CONTINUOUS ADMISSIONS POLICY
A candidate may apply to and be accepted into an ATMU program anytime during the year on a continuous basis. The MBA program enables students to start every 5 weeks. Once accepted and enrolled, the student may start his/her program whenever a new module/class starts.
OVERVIEW OF THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
A candidate’s application for admission and enrollment in an ATMU program will follow this process to be officially enrolled in an ATMU program:
- An ATMU Admissions Officer (AO) responds to an initial inquiry by a candidate for admission for an ATMU program. Via a (telephone, in-person or video) interview, the AO determines the candidate’s interest and overall eligibility. The AO also provides support and assistance to the applicant to complete and submit an Application for Admission.
- The candidate submits an Application for Admission.
- The candidate’s application will be reviewed by the AO to verify that the candidate meets all of the eligibility requirements for the BBA, MBA, or DBA program.
- If eligibility is met for an ATMU program, the AO will recommend the candidate’s application for admissions be approved by Academics (usually the Program Director, Dean or Provost). Academics may also decide to interview the candidate. Academics will make the final decision regarding granting the candidate’s application for admission to ATMU.
- If the Academics staff member approves the candidate’s application, the AO will then notify the candidate that he/she has been offered admission and will send the candidate an Enrollment Agreement and other applicable paperwork.
- If the candidate accepts ATMU’s offer of admissions, he/she will need to sign and return the Enrollment Agreement and make the required payment.
- Upon ATMU’s receipt of the Enrollment Agreement and all required enrollment paperwork and payment, the candidate will officially become a student of ATMU.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION IN THE MBA PROGRAM
To be accepted in the MBA program at ATMU, students must meet all of the following minimum requirements:
- Domestic applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited or state approved institution with a satisfactory scholastic grade-point average (GPA)
- International applicants must be graduates of recognized academic institutions outside the United States should hold a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Equivalency is determined by a credential evaluation services approved by the Bureau of Educator Certification (read more in section #6). English translations of transcripts are required for all languages
- Evidence of English Language Proficiency: All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency (read more in section #5).
STEPS OF THE ADMISSIONS & ENROLLMENT PROCESS
This policy and set of procedures applies to both candidates who are citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States as well as to candidates who are not citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States.
STEP 1: ADMISSIONS OFFICER FOLLOW-UP TO CANDIDATE’S INQUIRY
After receiving an inquiry from a candidate, the Admissions Officer (AO) will conduct a telephone interview with the candidate to determine overall interest and overall eligibility for a specific ATMU program. The AO provides support and assistance as needed for the candidate to complete and submit an Application for Admission if qualified.
STEP 2: CANDIDATE SUBMITS APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
The candidate submits the following application paperwork:
- ATMU Application for Admissions
- Copy of high school and all college/university academic transcripts*
- If applicable, proof of English language proficiency (See section 4 below)
- Payment of a non-refundable application fee of $60.00
All of the above documents must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Evaluation and verification of all academic transcripts is required if the candidate’s degree(s) have been obtained outside the US. The candidate must use one of the approved credential evaluation services listed in section 5 below.
STEP 3: ELIGIBILITY REVIEW OF CANDIDATE’S APPLICATION
The AO will review all of the required application materials provided by the candidate to verify that he/she is eligible for the ATMU program for which he/she is applying.
If the determination is made that the candidate does not meet all programmatic eligibility requirements, the Admissions staff member will contact the candidate in writing to notify him/her that his/her application for admission has been denied due to failure to meet the minimum eligibility programmatic requirements.
If the determination is made that the candidate does meet all programmatic eligibility requirements, the Admissions staff member will recommend the candidate be granted admissions to Academics.
STEP 4: APPROVAL/DENIAL OF ADMISSIONS BY ACADEMICS
Academics will review the candidate’s application materials as well as the recommendation from the AO. Academics may also decide to interview the candidate. Academics will make the final decision regarding granting the candidate’s request for admission.
STEP 5: CANDIDATE NOTIFIED OF ADMISSIONS DECISION
If Academics does not approve the candidate’s application for admission to an ATMU program, the AO will then notify the candidate in writing that he/she has been denied admission.
If Academics does approve the candidate’s application for admission to an ATMU program, the AO will then notify the candidate that he/she has been granted admission to an ATMU program. The candidate will be sent an Enrollment Agreement and other applicable paperwork.
STEP 6: CANDIDATE SIGNS ENROLLMENT AGREEMENT
For the candidate to accept ATMU’s offer of admissions, he/she must submit the following to ATMU Admissions:
- Enrollment Agreement
- Signed Fact Sheet and ATMU catalog receipt
- Signed media consent form
- Payment of the first installation of the program tuition fee
The above documents need to be submitted by courier service to:
American Tech and Management University, Inc. (ATMU)
6200 Stoneridge Mall Road – Suite 300.
Pleasanton, CA 94588, United States of America
ATMU ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY ELIGIBILITY FOR MBA PROGRAM
MBA prospective students whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must demonstrate college-level proficiency in English through one of the following for admission:
a.) A minimum score of 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 71 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), a 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS), or 50 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report.
b.) A passing score of 70 on the Duolingo English Test*
*If an applicant’s scores do not meet ATMU’s MBA minimum requirements, he/she is encouraged to explore the Duolingo English Test which provides fast and accessible English language certification, available 24/7 from virtually anywhere in the world. The exams feature computerized-adaptive testing, meaning the exam questions will automatically adapt to each test-takers’ ability, generating a different set of questions for every exam. Passing the Duolingo English Test fully qualifies the applicant for the ATMU MBA program. The test costs $49, and can be completed online and/or at home for the convenience of test-takers.
c.) A minimum score on the College Board Accuplacer ESL Exam Series as follows:
- ESL Language Use: Score of 85
- ESL Listening: Score of 80
- ESL Reading: Score of 85
- ESL Sentence Meaning: Score of 90 ESL Writeplacer: Score of 4
- Comprehensive Score for all exams of 350
d.) A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam;
e.) A minimum B-2 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge;
f.) A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester credit hours with an average grade of “B” or higher at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or accepted foreign equivalent that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities where the language of instruction was English.
ATMU APPROVED CREDENTIAL EVALUATION SERVICES
Any candidate who has graduated from a high school, college or university outside the United States must have his/her academic transcripts evaluated and verified by a credential evaluation services approved by the Bureau of Educator Certification.
ATMU recommends that candidates use the credential evaluation services of World Education Services (WES). Information is available at www.wes.org
WES is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping international students and professionals achieve their educational and professional goals in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1974, WES evaluates and advocates for the recognition of international education qualifications. For over 40 years, WES has set the standard of excellence in the field of international mobility with its credential evaluations, research and consulting services, and ongoing support for international students and skilled immigrants. WES has provided credential evaluations to more than one million people worldwide. WES evaluations are widely recognized by more than 2,500 educational, business, and governmental institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada.
However, if the candidate does not want to use WES, he/she may use any of the credential evaluation services listed below:
- Academic and Professional International Evaluations, Inc., CA
- ACREVS, Inc., Milpitas, CA
- American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
- American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS), Miami, FL
- C.E.I.E Specialists, Inc.
- Center for Educational Documentation, Boston, MA
- Consultancy on International Education (CIE), IL
- Education Evaluators International (CA, RI, NY)
- Educated Choices, LLC
- Foreign Consultants, Inc. (FCI), Westminster, CO
- Foreign Credentials Service of America, Austin, TX
- Global Education Group, Inc., Miami, FL & Tucson, AZ
- International Education Evaluations, Inc., Charlotte & Harrisburg, NC
- International Education Evaluators, Surfside, FL
- Institute of Foreign Credential Services, Dobbs Ferry, NY
- Jack Phillips, NJ
- North American Education Group (NAEG), Swampscott, MA
- Visiting International Faculty Program (VIF), NC
- Worldwide Education Consultant Services, TX Criteria for approval of credential evaluation agencies are outlined in State Board of Education Rule 6A-4.003.
- Educational Credential Evaluators | ECE® https://www.ece.org/
MBA CONDITIONAL ADMISSIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Students who meet all of the application eligibility requirements for the MBA program and who earned their bachelor’s degree from a country other than the United States will be granted conditional admission to the MBA program. These students will be required to pass a 2-week, 15-hour non-credit course in academic research and writing. Once the student passes this course, his/her admissions status will be changed from conditional or “full” admissions.
A student who is not able to pass this course will be denied admission to the MBA program.
CANDIDATE APPEAL OF DENIAL OF ADMISSIONS
A candidate may appeal a denial of admission to an ATMU program. The candidate must send a written appeal with a detailed justification for reconsideration. The appeal may include supporting documentation.
All appeals of denial of admissions must be received by the ATMU Provost within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of the denial of admission. Any appeals received after this time period will not be considered.
It is highly unlikely that a candidate whose admissions denial was based on not meeting the minimum eligibility requirements for an ATMU program of study will be approved. The candidate will be encouraged to reapply once he/she meets all programmatic eligibility requirements.
The Provost has the final authority to act on all candidate appeals of admission denial. The Provost may decide to conduct an interview (telephone, video conference or in-person) with the candidate as part of his/her review and decision-making process regarding the candidate’s appeal.
The Provost will act on the candidate’s appeal within fourteen (14) calendar days after receipt of the candidate’s written appeal.
A candidate who has been denied admission has the right to reapply for admission at any time.