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Frequently Asked Questions for Graduate Applicants


The following programs participate in a centralized application system unique to their discipline.

  • Information regarding the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology admission process may be found here.
  • Information regarding the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy admission process may be found here.
  • Information regarding the Master of Science Physician Assistant Practice admission process may be found here.

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Academic Program Questions

Who can I talk with regarding information on the various programs? Who is my Associate Director of Admission?

The following list will help you speak with an admissions officer directly about your desired program of study.

Rina Lazarian-Chehab
Senior Associate Director of Graduate Admission
rlazarian@laverne.edu
(909) 448-4317
Cathy Cook
Associate Director of Graduate Admission
ccook2@laverne.edu
(909) 448-4719
Barbara Cox
Associate Director of Graduate Admission
bcox@laverne.edu
(909) 448-4004
Soobin (Kristen) Ahn
Assistant Director of Graduate Admission
sahn@laverne.edu
(909) 448-4480
Christy Ranells
Associate Director of Graduate Admission
cranells@laverne.edu
(909) 448-4644

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Is my program on a term or semester system?

All programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and LaFetra College of Education are on the semester system, except for the Master of Education in Reading program. All other masters and doctoral level programs at the University of La Verne, including the Master of Education in Reading, are on a term track system. You may also find this link to the Registrar’s calendar pages helpful in planning your application (we recommend that you apply at least one month prior to the stated deadline or start of your term/semester; international students, please apply a minimum of two months prior to the stated deadline or start of your term/semester).

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The Application Process

How do I apply online?

Apply online here.

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Can my friend/family member apply for me?

No.  The application is considered a binding contract between the university and the applicant and cannot be completed by a third party.

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How much is the application fee? How can I pay it?

  • The application fee for Graduate admission is $50.
  • The application fee for Doctoral admission is $75.
  • When you apply through our web-based application, you will be prompted to pay the application fee with a credit card; please follow the directions on this page to submit your fee.
  • Alumni and/or current students completing a degree or credential program at the University of La Verne are exempt from paying the application fee. Please select the alumni waiver option when applying. We are unable to refund application fees once submitted.

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How long does it take to process an application?

Once all admission requirements have been submitted, please allow 7-10 business days for processing.  To expedite processing, it is highly recommended that applicants collect and mail all official documentation in one package to the Graduate Admission Office, except transcripts, which should be sent directly from their issuing institution to the University of La Verne; international students are highly encouraged to review our Transcript Guidelines page.  Once we have processed all of your documents, your file will be sent to your academic department for review.  An admission decision will be made in approximately two weeks (though some programs will take longer; you can contact your Associate Director of Admission for additional information). We recommend that you apply no later than one month before the start of your intended program.

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What is the application deadline?

In general, we follow a rolling admission calendar, except for the programs listed below.  We highly recommend that your complete application be submitted at least one month prior to the semester/term you wish to begin (international students should apply at least two months prior to the start of their intended term/semester). The following colleges have specific deadlines:

The College of Business & Public Management:

  • Doctorate of Public Administration: Priority is given to applications completed by January 31st. The final deadline for completed applications is May 31st. Applications received or completed after the final deadline are unlikely to be reviewed.
  • All other CBPM programs: Applications must be completed 4 weeks before the start of the term (6 weeks before the start of the term for international applicants).  Applications received or completed after the stated deadlines may be reviewed for a future term.

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What documents are required to complete my application?

Please visit our Application Requirements page for general requirements; international students, please click here.  Additional materials may also be required depending on your program of interest.  Please contact your Associate Director of Admission for more information regarding additional requirements or review the program-specific requirements in our University’s Catalog. All application materials submitted to the University of La Verne become the property of the University and will not be copied, released, returned or forwarded to another individual or institution.

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Do I need transcripts from my community college?

Yes, unless your bachelor’s degree institution lists both the individual courses and the grades earned for units transferred to their institution on their transcripts.

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I received my degree from University of La Verne. Do I need to submit transcripts?

You do not need to request/submit transcripts from the University of La Verne.  We will be able to access your transcripts once your degree has been conferred.

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Do I need a credential evaluation for overseas studies?

Credential evaluations are not required unless specifically requested by the Admission Office, except in the case of students who earned degrees from institutions using a marks-grading or testing-only system (i.e. India, New Zealand, United Kingdom, etc) or students who completed a 3-year degree. These students should obtain a course-by-course credential evaluation by an approved NACES (www.naces.org) or AICE institution (www.aice-eval.org). Fees will apply for these services and will be payable to the evaluation service organization. Other applicants may be asked to obtain a credential evaluation on a case-by-case basis.

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Who should I ask to provide recommendation letters?

It is best that you contact the Associate Director of Admission for your program for guidance.

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What are the guidelines for the statement of purpose?

Unless otherwise stated, your personal statement should be roughly 200 words in length.  Be sure to include information which reinforces the strength of your application for admission.  Describe any professional experience and qualifications which may be related to your intended field of study. As some departments have additional requirements, it is best to refer to specific program requirements or contact your Associate Director of Admission (ADA) for additional guidance. Some programs require essays in addition to or in place of the personal statement; please refer to the University Catalog or contact your ADA for more information.

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Is a GMAT or GRE required?

  • The University of La Verne’s ETS test code is 4381.
  • A GRE or MAT test is required for admission to the Ed.D. program.
  • A GMAT or GRE is not required for all qualified applicants to all other programs, but it is recommended that applicants to the MBA program who have a GPA between 2.3-2.5 in their last 60 units/two years of study submit GMAT test results as part of their application materials.
  • Applicants to the MS in Leadership Management program with a GPA of less than 2.5 in their last 60 units/two years of study should submit a GRE score. If you need more information about GMAT or GRE requirements, please contact your Associate Director of Admission.

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Where do I send my documents?

University of La Verne
Office of Graduate Admission – Enrollment Management Building
1950 Third Street
La Verne, CA 91750

All application materials submitted to the University of La Verne become the property of the University and will not be copied, released, returned or forwarded to another individual or institution. To expedite processing, it is highly recommended that applicants collect and mail all official documentation in one package to the Graduate Admission Office, except transcripts, which should be sent directly from their issuing institution to the University of La Verne (international students are highly encouraged to review our Transcript Guidelines page).

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Checking Application Status

How can I check the status of my application?

Applicants may monitor the progress of their application status by visiting our secure admission website. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing of the application. In addition to monitoring the application status, applicants may upload certain documents required for completion. Documents need to be in one of the following formats: pdf, jpg or MS Word.

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How will I know if you have received my documents?

You can check our secure admission website to see if we have received your application materials. Please allow 5 business days for items to be received and posted to your application. The on-line application review reflects real-time, up-to-date information. We encourage you to check your online status for updates as this service is available at all times.

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I mailed a document to your office. Why does it show up as missing?

Has enough time passed? Please allow 5 business days for items to be received and posted to your account. If it has been longer than this time frame please contact us at gradadmission@laverne.edu so that we can follow-up with your concerns. When corresponding with us, please list your full name (providing a birth date is very helpful as well).

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How do I change my address and/or contact information?

You can update some contact information using our secure admission website. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at gradadmission@laverne.edu with any other changes.

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How will I be notified of my admission decision?

Admissions decisions are typically reached within 1 week after an application is complete. Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an official letter in the mail.  Please ensure that you report any change in contact information (including email address) to gradadmission@laverne.edu. International students, please see the sections below for information on requesting express mailing.

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International Students

Do I need a TOEFL/IELTS?

A TOEFL/IELTS is required if you did not complete your bachelor’s level studies at an institution in the USA, Australia, Canada (English provinces), New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.  The University of La Verne requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 79 iBt, or an IELTS of 6.5.  Some programs require a higher score. If you are unsure whether or not a TOEFL is required, please contact your Associate Director of Admission.

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Can I submit my unofficial (personal) copy of my English language scores?

No. All test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University of La Verne.

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How can I be sure my transcripts will be accepted? What do you mean by “official” transcripts?

Please visit our International Transcript Guidance page for detailed guidelines on completing our transcript requirement.

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What if my university will only issue the transcripts to me?

Please visit our International Transcript Guidance page for detailed guidelines on completing our transcript requirement.

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My school cannot issue my transcripts in English. What can I do?

Please visit our International Transcript Guidance page for detailed guidelines on completing our transcript requirement.

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Do I need a credential evaluation for overseas studies?

Credential evaluations are not required unless specifically requested by the admissions office, except in the case of students who earned degrees from institutions using a marks-grading or testing-only system (i.e. India, New Zealand, United Kingdom, etc) or who completed a three-year degree program. These students should obtain a course-by-course credential evaluation by an approved NACES (www.naces.org) or AICE institution (www.aice-eval.org). Fees will apply for these services and will be payable to the evaluation service organization. Other applicants may be asked to obtain a credential evaluation on a case-by-case basis.

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Why do I need a credential evaluation?

Because not all international institutions follow the same academic standards, a course-by-course credential evaluation is needed to verify whether or not the transcripts/degrees are equivalent to degrees received in the USA and/or to calculate a GPA.

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I studied in a 3-year bachelor’s degree program. Can I apply?

Three-year bachelor degrees from Bologna system schools are recognized by the University of La Verne. Applicants from Bologna schools must request that a diploma supplement accompany their transcripts, and may be asked to complete a credential evaluation. All other three-year degree programs are generally not considered to be equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree. Applicants with a three year degree who wish to apply should obtain a course-by-course credential evaluation by an approved NACES (www.naces.org) or AICE institution (www.aice-eval.org). Fees will apply for these services and will be payable to the evaluation service organization.

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How will I be notified of my admissions decision? Can I request Express Mailing?

Our office mails all items via regular airmail, which can take 2-4 weeks to reach its destination. To request express mailing, please visit https://study.eshipglobal.com and follow the instructions to create and verify an account. You will then be able to log in to the account and create a waybill which will be sent to us (please ensure that you select Graduate Admissions after searching for the University of La Verne. When prompted for ID, please enter your date of birth in MM/DD/YY format). We recommend that you request express mailing after your admissions status changes to “complete” as a decision will be rendered shortly. If you have questions about how to use this service, visit the FAQs section of https://study.eshipglobal.com or email student.support@eshipglobal.com.

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Once I pay my deposit, how long will it take to get my I-20?

Graduate Admission does not issue I-20s. After your deposit is received, your file will be sent to the Office of International Student Engagement within 3 business days. The time it takes to issue an I-20 varies throughout the year. Please note that your deposit must be received a minimum of three weeks before the start of your term/semester. Students who deposit after this time may have their I-20s issued for a future semester/term. Please contact the Office of International Student Engagement (OISE) department for more information.

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Can I get conditional admission?

Please contact the Associate Director of Admission for the program you are interested in to determine if conditional admission can be offered. Please note that letters of conditional admission are not provided to applicants already in the United States. Please also note that conditional admission is not admission to the University; you cannot obtain an I-20/DS-2019 to the University of La Verne with conditional admission.

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I have received conditional admission. What should I do?

If you have been conditionally admitted upon attending the ELS program, simply begin your process with ELS – you need do nothing with our office at this time. After you have completed Level 112, ELS in La Verne will send confirmation to our office and your file will be completed. If you are studying at another ELS location, please provide us with a copy of your completion certificate. Once this is verified, it will be added to your checklist. Alternatively, you may take an English proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS) and earn an acceptable score (results must come directly from the testing agency to our office). Once your file is complete, your department will review you for admission. This process generally takes 1-2 weeks. After you have been admitted, you can submit your $200 deposit (see section below on After Admission) and request that the ELS center transfer your record to the University of La Verne’s main campus. Please do not request this transfer until after you have been admitted. Please also note that the Graduate Admissions Office does not process I-20s; the Office of International Student Engagement will contact you directly after you submit your deposit to begin the transfer process.

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After Admission

What are my next steps?

We invite you to review the information on our Admitted Students Page for an admitted student checklist and links to helpful campus resources.

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Do I need to submit a deposit to accept my offer of admission?

  • Domestic students, please review your admission letter as this varies by program.
  • International students must submit a $200 non-refundable deposit to accept the offer of admission and begin the I-20 process.  After your deposit is received, your file will be sent to the Office of International Student Engagement within 3 business days. The time it takes to issue an I-20 varies throughout the year.  Please contact the Office of International Student Engagement (OISE) department for more information. In addition, please note that your deposit must be received a minimum of three weeks before the start of your term/semester. Students who deposit after this time may have their I-20s issued for a future semester/term.

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How do I register for classes?

Once you have been admitted to the program, you will be able to register for classes through the MyLaVerne portal.  You will find instructions on logging in for the first time in your admission packet.  If you have any questions, your academic advisor will be able to assist you with the registration process.

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I have been accepted but need to delay my studies. What can I do? Who should I notify?

  • Admitted students may begin studies within one year of the term to which they were originally admitted. Applicants who cannot register within one year of admission must reapply.  You do not need to notify anyone in the Graduate Admissions Office regarding your intent to delay your start date; however, it is recommended that you communicate this information with your Associate Director of Admission.
  • International students who have already had their I-20s issued, should contact the Office of International Student Engagement (OISE) department immediately for information and guidance regarding deferring attendance.

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 I have recently been accepted. Can I get a scanned/emailed copy of my admission letter?

  • Your admission letter contains your ID number and, for security purposes, we do not email these documents. We request that you wait for the original letter along with an admission packet designed to help guide you on your next steps, which you should receive within 1 week of your admission.
  • International students wishing to obtain a scanned letter for a visa appointment should note that an original letter is required by most embassies.

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