Graduate Admissions

Application Process

Admissions Application and Fee

A complete admissions application and a non-refundable application fee of $50 USD is required to process your application at the time of submission. The fee is paid electronically online before the application is submitted.

Submit your Application Online

Meridian's online admissions application should be completed and submitted in one sitting. You will not be able to save your application and return to it. Please make sure to have the information and documents you need before you begin. You should be prepared to enter your personal information and academic history. Your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal statement may be submitted now or at a later date.

Can I Apply in Hardcopy or in Person Meridian does not have a hardcopy admissions application. However, if you are unable to use the online application due to disability or otherwise, we are happy to print it for you and mail it to you, and then you can mail it back. The best way to connect with our Admissions Team is via email, phone, or video call, but you are welcome to drop off admissions materials at our Petaluma Center if you'd like.

How to Apply:

You may submit your admissions application online, by email or postal mail. You may submit your materials (letters of recommendation, personal statement, writing sample, resume) by uploading them to your online application at that time you first apply, or sending them to

Official transcripts and application materials may also be sent to:
Admissions Office
Meridian University
47 Sixth Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

What You Will Need to Apply

Required Materials

  • Admissions Application: [link to the online admissions application]
  • Application Fee: $50 USD A non-refundable application fee of $50 USD is required to process your application at the time of submission.
  • Official Academic Transcript(s): Official transcripts are required from all post-secondary institutions from which you earned 12 or more quarter units. Transcripts must be received in sealed envelopes and may be mailed directly to our office (47 Sixth Street, Petaluma, CA 94952) Electronic transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the academic institution.
  • Three Admissions Recommendations: Three Admission Recommendation forms and accompanying letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations should be sought from individuals who can respond to your readiness to successfully complete Meridian's degree program. If possible, you should include recommendations from persons familiar with your academic and, if applicable, clinical background.
  • Admissions Recommendation Letter: Must be submitted for each letter.
  • Personal Statement (5-7 pages): Your personal statement should highlight the formative and significant experiences in your life, and how those experiences have influenced you in choosing to pursue your vocation or profession.
    Things to Consider when Writing a Personal Statement: Consider how periods of life and career transition have contributed to your awareness. Consider what it is about you that will enable you to benefit from Meridian's degree program.

What to Include in Your Personal Statement:

  • Five to Seven double-spaced pages in length.
  • Be sure to share formative and significant experiences of your life and how these have influenced you in choosing your program as a vocation and profession.
  • Consider in your statement that periods of life and career transition contribute significantly to self awareness.
    • What is it about you as a learner that will enable you to benefit from Meridian’s degree program?
    • Work experiences you may have had which relate to your program of interest and the vision you have of your future as a professional.

If you feel that the personal statement does not sufficiently demonstrate your writing skills, you may wish to enclose an additional writing sample of not more.

Optional Materials

  • Writing Sample (maximum of seven pages)
  • Resume or CV

Admissions Interview

Once all of the required materials have been received, the admissions committee will review your application. After this review, you may be contacted to schedule an admissions interview. The Admissions Committee is composed of faculty from each of Meridian's programs.The admissions interview can be conducted in person at our Petaluma Center or via Skype. Once the interview is completed, you will be contacted within one to two weeks regarding the admissions decision and next steps. An admissions advisor is available to you during the entire process.

Upon acceptance, students submit a $250 tuition deposit to reserve their space in the program and receive an Enrollment Packet from the Records Office.

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 the English Proficiency section on International Students).

GPA requirement for admittance: Minimum GPA for admission to all degree programs at Meridian is a 3.0.

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. Equivalence is assessed at the time of admissions by the Admissions Committee. Students with an appropriate Master's degree may apply for Advanced Standing. Students should keep in mind that if they are accepted and applied for advanced standing, their acceptance may not reflect this depending on the committee's assessment.

Admissions Criteria

The following criteria are utilized in assessing a prospective student at the time admissions:

  • Admissions Application.
  • Academic ability: Demonstrated and potential academic excellence. Undergraduate Degree work should demonstrate 3.0 GPA.
  • Intellectual vitality: Individual’s overall excitement towards learning and interest in transformative learning.
  • Applicant’s initiative in seeking out opportunities for enhancing their knowledge base.
  • Potential for leadership, as demonstrated through the applicant’s personal character and professional competence.
  • Personal qualities and community/professional contributions.
  • Performance at interview(s).
  • Other qualifications and experience, as relevant.
  • Conduct demonstrating professionalism.

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.

Only courses taken in state-approved or regionally accredited academic institutions can be considered for transfer credit.

Meridian University does not accept credit earned through challenge exams or achievement tests. As well, the University does not offer credit for prior life experience.

Given Meridian’s emphasis in courses delivered through a transformative learning model - as well as each academic program’s distinct curricular orientation - prior coursework taken elsewhere is usually not equivalent to the approach and methodology taught at Meridian.

Transcript Review

Faculty can provide a preliminary review of your transcript for potential transfer of credit against Meridian coursework. As this is a preliminary review, any courses assessed as likely being equivalent for transfer will be confirmed upon a subsequent review upon the student's admittance. Note that given the specialized nature and emphasis of Meridian's programs, prior coursework taken elsewhere is often not approved for transfer.

International Transcripts

International transcripts created in languages other than English must be submitted as literal translations prior to admission and must be mailed for evaluation to the World Education Services (WES) or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

World Education Services

Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087

AACRAO International Education Services

One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 520
Washington DC 20036
Phone: (202)296-3359
Fax: (202)822-3940

AACRAO or WES will issue a Basic Statement of Comparability or a course-by-course evaluation. AACRAO or WES should then send these directly to Meridian University. All other admissions documents must be submitted in English.

Meridian University holds a policy of non-discrimination. All interested persons who meet the admissions criteria are encouraged to apply. All application materials, once submitted, become the property of Meridian University and will not be returned, reprinted, or photocopied.

Have Questions?

Speak with an Admissions Adviser