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Academic Catalog

    Argosy University
  Sep 24, 2017
2016-2017 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 7, Issue 1 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Section Five, Admission Policies


Admission Procedures and Conditions

The Admissions Department of each Argosy University campus is available to assist prospective students with the process of submitting an application for admission. Individuals interested in information about Argosy University, its programs, and the application process are invited to contact the Admissions Department at the Argosy University campus of choice. Argosy University reserves the right to limit enrollment in any of its programs, and requirements may vary from program to program. Effective November 4, 2015, Argosy University, Seattle is no longer enrolling new students. Questions should be addressed to the student’s Seattle campus student advisor.

See program descriptions in this catalog for admission requirements and procedures. Individuals interested in applying to Argosy University should contact the Admissions Department with additional questions.

Admission Decisions

Argosy University does not discuss decisions regarding an applicant’s file. Admissions decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.

Applications to Multiple Campuses

Policy and procedure for applying to more than one location may vary depending on the graduate program of interest. Applicants who wish to apply to more than one location should refer to the policies specific to their graduate program of interest.

Late Admission

Argosy University recommends that applicants apply well before their expected program start date to allow sufficient time to complete all necessary requirements for admission. Argosy University may allow a student to start classes after the beginning of an academic session if the student completes all admission requirements and begins class within the add/drop period.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be granted to an applicant pending receipt of official transcripts or other equivalent official documentation. Students must also submit additional basis of admission documentation based on their program of study. To be eligible for conditional admission to matriculate into the program, unofficial transcripts must show receipt of the degree required for admission to the program. Students who are conditionally admitted to a program are not eligible to receive financial aid until documentation has been provided and the conditional status removed. International students requiring an F-1 visa are not eligible for conditional admission status.

Failure to provide official transcripts within the stated timeline will result in the student being withdrawn from the program, credits will not be transcripted, and tuition will be refunded. Timeline requirements vary depending on whether a program is comprised of 5 week, 7.5 week, or 15 week courses. See chart below for timeline requirements for submitting all official transcripts:

Type of Program Timeline Requirements to Submit All Official Transcripts
5 Week Courses End of Week 10 of enrollment
7.5 Week Courses End of Week 15 of enrollment
15 Week Courses End of Week 15 of enrollment

Reapplication for Admission

Applicants who have been denied admission to a given program may reapply to that program at any of the Argosy University campuses or online after the passage of one year from the date of denial by submitting all documents required of a new applicant. Individuals who intend to reapply for admission are strongly encouraged to contact the Admissions Department prior to reapplying.

Readmission Process after Withdrawal/Dismissal

Students who have been withdrawn from Argosy University for a period of greater than one year must reapply for admission. These applicants must submit the materials required by the campus and program to which they are reapplying.

Students who have been denied an appeal or dismissed from Argosy University for reasons other than Maximum Allowable Timeframe (MTF) or conduct issues may apply for readmission to any Argosy University campus or online one year after the semester in which dismissal occurred or the appeal denied, but must provide demonstrable evidence of likely academic success to be considered at the campus or online where the student is reapplying. Students who have been dismissed from Argosy University and not readmitted to a program of study are prohibited from taking coursework at any Argosy University campus or online. Students who have been dismissed from Argosy University due to Maximum Allowable Timeframe (MTF) may not apply for readmission.

Students who are readmitted after an absence of one year or more must complete all requirements of the program in the year of readmission. This may require additional course work, replacement of courses that have been substantially modified, and/or other academic requirements. Students dismissed due to Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) will be placed on Academic/Financial Aid Warning with an action plan upon return (see Section Seven for additional information).

Reinstatement after Administrative Withdrawal for Non-Continuous Enrollment

Students who are administratively withdrawn from Argosy University for failing to remain continuously registered may request reinstatement if the period of absence is less than one year. If the request for reinstatement is granted, students will continue in their existing program of study unless changes required by accrediting or regulatory bodies have been enacted during the period of absence. In such cases, the student will be required to complete the program with any such modifications.

Readmission after Extended Absence

Students who have been withdrawn from the school for three years or more will be required to have all prior coursework re-evaluated for determination of relevancy to current practice. Faculty members appointed by the program chair will conduct the evaluation of coursework.

Early Acceptance

Early Acceptance may be granted to an applicant who is otherwise qualified for admission, but who has not yet earned the degree required for admission (e.g., a student currently enrolled in high school who is applying for an associate’s or bachelor’s program) or completed the TOEFL® examination successfully. To qualify for early acceptance, the applicant must provide a transcript or other documentation that he/she is in the final year of the required degree program. Prior to starting classes, the applicant must demonstrate that all admission requirements have been satisfied and provide a transcript documenting receipt of the degree.

Deferral Policy

An applicant admitted to Argosy University who finds that pressing and unforeseen circumstances prevent him or her from matriculating during the semester for which he or she was admitted, may request one deferral of admission for up to one year from the semester for which he or she was admitted. Deferrals are not automatic. A student who wishes to request a deferral should send a letter to the Admissions Department indicating his or her special circumstances. If deferral is granted, an additional non-refundable deposit may be required. Applicants should consult with the campus Admissions Department.

Vocational Rehabilitation Programs

Every state has programs to help people with physical and mental disabilities. Some states offer retraining programs for people who have been out of the job market for a length of time, for example. Eligibility criteria and amounts vary according to federal, state and private agency regulations. Students must apply directly to and be approved for benefits through the appropriate federal, state, or private agency. For more information, contact your local vocational rehabilitation office, unemployment office, or your state department of human resources.

Veterans Education Act

The Veterans Education Act provides varying levels of assistance to eligible veterans, disabled veterans, and their dependents. If you are a veteran or the dependent of a veteran, contact the local Veterans Affairs office in your region, visit

U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense Education Benefits

Argosy University has been approved for the training of veterans and eligible veterans’ dependents. Where applicable, students utilizing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits may receive assistance from the School Certifying Official in the filing of appropriate forms. These students must maintain satisfactory attendance and academic progress (refer to the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the catalog for more information). Students receiving veterans’ benefits must report all prior education and training. Argosy University will evaluate prior credit and accept that which is appropriate. Students with questions should contact their state Veterans Affairs State Approving Agency as follows.

3839 North 3rd Street, Suite 209
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-255-5395
Fax: 602-297-6675

California Department of Veterans Affairs
1227 O Street, Suite 625
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-503-8317
Fax: 916-653-1035

9101 East Lowry Boulevard
Denver, CO 80230-6011
Phone: 303-595-1622
Fax: 303-595-1621

Floyd Veterans’ Memorial Building, Suite E-970
Atlanta, GA 30334-4800
Phone: 404-656-2306
Fax: 404-657-6276

P.O. Box 8888
Muskogee, OK. 74401
Phone: 918-781-7827

833 South Spring Street
P.O. Box 19432
Springfield, IL 62794-9432
Phone: 217-782-7838
Fax: 207-524-8394

James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph Street, Suite 5-570
Chicago, IL 60601-3219
Phone: 312-814-2460

Veterans Service Building, 2nd Floor
20 West 12th Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: 651-757-1569
Fax: 651-296-3954

Parkway Towers, Suite 1900
404 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0830
Phone: 615-741-7569
Fax: 615-741-6230

P.O. Box 12277
Austin, TX 78711-2277
Phone: 512-463-3168 / Toll Free: 877-898-3833
Fax: 512-463-3932

700 Foothill Blvd
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone: 801-584-1974
Fax: 801-584-1964

Visit Web Site
900 East Main Street
Sixth Floor, West Wing
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-225-2083
Fax: 804-786-0809

128 10th Avenue SW
P.O. Box 43105
Olympia, WA 98504-3105
Phone: 360-709-4600
Fax: 360-586-5862

For students using Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits, any complaint against the school should be routed through the VA GI Bill® Feedback System by going to the following website: The VA will then follow up through the appropriate channels to investigate the complaint and resolve it satisfactorily. As a Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding education institution participant and signatory, Argosy University is approved for Tuition Assistance. Eligibility for Tuition Assistance varies by military branch. Military spouses may also be eligible to use Department of Defense (DoD) educational benefits under the Military Spouse Career Advancement Scholarship (MyCAA) program. Service members or military spouses wishing to use Department of Defense education benefits must obtain approval from their respective military branch or the Department of Defense prior to starting the course.

While benefit and eligibility information is provided by Argosy University, the ultimate approval of a student’s ability to use a particular benefit is determined by the respective government agency offering the benefit. Eligible service members, veterans and dependents may contact the Student Financial Services department at Argosy University to learn more about these programs and participation.

For additional information, visit

For additional information about the VA programs, please refer to the Department of Veterans Affairs Education and Training website (

For additional information about the DoD programs, please refer to the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding website (

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

For additional information about the VA programs, please refer to the Department of Veterans Affairs Education and Training website (    

For additional information about the DoD programs, please refer to the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding website (

Transfer of Credits

Military and veteran students bring invaluable real-life experience to Argosy University classrooms. Additionally, most military training courses have been evaluated for academic credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). At Argosy University, we will evaluate your Joint Service Transcript, Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) or corresponding official service transcript to determine if we can award college level credit for your prior learning.

Argosy University recognizes credit from non-traditional educational sources such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) exams.

For additional information regarding the transfer of credits, contact the school’s registrar.

International Student Admissions Policy

All international Students must meet the same admissions standards as all other students when seeking to enroll in Argosy University. Please refer to admissions Requirements. Those international students applying to SEVP-certified schools and requiring the school’s sponsorship for international student visa status (Form I-20) must meet the additional requirements listed below. Argosy University requires nonimmigrant students present in Visa Waiver, B-1, and B-2 status to change visa to F-1 or other qualifying status prior to enrolling in programs of study (other than avocational or recreational courses). Students in F-2 or M-2 status may enroll on a part-time basis where available. Please note that some programs may not be eligible for international students requiring Form I-20 sponsorship. Please ask to speak with Argosy University International Admissions Representative for more detail.

Important International Student Disclosure – International students attending Argosy University locations under F-1 visas (Form I-20) are required to maintain a “full course of study” during each academic term of their programs of study. For undergraduate (non-degree, Diploma, Associates, and Bachelors-level programs) students, this is defined as a minimum of 12 credits per academic term. Graduate programs will vary by program of study. Not more than 1 online course or 3 online credits per academic term may be counted toward meeting the “full course of study” requirement. Please note that not all Argosy University locations offer online courses. Speak with an admissions representative for more information. Program and course offerings are subject to change and international students may be required to take additional courses to meet the full course of study requirement. International students should work closely with the International Student Advisor to ensure all requirements of their visa statuses are met. THIS SCHOOL IS AUTHORIZED UNDER FEDERAL LAW TO ENROLL NONIMMIGRANT ALIEN STUDENTS.

Admissions Requirements for Students Requiring Form I-20 Sponsorship

International students requiring Argosy University’s Form I-20 must submit the following items in addition to the standard documents required for admission:

  • Original or official copies of all educational transcripts and diplomas (secondary and post-secondary if applicable)
  • English language translation(s) of education transcripts and diplomas, if applicable
  • If used to meet admissions requirements above, official credential evaluation of post-secondary, non-U.S. transcripts and diplomas required for admission. NOTE: evaluations must be prepared by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE)-member organization
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (see English Language Proficiency Policy)
  • Proof of financial responsibility to cover costs of tuition and fees and living expenses (and dependent costs if applicable) for at least one academic year (official bank statements, Sponsor’s Statement of Support, if required)
  • Photocopy of student’s “bio-info” page of passport to provide proof of birth date and citizenship
  • For all nonimmigrant applicants residing in the United States, provide a copy of passport visa page and Entry Record or Form I-94 card
  • For all non-immigrant applicants currently in F, M, or J status, provide a copy of all Forms I-20 or Forms DS-2019
  • Transfer Clearance Form for students currently in F, M, or J status at another institution

English Language Proficiency Policy

As the lectures, seminars, materials, and discourse which comprise programs of study at Argosy University are presented in English, Argosy University requires that all students possess and demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency required to substantially benefit from the programs offered.

A student is deemed proficient in the English language if he or she:

  • Holds a U.S. high school diploma or U.S. General Equivalency Diploma (GED®*) or international high school diploma, e.g., U.S. military base, business/diplomat expat community, etc., in which instruction is delivered primarily in English
  • Holds the equivalent (evidenced by credential evaluation) of a U.S. high school diploma from overseas institution in which instruction is delivered primarily in English
  • Completes (with passing grades in all courses) a minimum of two (2) academic terms at a regionally or nationally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution in which instruction is delivered primarily in English
  • Completes (with passing grades in all courses) English 101 and 102 at a regionally or nationally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution in which instruction is delivered primarily in English
  • Presents acceptable English Language Proficiency test scores meeting the minimum required levels set forth below.

*GED® is a registered mark of American Council on Education.

English Language Proficiency Chart:

Minimum Acceptable Proof of English Language Proficiency Standard

TOEFL – Paper
TOEFL – i-BT (internet based test)
Level 5.5
Level 6.0
Level 6.5
American College Testing (ACT English)
EF International Language Schools
ELS Language Schools
Level 108
Level 109
Level 112
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB or “Michigan Test”)
Scholastic Aptituted Test (SAT) English Section **
Students from Puerto Rico: Prueba Aptitud Academica (PAA English Proficiency Section)
TOEIC (Academic Test)

 *The scale for The Prueba Aptitud Academica has changed and now closely reflects the SAT. 

**As of April 2005, the SAT verbal test is replaced with the SAT critical reading test.

Undergraduate (diploma, associate and bachelor level) applicants may also satisfy the minimum standard of English language proficiency by submitting official documentation of one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a minimum of two semesters or quarters of post-secondary course work at a regionally accredited college or university or a college or university accredited by an approved national accrediting body in which English is the language of instruction Successful completion is defined as passing all courses for which the student was registered during the two semesters;
  • U.S. High School Diploma or GED administered in English;
  • Equivalent of a U.S. High School Diploma from a country in which English is the official language (equivalency must be verified by a recognized evaluator of international credits);
  • Satisfactory completion of English 101 or 102 at an English speaking college or university within the U.S., achieving a grade of “C” or higher.

Please contact an International Student Admissions Representative for questions about acceptable alternative measures of English Language Proficiency.

International applicants: Argosy University reserves to right to amend or modify these requirements at any time. Please ask to speak with an Argosy University International Student Advisor if you have any questions.

The following Argosy University campuses are authorized under federal law to admit nonimmigrant students: Argosy University, Atlanta; Argosy University, Chicago; Argosy University, Dallas; Argosy University, Denver; Argosy University, Hawai’i; Argosy University, Inland Empire; Argosy University, Los Angeles; Argosy University, Nashville; Argosy University, Northern Virginia; Argosy University, Orange County; Argosy University, Phoenix; Argosy University, Salt Lake City; Argosy University, San Diego; Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area; Argosy University, Sarasota; Argosy University, Seattle; Argosy University, Schaumburg; Argosy University, Tampa; Argosy University, Twin Cities.

Important International Graduate Information: International graduates who have earned a master’s degree or higher from Argosy University are not eligible for the “cap exemption” under Section 214(g)(5)(C) of the INA. International graduates seeking H-1B status, particularly under the advanced-degree cap exemption, should speak with their employer and/or an immigration attorney prior to filing for H-1B status.