Step 1 Select a Program
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Master of Arts Program
Master of Arts
Step 2 Review Important Information
A $25 application fee is required for all applications submitted before the priority deadline. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be assessed a $50 application fee.
Application Priority Deadline: May 1st
Application Final Deadline: August 1st
Application Priority Deadline: November 1st
Application Final Deadline: December 1st
Application Late Deadline: May 1st
Step 3 Submit Additional Supporting Documents
All documents listed below must be submitted in order to complete your application for admission. An admission decision will not be made until all required documents are received.
Personal Statement and Study Plan
As the central feature of the application, these essays are reviewed by the admissions committee as a demonstration of your writing competence, your ability to fully articulate your goals, the appropriateness of a non-traditional program for attaining your goals, as well as a measurement of your critical thinking skills. The committee will give considerable weight to the thoroughness and genuineness with which you complete your Personal Statement as well as to the specificity and relevance of your curriculum as defined by your Study Plan.
Samples of Work
If applicable, applicants are required to submit examples of work completed with the portfolio. Depending on the field of study these may include research project narratives, manuscripts, creative writing samples, articles, short stories, photographs or transparencies of artwork, major papers, or other materials and documentation.
Official Final Transcript(s)
Alaska Pacific University will require official transcripts from the institution from which the applicant has earned the highest prior degree. Additional undergraduate transcripts may be required in the following instance(s): a large portion of credits were earned at more than one institution, an evaluation of pre-requisite course requirements, and/or if transferring in graduate credits.
Transcripts are considered official when received in an envelope that was sealed by the credit-awarding institution and arrive at APU unopened. Electronic transcripts are also accepted when sent directly to APU from the credit-awarding institution via a secured electronic transcript service. All official electronic documents must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants who do not meet the standard admissions requirements for any given degree program, and who are subsequently denied admission, may complete an Admissions Appeal Form. This form may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Completed appeals forms must be sent to the Office of Admissions who will then forward to the appropriate academic department for review. Once a decision has been made, the applicant will be notified in writing.
Graduate candidates who have GPA scores below a 3.0 may be admitted on a provisional basis. Full admission is contingent upon successful completion of the first semester of classes in which they are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA or above.
Applicants with a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 may be considered appropriate by the Program Director of the graduate program. If an applicant’s GPA is below a 2.75, the Program Director will make a decision based on the recommendation of the department in which the program is offered. The Program Director has the option of seeking input from the Graduate Studies Committee in uncertain cases. The Program Director will report the admission of students with a GPA below a 2.75 to the Graduate Studies Committee.
Test Scores (Optional)
The submission of standardized test scores such as the MAT or the GRE is optional.
Letters of Recommendation
Submit three references from academic or professional sources, addressing your capability to complete advanced work though a self-directed Master of Arts Program. In addition, the letter must address your critical thinking, analytical and communication skills. Recommendation letters must include the writer’s address, telephone number, title, and relationship to you.
Please submit all documents via one of the following methods:
Office of Admissions
Alaska Pacific University
4101 University Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
For admission purposes, an applicant will be considered and processed as an international student if they intend to enter the US or transfer from another US institution on an F-1 student visa. Before APU may provide supporting documents (Form I-20), the applicant must complete and submit the following in addition to standard application materials as noted above:
- Supplemental Application for International Admission
- Foreign credentials evaluation for all transcripts and/or degrees obtained outside the United States. For this purpose, APU recommends World Education Services (www.wes.org). Translation services may also be acquired through WES for transcripts not available in English.
- Official score report for the Test of English as a Foreign Language. For minimum score requirements, see university catalog. (Exemption from this requirement exists for applicants from countries wherein English is the predominate or officially recognized language.)
Step 4 Complete the Online Application
Please note you will need to create a new account to begin your online application. This new username and password is only for the application and will cease to be valid once you submit the completed application. An Admissions Counselor will contact you within a week after receiving your application to discuss any other documents necessary to complete your application.
Step 5 Wait for your Acceptance Decision
Each Graduate program requires admission to the University as well as to the program the student wishes to enter. Application documents are collected by the Admissions Office and then sent to the appropriate department for evaluation by the Program Director. When a decision is made regarding admission, the applicant will be notified by the Graduate Program Director and the Graduate Admissions Counselor.