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Admissions Requirements

If you’re considering taking classes with us at University of Phoenix, please take a moment and glance through the admissions requirements listed below. Requirements may vary by college and degree level. Though requirements will differ, there are certain requirements necessary for all students to complete prior to enrollment. For single courses, undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs, additional requirements may be needed. Please read through the requirements carefully when making decisions about enrollment – to be sure all necessary requirements are completed for your desired program or course.

At University of Phoenix, you will find resources that will help you get started with admissions. Speaking to an enrollment representative will help you through the admissions process as they will be able to answer questions and point you in the direction of your desired experience. Our team of enrollment representatives are available to walk through the entire application process with you, such as clarifying admissions requirements, transferring coursework and explaining the financial commitment.

A strong support system can make all the difference. We offer support before you enroll in classes until graduation and beyond. From the day you start, Enrollment, Finance and Academic representatives will help with everything from understanding your student loans to staying on track to graduate.

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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:

  1. Massachusetts and New Jersey must provide health insurance information.
  2. Oklahoma, Hawaii, Connecticut and Tennessee must submit immunization documentation if enrolling in a campus-based program.
  3. Puerto Rico must meet English Language Proficiency requirements if enrolling in a campus-based program.
  4. 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.

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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 doctoral degree program, you must:

Have a graduate degree from a regionally or an approved nationally accredited — or candidate for accreditation — college or university or equivalent graduate degree earned at a recognized foreign institution. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on graduate degree posted transcripts.

Have a record of current or past employment in a supervisory 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:

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.

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.

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.

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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.