While requirements vary in each of Chapman University’s graduate programs, this section provides information concerning university-wide admission standards as well as general admission policies and procedures. For specific program admission requirements, please refer to the appropriate program section.
An applicant seeking admission to a graduate program must submit evidence of eligibility for admission, including a completed application form, the application fee, official copies of transcripts from degree granting institutions attended, and any additional evidence of eligibility required by the graduate program. Upon meeting these eligibility requirements, applicants may be classified into one of two admission classifications: (1) regular admission, (2) conditional admission.
All admission procedures must be completed by the end of the first semester in which the coursework is taken, or the applicant will not be permitted to enroll further.
Admission to graduate programs at Chapman requires the completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. International applicants must have complete a baccalaureate degree from an accredited or government approved institution. This must be documented by an official copy of a transcript showing the baccalaureate degree. Students who cannot provide official evidence of completing a baccalaureate degree upon application for admission are permitted to enroll for a maximum of one semester, during which time official evidence of a completed baccalaureate degree must be provided.
The baccalaureate-granting institution must have been accredited at the time the degree was awarded.
Grade Point Average
The university-wide grade point requirement for regular admission to graduate degree programs is a cumulative grade point average of 3.000. Applicants who have an admission grade point average between 2.500 and 2.999 may be admitted upon submission of a satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions examination. For the MA in teaching and credential programs, please refer to the College of Educational Studies section of the catalog.
Students seeking admission with a minimum required grade point average but fewer than 60 graded semester credits must submit an admission examination score; the graded credits must include 36 upper-division credits. Students with a passing score and minimum grade point average of 2.500 may be eligible for admission in regular standing.
Some degree programs require submission of graduate admission test scores from all applicants. All graduate degree programs require an admission examination for applicants who have a cumulative grade point average of 2.500 but below 3.000. An admission examination is required for all Master of Arts in Teaching applicants with an admission grade point average of 2.750 but below 3.000 and for all credential program applicants with admission grade point averages of 2.500 but below 2.750. For the Master of Arts in Teaching and credential programs, please refer to the College of Educational Studies section of the catalog.
Chapman University accepts scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Not all examinations are accepted by all programs. It is recommended that the examination scores submitted as part of the admission process be recent. Consult the departmental sections for specific test and score requirements.
Most degree programs have requirements in addition to the university requirements listed above. Please consult the appropriate program section for additional information and specific admission requirements.
Applicants who fulfill all admission requirements of the university and the specific graduate program may be granted regular admission. These admission requirements include the following:
This admission status is available for applicants whose final completion of the baccalaureate degree is pending at the time of application or their degree has been completed but not yet conferred. Applicants who have already completed 12 credits or more in a Chapman credential or graduate program are not eligible for conditional admission.
Specific requirements for conditional admission are:
A final graduate classification is determined upon completion of the baccalaureate degree based on graduate admission policies.
Students who complete coursework but who do not complete the admission application process (or who are denied and later achieve admission) will be permitted to use only 12 credits of completed coursework toward a degree program.
Applicants who can provide documentation from the degree granting institution verifying that the degree has been completed will be eligible for financial aid.
International students must submit the following prior to admission:
International students who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a university in the United States or in another country where English is the primary language are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination.
Students who are not pursuing a Chapman graduate degree, certificate, or credential may enroll in graduate courses at Chapman in a non-degree-seeking status. Students requesting to take courses in a non-degree seeking status must request approval through the Office of the University Registrar and must meet the following requirements:
Non-degree-seeking graduate students may take no more than 12 credits, and no more than 12 credits of graduate course work taken prior to achieving regular admission status may be applied toward a graduate degree at Chapman University. All requirements for regular admission to a graduate program must be fulfilled for these courses to be accepted.
Non-degree seeking students wishing to audit courses should refer to the Course Audit section for policies and deadlines.
Students who were previously denied regular admission may not take course work as a non-degree seeking student in the program in which they were denied regular admission.