level credits in research methods, statistics or scientific reasoning with a grade of C or better.
  • Have a record of current or past employment in a supervisory or management position. Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn more about program-specific work experience requirements.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or hold an approved, valid visa if residing in the United States.
  • Have access to a research library.
  • Have a signed University hardware/software agreement.
  • Not have been expelled from a previous institution.
  • Complete all required forms for admission and submit an official graduate degree posted transcript.

Students who do not have a graduate degree in business, management or administration may be admitted if they meet all requirements and have completed at least three credit hours in each of the following subjects from a regionally or approved nationally accredited — or candidate for accreditation — college or university, or equivalent recognized foreign institution:

  • Finance for Managerial Decision Making
  • Human Relations and Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategy Formulation and Implementation

International applicants

Applicants without appropriate previous academic experience in an English language environment must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®), the Test of English as an International Communication (TOEIC®), the Berlitz® Online Proficiency Test, the Pearson Test of English Academic or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS®). Please contact an Enrollment Representative to learn more about this requirement if you are a non-native speaker of English.

TOEFL and TOEIC are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS). This website is not endorsed or approved by ETS.
Berlitz is a registered trademark of Berlitz Investment Corp.
IELTS is a registered trademark of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate on behalf of the chancellor, masters and scholars of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

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Credits from previous education

If you have college credits from another institution, or work-related training, they may convert to credits for your University of Phoenix degree. Check the links below, or contact an Enrollment Representative for assistance.