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.
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.
Admission to graduate programs is highly competitive. 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 and can reside legally in the United States. The applicant must have a 550 or better passing TOEFL score.
· 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 required in addition to the admissions criteria stated above. See Academic Programs from more information.
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 a send money order or cashier check to the University of Medical Sciences Arizona ( 4600 E. Washington St, Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85034 ).
3. Official transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and graduate work (if applicable) that has 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 place of employment.
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 and have credentials evaluated by approved transcript evaluator.
*** Please note UMSAz does not issue student visas for international applicants. Therefore international applicants are not eligible to apply for degree programs that require on-campus time. Applicants that are accepted into degree programs that require on-campus time are required to present documentation that proves they can reside legally in the United States. International applicants may apply for our degree programs that are offered 100% online.