Master's Degree Specific Requirements

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General Requirements for All Master's Programs


It is important to provide all required documents so the Office of Admissions can process your application for admission to Alliant International University. Please check the following list to make sure you have included everything needed for admission:
 

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    Completed Online Application

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

     

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    Minimum Cumulative GPA

    All graduate applicants must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale unless otherwise stated in the program entry requirements. 

    The University requires that graduate applicants meet their individual program’s stated GPA minimum requirement for admission. 

    If your undergraduate or graduate (if applicable) 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.

     

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    Official Transcripts

    Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions attended. Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's degree or higher from an institution of higher education that is regionally accredited in the U.S. (or its international equivalent).

     

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    Resume or CV

    All applicants are required to submit a current resume or curriculum vitae detailing their professional experience.

     

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    Letters of Recommendation 

    Two recommendations are required for all applicants.

    Recommendations should be from references familiar with your work, your academic abilities, or your potential for scholarship and professional accomplishment. 

     

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    Faculty Interview

    For most programs, an interview with a Program Director or Faculty is required.

     

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    Essay

    An admissions essay is required of all applicants.

    Essay guidelines vary by program. Please review your program specific essay prompt and instructions for completing this step in the Program-Specific Requirements section below.

     

     

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    Program Entry Requirements

    In addition to the above requirements, most graduate programs at Alliant have academic entry requirements such as test scores, a specific undergraduate major, or identified coursework necessary for matriculation into specialized programs.

    Please review the entry criteria for your desired program in the Program-Specific Requirements section below.

     

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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 the student is applying as reflected in an applicant’s academic ability, academic preparation, and other personal and non-academic factors.

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Entry Requirements by Program

  • California School of Professional Psychology

    Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology

    One of the following three options must be completed prior to matriculation:

    • Earned a BA/BS degree with a major in psychology or other behavioral science (a master’s degree will not fulfill this requirement).
    • Completed coursework in the following areas with a grade of “B” or better:
      • Introduction to Statistics (or equivalent course)
      • Two undergraduate or graduate courses in the behavioral sciences or human resources
    • Earned a score in the 80th percentile or better on the GRE Psychology Test.

     

    Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

    In addition to the GPA Exemption Petition, applicants who have an undergraduate or graduate (if applicable) GPA below 3.0 and whose most recently earned degree is not in psychology or a related field (e.g., anthropology, child development, communications, education, family studies, human development, social work, sociology) must have completed coursework in the following two areas with a grade of “C” or better before matriculation into the program:

    • Introduction to Psychology or General Psychology
    • Human Development or Child Development

     

  • California School of Education

    Master of Arts in School Counseling

    Master of Arts in School Psychology

    • Passing CBEST score or CCTC approved alternative documentation that fulfills basic skills requirement. 
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or GPA Exemption Petition.

     

    Master of Arts in TESOL

    • Minimum GPA of 2.5 or GPA Exemption Petition. 

     

  • California School of Business Management

    Master of Business Administration

    • GPA Minimum of 2.75 or GPA Exemption Petition. Interview may be required.
    • The following two (2) prerequisite courses are required for students without a business major:
      • ACT5000 - Financial and Managerial Accounting (3 units)
      • ECO5000 - International Economics and Trade (3 units)

     

    Master of Science in Data Analytics

    Master of Science in Healthcare Analytics

    • Minimum GPA of 2.75 or GPA Exemption Petition. Interview may be required.
    • The following two (2) prerequisite courses are required for students during Sessions 1 and 2 of Year 1:
      • DAT5000 - Essentials of Informatics Using Python (3 units)
      • DAT5005 - Basic Applied Statistics (3 units)
         
    • Applicants can request a waiver from the program academic advisor. For consideration to waive the prerequisite courses, students must satisfy one of the following requirements:
      • Bachelor’s degrees: Students with undergraduate majors including a course in math, a course in statistics and a course in programming are eligible to apply for waivers of the program prerequisites courses. A 3-unit equivalent course completed at the bachelor’s level within the last 3 years in math and in statistics with a grade of B+ or better will waive the DAT5005 prerequisite course. A 3-unit equivalent course completed at the bachelor’s level in programming (e.g., C++, .NET/C#, JAVA, R, or Python) and in math and in statistics within the last 3 years with a grade of B+ or better will waive the DAT5000 pre-requisite course. 
      • In cases where the course was completed more than 3 years ago, students can apply for a waiver, and program staff will assess the course contents.
      • Master’s degrees: Students with a master’s-level course in programming plus a master’s-level course in math or statistics completed with a grade of B or better within the last 3 years can waive pre-requisite course(s) for the MSDA program only.

     

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Essay Prompts by Program

  • California School of Professional Psychology

    Master or Arts in Organizational Psychology

    Master of Arts in Organizational Behavior

    In a comprehensive 2-4 page (double-spaced) essay please address the following, using distinct sections for each part:

    • Describe your career objectives, including your reasons for wanting to undertake studies in the specific program to which you are applying. Please also discuss why you are interested in studying at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.
       
    • Write a brief autobiographical sketch, highlighting those experiences most relevant to your interest in organizational psychology, organizational behavior or organizational development.
       
    • Although we recognize that your specific areas of study may change over the course of your training, please describe a research or applied organizational problem that you might like to explore. Please be as specific as possible. This essay should demonstrate your knowledge of organizational psychology or organizational behavior and how multicultural and/or international issues play a role in the project or research you describe. Also, as relevant, please demonstrate in this section your knowledge of contemporary issues and current research in the field. Use the essay to show your understanding of research methods, the application of theory and scholarship to applied problems, and your ability to integrate the professional literature with your own perspectives on the issues.
       

    Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling

    In a comprehensive 2-4 page(double-spaced) essay please address the following, using distinct sections for each part:

    • Your background

    • Honors, activities and other creative accomplishments

    • Your professional goals

    • How do you see your participation in this program as enhancing your educational experience and ultimately your career?

    • Upon completion of this program, how would you use this privilege to better society?

     

  • California School of Education

    Master of Arts in School Counseling

    Master of Arts in School Psychology

    In a comprehensive 2-4 page (double-spaced) essay please address the following:

    • A brief autobiographical statement; professional aspirations; any professional organizations to which you belong; honors, activities, and other accomplishments; any experience in the field to which you are applying, which may include any experience in K-12 settings or higher education, teaching, or working with children and adolescents.

     

    Master of Arts in TESOL

    In a comprehensive 2-4 page (double-spaced) essay please address the following:

    • Discuss your interest in obtaining the TESOL master's, including your professional goals; teaching, administrative, and other experience in TESOL or education; areas of research interest; previous research, publications, and presentations; professional organizations to which you belong; honors, activities, and other accomplishments.

     

  • California School of Management and Leadership

    Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    MS in Data Analytics

    MS in Healthcare Analytics

    • A brief autobiographical statement including future professional plans.
    • The professional organizations to which you belong and honors, activities and other creative accomplishments.
  • California School of Forensic Studies

    Master of Science in Forensic Behavioral Science

    Master of Science in Forensic Administration and Leadership

    In a comprehensive 2-4 page (double-spaced) essay please address the following, using distinct sections for each part:

    1. Your interest in Forensic Behavioral Science

    2. Why the California School of Forensic Studies’ program is a good fit for you

    3. Career goals and interests

     

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Requirements for Postdoctoral Master's Programs


There are separate requirements for the Postdoctoral Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology listed below. Applicants are eligible to apply for a Postdoctoral Master's only after having completed a Doctoral degree. 

 

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    Completed Online Application

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

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    Resume or CV

    All applicants are required to submit a current resume or curriculum vitae detailing their professional experience.

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    Program Entry Requirements

    Psychology license verification or official transcript showing Psychology Doctoral degree completion is required for all Postdoctoral applicants. 
    Students currently preparing for a state licensing exam may be individually reviewed by the Program Director.

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