The University of Phoenix is a large for-profit academic institution. It offers campus-based and online learning for students whose lives, careers or preferences require nontraditional undergraduate or graduate education. Phoenix has programs ranging from nursing and health administration to criminal justice and sociology. University enrollment advisers help prospective students understand specific application requirements. All programs have basic shared admission requirements.
The University of Phoenix has standard application criteria that apply to all undergraduate and graduate students. All students must complete and submit a formal undergraduate or graduate admissions form. They must be United States citizens, permanent residents or current U.S. visa holders. Students who went to school outside the U.S. may apply; however, if their classes weren't held in English, they must take a standardized English proficiency exam. Phoenix doesn't accept students who were expelled from any schools.
Basics for Bachelor's
Individuals interested in an associate or bachelor’s degree must have a high school diploma, GED or California High School Proficiency Examination certificate. Students from outside the U.S. must show similar documentation. Many Phoenix degrees prepare students for specific professional roles, such as nurses, teachers and accountants, by combining classroom theory with real-world experience. Some applicants may already have work experience in the field. Those who don't must be willing and able to participate in hands-on practice at an appropriate work setting. This is determined with an adviser.
Documentation of any previously earned credits must be submitted to the university. These could include transfer credits from accredited colleges or universities, Advanced Placement test scores and professional or military training.
Must-haves for Master's
To apply for graduate programs, a prospective student must submit a transcript demonstrating completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Most of Phoenix's master's programs focus on professional positions in education, nursing, tourism and business. In order to connect their learning to the real world, applicants must consult an adviser. Together the adviser and student will make arrangements for practical work experience related to the student's field of study.
For most doctoral programs, students must submit proof of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. This documentation must include an official transcript with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Because of the extensive math needed for the program, applicants seeking a Ph.D. in business administration must show successful completion of a research methods or statistics class. The Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology is exempt from these requirements; a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for acceptance. Applicants must show professional work experience, but the specific level and type differ by program. Since doctoral programs emphasize research, each applicant must arrange access to a research library. In order to conduct research and complete assignments, applicants must agree to meet significant computer requirements for accessibility and software.
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