Application & Admission

  • Overview

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


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

    Application Requirements:

    International Applicants Only:

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


    Admission Application Deadline: March 15

    Priority deadline is March 15th for entrance in Fall term. Applications received after this deadline will be reviewed on an individual basis.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: April 7

    Prospective students who wish to be considered for scholarships and grants must fill out a separate application. Visit our Scholarships & Grants page for details. The priority deadline for financial award applications is April 7th. Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis after this date.

  • Application Details

    The following application process and criteria apply 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:

    • Two Letters of Recommendation from persons acquainted with the applicant’s professional and academic background. Recommendation forms are available within the online Graduate Division Application.
    • Personal Statement of 2-4, 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.
    • One Official Copy of Postsecondary Transcripts from all schools attended since high school. Have schools send your official, sealed transcripts to: Graduate Division | University Hall, Suite 1840 | 1 LMU Drive | Los Angeles, CA 90045.
      • Note that 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.
    • A $50.00 fee: Payment accepted online with submission of Graduate Division Application. Fee waived for Graduate Open House attendees.

    International Applicants:

    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.

    • 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 for information about some additional requirements.