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Certificate and Credential Admissions

How to apply for a certificate or credential program.


How to Apply to Our Certificate and Credential Programs

General Requirements

Review the necessary general requirements for admission to the university. 

Program-Specific Requirements

Review any entry requirements for your desired program. This includes prerequisite degrees or credentials, applicable test scores, and any valid licenses.

Submit an Application

Create an account on our online admissions portal to begin your application. You will be able to manage your application progress and check the status of any submitted applications.

Submit Transcripts

Send or electronically submit all official transcripts to the Admissions Processing Center.


General Requirements

The following are university-wide general requirements for certificate and credential programs. Please ensure you are prepared to complete and provide supporting documentation for the items below.

Academic Factors

Provide transcripts that verify:

  1. You have earned a Bachelor’s degree and any other qualifying degrees (as needed) from a regionally accredited university (some programs may consider approved nationally accredited universities).


    For programs only requiring a Bachelor’s degree, unofficial transcripts will be accepted. A Master’s degree is required for some credential programs.

    For programs requiring a Master’s degree or higher, applicants must submit official transcripts.


  2. You possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale unless otherwise stated in the program requirements. The university requires that applicants meet their individual program’s stated GPA minimum requirement for admission. If your undergraduate or applicable graduate GPA is below the stated requirement, you must submit a petition requesting an exemption from this academic requirement. The petition is included in the graduate online application. The application allows you to provide a statement of exception or submit additional material that would document your ability to perform in an intensive academic environment.


Non-Academic Factors

The below items must be completed for programs that require a Master’s degree or higher:

  1. Submit a personal narrative in the form of a 2-4 page essay. Essay prompts and guidelines vary by program. 

  2. List two persons who will provide letters of recommendations in support of your application. The recommendations should be from references familiar with your work, your academic abilities, or your potential for scholarship and professional accomplishment. If you have been out of school for several years, please feel free to submit recommendations from persons who are familiar with you on any level of professional involvement.

  3. Include a current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

  4. Attend an admissions interview. Interviews for invited finalists differ by program. Programs may be unable to review any applicant who cannot keep an interview appointment. Interviews may take place individually or in a group format. The interviewers may be Alliant faculty and administrators. Final admissions decisions are made after the results of the interviews (if required) have been reviewed.

Program-Specific Requirements

In addition to the above requirements, some certificate and credential programs at Alliant have academic entry requirements necessary for matriculation into specialized programs.

The university’s admissions criteria vary from program to program and are designed to measure the qualities and capabilities required of a professional in the field to which a prospective student is applying as reflected in an applicant’s academic ability, academic preparation, and other non-academic factors.

Please refer to the program-specific requirements sections of our academic catalog for more detail:


Submit an Application

Prospective students must submit an online application along with a $65 non-refundable application fee.

Students may apply at any time, though certain programs have deadlines for specific start dates. Contact Admissions directly at, call 866-U-ALLIANT or 858-635-4698 for the latest information on deadlines for each program. Not all programs are offered every semester or term, so please contact admissions to verify the next available start date for your program of choice.


If you experience any difficulty accessing the online application or need IT support, please call 858-635-4357 or email us at


Submit Transcripts

Upon submission of your online application, please mail all official transcripts and any required documents not uploaded with your application to the address below:

Alliant International University
Attn: Admissions Processing Center
10455 Pomerado Rd
San Diego, CA 92131


For more information about Transcript Requirements and Policies, please see this section in our Academic Catalog.

It is your responsibility to see that all transcripts reach the Admissions Processing Center by the appropriate application deadline. To meet the deadline, it is often necessary to send transcripts on which final grades have not yet been posted. If this is the case, please provide supplementary transcripts as soon as possible. If there is a delay in processing your transcript request or if it is very near the application deadline, applicants should submit photocopies of transcripts in the interim. Without a complete set of transcripts, your application will be considered incomplete.

An application will automatically be refused or rescinded without further recourse if any fraudulent, altered, or forged documents or information are submitted. The Office of Admissions may rescind an offer of admission to applicants who do not abide by any university, program, or other standards outlined in the academic catalog.

Alliant reserves the right to modify admission requirements at any time.


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