Graduate Admissions

Admissions Overview

Applying to Meridian University

Meridian’s Admissions Advisors are here to guide you through every step of the application process; including on how to apply for financial aid. With ongoing open enrollment throughout the year, you choose when the right time is to begin a program. Meridian is with you every step of the way to ensure that our programs meet your educational goals and needs.

Meridian is committed to creating a pluralist learning community. We seek a diverse group of students and welcome applications from all qualified individuals. Our intention is to develop and nurture a learning community in which students and faculty can learn together in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We welcome differences in age, economic status, race, ethnic background, religion, origin, gender, sexual orientation, physical challenge, political views, personal characteristics, and beliefs.

Meridian accepts admissions applications throughout the year. Students can start four times a year, as Meridian is on the quarter system and has rolling admissions. Please see below the deadlines to submit your Admissions application for each quarter.

Admissions Application Deadlines

Quarter of Entry Preferred Application Date Apply By
Fall Quarter (September 1) June 1 July 15
Winter Quarter (December 1) September 1 October 15
Spring Quarter (March 1) December 1 January 15
Summer Quarter (June 11) March 1 April 15

Connecting with the Admissions Team

Have questions about the admissions process or Meridian's degree programs and concentrations? Scheduling a call/meeting with an Admissions Advisor is a great way to get started.

You can easily schedule a voice or video call here: Book an Appointment.

You can also contact the Admissions Team by calling (707) 765-1836 (press "1") or emailing [email protected].

Info Session and Events

Meridian regularly offers Online Information Sessions for each of our programs. Information sessions cover degree programs, concentrations, transformative learning, and the application process. The information sessions are all about engaging with faculty and learning about the fit between your passions/goals and Meridian’s graduate degrees. A Q&A portion of the session enables prospective students to ask questions directly of program faculty. To register for this online event, or a future event please visit the Info Sessions and Events page on our website.

Our unique One-Day Introductions are designed to introduce prospective students to the principles and practices that guide Transformative Learning at Meridian as well as orient you to Meridian's Graduate Degree Programs in Psychology, Business, and Transformative Leadership. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with Meridian faculty, staff, and other prospective students while learning about Meridian’s curriculum and degree programs. For upcoming One-Day Introductions please visit the Info Sessions and Events page on our website.

Admissions Requirements

A Bachelor's degree is required for admission to Meridian's Graduate Programs. Applicants who possess a Master's in Psychology (or related field) may apply for Advanced Standing status in the psychology Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree programs. All students are expected to be proficient in the English language as all instruction at Meridian University is offered in English (see section below on International Students). Please note that that the GMAT is not a requirement for Meridian programs.

Advanced Standing may be applied for by students who are applying to one of the psychology doctoral degree programs with a Master's degree in psychology or its equivalent.

View detailed requirements by visiting our Application Process page.

Transfer Credit

Meridian's curriculum is highly integrated and globally unique. Transfer credits from other schools are reviewed at the student's request. Transfer credits may be granted up to a maximum of 40 quarter credits for the PsyD, PhD, and EdD, and 12 quarter credits towards Master's degrees (M.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, M.Ed., MBA). PhD and PsyD students entering with Advanced Standing status may be granted transfer credit up to a maximum of 12 quarter credits.

International Students

Meridian is approved by the Department of Homeland Security to provide form I-20s to eligable students for the purposes of applying for an F-1 student visa.

International students are welcome to apply for admission into Meridian's Graduate Degree Programs. All courses at Meridian are conducted in English. Students whose native language is not English are required to submit the results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For admission, students are required to receive a score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based. All students are expected to be proficient in the English language as all instruction at Meridian University is offered in English. For more resources and information see our International Students page.

Financial Aid

How do I start the Financial Aid Process? Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.gov and contact Meridian's Financial Aid Office at [email protected]. You can learn more about the Financial Aid process by visiting the Financial Aid Overview page.

What is Meridian’s Federal School Code: Meridian’s Federal School Code is G42711.

Does Meridian Offer Veterans Affairs Benefits: Meridian is now approved to certify Veterans Benefits. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Applying as an International Student:

Meridian is currently in the approval process with the Department of Homeland Security to offer student visas. We are not able to offer them yet.

International students are welcome to apply for admission to Meridian. Please see our International Students page for more information.