Jun 02, 2023  
2012-2013 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 3, Issue 5 
2012-2013 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 3, Issue 5 [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.

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. 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 have been conditionally admitted 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.  Students who fail to submit all official transcripts by the last day of their first session (for a 7.5 week class) or semester (for a 15 week class) will be withdrawn from the program, credits will not be transcripted, and tuition will be refunded.

Reapplication for Admission

Applicants who have been denied admission to a given program may reapply to that program 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 dismissed from Argosy University or denied an appeal may apply for readmission 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. 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 dismissed from Argosy University due to Maximum Allowable Time Frame (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.

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.


Students who are administratively withdrawn from Argosy University for failing to remain continuously registered may petition for reinstatement if the period of absence is less than one year. If the petition 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.

Reinstatement After Administrative Withdrawal for Non-Continuous Enrollment

Students who are administratively withdrawn from Argosy University for failing to remain continuously registered may petition for reinstatement if the period of absence is less than one year. If the petition 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.

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.

Veterans Administration Benefits

Programs at Argosy University campuses are approved for training of veterans and eligible veteran’s dependents. Students should contact each campus directly for further information.

Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning to assist with tuition costs exceeding the GI Bill’s current maximum benefit rate, based on the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate in the applicable state. Argosy University campuses will contribute an additional amount to eligible veterans to offset those expenses and The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will match the amount contributed by the school. The amounts available and conditions depend on the Argosy University campus and the state in which it is located. Argosy University has agreed to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program at the undergraduate level though doctoral degree levels for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The Yellow Ribbon program provides funding to veterans who have served at least 36 months of active duty following September 10, 2001, veterans who were honorably discharged from active duty for a service related disability and who served 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001, and dependents eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post- 9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under one of the first two criteria.

Argosy University admits unlimited number of students into our programs using this benefit.  

In addition, eligible students can use their existing VA benefits to include the Montgomery GI Bill, Post 911 GI Bill, vocational rehabilitation, and other qualifying VA programs to attend Argosy University.

Eligible veterans may contact the Student Financial Services department at the Argosy University campus they are interested in attending to learn more about Argosy University’s military inclusive program and Yellow Ribbon participation.

To learn more about the Post 911 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, visit www.gibill.va.gov.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Account

Argosy University is an approved school for Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) recipients.

The MyCAA program is open to all eligible spouses under the new program guidelines below:

  • Spouse of an active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine service member, or activated Reserve member in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, or O1-O2.
  • If the spouse of National Guard and/or AGR member, the sponsor must be on federal Title 10 active duty orders as reported in DEERS.
  • Spouses of Guard/Reserve members in an Alert, Transition Assistance, or Post Deployment status are not eligible.
  • MyCAA accounts will be limited to the new $4,000 maximum benefit with a $2,000 fiscal year cap. Waivers to the fiscal year cap will be available for spouses pursuing licensure or credentials with a cost that exceeds the $2,000 fiscal year cap up to the total maximum assistance of $4,000.
  • Spouses must finish their program of study within three years from the start date of the first course.
  • Funding is limited to only Associate’s degrees, certifications and licensure programs.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Argosy University is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a consortium of national higher education associations that functions in cooperation with the Department of Defense, the military services (including the National Guard), and the Coast Guard to help meet the voluntary higher education needs of servicemembers. Working in cooperation with the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, this consortium includes more than 1500 participating SOC colleges and universities that have agreed to accept for admission new Army and Army Reserves recruits at the time of their enlistment in the service. Students should contact the Admissions Department at the campus for further information on participation and eligibility. Argosy University complies with all state and federal directives regarding active duty military personnel enrolled at the university and will make all reasonable accommodations possible.

Military Application Fee Waiver

Application fees will be waived for active duty, reserve, and national guard from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Argosy University is recognizing the military by waiving their application fee in appreciation for service to our country. In addition, Argosy University will waive the application fees for military spouses, veterans, and veterans’ spouses.

Active duty servicemembers must include the following documentation when submitting their application for admission:

  • Application Waiver Form
  • Leave and Earning Statement (LES)
  • Letter from their command  as evidence that they are in good standing with the military

International Admission Policy

All international (nonimmigrant) applicants to Argosy University must meet the same admission standards as all other students (see section 5, “Admission Policies”).  Not all programs at all campuses are available to international students requiring an F-1 visa.  Interested international students should confirm with the campus admissions department the availability of any particular program.

English Language Proficiency Policy

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Argosy University whose “first” language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Demonstration that English is an applicant’s “first” language can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma from secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction. If English is not the applicant’s “first” language, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard through submission of an official minimum score selected from the Argosy University pre-approved list of testing opportunities to demonstrate proficiency.

See below for the current pre-approved list of testing opportunities:


  Minimum Acceptable Scores to Demonstrate English Language Proficiency

 Degree Level
 English Language Proficiency Test Master’s and Doctoral Level Degree Programs
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®)

550 Paper
79 Internet (iBT)
American College Testing (ACT) English

EF International Language Schools C2
ELS Language Schools 112
International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) 5
Kaplan Educational Centers

Successful completion of Kaplan Course Level (“Kaplevel”): Intermediate Advanced
Placement/Progress Test Score: 550
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)1 85
Pearson 53
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Critical Reading Score2 572
Preuba Aptitud Academica (PAA) English Proficiency Section
(Students from Puerto Rico)
Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC®) Academic Test 750

IELTS (A Cambridge University Exam)




Level 6.5

1 The MELAB is also known as the Michigan Test.

2 Prior to April 2005, the Critical Reading section of the SAT was known as the Verbal section.


Admission Requirements for Nonimmigrant Students

Applicants seeking to enroll in valid nonimmigrant status must meet all admissions requirements stipulated for all students and must additionally submit each of the following items:

  •  A completed and signed Application for Admission of International Students Form
  •  Original or official copies of all educational transcripts (secondary and, if applicable, university-level academic records) and diplomas. These educational transcripts and diplomas must be prepared in English or include a complete and official English translation.
  •  Official credential evaluation of non-American educational credentials, if applicable; please note that official credential evaluations must be prepared and submitted by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES); see www.naces.org.
  •  Proof of English language proficiency (see English Language Proficiency Policy)
  •  A completed and signed Sponsor’s Statement of Financial Support (this statement is not required if the student is self-sponsored)
  •  Official Financial Supporting Document(s)  (typically provided by a bank official ) must verify sufficient funds to cover the cost of the educational program as well as all living expenses
  • Appropriate application fee and tuition deposit (see section 5, “Admission Policies”)
  •  A photocopy of the student’s passport to provide proof of birth date and citizenship (Students outside the United States who have not yet acquired a passport will need to submit a copy of their birth certificate);
  •  For all nonimmigrant applicants residing in the United States at the time of application: a photocopy of the visa page  contained within the student’s passport as well as a photocopy of the student’s I/94 arrival departure record (both sides);
  •  For all nonimmigrant applicants residing in the United States at the time of application in either F,M, or J nonimmigrant classification: written confirmation of nonimmigrant status at previous school attended before transferring to Argosy University;
  •  Proof of Health Insurance:  Students who do not possess health insurance upon applying to Argosy University must be prepared to purchase health insurance through an approved provider upon commencement of studies.

If an applicant seeking to enroll in valid student nonimmigrant status is transferring from a college or university in the United States, the International Student Transfer Clearance Form is also required. 
If the applicant is accepted, he/she will be sent additional information regarding the student visa application process. 

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, Nashville; Argosy University, Orange County; Argosy University, Phoenix; Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area; Argosy University, Seattle; Argosy University, Schaumburg; Argosy University, Tampa; Argosy University, Twin Cities; Argosy University, Washington DC.