How to apply using the Standard Application

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.

Official Transcripts:

  • Have official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended sent to Graduate Programs (PLU graduates do not need to send their PLU transcripts).
    • We accept and prefer electronic delivery of official transcripts. Send transcripts to
    • If the college or university does not offer electronic delivery, please have them mail your transcript to:
      Graduate Programs and Continuing Education
      Pacific Lutheran University
      12180 Park Avenue S.
      Tacoma, WA 98447
  • Students applying with degrees from institutions outside the U.S. must submit a course-by-course evaluation for U.S. degree equivalency by a PLU approved evaluation service. Two approved providers are:

GRE or GMAT scores:

  • Have scores sent to PLU directly from the testing institution. PLU’s institution code is 4597.
  • If you are worried about the cost of the exam, PLU has a limited number of GMAT fee waivers. In rare circumstances this can be waived, contact the program director for more information.


  • Upload your resume via the 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 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
    2. Your quantitative training and/or skills that make you a good fit for this program.

Check on application:

  • The Standard Application Portal will indicate when you application is complete.
  • Your admission decision will be sent via email, not via the portal.

Additional requirements for international students:

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

  • Minimum TOEFL-iBT of 88 or minimum IELTS score of 6.5. TOEFL or IELTS may be waived for students who graduate from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university with a bachelor’s degree.
  • 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