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Admissions

Application Process

Individuals may apply online at www.calu.edu and pay the application fee following the guidelines listed.

Submit official sealed transcripts of the undergraduate degree to the School of Graduate Studies and Research, California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave., California, PA 15419. The bachelor's degree must have been awarded from a regionally accredited college or university. It is not necessary to send a transcript of work completed at California University.

Admission Decisions

Generally, the minimum requirement for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research is a 3.00 undergraduate GPA. Some programs have other GPA requirements. Applicants who have less than a 3.00 undergraduate GPA may be able to seek conditional admission based on established criteria.  Review program requirements in this catalog.

In addition to GPA, some programs require additional documentation such as letters of recommendation, references, specified entrance exams (Praxis/PAPA, GRE, MAT), and/or other supporting material. See program requirements in this catalog.

When the Graduate School has received all of the required application materials, the materials are reviewed for the admission decision. The applicant is informed of the decision via e-mail.

An admission decision is valid for one academic year (two semesters and one summer term, i.e., the semester/term the student applied for and the following two semesters/terms). If a student does not register for classes during that time, the acceptance is no longer valid and the applicant must reapply for admission, repay the application fee and resubmit all materials.

Residency is determined at admission.A Pennsylvania resident is defined as one who is a bonafide resident of and domiciled within the State of Pennsylvania for a reasonable period, not less than one year, immediately preceding the student's registration for a term or semester in any state-supported college or university in the State of Pennsylvania. Individuals who have been adjudged not to be a resident of Pennsylvania and would like to appeal this decision must petition the Residency Appeals Committee throughthe office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, after admission and before registration.

The application fee may be paid by credit card when the online application is submitted.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, and students are advised to apply for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research as early as possible. Most programs have rolling deadlines and applications may be submitted at any time. However, the programs listed below have strict application deadlines that must be met in order to be considered for admission:

Athletic Training – April 1

Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Nov. 1 for spring admission, May 1 for summer admission, July 1 for fall admission

Communication Disorders – Feb. 15

Counselor Education – Nov. 1 for spring admission, May 1 for summer admission, July 1 for fall admission

School Counseling – Nov. 1 for spring admission, May 1 for summer admission, July 1 for fall admission

School Psychology – Feb. 15

Social Work – June 14

Sports Counseling – First Friday in May

Admission for Other Programs

In addition to degree programs, the University offers certification programs, certificates, letters of completion, and options for non-degree and visiting students.

Certification Programs

Certification programs prepare individuals to apply for a certification or licensure from a third party, which normally imposes experiences and requirements beyond university credits. These additional program requirements develop appropriate competencies in specific areas of specialization.

Certificates

A certificate is not a certification but rather a formal, credit-based credential that indicates completion of a program of study that does not culminate in a degree or qualify the individual for certification.

Letter of Completion

A letter of completion is a statement of recognition designated on the academic record to indicate completion of an organized set of courses or short program of study, not culminating in a degree, certificate or certification.

Non-degree

Although most graduate students at California University are enrolled in degree programs, there are opportunities to take some graduate classes as a non-degree student for personal or professional growth without pursuing a graduate degree.

Admitted non-degree students may take only a limited number of credits. Completion of these courses does not automatically lead to admission to a degree or certification program. Applicants interested in further exploration must reapply (fee waived).

Visiting Students

Graduate students from other universities (sometimes known as "visiting students") may take courses at California University. Visiting students are responsible for knowing and adhering to the transfer policies of their home institutions.

International Students

International Applicants

California University welcomes applications from students from countries other than the United States. All international applicants must follow the procedures and guidelines, which are available at www.calu.edu/prospective/graduate/how-to-apply/international-applicants/.

Canadian Applicants

Students holding undergraduate degrees from a Canadian college or university need only submit their official transcripts directly to the Graduate School. If they are similar to the materials from the United States model, they will be evaluated locally. If not, students will be required to comply with the above international student policy.

Acceptance into the University Does Not Imply Receipt of a Graduate Assistantship

International students who are interested may contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research regarding graduate assistantships and the Financial Aid Office regarding financial options.