Application Materials

All applicants are required to submit the following application materials:

General Requirements

All applicants must have completed an earned bachelors or master’s degree from a regionally-accredited, national-accredited college or a university recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Degrees from programs that are “approved” rather than accredited are not acceptable for application to Phillips. Applicants currently enrolled in a bachelor’s program may apply to Phillips, but must have their degree conferred prior to the start of the semester for which they are applying.

Applicants are evaluated only after all necessary information and materials have been received by the Admissions Office. Completed files are processed and evaluated by the Admissions Committee for the applicant's program. After the committee's review, selected candidates are invited for interviews and may be required to submit an on-site writing sample during the interview or at some other approved time. Details about the application process and admission interviews are provided here.

Grade Point Average Requirements
Academic integrity and achievement are important at Phillips Graduate University. Therefore, there are minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements for Regular Admission Standing into any program. A student must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree, if applicable) from a regionally accredited college or university, or a Grade Point Average Exemption statement must be submitted with the application for admission.

Grade Point Average Exemption Statement
If an applicant’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) from his/her bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree, if applicable) falls below 3.0, the applicant is required to submit a Grade Point Average Exemption Statement with his/her application. The applicant must submit a one-to two-page, double-spaced typed statement explaining past, special, or personal circumstances that contributed to a GPA below 3.0. This statement should also explain why the applicant feels that he/she would be able to successfully participate in a graduate academic program.

Test Scores
Phillips Graduate University does not require standardized test scores (e.g., GRE) of applicants for most programs. However, if test scores are submitted they will be included with their applicant file.

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Psychology with Emphasis in School Counseling, Master of Arts in Psychology with Emphasis in School Psychology and the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential are required to have taken and passed the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) by the end of their second semester. Passing the CBEST is a mandated State of California requirement in order to receive the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential. Students are strongly encouraged to take the CBEST prior to enrollment.

Résumé/Statement of Experience 
Applicants are required to submit a current summary of all work experience and education. This summary should reflect positions held, job responsibilities, employers, dates of employment, and educational institutions attended.

Letters of Recommendation
Two (2) recommendations are required for application to all programs. Letters of recommendation should be recent and may be submitted directly to the Admissions Office. A recommendation form can be dowloaded here.
  • Recommendations from family members or friends will not be accepted.
  • Recommenders should be able to speak to an applicant’s ability to be academically and professionally successful as a graduate-level student in his/her chosen field of study.
  • It is preferred that recommendations come from two (2) different sources in the applicant’s life.
  • Applicants who have not attended school for several years should submit recommendations from persons who are familiar with them on any level of professional involvement.
  • Applicants are encouraged to begin this process as soon as they intend to apply for admission. Recommendations should be received in the Admissions Office by the Application Priority Deadline. Failure to receive recommendations is the most common reason application decisions are delayed.
Applicants are required to submit official transcripts in a sealed envelope from the last conferred degree, bachelor's or master's, both foreign and domestic at a regionally-accredited, national-accredited college or a university recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). If courses were completed with pass/fail grades, the applicant should request that the Registration Office attach any narrative evaluations explaining the grading system requirements.  In order to meet Phillips’ prerequisite, the applicant might be required to provide additional transcripts.  

Academic degrees and coursework from universities and institutions outside the United States must be equivalent to coursework completed and degrees earned at a regionally or national-accredited college or university.

In the event that an applicant’s previous coursework does not include the required classes, they may be granted the opportunity to complete any outstanding coursework prior to, or during their enrollment in a Phillips program.

For more information on approved translations and equivalency evaluation services, please contact the Admissions Office.

Request for Transfer of Credit
The maximum number of units a degree-seeking student may transfer at the master’s level is nine (9) units. The maximum number of units a doctoral-level student may transfer is twenty-four (24) units. Any applicant requesting to transfer credits must fill out the Request For Transfer of Credit Form and attach the supporting paperwork as detailed on the form.

English Proficiency
Applicants whose native language is not English, or who have not earned an undergraduate or graduate degree at a regionally-accredited, national-accredited college or a university recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants can take the test via Internet, computer or paper. The minimum required score is:

  • Internet-based: 80
  • Computer-based: 213
  • Paper-based: 550
  • 6.0 or above
Exceptions may be made for applicants (a) who have earned an undergraduate degree at an English-language college or university outside the United States, or (b) who are from a country where English is one of several official languages.

Application Fees
A fee of $80 is required with your application for admission. The application fee is non-refundable and may be paid by cash, check, money order, or credit card. It should be payable to Phillips Graduate University. The Admissions Office must receive your fee in order for your application to be considered.

Non-matriculating (Independent) Study/Elective Track
Candidates applying to be a non-matriculating/elective student may register on a space-available basis and may not apply more than nine (9) units of non-degree status Phillips coursework toward a Phillips degree. Not all coursework is available to non-matriculating students. Please click here to download the non-matriculating application for admission.

Notice of Nondiscrimination and Title IX Compliance
Phillips, in accordance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, admits students of either gender and of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate against students on the basis of gender, sex, race, color, handicap, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarships and loan programs, and other school-administered programs. Phillips Graduate University is in full compliance with all statutes of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Dean of Students and Title IX office serves as the point of contact for all ADA and Title IX-related matters.

Notice of Right to Revoke Offer
Phillips Graduate University reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission on the basis of misrepresentation or omission in the application. Discovery of false information subsequent to admission is, at Phillips' discretion, grounds for dismissal at any point in the student’s course of study. In such cases, the student will forfeit all charges paid and all academic credits earned.

For additional information about admissions policies and procedures, please contact the Admissions Office, or call (818) 386-5660.


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