American Heritage University of Southern California

Admissions Policy


Admissions Policy

Selection Criteria

AHUSC's admission policy is unique in that any prospective student must have completed two years of university coursework equivalent to 60 credits/units or an Associate of Arts/Science degree from a community college or university.

It is generally expected that the prospective students must have received a high school diploma, GED or their equivalent. In addition, applicants must possess or have completed the following:

Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Business Administration

  • Credit/Unit Requirements: A minimum of sixty (60) semester units or the maximum of (90) qualifying credits which must include a minimum of thirty (30) semester units in general education with two courses in Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, plus English Composition I, English Composition II, one Mathematics course and one additional course from either the area of Humanities, Natural Sciences or Social Sciences.
  • English Proficiency Requirement: AHUSC requires that all prospective students whose primary language is not English to have sufficient command of the English language to benefit from instruction at the institution. Coursework is offered entirely in English. It is required that students must be able to communicate effectively in English to complete courses.
  • Online Education Requirements: To ensure your success in our programs, you will need access to and use of the hardware and software listed in our Distance Learning Requirements Page.

    Prospective students whose primary language is not English may be required to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at their own expense. AHUSC will accept TOEFL results of 500 or more on the paper-based exam or a score of 61 on the internet version (TOEFL iBT). Visit https://www.ets.org/toefl to learn more.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Business Administration (MBA):

  • Degree Requirement: A Bachelor’s degree from Institutions accredited by agencies that are recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For students outside of the United States, please visit the International Applicants page for more information.
  • A current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • GPA Requirement: Undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • English Proficiency Requirement: AHUSC requires that all prospective students whose primary language is not English to have sufficient command of the English language to benefit from instruction at the institution. Coursework is offered entirely in English. It is required that students must be able to communicate effectively in English to complete courses.
  • Online Education Requirements: To ensure your success in our programs, you will need access to and use of the hardware and software listed in our Distance Learning Requirements Page.

    Prospective students whose primary language is not English may be required to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at their own expense. AHUSC will accept TOEFL results of 530 or more on the paper-based exam or a score of 71 on the internet version (TOEFL iBT). Visit https://www.ets.org/toefl to learn more.

Note: AHUSC does not provide Visa services or vouch for student status.

Admission Process

American Heritage University of Southern California (AHUSC) is dedicated to working with prospective students throughout the application and admission process. Our curriculum is designed for distance learning online for students who desire to integrate advanced academic study with their professional lives in order to complete what they started and achieve their professional goals.

The business programs offered at AHUSC are developed to provide students with a wide range of knowledge, skills, and problem-solving abilities to respond to the ever-changing needs of the business and professional world in a changing multinational environment. For this reason, the application process focuses on assessing the student’s unique academic and professional history in determining whether AHUSC is an educational fit.

The Admissions Committee considers all aspects of an applicant’s background credentials in determining whether or not to recommend admission. As such, students who do not specifically meet all admission criteria are encouraged to apply and discuss their particular situations with an Admissions representative.

NOTE: Applicants accepted on a conditional acceptance must provide official transcripts and or required documentation to within 60 days or will be academically suspended.

Questions about the application process can be addressed by contacting the Admissions Office by sending e-mail to admissions@ahusc.net.

Steps for Admission

Since the University accepts students on a continuous enrollment basis, applications for admission can be submitted at any time during the calendar year. The steps to apply are as follows:

  • Step 1: Complete the online Application Form found on home page of AHUSC called “Apply Now” or visit https://ahusc.net/apply.php During the application, you will be required to submit the following:
    1. Provide a digital copy of a current government issued photo ID. All students are required to submit documentation of a current government issued photo ID. (State issued Driver’s License or ID)
    2. Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV) (For the graduate applicants only)
    3. Unofficial transcripts (if applicable)
  • Step 2: The applicant must provide official transcripts from all undergraduate programs and universities or colleges attended including the highest degree, if applicable, awarded by an Institution accredited by agencies that are recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or, for non-U.S. Institutions, an accepted foreign equivalent that is evaluated by any of the foreign degree evaluators listed on the International Student’s Page.

Transcripts are to be sent directly to the Registrar of American Heritage University of Southern California. This is accomplished by contacting the Registrar at the institution and making a request for the transcript to be forwarded to AHUSC. Usually such requests are accompanied by required transcript fees to each institution.

Important Note: AHUSC may require prospective applicants to submit additional transcripts when applicants seeking consideration of prior credit for transfer to the graduate program. The applicant may be required to provide additional information such as a school catalog or syllabus to support the request for transfer. Applicants whose highest degree transcript does not indicate all courses completed in pursuit of the degree may be required to submit additional transcripts to substantiate credit.

Admissions Committee Review

When the applicant's admissions file is complete, the Director will notify the Admissions Committee and the review process will begin. The Admissions Committee will look for two key factors:

  1. The potential for successful completion of the applicable degree program based upon the applicants prior academic work and the successful completion of Application.
  2. A match in AHUSC's program that can help the student reach their educational goals.

Within 15 days of completion of the file, applicants will be notified of the admission decision. If there are specific questions about a file, the applicant will be given the opportunity to respond before a decision is made.

AHUSC understands that all of our prospective students have previously completed some form of college education. All applicants can request that credits previously completed at other universities be considered for transfer into AHUSC. The applicant seeking the transfer of credits will need to provide written notification to the Dean’s office containing the title and name of each course along with a copy of the course description and the name of the university where the credit was earned. Credit transfer request are processed using a standard that attempts to match possible transfer credits to degree program requirements at AHUSC.

In order to accept transfer credits, the Registrar will review official catalogs from the institution where the courses were taken for credit. If necessary, the Registrar will request the Dean to review the material to help ensure there is a match between the potential transfer credits and the requirements of the AHUSC degree program. Credits requested for transfer should have been completed no more than seven years prior to being requested for transfer into AHUSC.

The Registrar may require the applicant to provide additional information in order to help support the evaluation process. In addition to an official transcript from the previous university, additional types of information may be requested including but not limited to the following:

  • Syllabi of courses being considered for transfer credit
  • Official catalog(s) covering the dates the courses were taken and the number of possible transfer credits allowed is based upon the following requirements:
    1. Undergraduates: Can transfer up to 75% of their Bachelor's degree program from other programs and institutions. Only courses with a grade of C or higher (2.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale) can be considered for transfer.
    2. Graduates: Can receive transfer credit for up to 50% of the program. Only 6 units/credits can be applied to core courses and only graduate courses with the grade of B or higher (3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale) can be considered for transfer.

Please note: International students looking to obtain transfer credit from an institution located outside of the United States will need to obtain a detailed course-by-course evaluation from any member of the following evaluators located on our website: https://ahusc.net/International-Applicants.html.