The Admissions Portfolio checklist is to be used by applicants who are applying to IAU. Please include the check list found in the IAU Application Form with your Admissions Portfolio (AP). Check off each item enclosed. Missing paperwork will delay the admissions processing. If there are additional details that will help expedite your processing, for example, you are a “change of status” international student. Please add additional notes in section 5 of the Application for Admissions. Knowing the complete details will ensure expedited processing. Submit the Application Portfolio (AP) before the deadline.
Sample Admissions Portfolio (AP) Classroom-Hybrid or Online applicant
Sample Admissions Portfolio (AP) F-1 applicant
Part 1. All Applicants Must Have
Complete all items on the Application for Admissions
form. Using a computer, type on the form ensuring that the details are legible, save as a PDF. Emailed forms are acceptable, except official transcripts.
Application Outline on Page 3 of the Admissions Application:
- Section 1 will be your personal information
- Section 2A will be your U.S. address
- Section 2B will be your FOREIGN address
- Section 3 will be your Dependent’s information – additional dependents can be listed on another application page with only part 3 filled out.
- Section 4 will be information pertaining your program
- Section 5 will be your electronic or live signature indicating that all the information on this application is current and true
Make sure that Application Portfolio (AP) is submitted before the deadline.
As a prospective student, applicants are encouraged to review the catalog as well as review the School Performance Fact Sheet found on our downloads page
prior to signing an enrollment agreement.
On the downloads page there will be a Performance Fact Sheet for each respective program IAU offers. Please select the Performance Fact Sheet that reflects the program you are interested in applying for.
Our Performance Fact Sheet is a projection of our enrollment, graduation, and also success rates for each respective program within the past 2 years. Once you understand this information, you must sign and date the first page and initial rest of the pages of the School Performance Fact Sheet and submit it with the Admissions Portfolio (AP).
For classroom-hybrid, online, or F-1 applicants, Application fee is required and non-refundable.
Please keep your receipt of payment as you will need to include it with your application. Fees are subject to change.
Personal checks, money orders, cashiers checks, cash, and debit/credit cards are all acceptable.
For a list of fees and to make online payments, please go to https://iau.la/make-payment/ and under Admissions, add the required items to your shopping cart.
A current 2″ x 2″ passport photo of the applicant that is no older than 6 months is required. The photo shall be used for the student identification card and uploaded to the student’s profile. Photo should be facing straight forward in front of a solid white background (JPG is acceptable).
The University requires applicants to submit Official Transcripts and/or Foreign Credential Evaluations in order to meet the Academic Credential Requirement for your respective program. We allow our students to transfer up to 45 units into our Associate Program, 90 units into our Bachelor Program, 6 units into our Masters Program, and 30 units for our Doctorate Program.
The University requires OFFICIAL transcript(s) for any credential earned from a U.S. institution(s). All transcript(s) MUST be sent directly to IAU. An official transcript is issued by the Registrar of the institution attended, bearing the original raised or colored seal of the institution and the signature of your institution’s Registrar.
Foreign transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, Government official or official translation service. An applicant may not complete their own translation. In the event that the applicant cannot obtain official copies due to circumstances, notarized – or otherwise certified- copies of academic documents are acceptable. Scanned or photocopies of the original are not considered official.
- IAU can notarize an original transcript for $10.00
The minimum academic requirement for each program is as follows:
- ASBA/BBA: High School Diploma, GED, ATB, or earned post-secondary degree from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.
- MBA: Earned Bachelors’ degree from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent with a minimum 2.5 CGPA.
- DBA: Earned Bachelors’ degree from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent with a minimum 2.5 CGPA and an earned Masters’ degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 CGPA.
- Note: At least one degree must be in business, management, administration, or related discipline.
For schools outside the U.S., please see Non-U.S. Education Policy below.
Non-U.S. Education with English Transcripts: If the education is obtained in a non-U.S. country and the transcripts are in English, then please submit official original transcripts. Scanned or photocopies of the original evaluations are not considered official.
Non-U.S. Education without English Transcripts: Transcripts not in English must be evaluated by an appropriate third party and translated into English or evaluated by a trained transcript evaluator fluent in the language on the transcript. In this case, the evaluator must have expertise in the educational practices of the country of origin and include an English translation of the review. Scanned or photocopies of the original evaluations are not considered official.
NACES is an association of private foreign educational credential evaluation services committed to formulating and maintaining ethical standards in the field of foreign educational evaluation. See list of NACES-approved agencies.
Course-By-Course Report: If an applicant wants to receive transfer credit for coursework completed at a foreign (outside of the United States) college or university, the applicant will need to submit a professional course-by-course English-translated evaluation of the coursework.
General Report: For purposes that require showing evidence of an earned degree, a professional English-translated general report evaluation of the degree is acceptable.
As an undergraduate business student, it is helpful to have professional experience at the time of application. As a graduate business student, it is vital. Please submit a professional resume that outlines your academic and professional work experience. It should list the position held, the name of the company, and the dates employed. A brief job description should also be included so that an understanding of what responsibilities held can be made. If applicants do not have a resume already created, applicants may use this resume template
IAU requires writing skills at the appropriate level. Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is essential to a student’s success at IAU. If English is not the applicant’s native language, or if an applicant has 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.
Applicants can demonstrate proof of English Proficiency by providing one of the following:
- A passing TOEFL PBT/IBT, IELTS, ACT Compass, Eiken English Proficiency Exam score. Visit the F-1 Admissions Page and view the English Proficiency PDF for more information.
- High School Diploma. For undergraduate applicants only, provide evidence of a high school diploma completed at an appropriately accredited / recognized high school (where the medium of instruction is English).
- Completed 24 credit hours in English. For undergraduate or graduate degree applicants, provide a transcript indicating completion of at least 24 semester, or 36 quarter hours of credit from an appropriately accredited institution where the language of instruction was English with an average grade of “C” or higher or “B” or higher, respectively. Units from English language training institutions do not count towards this requirement.
- Completed Degree from a U.S. Institution. Provide a transcript indicating completion of degree from an appropriately accredited college or university.
Part 2. All F-1 Applicants Must Have
If not an F-1 applicant, please skip to Part 4.
Before a U.S. consul will grant a visa, you must prove that you will have sufficient money to meet all your expenses while studying in the United States. You must explain the source of your funds and guarantee that you will receive them while at the University. Unless you are able to provide written evidence demonstrating you have adequate financial resources for the entire time needed to complete your degree program, the consul will not grant a student visa.
Applicants must be able to provide bank statements, business accounts, or a certified statement by a bank or acceptable official agency to show proof of available funds to cover all expenses while in attendance at the University.
If applicants do not meet the minimum financial requirement, then an applicant can submit a sponsor’s bank statement, Affidavit of Support, and Government-Issued photo identification. Download the Affidavit of Support.
Please note on the Affidavit of Support form, Item C must include one of the following:
- ASBA/BBA: $1,050.00
- MBA/DBA: $1,148.00
Applicants may combine sources of income such as personal bank statements, Affidavit of Support, or business accounts. Immigration laws only permit employment in special cases and only on a part-time basis.
For each dependent the applicant has, s/he must add an additional $2,000 per dependent (if applying from outside the U.S. or filing for F-1 Change of Status).
For example, if a student is applying to the MBA program from outside the U.S and is coming alone with NO dependents, they must reflect a minimum of $13,770. If they have ONE dependent, they must reflect a minimum of $15,770.
Recap of Financial Capability Minimums:
- Transfer: $1,000 per dependent
- COS and Initial: $2,000 per dependent
- Transfer: $1,000 per dependent
- COS and Initial: $2,000 per dependent
Submit a copy of a passport for applicants and their dependents. Passport must be valid 6 months from the program start date.
Part 3. All Transfer F-1 Applicants Must Have
If not a Transfer F-1 applicant, please skip to Part 4.
Please provide a copy of your most recent Form I-20 to include pages 1 and 2. If the applicant is currently on OPT, please submit the OPT Form I-20 issued from your previous institution.
The Form I-94 indicates the arrival departure record for a student’s F-1.
The Form I-797 Notice of Action indicates that the applicant changed status to his or her present visa.
Provide a copy of I-94 Card (front and back). For those students who arrived to the U.S. after April 2013, the I-94 is only available through the U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal for retrieving I-94 Admission number.
Digital I-94 can be obtained by going to: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home
Instructions on how to retrieve the I-94 online can be found at: https://help.cbp.gov/
If the applicant has been studying at another U.S. institution in F-1 status and plans to enroll at IAU, the applicant will need to submit a completed SEVIS Status Form with the AP. The SEVIS Status Form, completed by the previous school’s DSO, does not initiate the SEVIS record transfer but attests that the F-1 applicant is in active SEVIS status and eligible to transfer. Download the SEVIS Status Form
Submit a copy of the most updated visa. The visa can be expired or, if you changed your status while in the U.S., it can reflect a different status (ex: B-1/B-2).
Part 4. DBA Documents
The Letter of Interest will contain three parts: Personal Statement, Professional Statement, and Research Statement. Each part will be described below.
- Personal Statement: Please express in no more than one page how your experience, education, and training qualify you for the DBA program.
- Professional Statement: Please describe in more than two pages your interests in the DBA program and how you plan to complete it.
- Why do you want to pursue a DBA degree?
- What do you see as the most significant qualities or experiences that you would bring to the DBA program?
- What are your career aspirations after you receive the doctorate degree?
- What obstacles/ challenges do you envision having to overcome to complete your degree within a reasonable time frame (i.e. 3 years), and what is your plan to address these obstacles/ challenges?
- What concrete steps will you take to manage your time to tackle classes and up to 30 hours a week of study?
- Research Statement: Please describe in no more than three pages your research interests and what topic you plan to pursue.
Two letters of recommendation should be requested from professionals in academe or industry who can comment on the following:
- Your personal and professional accomplishments and how you achieved them.
- Your academic pursuits.
- Your demonstrated leadership and your potential for doing advanced academic work.
- Your oral and written communication skills.
- Your potential as an instructor.
Part 5. Optional
The University recognizes 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. The University establishes standards that are recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Standardized exam credit (SEC) is awarded only for undergraduate programs and the maximum amount of credit can be found on each respective program description.
DSST Institutional Recipient Code: 8476
The University will consider accepting transfer students from other schools as determined by the Office of Admissions. 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. See policy in Academic Credentials in Part 1.
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 with the submission of official transcripts and a TRC Evaluation Fee. See current Schedule of Fees.
The Office of Admissions 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 for each program is as follows:
- ASBA: 45 units
- BBA: 90 units
- MBA: 6 units
- DBA: 30 units
If applicant plans to bring a spouse and/or children, the dependent(s) will need to be listed on the application for admissions form. If there are more than two (2) dependents, the applicant will need to fill out a separate application for admissions form to include the remaining dependents.
The applicant must demonstrate financial capabilities for each dependent.
Please provide a copy of the dependents passport and visa (if applicable).