How to apply

How To Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Adizes Graduate School!

This page will guide you through the application process step by step. Just click on the links below. Should you have any questions, we are here to help. Feel free to contact the for assistance with the application process.

Applying to AGS is free of charge.

New student applications are generally due 8-10 weeks in advance of the term start date. These dates can be found on our calendar.

The fee for a late application (after the application due date, but before the start of the term), is $250.

A complete application includes:

  1. Adizes Graduate School Application for Admission
  2. Supporting documents as requested in the Application for Admission, which include
    1. A resume or CV with contact information
    2. A valid picture ID, such as Driver’s license or passport
    3. Official Transcripts showing proof of Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, Doctorate or other proof of the highest degree earned. Our transcript policy can be viewed here
    4. Written references (Two references are requested in the application. Note: professional programs require that one letter of recommendation come from an Adizes Institute Managing Director).
    5. Self-Assessment and Autobiographical essays – Instructions are provided in the Application for Admission.  
    6. As part of the Self-Assessment part C, you will be asked to complete the “Building Excellence” and “Multiple Intelligences” online surveys. A short description and link to each quiz follows:
  • Building Excellence The Learning Individual® $5.00 (BE®) (2000 Dunn & Rundle) This unique quiz provokes thought for setting up your home environment, and it also covers several different areas related to your personal styles and preferences – you will learn something new about yourself for a minimal price. BE is an excellent resource for busy professionals and entrepreneurs and is a required part of our orientation to distance learning at AGS.
  • Multiple Intelligences are different strategies for learning. These styles or strategies were developed by Howard Gardner, a professor of cognition and education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Identify your own strengths and styles for learning so that you can tailor your own research methods and strategies to fit your style, and understand why you make these choices for work and study.

After you review the AGS Program Catalog to be sure you are aware of all relevant details, and once your application and supporting documents are complete, please submit them to the Registrar. Contact information is provided in the Application documents, if you are not already in touch with the school’s Registrar. You can also contact us for more assistance or if you have any questions during the process. We are here to help!

Students are generally allowed 7 years to complete a degree. However, you are only considered active for 3 years from the date you complete your last course. After 3 years of inactivity, we will archive your file and you must re-apply to the school to continue in your degree program (if available). California schools are not required to keep student records, other than a transcript of courses taken at our school, beyond five years.

Upon acceptance to the school, you will receive a “Letter of Acceptance” to sign. Once you’ve been accepted into the school, you are ready to enroll in your first course.


  1. Complete an Enrollment Agreement for your starting term (example for Winter 2015 in the class “Group Dynamics”). There is a first-time administrative fee of $100 for your first class at AGS.
  2. Register online and submit payment (links available on the calendar, and in “My AGS” for current students). Ask the Registrar if you have any questions.
  3. Complete software training at least one month prior to taking your first online course (see below for more information on software training and orientation). The training takes about 90 minutes and requires conversational feedback from administrative staff.
  4. Review the required readings for new students, see details below.
  5. Receive access to desired classes


  • New Student Orientation begins (via email) once you’ve signed your letter of acceptance. Please allow 4-5 days for feedback and conversation with administrative staff via email for Orientation.
  • Software Training (about 90 minutes) will teach you how to navigate within the online learning platform. Please allow 4-5 days for feedback and conversation with administrative staff via email to complete the Training.

Class begins:  Access to your online classroom is provided after the completion of your Orientation and Software Training. We suggest that you bookmark the login page.

We hope the following items will help you in the application process and during your journey at AGS. The Catalog in particular contains answers to many frequently asked questions and we strongly recommend reviewing it as you will be asked if you have done so in your enrollment agreement.

School Catalog

Policy Manual

Visit our Resources page for commonly used forms and manuals.

All courses require the APA Manual, 6th Edition. Crib sheets on the web are not approved, may be inaccurate and may conflict with each other. Grades will reflect improper form or citations. Purchase The A.P.A. Publications Manual, most recent edition, or the newest pocket guide, Concise Rules of APA Style, at

Textbooks: There are a variety of options for ordering books. You can order new or used paperback or hard-bound books from Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, or visit a local library and borrow books. Adizes Institute publications can be requested at

Avoid shipping costs and get your materials instantly – using digital books: You can download some books in Kindle editions from Amazon. You do not need to buy a Kindle device, you can download a Kindle reader free on Amazon for your PC, Mac, iPad and other devices. Other sources for digital textbooks include:

For more on library resources, visit our Library.

This section is for students who would like to assess their learning styles and preferences beyond what is required for the application process. AGS Faculty and Staff has gathered the following links you may find useful. Some are free, and some have a fee of $5-15USD. If you wish to find the equivalent of the U.S. Dollar amounts to other currencies, please use the Currency Converter.

  • University of South Africa, Bureau for Student Counseling and Career Development: Study Process Questionnaire. The SPQ can help you discover problem areas in the way you study. You will need to be honest with yourself in order to benefit from this 70 question test. Relevant study skills and suggestions are provided when you are done. (2001 Biggs) It would also be helpful to review the side links, such as organizing your studies, external interruptions, motivation, library skills, etc. Recommended by Staff.
  • Keirsey Temperament Sorter II: “ . . . fun, interesting, and revealing questionnaire that tells you if you’re an Artisan, Guardian, Rational or Idealist. This is the same test used in career development programs at Fortune 500 companies and in counseling centers and career placement centers at major universities.” This test has 70 questions and takes about 10 minutes. It also gives four primary Meyers-Briggs results which can be reviewed on the web. You will be contacted to see if you would like further in-depth analysis for $29. Recommended by faculty. (2002 Kiersey)
  • North Carolina State University: Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire. This 44 question quiz requires some thought. The site will provide descriptions for each portion of the learning style graph and relate your scores to general concepts to assist your self- awareness. (1999 Felder-Silverman)
  • Institute for Learning Styles Research: Perceptual Modality Preference Survey   This simple, quick quiz helps you think about your personal preferences for learning. Click ‘cancel’ when asked to send results to ILSR. Do you learn better from visual components, listening to a lecture, working on a project hands-on, etc? (MMPALT III, 2001 Russell, Cherry, Gilley , Schaiper)

This section is for applicants who may have already completed coursework when enrolled in older AGS programs, particularly between 1994 and 1999. Students who have taken training elsewhere may be eligible for experiential credit within the limits proscribed by California State Regulations.

AGS will recognize exams and certifications for any Phase work (including Lecturer program) and Internships from other AGS qualified institutions and waive the corresponding course requirements under the following conditions:

  1. The certifications from these qualified institutions have not expired at the time of enrollment, or
  2. if they have expired then the student elects to take and successfully passes a competency exam, (There is a fee for this assessment) and
  3. The student is able to verify that he/she has been directly and actively involved in the delivery of the Adizes methodology to organizations
  4. A high pass (80% or better) is required on exams to be accepted.

Be sure to review the AGS School Catalog for the most up-to-date information regarding tuition, refunds, and attendance requirements. See the Experiential Credit Policy and Form for details on gaining credit for classes taken outside of AGS.