Updated: Mar. 3, 2021


We understand that students and families have many pressing questions about their college search process, preparing for college, and paying for an education, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to provide answers and information as new policies are implemented and respond to your questions and concerns as quickly as possible.

In addition to our FAQ, you may contact us at grad_admissions@soka.edu.


Preparing for a return to campus in fall 2021

Currently, we are anticipating a safe return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. We are making preparations and are eager to welcome students on campus. We are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy campus while supporting our fundamental purpose of delivering a quality education.

As we work with protocols to help reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure, we are closely monitoring COVID-19 data and patterns including rates of vaccinations and the resource strains on Southern California hospitals. As information develops, we will provide details and its impacts on a return to campus in the fall. Information will be provided below in our FAQ and on our university Coronavirus Update and Precautions webpage.

Admission Operations

The Admission staff is working remotely and is able to process materials and assist prospective students. However, there may be delays in some processing.

Test Cancellations

We are aware of required tests and other examinations (GRE, MAT) having been cancelled or have limited testing dates. If a test cancellation is preventing you from submitting any required materials, please contact us at grad_admissions@soka.edu.

School Closures

We understand that temporary school closures can cause difficulty in having transcripts sent to Soka University. The deadline for final school transcripts (for admitted students) is August 1, 2021. Please contact us at grad_admissions@soka.edu if your school’s closure is preventing you from submitting transcripts.

For prospective students

While our campus is currently closed to visitors, we have online options that are available and others coming soon. 

At the moment you can use our interactive campus map and virtual tour to experience our campus online. Soon we will also have online information meetings with our admission counselors.

Yes, our admission counselors are working from home and are available to speak with you! You can contact our counselors directly or email us at grad_admissions@soka.edu

You are also able to register for online information meetings with our counselors.

For Fall 2021, the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Societal Change program will be test optional.  This means that official test scores from the GRE or MAT are not required for admission consideration.

For students who wish to provide official test scores, an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE®) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT®) taken within the past five years is required of all applicants. Be sure to request that official GRE® or MAT® scores be sent directly to the SUA Office of Admission. The GRE® school code for SUA is 4720 and the MAT® school code is 3458. Student copies and self-reported scores are not accepted. The GRE General Test measures critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE® is offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in different formats and times depending on a test taker’s location. For information about the test, the student should check the GRE® website or the MAT® website.

Not at all. We understand that schools have had to make adjustments in how to deliver education.

Current Admitted Students

We have Individualized Online Information Sessions and Graduate Admission Webinars that allow you to interact with our Soka community. Please visit GRADUATE ADMISSION ONLINE EVENTS for details.

You may also visit our interactive campus map or our virtual tour to be able to view our campus and some of our campus facilities.

This will not affect your admission. Although your classes may not be in a traditional classroom setting, we look at your ability to maintain academic success among other factors.

We understand that there can be circumstances outside of your control such as illness, work closure, or unemployment, that will lead to financial hardship. You can make an appointment with a financial aid counselor through your Admitted Student Webpage (GoSoka!) and discuss your unique needs.

Additional information can be found on the Financial Aid Coronavirus FAQ and on the Financial Aid General FAQ.

Not at this time, we are monitoring the coming days closely and more information will be released in the coming days.