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Apply for Admission

Select and complete the appropriate application below and submit for processing.

If you have any questions regarding the submission of the online application contact the Office of Admissions & Records directly via email (admissions@lasierra.edu) or telephone-1-800-874-5587 or 951-785-2006.

The online application is transmitted via secure server from your web browser directly to us at La Sierra University. If you feel uncertain about transmitting your information via the internet, please click here to download, fill out, and submit via postal mail, our regular application form. Please note that while there is no processing fee for the electronically submitted online application, there is, however, a $30 USD processing fee if you choose to instead submit a printed application for admission.

  • Graduate Application


Preferred Application Deadlines

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, however it is highly recommended that the following deadlines be observed:


Summer Quarter

All applications

May 1

Fall Quarter

Graduate applications

July 1

Winter Quarter

All applications

November 15

Spring Quarter

All applications

March 1


  • Application Receipt Date. Applications arriving in Admissions by the stated preferred date will assure a timelier processing of the application materials.
  • Other Application Items. Other required items stated on the application [ie, essay, transcripts, recommendations, etc] should also be submitted as soon as possible.
  • Rolling Admission. A review of the application for acceptance eligibility will be conducted as soon as all items are on file.
  • Financial Aid/Housing. Early acceptance assists in awarding financial aid and reserving a room in the residence hall.


Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary from program to program. Please consult the individual school or Graduate Bulletin, for detailed information.

A completed graduate application may need to include some or all of the following:

  1. College Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts can be used to expedite the admissions process. Official transcripts are required to process requests for financial aid and complete your admissions file. To be considered official, transcripts must be mailed directly to the Admissions Office from each school attended. Transcripts that are hand carried, faxed or sent by students, even if in sealed envelopes, will not be considered official.

    Request that your official transcripts be mailed directly from each school you have attended to:

    La Sierra University
    Office of Admissions & Records
    4500 Riverwalk Parkway
    Riverside, CA 92515-8247

  2. Recommendations. For graduate programs through the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education & School of Religion-three recommendations are required from professional people (not related to you) who can evaluate you on your (a) character; (b) academics; (c) job performance-one recommendation per category.

    For the MBA program through the School of Business, you will be notified if you need to submit one or more recommendations.

    Download Recommendation form and instructions
    (Adobe Acrobat PDF format).

  3. Graduate Admission Test Results required for:

Credentials (other than teaching credentials)

Requires GRE General scores

Master of Arts in English    

Requires GRE General scores

Master of Arts in Religion  

Requires GRE General scores

Master of Arts in Education programs 

May requires GRE General scores if GPA is below 3.00

Master of Business Administration degree

May requires GMAT or GRE scores if GPA is below 3.00

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree

Requires GRE General scores

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree

Requires GRE General scores

  1. Department Interview.  Required for most School of Education programs.  Schedule an appointment with the chair in your program’s department.

  2. Writing Sample. Master of Arts in English applicants are required to provide a piece of recent academic writing, that is preferably literary in nature, or otherwise displays the applicant’s analytical skills. The essay should reflect upper division course work or an equivalent effort, demonstrate the applicant’s best writing skills, and be between 2,500 – 5,000 words long. The essay can be emailed to admissions@lasierra.edu, faxed to (951) 785-2477, or mailed to the Office of Admissions & Records.

Questions regarding Admissions should be directed to the Office of Admissions.

Office of Admissions & Records
Phone: (951) 785-2006
Email: admissions@lasierra.edu


Graduate Bulletin

Graduate Bulletin


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