How to Apply

Graduate Application Requirements

Woodbury University encourages graduate students to submit their applications before the below program specific deadlines.

Below you will find information for graduate applicants, including instructions for international and veteran applicants.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Deadline: January 15

  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Interior Architecture
  • Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Science in Architecture
  • Master of Science in Architecture, Real Estate Development

Deadline: July 1

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Leadership

Spring Semester

Deadline: November 1

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Leadership

 

Summer Semester

Deadline: March 1

  • Master of Business Administration

Application Requirements

Our graduate programs are designed for scholars who are looking for advancement in their professional careers and growth within their disciplines. Applicants seeking admission into a graduate program are expected to have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to application submission.

Application

Complete the application and submit the $75 nonrefundable application fee.

Woodbury Application

In order to process your application, all sections must be complete, including submission of required admissions documents uploaded through the page.

Transcripts

Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required, regardless of credit received or courses completed. These records must confirm that a bachelors degree has been granted from a regionally accredited institution.

Electronic Submission
For review purposes only, unofficial college transcripts can be uploaded through the Woodbury Application.  Official transcripts must be subsequently submitted via eScrip-Safe.

Mail Submission
Official transcripts through mail submission, must include an original signature of the school official(s) and be sealed in an unopened envelope. Transcripts should be mailed to:

Woodbury University
Office of Admissions
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504-7846

Letters of Recommendation

Submit three professional and/or academic letters of recommendation.

Electronic Submission
Upload letters of recommendation directly through the Woodbury Application.

Mail Submission
Letters of recommendation can also be mailed to:

Woodbury University
Office of Admissions
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504-7846

Personal Statement

Architecture

Submit a one to two page essay that describes your educational and/or professional background, and your reason for pursuing a graduate architectural education at Woodbury School of Architecture.

Business

Submit a two to three page essay describing your qualifications for acceptance into the MBA program. Address your leadership potential, motivational aptitude, and career goals. Discuss how Woodbury’s MBA will assist you in accomplishing your goals.

Leadership

Submit a two to three page essay describing your qualifications for acceptance into the MA in Leadership program. Address your leadership philosophy and self-assessment of leadership ability.

Professional Resume

Applicants are required to submit a professional resume or curriculum vitae. This information should list your academic research, professional experience, and/or published works.

Portfolio

Architecture

All graduate design applicants are required to submit a portfolio of creative work conveying the scope of their design sensibilities when applying for the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Master of Interior Architecture (M.I.A.), Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.), Master of Science in Architecture (M.S.Arch.), and Master of Science in Architecture, Real Estate Development (M.S.Arch. RED) programs.

The work can be both educational and professional, and individual contributions to group/team efforts should be clearly noted. Submit via email a link to a digital portfolio hosted by an online file sharing service (Dropbox, Interfolio, WeTransfer etc.). The link should be sent to our Graduate Admissions Counselor. Please do NOT send materials as a file attached to an email.

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Entrance Examination

Architecture

The Graduate Entrance Examination (GRE) is a requirement for applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0. Contact your testing center to have your scores submitted directly to reference Woodbury University (Institution code 4955).

Business

Depending on the track of entry (Direct Track, Professional Track or Honors Track), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test may be required.

  • Direct Admit Track – For recent college graduates with little or no work experience, applicants must submit official GMAT or GRE test scores and meet minimum 2.5 GPA requirements.
  • Professional Admit Track – For applicants with 3–5 years of management and/or supervisory work experience and a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution meeting minimum 2.5 GPA requirements. Upon evaluation, a GMAT or GRE score may not be required. These students will enroll in WMBA 502: Fundamentals of Case Analysis during their first semester, which will prepare them in quantitative, verbal and writing skills.
  • Honors Track – Applicants with a B.B.A. from an AACSB-accredited institution with a GPA of 3.5 or higher may enter the M.B.A. program without GMAT or GRE scores. These students will enroll in WMBA 502: Fundamentals of Case Analysis during their first semester, which will prepare them in quantitative, verbal and writing skills.
Leadership

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (GPA between 2.0 and 2.49) – The GRE is a requirement for applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.5. Official test scores should be sent directly to Woodbury University (Institution Code 4955).

For more information on the GRE and to learn when and where you may take the exam, visit www.ets.org/gre.

Additional Requirements

Leadership

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 are also required to submit a leadership essay that explains why they are interested in a degree in leadership and how it will be applicable to their professional development.

Admissions Counselor

Upon receipt of your application, an admissions counselor will contact you within 48 hours. You will be informed if further documentation is needed to complete your application.

International Applicants

In addition to the above listing, the following documentation is required.

Transcripts

Submit certified English translation of all non-English documents along with official transcripts. Woodbury University will complete a course-by-course foreign credential evaluation from a NACES-approved organization.

English Proficiency

Provide proof of English proficiency by submitting one of the following test scores taken within two years of the date of application.

  • Minimum TOEFL of 80 (ibt)
  • Minimum IELTS of 6.5

OR

  • Completion of a transferable English composition course (non-ESL) with a grade of C or better, from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Completion of an accredited English language program with the highest proficiency level, from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), or the American Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).

Form I-20 Documentation

 

A Form I-20 is generated after applicant has accepted the offer of admission by submitting their nonrefundable commitment deposit along with the following documentation:

  • Passport – Submit a copy of applicants’ passport, along with that of any dependents who will apply for an F-2 visa.
  • Financial Guarantee – Submit proof of financial support in the form of a bank statement dated within the last six months. Financial support must be sufficient to cover student expenses for one full academic year. Bank statements must be original, and on letterhead from a checking, savings, or time deposit account. Brokerage (stock funds), real estate, or any other non-liquid assets are not acceptable. All bank statements must be in English and in U.S. dollar currency or its foreign equivalence. An Affidavit of Support is required for any document which is not in the name of the applicant.

I-20 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT

  • Transfer I-20 Form – The Transfer I-20 Form is only required for applicants who are currently in the United States with an F-1 visa granted by another institution.

TRANSFER I-20 FORM

Submission of falsified documentation will result in admission denial or termination after enrollment.

International Resources and Support

Woodbury has developed a truly vibrant environment that promotes cultural diversity and cross-cultural communication throughout the university. International students will experience opportunities to connect with the campus community and experience the culture of the United States and Southern California. Specialized resources are available for students throughout their education involving individual attention, advisement, academic support and student life support.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES