Admission Policy & Criteria


Admissions Information

All admissions materials, including program disclosures and enrollment agreements are presented in English, but all programs can be taught in students’ or faculty’s primary language. Each admissions representative conducts interviews with prospective enrollees in students’ or faculty’s primary language as a method to determine whether the prospective enrollees are proficient in their primary language. We can make any accommodations to present materials or instruct courses in each nationality language. If English is not the student’s primary language, and the student is unable to understand the terms and conditions, the student shall have the right to obtain a clear explanation of the terms and conditions and all cancellation and refund policies in his or her primary language from a qualified school officer upon request. All faculties can teach in their primary Language and Students can submit reports and dissertation in their primary Language.

University of Southwest America provides a flexible one hundred percent online learning environment designed for students who want to advance in their profession. Learn about our online doctoral, master’s, undergraduate, and certificate programs—and get answers to your questions about USWA and online learning—by speaking with an enrollment counselor.

As a USWA student, you’ll build the career-relevant and academic research skills and knowledge to advance your career and academic research with hundred percent online learning environments. Our faculty members are experts in their fields, and our classes and competency-based programs are built around industry and academic research standards and focus on real-world application, so you can apply what you learn in your course today in your career and academic research tomorrow.


Admission Policy

An applicant for admission to a degree program must meet the minimum admission requirements for each program. Students with special circumstances and those who do not meet certain admission standards may be accepted on a conditional basis.

Admission to some programs may be granted to students who meet certain criteria. However, those who are admitted in this condition must complete the application process before the degree is granted. Admission standing is subject to cancellation or change if the admission credentials remain incomplete.


Admissions Criteria

University is committed to training men and women for Christian leadership, both lay and clerical. Because of this commitment, we seek to admit persons whose motivation, character, and aptitude are congruent with this purpose. The application process is designed to help you and the university determines your readiness for study at the university. The admissions process is designed to help ensure that individuals who enter one of our programs will complete it.


Statement of Nondiscrimination

University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, gender, and national or ethnic origin in the according or making available of all the rights, privileges, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other university-administered programs generally open to students at the university.

In addition to this legal stance, University has a biblical stance regarding cultural diversity. The ultimate, eternal community of believers, according to Revelation 5:9, will be comprised of “every tribe, tongue, and people and nation.” The desire of the university is to enjoy this same diversity and unity of believers while training culturally sensitive ministers for effective service to the entire world.


Diversity Policy

University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, nationality, ethnic origin, socioeconomic class, gender, and/or physical and mental disabilities in the administration of its policies in education, admission, and hiring. However, the university is a private religious institution and maintains a specific religious belief in the enforcement of its administrative practices. University is committed to practicing the principles of equal opportunity and diversity based on biblical principles. The university strives to achieve and maintain a diverse community of students and its committees. University of Southwest America will continue to monitor the level of diversity in all the committees, subcommittees and advisory groups within the school. By encouraging community engagement in outreach, development and planning processes, University will undertake a strategic and systematic approach to involve individuals from diverse racial/ ethnic groups, ages, genders, abilities, socioeconomic classes, and interests.



Ability to Benefit

University of Southwest America does not accept students under Ability to benefit determination.



Transfer of Credit

University of Southwest America welcomes the transfer of course work from accredited institutions. (Some institutions include those that have been accredited by an agency that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or CHEA. Outside the U.S., a provincial or national authority such as the Ministry of Education usually approves some institutions.) In order to request this transfer, you should arrange for an official transcript (signed and sealed) to be mailed directly from the previous institution to University’s Registrar’s Office.

Credit is evaluated on a course-by-course basis, requiring that course descriptions and credit values be comparable. Only work earned with a grade of “C” or higher is transferable; however, grades from transfer credits do not compute into Grade Point Averages (GPA). Grade Point Averages are computed solely on courses completed at University of Southwest America.


Under exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Academic Committee, transfer of credit may be possible from unaccredited institutions. The same procedures and requirements as previously noted apply. In addition, University takes steps to ensure that course work taken at the previous institution is comparable to the course work offered by University. These steps include one or more of the following:


  • Demonstration of achievement by means of comprehensive examinations;
  • Review of syllabi, faculty credentials, grading standards, and other relevant learning resources at the sending institution; and
  • Analysis of historic experience regarding the success of transfers from the sending institution.


If a student wishes to apply transfer credit to his/her program, the transfer should be arranged immediately upon receiving your letter of acceptance, and before registering for courses at University of Southwest America.

Generally, fifty percent of the quarter hours in your undergraduate program must be completed at University in order to qualify for graduation. More than 6 units cannot be transferred into a graduate program at University. Depending upon the program and circumstances, the number of transferable credits may vary.

University of Southwest America has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university.


Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits and Credentials Earned At Our Institution

The transferability of credits you earn at University of Southwest America is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree or certificate, you earn in your program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits, degree or certificate that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Southwest University to determine if your credits, degree or certificate will transfer.


Registration for New Students

Whenever possible, the Registrar’s Office will register new students before the students arrive on campus. New students will receive a copy of their registration form during New Student Orientation, and will be able to make changes at that time.

New Student Orientation is scheduled during the days immediately preceding the start of the fall and spring quarters. (See the academic calendar at the front of the catalog). The Student Orientation is required for all new students. We will spend time acquainting you with major aspects of USWA’s academic program and general policies and procedures.


Registration for Returning Students

All current students are expected to register for the next quarter on the dates designated by the Registrar; otherwise the Financial Office adds a late registration fee to the student’s account.

Registration is not complete until all necessary forms are filled out, submitted, and signed by the appropriate persons. A student who has not completed registration for the following quarter may not be allowed to take final exams, unless the student has notified the Registrar of his or her intent to withdraw at the end of the quarter.



If you are a former University of Southwest America student and you desire to be readmitted, contact the Admission Office to begin the process. You will be expected to pay any outstanding debt to the university in full. Depending upon how long you have been away from University and your status when you left, you may be required to provide new references or other elements of the Application Package. You may also be asked to meet with the Academic Dean, the Dean of Students Affairs, or other university officials.

If you are readmitted, we may ask you to attend certain portions of the New Student Orientation.

If you have been gone from University of Southwest America for one or more quarters, you will return under the curriculum and graduation requirements of the most recent catalog. This policy may also apply to students who do not maintain full-time enrollment (less than 9 quarter hours per term for undergraduates, or 6 quarter hours per term for graduate students).