Admission Terms

Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year. There are six (6) enrollment terms per calendar year. Applicants are urged to apply in a timely manner for the desired enrollment term/session, especially if the prospective student is an F-1 applicant.

F-1 Initial and Reinstatement applicants may only apply for Session 1 of any term. F-1 change of status (COS) and transfer applicants may apply to any session. Non-F-1 applicants may apply to any session.

See Academic Calendar for deadlines and due dates.

FALL (Sep-Dec)SPRING (Jan-Apr)SUMMER (May-Aug)
Session 1 (Sep-Oct)Session 1 (Jan-Feb)Session 1 (May-Jun)
Session 2 (Nov-Dec)Session 2 (Mar-Apr)Session 2 (Jul-Aug)

Articulation Agreements

An articulation agreement benefits the student who wishes to transfer into or out of IAU. Factors of the institution evaluated may include but is not limited to approvals and accreditation, the program curricula, and courses. IAU has entered into an articulation or transfer agreements with the following colleges or universities.

English Proficiency

Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is essential to the student’s success at IAU. Since classes are taught in English, an applicant must demonstrate their ability to read, write, and speak English. If English is not the applicant’s native language, they will be required to provide proof of English Proficiency.

The ways to demonstrate English proficiency are:

  • A high school diploma: For undergraduate applicants only, provide evidence of a high school or secondary diploma where the medium of instruction is English.
  • Credit hours in English: For undergraduate applicants, provide a transcript indicating completion of at least 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours of credit or 360 contact hours. For graduate applicants, provide a transcript indicating completion of at least 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours of credit or 270 contact hours. Credits must be from an appropriately accredited institution or foreign equivalent where the language of instruction was English with an average grade of "C" or higher. If credits are from a foreign institution where the language of instruction is not evident, the applicant must include a mode of instruction (MOI) letter. Units from English language training institutions do not count toward this requirement.
  • Degree from an English Speaking Institution: Provide a transcript indicating completion of a degree from an appropriately accredited institution or foreign equivalent where English was the language of instruction. If degree is from a foreign institution where the language of instruction is not evident, the applicant must include a mode of instruction (MOI) letter.
  • Standardized English Exams. IAU accepts the following Standardized English Exams with minimal scores. See Standardized English Exam/Scores chart.

Evaluation of Standardized Exam Credit (SEC)

IAU will consider awarding credit for standardized tests for specific academic disciplines. Students who obtain the credit-granting score required can earn credits and course exemptions. The institution establishes standards that are recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). IAU grants a credit on standardized exams for undergraduate credit only. The maximum amounts of credit that may be granted are detailed below:

Program: Maximum SEC Units Awarded
Associate Degree: 45
Bachelor Degree: 90
Master Degree: 0
Doctor Degree: 0

The number of credits accepted as Standardized Exam Credit will be determined after an evaluation of the number of credit hours earned per course and of the similarity between the IAU courses and those courses required from the issuing institution. Official exam scores must be sent from the crediting exam center. Some standardized exams accepted include:

  1. Advanced Placement Program (AP)
  2. College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) - IAU CLEP College Code: #2641
  3. DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
  4. Excelsior College Examinations (ECE)
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Advanced Subject Tests
  6. New York University (NYU) Proficiency Testing in Foreign Languages
  7. Thomas Edison College Examination Programs (TECEP)

Evaluation of Transfer Credit (TRC)

IAU will consider awarding credit from other institutions to transfer students as determined by the Office of Admissions, Chief Academic Officer, or qualified faculty member. To transfer to IAU, an applicant must file an application for admission, satisfy all admission requirements, and submit original transcripts from all post secondary institutions attended. Credit earned for courses for which a grade of “C” or higher will be considered for transfer. IAU considers the accredited status of the transferring institution as a major factor, but not the sole determinant of the transfer decision. There is no age limit to the academic credit which has been completed. The Office of Admissions has the sole discretion to award transfer credits. If a student wishes to ask for reconsideration of this decision, they may contact the Office of Admissions. The maximum amount of transfer credit that may be granted for each program level is detailed below:

Program: Maximum TRC Units Awarded
Associate Degree: 45
Bachelor Degree: 90
Master Degree: 6
Doctor Degree: 30

Reasons for refusal of transfer credits:

  1. The course is not comparable to the academic objectives of IAU.
  2. The course level is not the same level to apply toward the degree. For example, a student is trying to apply credit from a lower division course (100-499) toward an upper division course (500+).
  3. Students are trying to transfer duplicate content.

Appeal the decision to reject transfer credits:

If the student decides to appeal the transfer credit denial decision, their first step is to reach out to the admissions representative. The admissions representative will assist the student by providing a timeline and instructions for submitting the documentation necessary to evaluate the student’s decision and begin the appeal process. Students should contact a representative via adm@iaula.edu and include “TRC Appeal” in the subject line. Be sure to include the following in the body of the email:

  1. Student’s full name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Phone
  4. F-1 Transfer - provide SEVIS ID

Foreign Educated Applicants

If an applicant completed their coursework at a foreign (outside of the U.S.) institution, they will need to provide transcripts in English. Transcripts not in English must be evaluated by an appropriate third party and translated into English or evaluated by a certified transcript evaluator fluent in the language on the transcript. In this case, the evaluator must have expertise in the educational practices of the country of origin and include a certified English translation of the review.

Certified Translation: Foreign transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, Government official, or official translation service. An applicant may not complete their own translation.

General Report: For purposes that require showing evidence of an earned degree, an official evaluation of a General Report translated in English of the degree is acceptable.

Course-By-Course Report: If an applicant wants to receive transfer credit for coursework completed at a foreign (outside of the U.S.) institution and/or show the equivalent CGPA, they will need to submit a certified course-by-course English-translated evaluation of the transcript of records.

IAU recommends a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member or other reputable foreign credential evaluation agency for course-by-course or general report evaluations. For a list of NACES approved agencies, go to www.naces.org. In the event that applicants cannot obtain official copies due to circumstances, notarized (or otherwise certified) copies of academic documents are acceptable.

Full-Time Enrollment

Full-time matriculated students are required to enroll full-time for each mandatory Spring and Fall semester. F-1 students are required to enroll full-time during the Summer vacation if it is the initial or final enrollment term of their program. Full-time enrollment is defined as:

Undergraduate: 12 units per mandatory semester.
Graduate: 9 units per mandatory semester.

Graduate Entrance Examinations

No graduate entrance examinations are required at the time of admissions for graduate programs.

High School Completion, GED, & ATB

If an applicant is applying for an undergraduate degree program and has no prior post-secondary coursework completed, the applicant must provide evidence of a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED).

An applicant who does not have a high school diploma or GED may demonstrate eligibility for entry into those undergraduate degree programs if the applicant achieves acceptable scores on the Ability-To-Benefit (ATB) Examination. Passing the ATB exam does not take the place of having a high school diploma or GED for those programs that require a diploma or GED for admission purposes. List of Approved Ability-To-Benefit Approved Exams.

Information Technology Skills

IAU recommends computer and internet skills sufficient to effectively participate in IAU's learning model and conduct research at the appropriate level. Applicants must complete the Skills Assessment Survey on the Application for Admissions.

Maximum Credits Awarded

Undergraduate Level: A maximum of 75% of the credits required may be awarded for a combination of transfer credit and standardized exam credit.

Master Level: No more than 20% of graduate semester units or the equivalent in other units awarded by another institution may be transferred for credit toward a Master's degree.

Doctorate Level: A maximum of 30 units of graduate semester units or the equivalent in other units awarded by another institution may be transferred for credit toward a Doctoral degree.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

IAU holds mandatory New Student Orientations (NSO) online via IAUonline for all new/returning students starting a new program. NSO is held asynchronously online for one week, which is typically the week before classes begin. IAU’s staff are knowledgeable about all the resources new students will need. Staff will help students with orientation, registration, academic policies, IAUonline, and any questions along the way. Students who are unable to complete NSO before the start of classes shall have their enrollment canceled and be administratively withdrawn from the program.


IAU is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment in accordance with its Christian principles and morality. IAU does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, advancement of its personnel, scholarship and loan programs, and other IAU administered programs and activities. Please note, however, that IAU reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone that IAU believes does not meet its academic standards.

Non-Matriculated Applicants

All degree applicants must matriculate into an academic program. No non-program applicants shall be accepted.

Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits & Credentials Earned At IAU

The transferability of credits a student earns at International American University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which a student may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the credits, certificate, or degree earned at IAU is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which the student may seek to transfer. If the credits, certificate, or degree that a student earns at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which the student seeks to transfer, the student may be required to repeat some or all of their coursework at that institution. For this reason, a student should make certain that their attendance at IAU will meet their educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which the student may seek to transfer after attending IAU to determine if their credits, certificate, or degree will transfer.

Official Transcript

An official transcript is an original one that is sent directly to IAU from the issuing institution. It must bear the college seal, date, and an appropriate signature. Scanned or photos copies are not considered official.

Note: In extreme situations where an original official transcript cannot be obtained, notarized copies are permissible. Consult with an IAU admissions advisor.

Program Completion Plan (PCP)

A Program Completion Plan (PCP) shall be completed for all applicants who have been accepted to an academic program at IAU. The PCP shall indicate the program requirements required to complete the program. Also, indicated on the PCP is any credit awarded. Credit awarded may be in the form of transfer credit (TRC), standardized exam credit (SEC), or Waived courses, as indicated. Any credit awarded may reduce the length of time, as well as cost to complete the program. Applicants are required to review the PCP carefully. Once the enrollment agreement is signed, the PCP is locked and the student is bound to those program requirements. However, IAU can award TRC for courses taken after a student signs the enrollment agreement with the submission of original transcripts. See current Schedule of Fees.

Selection Criteria

The admission policy at IAU is designed to select a qualified and diverse student body. With open enrollments, IAU does not reject applicants based on limited enrollment caps. IAU strives to admit students that, beyond meeting the eligibility requirements, demonstrate high academic achievement, exceptional personal talent, and that encompass the broad diversity of the current global business environment. These select applicants are the ones who would contribute positively to IAU's dynamic learning environment and would make the most of their educational and professional opportunities and networks.