General Information

Admission standards include that each student must submit a completed application with an application fee. Each prospective student must complete the desired qualifications for the program they are applying for.

The admissions committee is responsible for recommending applicants for admissions into the graduate program. The committee members will review the applications and credentials and make admissions recommendations to the director of that program. The final approval of admittance into the program is given by the director of the specified program. If a student earned credentials from abroad, the student must get their credentials evaluated by an approved transcript evaluator. The standards maintained by the individual programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are qualified to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing their desired graduate program.

Admissions Criteria

Only applicants that have earned or will earn a bachelor's degree at a nationally accredited (recognized by USDOE and/or CHEA) or regionally accredited college or university in the United States (or the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in another country) are eligible to be considered for admission to any of the graduate programs at the University.

The decision to admit an applicant to a program is based primarily on a combination of the following criteria, evaluated from a complete application:

·         Quality of previous undergraduate and graduate work (if applicable) . The programs require a 3.00 GPA on a 4.0 scale in an undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally (recognized by USDOE and/or CHEA) accredited college or university.

·         Two letters of recommendation from the applicant’s current employer. The letters serve as an insight into the applicant’s ability to participate in graduate level programs and/or work ethic.

·         The TOEFL is required of foreign trained/international applicants who are not native speakers of English. The applicant must have a 550 or better passing TOEFL score. Waiver of TOEFL scores may occur if applicant is currently practicing in the USA.

·         Applicant’s statement of academic career objectives with its correlation to the proposed program of study. These statements will be used to identify students whose goals and desires are synonymous with the intended program objectives.

Each degree program holds its own specific admissions requirement in addition to the admissions criteria stated above.  See Academic Programs for more information.

Applicants Required Materials Check List

1. A completed application form < Application Form >

2. A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 is required with the application . If an applicant did not process his or her fee payment online via the online application, he or she may send a money order or cashier check to the University of Medical Sciences Arizona ( 125 S. Avondale Blvd, Suite 105, Avondale, AZ 85323 ).

3. Official transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and graduate work (if applicable) that have been completed or is in progress. Each transcript must have the Registrar’s signature along with the seal of the granting institution. The transcript should include the years of attendance, courses taken, grades received, class standing and the degree, certificate or diploma received. Unofficial copies will only be used for the review process if the official transcripts have not been presented. However, to obtain admissions into the University, official transcripts must be presented.

4. Two letters of recommendation from current or prior place of employment or colleague.

5. Applicant’s statement of academic career objectives with its correlation to the proposed program of study.  The statement shall have a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 500.

6.  Foreign educated applicants must submit TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) scores or take the English proficiency test provided by UMSAz (contact university for more information) and have credentials evaluated by approved transcript evaluator (i.e. World Education Services).

***  **International students please note additional documents may be required. Contact the university for more information.