U.S. Admission Requirements and General Admissions Policy

Admissions requirements

On-campus applicants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a minimum of a high school diploma, GED or the equivalent. Distance Education applicants who do not have a high school diploma, GED or the equivalent may be eligible to enrol upon successfully meeting the minimum required scores on the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST). Contact Admissions for additional information.

Distance Education applicants younger than 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their applications. Applicants younger than 18 who are still in high school must also submit letters of approval from a parent or guardian and from a school counsellor, principal or administrator, and must successfully meet the minimum required scores on the WBST. The WBST must be conducted by an independent certified test administrator; GIA will assist prospective students in locating a testing centre within the U.S. Applicants under the age of 18 are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. GIA does not accept applications from individuals younger than 16.

Applicants who have been convicted of a felony must also submit the following documents to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee:

  • A detailed explanation of the circumstances surrounding the felony and how a GIA education will support the applicant’s career goals
  • A copy of court documents stating the judgment, sentence, disposition and any terms of parole or probation
  • At least one character reference letter from a non-relative written on appropriate letterhead

General admissions policy

It is GIA’s policy not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any student enrolled in, or seeking enrolment in GIA on the basis of race, colour, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, disability, medical condition, pregnancy status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, caste, union membership, political affiliation, physical appearance, HIV status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal laws. All students have the rights and privileges to participate in programmes and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school. GIA reserves the right to deny an application and cancel an enrolment at any time.