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Graduate Admissions

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How to Apply to Our Graduate 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 courses, previous experience, and applicable test scores.

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 graduate programs. Please ensure you are prepared to complete and provide supporting documentation for the items below.

Academic Factors

Provide official 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). A Master’s degree is required for some doctorate level programs.
  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 graduate 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.
  3. You meet all prerequisite course requirements applicable to your program. Contact your admissions counselor for additional information.


Non-Academic Factors

  1. Submit a personal narrative in the form of a 2-4 page essay for Master’s degree programs and a 4-6 page essay for all Doctorate degree programs, with the exception of the PsyD Marital and Family Therapy program which is 5-6 pages. 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 if applicable to your program. 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

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.

*International applicants and those who received Bachelor’s degrees and/or Master’s degrees from higher education institutions outside the United States are required to submit official transcript evaluations.

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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International Students

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