Admissions Policies & Requirements


Admission Policy & Selection Criteria

The admission policy at IAU is designed to select a qualified and diverse student body. With open enrollments, IAU does not reject applicants based on limited enrollment caps. IAU strives to admit students that, beyond meeting the university’s eligibility requirements, demonstrate high academic achievement and exceptional personal talent, and that encompasses the broad diversity of the current global business arena. These select applicants are the ones who would contribute the most to IAU’s dynamic learning environment and they are also the applicants who would make the most of being immersed in it.

Admissions Non-Discrimination Policy

IAU welcomes all students and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender or in any other way in its policies, practices, or procedures involving applicants, students, faculty, staff and the public. Please note, however, that the University reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone the University believes does not meet its academic standards.

Admissions Terms

Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year. There are six (6) enrollment terms per calendar year. Applicants are urged to apply in a timely manner for the desired enrollment term; especially if prospectus is an F-1 applicant. Admissions Portfolio’s should be submitted 30 days prior to the term of enrollment to ensure timely processing. F-1 applicants with a “change of status” should submit 60-90 days prior.

SPRING (Jan-Apr)SUMMER (May-Aug)FALL (Sep-Dec)
Session 1 (Jan-Feb)Session 1 (May-Jun)Session 1 (Sep-Oct)
Session 2 (Mar-Apr)Session 2 (Jul-Aug)Session 2 (Nov-Dec)

California State Residence Requirement

IAU shall restrict F-1 Applicants to only California state residents who reside within a 120-mile radius of the main campus in Los Angeles, CA or respective satellite campus. To ensure that students prioritize their educational commitment to a campus-based program, IAU is requiring a residence within 120-miles of the respective campus to ensure they are able to comply with attendance and F-1 policies. Students who live outside of California at the time of application must submit a new California address within a 120-mile radius of the respective satellite campus within 14 days of program start date or their SEVIS will be cancelled within our system and enrollment will be revoked. IAU urges all applicants to carefully consider this new requirement before applying to IAU’s degree programs.

Credit Awarded

Transfer Credit (TRC)

IAU will consider accepting transfer students from other schools as determined by the Office of Admissions & Records. IAU’s policy allows transfer of course credit successfully completed at accredited or foreign equivalent universities, colleges, or institutions that comparably meet university course work requirements and standards, and documented on official transcripts. Credit earned for courses for which a grade of “C” or higher was earned will be considered for transfer.

The Office of Admissions & Records has the sole discretion to award transfer credits based on official transcripts submitted. See “Official Transcript” policy herein.

Standardized Exam Credit (SEC)

IAU welcomes students from a wide variety of backgrounds and learning experiences. IAU recognizes their prior learning by accepting a full range of standardized exams, which measure mastery of college-level, introductory course content in a wide range of disciplines. Students who obtain the credit-granting score required can earn credits and course exemptions. IAU establishes standards that are recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). The University grants a credit on standardized exams for undergraduate credit only. Official exam scores must be sent from crediting exam center.

– Advanced Placement Program (AP)
– College-Level Examination Program® – IAU CLEP College Code: #2641
– DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
– Excelsior College Examinations (ECE)
– Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Advanced Subject Tests
– New York University (NYU) Proficiency Testing In Foreign Languages
– Thomas Edison College Examination Programs (TECEP)

Challenge Exam Credit (CEC)

IAU recognizes that you may have earned college-level knowledge through learning you have done outside of this University. If you feel that your background, education, and experience have given you sufficient knowledge in a subject area, you may challenge certain courses and earn course credit through Challenge Examination. This is equivalent to passing a cumulative, end-of-the-term examination or a series of comparable exams. Examinations will vary depending on the type of course challenged.

To encourage students with outstanding ability and enterprise, IAU offers an opportunity for advancement through Challenge Examinations. Only some courses may be challenged. They are typically quantitative courses, such as mathematics or finance. Consistent with University grading policy on transfer credits, and specific standardized tests, e.g. C.L.E.P., A.P., a student who successfully challenges an examination will be granted credit hours toward graduation.

The student must apply and meet the established criteria to take the Challenge Exam. Then the course instructor or Dean makes the final decision on the eligibility to take a Challenge Examination. Students must pay the $300 non-refundable fee prior to taking the Challenge Exam.

Foreign Educated Applicants

If an applicant completed his/her coursework at a foreign (outside of the U.S) institution, s/he will need to provide an official evaluation of your academic credentials. All materials must be submitted in English.

Course-By-Course Report: If student wants to receive transfer credit for coursework completed at a foreign (outside of the United States) college or university s/he will need to submit a professional course-by-course English-translated evaluation of your coursework.

General Report: For purposes that require showing evidence of an earned degree, a professional General Report English-translated evaluation of the degree is acceptable.

IAU recommends a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES®) member ( or other reputable foreign credential evaluation agency. Official evaluation does not guarantee that IAU will accept all or any of your coursework. See the list of NACES® approved agencies.

In the event that applicants cannot obtain official copies due to circumstances, notarized (or otherwise certified) copies of academic documents are acceptable.

Graduate Entrance Examinations

No graduate entrance examinations are required at the time of admissions for graduate programs.

High School Completion

If applicant is applying for undergraduate degree program and has no prior college coursework completed, applicant must provide evidence of high school diploma or equivalent.

An applicant who does not have a high school diploma or GED may demonstrate eligibility for entry into those undergraduate degree programs if the applicant achieves acceptable scores on the Ability To Benefit (ATB) Examination. Passing the ATB exam does not take the place of having a high school diploma or GED for those programs that require a diploma or GED for admission purposes.

List of Approved Ability-To-Benefit Approved Exams.

F-1 Students Full Time Enrollment

Upon official enrollment, all F-1 international students are required to register, enroll, and complete two consecutive sessions. F-1 international students who do not register, enroll, and complete for two consecutive sessions shall have their SEVIS cancelled. Students who wish to transfer to another SEVP-approved institution before they have completed two consecutive sessions shall be transferred in “terminated” status.

Undergraduate full-time enrollment: 12 units
Graduate full-time enrollment: 9 units

Information Technology Skills

IAU requires computer and internet skills sufficient to effectively participate in IAU’s learning model and conduct research at the appropriate level. Applicants must complete the Library Resources & Skills Assessment on the Application for Admissions.

Maximum Credits Awarded

Undergraduate Degrees: A maximum of 75% of the credits required may be awarded for transfer credit or a combination of transfer credit and challenge/test-out credits.

Master Level: No more than 20% of graduate semester units or the equivalent in other units awarded by another institution may be transferred for credit toward a Master’s degree.

Professional Doctoral Degrees: Transfer credit is limited to 15% (or 9 credits for a 60 credit degree) of the total doctoral credits required to complete the degree. The courses must be relevant to the student’s program of study and equivalent in both content and degree level of graduate courses.

Associate Degree Program454545
Bachelor Degree Programs909090
Master Degree Program900
ACAcc Certificate Program600
Doctor Degree Program151515
CAcc Certificate Program454545

Non-Matriculated Applicants

All degree applicants must matriculate into an academic program. No non-program applicants shall be accepted.

Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits & Credentials Earned At IAU

The transferability of credits you earn at International American University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the credits, certificate, or degree you earn at IAU is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits, certificate, or degree that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at IAU will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending IAU to determine if your credits, certificate, or degree will transfer.

California Education Code (CEC) §94897(p) requires IAU to disclose to prospective students prior to enrollment that IAU and its degree programs are unaccredited, and any known limitations of the degree, including all of the following:

(1) A graduate of the degree program may be ineligible to sit for applicable licensure exam in California and other states.

(2) A degree program that is unaccredited or a degree from an unaccredited institution is not recognized for some employment positions, including, but not limited to, positions with the State of California.

(3) A student enrolled in an unaccredited institution is not eligible for federal financial aid programs.

Official Transcript

An official transcript is an original one that is sent directly to IAU from the issuing institution. It must bear the college seal, date, and an appropriate signature. Scanned or photos copies are not considered official.

Note: In extreme situations where an original official transcript cannot be obtained, notarized copies are permissible. Consult with an IAU admissions advisor.

Transfer Credit (TRC)

Transfer Credit (TRC) – The University will consider accepting transfer students from other schools as determined by the Office of Admissions & Records. IAU’s policy allows transfer of course credit successfully completed at accredited or foreign equivalent universities, colleges, or institutions that comparably meet university course work requirements and standards, and documented on official transcripts. Credit earned for courses for which a grade of “C” or higher will be considered for transfer.

Once an Enrollment Agreement is signed, the transfer credit (TRC) is ‘locked’ and IAU can no longer award TRC for courses that applicants took in the past. However, IAU can award TRC for courses taken ‘after’ a student signs the enrollment agreement, the submission of official transcripts.

The Office of Admissions & Records has the sole discretion to award transfer credits based on official transcripts submitted. Unofficial evaluations may be conducted using unofficial transcripts. See “Official Transcript” policy herein.

Maximum transfer credit (TRC) awarded can be found on each respective program description web page.

Written Communication Skills

IAU requires writing skills at the appropriate level. Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is essential to your success at IAU. If English is not the applicant’s native language, or if an applicant have not had his/her secondary education taught in English, s/he will be required to provide proof of English Proficiency. Since classes are taught in English, an applicant must demonstrate his/her ability to read, write and speak English.