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Explore how ALU’s online distance education courses can work for you. As one of the top distance education universities in California for non-traditional students, our Admissions team has the information you need to help you with your application and succeed with our school. Additional information is available for those who seek transfer credit or want to study at ALU as an international student.

Application Steps

You are encouraged to contact our Admissions team at 213-252-5100 or admissions@alu.edu for assistance at any point in your application process.

  1. Explore our website for degree information and identify your program of interest.

  2. Verify that you meet the requirements for your degree of interest by reviewing the “Program Specific Admissions Requirements” section below.

  3. Review our affordable tuition, payment options, and information on scholarships and financial aid.

  4. Complete the application form on this page, selecting the program type you’re interested in and are qualified for.

  5. Once you submit the application form on this page, an ALU Admissions representative will contact you to ensure that all necessary documentation is provided to Student Services and the admissions committee for review.

    Note that official, sealed transcripts or official documentation for admissions committee review should be sent to registrar@alu.edu or:
    Abraham Lincoln University
    Office of Registrar
    100 W. Broadway, Ste 600
    Glendale, CA 91210 U.S.A.
Online Application Form

Program Specific Admissions Requirements

Applicants for an undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate program at Abraham Lincoln University (ALU) must submit the following items:

  • An application form, with an application fee/credit evaluation fee where applicable. All applicants except for U.S. military and veteran students must pay a non-refundable application fee of $50.00 by credit card, debit card, or e-check in order for applications to be processed. Credit and debit card payments will be charged an additional 3.5% convenience fee. The application/credit evaluation fee is for evaluation of any previously earned credit for possible transfer toward an ALU degree program.
  • Proof of High School Graduation or its equivalent.
  • Documentation of a current government-issued photo ID.
  • A resume, curriculum vitae or list of professional accomplishments.
  • Transcripts for any previous baccalaureate study that the applicant wants to submit to ALU for possible transfer credit into an ALU program. Transcripts must be sent directly to the Abraham Lincoln University Registrar’s Office by the granting institution(s). Due to this step being potentially time-consuming, applicants are advised to submit transcripts early. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted to the Registrar initially to expedite transfer credit evaluation, but students who are admitted to the university must submit official transcripts no later than 30 days from the start of the course.
  • For applicants who are seeking to use Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits:
    • DD214 Form;
    • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. If the applicant is unable to obtain official transcripts, please contact the admissions office for guidance;
    • Note: Once admitted to the University, students using VA educational benefits must submit Certificate of Eligibility (COE or NOBE) before the start of the first applicable course.

When all admissions requirements are fulfilled, applicants are notified in writing of their enrollment status. 

Applicants for a graduate degree program (master’s level), including graduate-level certificate programs, at Abraham Lincoln University (ALU) must submit the following items:

  • An application form, with an application fee/credit evaluation fee where applicable. All applicants except for U.S. military and veteran students must pay a non-refundable application fee of $50.00 by credit card, debit card, or e-check in order for applications to be processed. Credit and debit card payments will be charged an additional 3.5% convenience fee. The application/credit evaluation fee is for evaluation of any previously earned credit for possible transfer toward an ALU degree program.
  • Evidence of a bachelor’s degree in the form of an official transcript from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or an equivalent degree from a recognized foreign college or university.  
  • Documentation of a current government-issued photo ID.
  • A resume, curriculum vitae or list of professional accomplishments.  
  • Transcripts for any previous baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate study that the applicant wants to submit to ALU for possible transfer credit into an ALU program. Transcripts must be sent directly to the Abraham Lincoln University Registrar’s Office by the granting institution(s). Due to this step being potentially time-consuming, applicants are advised to submit transcripts early.  Unofficial transcripts may be submitted to the Registrar initially to expedite transfer credit evaluation, but students who are admitted to the university must submit official transcripts no later than 30 days from the start of the course.
  • For applicants who are seeking to use Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits:  
    • DD214 Form;
    • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. If the applicant is unable to obtain official transcripts, please contact the admissions office for guidance;
    • Note: Once admitted to the University, students using VA educational benefits must submit Certificate of Eligibility (COE or NOBE) before the start of the first applicable course.
  • One (1) Professional/ Academic Reference Form.
  • A Statement of Purpose addressing why you are seeking the degree.

In addition to the requirements listed above, applicants for master’s degree and professional doctoral programs must submit and meet the following prerequisites:

For master’s degree programs:

  • A minimum of an official transcript showing the completion of a bachelor degree or its equivalent (e.g. satisfactory completion of at least 120 semester units of transferable college level credit from other accredited colleges/universities, reviewed and accepted by the Academic Department) and any master’s level work completed.
  • An undergraduate academic record reflecting a minimal Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of C (2.0 on a scale of 4.0) or higher, and any graduate college academic records must show a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of B (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) or higher.

Applicants for a doctorate degree program (except for the J.D degree program), including post-graduate certificate programs, at Abraham Lincoln University (ALU) must submit the following items:

  • An application form, with an application fee/credit evaluation fee where applicable. All applicants except for U.S. military and veteran students must pay a non-refundable application fee of $50.00 by credit card, debit card, or e-check in order for applications to be processed. Credit and debit card payments will be charged an additional 3.5% convenience fee. The application/credit evaluation fee is for evaluation of any previously earned credit for possible transfer toward an ALU degree program.
  • Evidence of a master’s degree in the form of an official transcript from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or an equivalent degree from a recognized foreign college or university. *for students with no master’s level work completed, student can petition the admissions committee for admission into the program based on the criteria below.
  • Documentation of a current government issued photo ID.
  • A resume, curriculum vitae or list of professional accomplishments.
  • Transcripts for any previous baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate study that the applicant wants to submit to ALU for possible transfer credit into an ALU program. Transcripts must be sent directly to the Abraham Lincoln University Registrar’s Office by the granting institution(s). Due to this step being potentially time-consuming, applicants are advised to submit transcripts early.  Unofficial transcripts may be submitted to the Registrar initially to expedite transfer credit evaluation, but students who are admitted to the university must submit official transcripts no later than 30 days from the start of the course.
  • For applicants who are seeking to use Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits:  
    • DD214 Form;
    • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. If the applicant is unable to obtain official transcripts, please contact the admissions office for guidance;
    • Note: Once admitted to the University, students using VA educational benefits must submit Certificate of Eligibility (COE or NOBE) before the start of the first applicable course.
  • One (1) Professional/ Academic Reference Form
  • A Statement of Purpose addressing why you are seeking the degree.

In addition to the requirements listed above, applicants for doctoral programs must submit and meet the following prerequisites:

For doctorate programs:

  • Official transcripts showing the completion of a master’s degree from an approved or accredited college or university/institution. If the master’s degree was earned in an unrelated field, the Academic Department may evaluate the submitted documents to determine a reasonable foundation for the applicant to successfully complete the doctorate program.
  • Master degree with a 3.00 GPA
  • For students with no master’s level work completed, students can petition the Admissions Committee for admission into the DBA program ONLY based on the following:
    • A completed bachelor’s degree with a 3.75 GPA
    • Bachelor degree completed in the field of business or business related field.
    • Three (3) to Five (5) years direct business, professional work experience
    • Official transcripts received within 30 days of the start of the session, or the student is withdrawn from the program.

An ALU School of Law admissions representative will serve as your point of contact to ensure that you provide accurate and complete information on all application steps. All admissions items are necessary to determine qualifications and an applicant’s potential to practice law. All items are required before an applicant’s package can be submitted to the admissions committee. More items are required for students with additional circumstances regarding prior law school history or other issues – please see below.

  1. Complete an application form and submit an application fee. All applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $50.00 by a credit card, debit card, or e-check in order for applications to be processed, except for active-duty military and veteran prospects who qualify for an application fee waiver. Credit and debit card payments will be charged an additional 3.5% convenience fee.
  2. Complete an Online Assessment Test. If you received an LSAT of 140 or above, upon verification you are not required to take the assessment test.
  3. Provide a current government-issued photo ID.
  4. Write a 500-1000 word personal statement describing your personal and professional goals and why you decided to pursue those goals by seeking a Juris Doctor degree. In addition, describe how you feel you will be successful in an online Juris Doctor Program. You may include details regarding work history, academic background, and personal history in this statement as relevant.
  5. Provide official transcripts as evidence of a bachelor’s degree from a col­lege or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or an equivalent degree from a recognized foreign college or university. Transcripts must be sent directly to Abraham Lincoln University by the granting institution(s). Send official, sealed transcripts to registrar@alu.edu or:

    • Abraham Lincoln University
      100 W. Broadway, Ste 600
      Glendale, CA 91210, U.S.A.
    • Unofficial transcripts will be considered, but official transcripts should be submitted promptly for review. At latest, the University must receive official transcript(s) from the institution(s) you attended within 30 days of the start of the course.
    • Students applying for Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational benefits must provide:
      • DD214 Form
      • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. If unable to obtain official transcripts, please contact the admissions office.

Students applying for the Juris Doctor are required to present transcripts from their Bachelor’s degree or higher. All submitted academic credentials must be earned from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.
Degrees earned from institutions outside of the US must be presented with an official translation for degree and subject equivalency comparable to instruction in the United States, provided by a credential evaluation service approved by the State Bar of California. The ALU admissions office will provide a list of these services upon request.

Additional steps are required for students who have prior law school history, international students, or those who may have issues that otherwise touch on qualifications and potential. A member of ALU’s admissions team can assist you at 213-252-5100 or admissions@alu.edu regarding these scenarios.

For more information and disclosures about our Juris Doctor program including the Business & Professions Code Section 6061.7(a) Information Report (admissions data, tuition and fees, financial aid, enrollment data, employment outcomes, California Bar Examination passage data, and more) please visit our Consumer Information page.

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