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Graduate Admissions 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. School-specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the school supplementary requirements for the program, the following are University-wide graduate admission requirements:

1. Undergraduate Degree
You must hold or be eligible for an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or its international equivalent prior to graduate entry. San Francisco Law School allows an exception to this requirement; please see the school’s application instructions for additional information.

2. General Academic Ability
All graduate programs at Alliant have a stated grade point average minimum requirement for admission. Applicants must meet the stated requirement, or submit a Grade Point Average Exemption Petition.

3. Graduate Entry Requirements
Most graduate programs at Alliant have academic entry requirements such as test scores, a specific undergraduate major, or identified coursework.

4. Personal and Non-Academic Factors
Non-academic factors are evaluated using:
a) Essay or personal narrative
b) Professional experience (Resume required)
c) Recommendations
d) An interview in person, by video or by telephone (if required by the program)

5. English Proficiency
Any graduate applicant who has not been residing in the US or an English-speaking country since the age of 13 must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from the Educational Testing Service (ETS), even if the applicant is now a United States citizen or permanent resident. The following are requirements for English Proficiency:The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) may be required for non-native speakers. Students whose native language is not English or who have not earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. higher education institution are required to show English proficiency by taking the TOEFL. Alliant International University requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 for the internet based test, a score of 213 for the computer based test or a score of 550 for the paper based test. Alliant also requires a minimum score of 5 or higher on the TWE, if required. Please contact TOEFL directly at www.toefl.org, to request an official score report; Alliant’s TOEFL code is 4039.Alliant will accept IELTS scores of 6.0 or above, or another approved test of English proficiency with scores equivalent to the TOEFL score minimums.Some academic programs may allow students who do not meet the English proficiency criteria to be enrolled.  Please note that academic performance at Alliant may reveal the necessity for further English language study by any student. The University reserves the right to make the final determination of a student’s English proficiency in all cases.

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • English proficiency must be evidenced by the TOEFL (see above).
  • All international students must carry a full course load at Alliant.
  • Copy of passport.
  • Transcript Evaluation: International students must submit official, translated transcripts and results from an educational credential evaluation service agency. The evaluation must include degree equivalency to a 4 year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, US semester credit and grade equivalent for each course, and US grade point average. Any graduate level courses and/or degrees should also be included in the evaluation. To locate an agency, go to www.naces.org.
  • Evidence of Financial Support: If you are not a US citizen and have not been classified by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services as a permanent resident, you must provide evidence of financial support for your studies by submitting the Alliant International Student Financial Certification Form, which is available from the Alliant Admissions Processing Center upon request. This financial guarantee must be signed by the sponsor, if applicable, and certified by a bank official. A bank statement is also requested.

    Graduate Financial Certification Form

  • U.S. immigration law prohibits waiver of the financial guarantee. The financial guarantee certifies that sufficient funds are available for a student (and dependents if applicable) for study at the University for at least one academic year; and, barring unforeseen circumstances, that adequate funding will be available from the same or equally dependable sources for subsequent years for the full course of study. Without this certified information, the I-20 form or IAP-66 form cannot be issued. The financial guarantee must be current within one year of the student’s start date at the University.
  • International students who have been accepted to Alliant must transmit payment for a minimum of one full-time semester before an I-20 will be issued. This amount will be calculated using the tuition and fee schedule. In the event that a student is unable to attend Alliant, the advance payment will be refunded.