Admission Requirements

The following criteria pertains to Main Campus programs as well as regional campuses and La Verne Online.

Admissions Policy

To pursue a graduate degree, a specialized credential, or a graduate certificate program at the University of La Verne, students must be formally admitted by the appropriate graduate department. Candidates are evaluated on the strength of their GPA, Statement of Purpose, letters of recommendation, resume (if required), and standardized test scores (where applicable). Additional materials may be required based on program; please contact your Associate Director of Admission for more information regarding additional requirements or review the program-specific requirements in our University’s Catalog.

General requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. (Doctoral programs may also require a master’s degree.) Students whose degrees were completed at foreign universities must submit notarized translations into English where appropriate. Such students may be required to have their degrees evaluated by a La Verne-approved evaluation service to determine equivalency to a bachelor’s degree from the United States. There is a fee for this service.
  2. A preferred GPA of 2.5 or above for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study, and a GPA of 3.0 for any graduate work.
  3. Letters of recommendation attesting to academic/professional competency.
  4. Demonstrated ability to write at an acceptable level for graduate study.
  5. Some programs prefer a higher GPA, the submission of standardized test scores, and other documentation to be eligible for admission. Please contact your Associate Director of Admission for more information regarding additional requirements or review the program-specific requirements in our University’s Catalog.

Application Materials

All application materials are processed by the Graduate Office or regional campus, as appropriate. All materials submitted become the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant, copied for another use, or forwarded to another institution. This is a listing of all general materials required; international students, please visit the International Admission Requirements page for a list of additional requirements. We highly recommend that you apply at least one month prior to the stated deadline; you may find this link to the Registrar’s calendar pages helpful in planning your application to our campus.

Before departments take any action regarding possible admission to a graduate program, the student must submit the following:

    1. Completed application with non-refundable application fee. Fees submitted from outside the United States must be in international money orders written in US dollars (please ensure the applicant’s name is included on the money order).
    2. Statement of Purpose: Provide approximately a 200 word essay outlining goals for graduate study.
    3. Transcripts: Official transcripts showing academic degrees and all coursework. All transcripts must be sent by the degree granting institution directly to La Verne. Students who earned degrees from institutions using a marks grading or testing system should obtain a course-by-course credential evaluation by an approved NACES institution. Applicants to Main Campus programs should have the transcripts sent “Attention: Graduate Admissions.” Applicants to regional campus programs will be provided with forms that indicate the proper return address.
    4. Letters of Recommendation: Two or three letters of recommendation are needed, as specified by the department. Upon admission to the University, all letters of recommendation are destroyed and are not a part of the student’s permanent record.
    5. Other documents: As required by specific departments. Please review the University Catalog for additional requirements.
    6. Language Proficiency: Applicants who have not completed their bachelor’s degree level education at a school in the USA, Australia, Canada (English provinces), New Zealand or the United Kingdom, must provide proof of English proficiency. Please visit the International Admission Requirements page for instructions on providing proof of English proficiency.

Note: These items are minimum admissions requirements only.

International Students

International students with F-1 or J-1 visas may apply to and attend only on Main Campus. To apply for admission, international applicants must submit all of the application materials listed on the International Admission Requirements page. It is also highly recommended that international students review the transcript guidelines on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

La Verne is authorized to issue an I-20 only after international applicants have been accepted for admission and have submitted the $200 non-refundable tuition deposit. Admitted students should follow the directions on their admission letter to remit the deposit. Within 5-7 days of submission, a notification will be sent to the Office of International Student Services (OISS) office. OISS will contact admitted international students directly with instructions on obtaining an I-20 to the University of La Verne. Please note that admitted students should report any change in contact information to the Office of Graduate Admission, but that the Office of Graduate Admission does not assist in the I-20 issuance process.

Credential Only Admission

Students seeking advanced credentials in the areas of Counseling, Preliminary Administrative Services, and Reading must follow the regular procedure for graduate admission. Students seeking the Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Special Education Credentials need to file an application through the Graduate Admissions Office or through the Regional Campus Administration.

Readmission Policy

Graduate students who have not been enrolled for two consecutive years or more must apply for readmission by submitting:

  1. A new application form and application fee.
  2. A statement that addresses the absence from the program and reasons for returning.
  3. Transcripts for course work completed since leaving La Verne and other documents as required by the department, if applicable.

Readmission will be based on current admissions policies, and the student will be required to meet current program requirements. Any coursework previously completed at La Verne that is more than four years old at the time of readmission will need to be reviewed for acceptance by the department and the Graduate Appeals Committee. Students who have been dismissed from La Verne for ethical or behavioral reasons will not be readmitted.

Transfer Credit

Students must request transfer credit for courses previously completed at another college or university at the time of application. Students receiving Veterans Administration (VA) funding are eligible to receive transfer credit for previously completed courses only if they make their request during the semester/term of their admission.

The following conditions must exist for transfer credit to be approved:

  1. The course must have been taken within the last five years at an accredited university or college and after the student had received a bachelor’s degree.
  2. The course must be acceptable into an appropriate graduate degree program at the institution where it was taken.
  3. A grade of B or better must have been earned in the course. (A grade of B- is not acceptable.)
  4. The course must be sufficiently related to the student’s degree program at La Verne as determined by the Program Chairperson.
  5. There is a limit of six semester hours that may be transferred into 30-35 semester hour degree programs. A total of 12 semester hours maybe transferred into a program requiring 36 or more semester hours. (A quarter hour counts as two-thirds of a semester hour.)
  6. Courses taken through the military may be transferred into a University of La Verne graduate program, consistent with the guidelines above. The number of graduate transfer credits allowed is subject to the guidelines established by the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.
  7. Only courses accepted for transfer into a degree program are added to the student’s transcript.
  8. The University of La Verne reserves the right to refuse transfer credit or limit the credits accepted toward any of its degree programs from accredited institutions, including those accredited by regional accreditation associations, if these credits are attributed to courses that do not meet the University of La Verne’s academic standards.

Graduate students matriculated into a certificate program may transfer up to six semester hours of elective credit toward completion of the certificate. Requests to have transfer credit applied to the certificate must be submitted to the Department/Program Chair through the student’s advisor. The Department/Program Chair will evaluate the transfer credit using the same criteria for accepting transfer credits into a degree program and notify the Graduate Office or regional campus to post the approved transfer credit to the student’s transcript.

Second La Verne Master’s Degree

Students who have completed a master’s degree at La Verne and wish to earn a second must apply for the second degree by submitting an application with a statement of purpose and all supporting documents required for admission by the second degree program. For courses to count toward both degrees, they must be common to both approved programs.

A maximum of 21 semester hours approved by the Program Chairperson may be used from the first degree to meet requirements for the second degree. A new “culminating activity” must be a part of a second degree program.

Adding a Concentration After a Master’s Degree Has Been Granted

A concentration may be added to a student’s transcript after a La Verne master’s degree has been granted, subject to the program chairperson’s approval. The concentration to be added must be listed in the current La Verne catalog as an approved concentration for the degree previously granted to the student.

A formal Application for the Addition of a Concentration to a Completed La Verne Master’s Degree must be submitted to add a concentration after a degree has been granted.

La Verne course work completed within five years preceding the date of application may be applied to the concentration. A student has three years from the date of application to complete all concentration requirements. A grade of B or better is required for each course applied to the concentration with a minimum cumulative concentration GPA of 3.0. Financial aid funds are not available to students pursuing a concentration after a degree has been posted.