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Summary of Admission Requirements

All Applicants:





  • Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0

Application Requirements:



  • Graduate Division Application
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Short Essay Response
  • Two Copies of Official Post-secondary Transcripts
  • Test Scores (GRE or MAT)
  • A $50.00 fee
  • Personal Interview (*following application completion)

International Applicants Only:



  • Language Test Scores (TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Transcript Translation and Evaluation

Priority deadline is March 1st for entrance in Fall term.
Applications received after these deadlines will be reviewed on an individual basis.


Details about Admission Requirements

The following application process and criteria applies to both the Master of Arts and Graduate Certificate programs.  




  • Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution
    • U.S. applicants should have received a bachelor’s degree from a college or university that has been accredited as a degree granting institution by one of the accrediting bodies recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation (CORPA). The bachelor’s degree must have been awarded by the institution where final coursework was completed.
    • International applicants who have completed their postsecondary education from a college or university outside of the U.S. must hold a degree from a university recognized by the Ministry of Education as a degree granting institution in the country where the institution is located.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0

Application Requirements:

  • Graduate Division Application: Completed online.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from persons acquainted with the applicant’s professional and academic background. Recommendation Forms available for download within the online Graduate Division Application.
  • Personal Statement of no more than four, typed, double-spaced pages, addressing the following three areas: (1) The applicant’s academic and/or professional background; (2) Why the applicant wishes to pursue graduate studies in bioethics at LMU; (3) How the applicant intends to use the degree or certificate after graduation. Submit by uploading to online Graduate Division Application.
  • Short Essay Response to a selected academic article. View complete Instructions for Short Essay Response here. Submit by uploading to online Graduate Division Application.
  • Two Copies of Official Postsecondary Transcripts: from all schools attended since high school. Waived for applicants with terminal graduate degrees from U.S. institutions.
  • Standardized Test Scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Requirement may be waived for applicants who already have a terminal graduate degree.
  • A $50.00 fee: Payment accepted online with submission of Graduate Division Application
  • *Personal Interview: Once all application materials have been received, applicants will be contacted to schedule a personal interview. Long-distance applicants may arrange for video interview online.


In addition to the above materials, international students are required to submit the items listed below as part of their application. Details about requirements for international applicants are available on the Graduate Division's International Students Admission Requirements page. All admission materials must be received minimally ninety days prior to the term for which application is being made.

  • Transcript Translation and Evaluation: All international applicants must have their transcripts translated and evaluated by a U.S. transcript evaluation service (e.g. Global Services AssociatesEducational Credential Evaluators, International Education Research Foundation or World Education Services) before the application is considered for admission. The purpose of the evaluation is to verify that your postsecondary degree is the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree.
  • Language Test Scores (TOEFL or IELTS): All international applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) unless they received a high school diploma in the United States. Please request that ETS send your scores to LMU Graduate Admissions: the Institution Code for LMU is 4403. Exceptions to the Language Test requirement may be made on a case by case basis for students from countries where English is one of several official languages, as well as at the discretion of the program director. The minimum scores for admission are 100 Internet-based (TOEFL) or an Overall Band Score of 7 (IELTS). For information regarding the TOEFL, please go to: (Note: If, after admission to a graduate program, the applicant's proficiency in English should prove inadequate, the University reserves the right to require additional proficiency in English. Failure to comply will result in disqualification from the graduate program.)

Newly Accepted International Students: International students who have been accepted and plan to enroll should review the Graduate Division’s International Students page and the Checklist for International Graduate Students for information about some additional requirements.

All materials for admission must be received in the Graduate Admission Office by the dates listed below. Applications received after this deadline will be reviewed on an individual basis.

March 1 for entrance in Fall 2015


[1] In order to be considered “official,” transcripts need to be generated from each individual postsecondary school you have attended and enclosed in a sealed envelope. You may either have each school mail your transcripts directly to our office or you can request that official copies be generated, sealed, and sent to you for you to forward (unopened) to our office.

What about scholarships?

Bioethics Institute students and applicants must submit a separate application to be considered for scholarships and grants.

Visit our Financial Assistance page for details.