Admission Requirements

Application Timeline

The committee reviews completed applications and makes admissions decisions on a rolling basis. To help you prepare for the start of the program and make yourself eligible for scholarships, we recommend you submit your application before May 1st.

How to apply

Step one – create your application account & list your references

Create your application portal account, enter in your letter of recommendation details, and pay the nonrefundable $55 application fee via our application portal.

Enter two references via the online application portal. This will send an email notification to your recommenders to follow a link and submit their letters of recommendation. References may be academic or professional.

Make sure to record your login and pin!

Step two – submit all required supporting items below

Official transcripts: Have official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended sent to Graduate Studies (PLU graduates do not need to send their PLU transcripts.) We accept and prefer electronic delivery of official transcripts. Have them sent to If the college or university does not offer electronic delivery, please have them mail your transcripts to:

Graduate Programs and Continuing Education
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue S
Tacoma, WA 98447

Students applying with degrees from institutions outside the US must submit a course-by-course evaluation for US degree equivalency by a PLU approved evaluation service. Two approved providers are Foreign Credential Translation and Evaluation Services (FIS) and World Education Services (WES).

GRE or GMAT scores: Have scores sent to PLU directly from the testing institution. Our institution code is 4597.
Worried about the cost of the exam? We have a limited number of GMAT fee waivers. In rare circumstances this may be waived, contact the Program Director.

Resume: Upload your resume via the online application portal that includes your employment history; significant academic, professional, and community achievements; honors and awards. You can also submit this later via the application portal by logging in and clicking on the “checklist” button.

Statement of Professional Goals and Quantitative Skills: Upload your statement via the online application portal. If you would like to submit it later please email in PDF format to The statement should be 300-400 words, divided into 2 sections addressing the following 1) Your educational and professional goals and 2) Your quantitative training and/or skills that make you a good fit for this program.

Step three – check what items have been received and what is missing via the application portal.

The portal will indicate when your application is complete. Your admission decision will be sent via email, not via the portal.

In addition to the above listed application requirements, international students must provide:

  • IELTS or TOEFL scores. We can accept a copy of an IELTS score report, but TOEFL scores must be mailed to PLU directly from the testing institution.
  • Passport picture page

In order to be sent a form I-20, admitted international students must:

  • Pay the enrollment deposit
  • Submit the Declaration of Finance form and proof of financial support