Eligibility & Documents Required for Admission

While each of ASU's graduate programs has its own admissions requirements, the university has established baseline requirements for master's, certificate, and doctorate programs. You must have a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an internationally recognized institution.

In the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate coursework, one must have maintained a “B” (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) grade point average.

The application may still be accepted by the department if one does not fulfill the minimum GPA standards.

Proof of English competence is required for international students (for students whose native language is not English). International students must apply for a U.S. visa after being accepted, which includes providing a graduate financial guarantee.

All overseas transcripts must include an authentic English translation in addition to the original language.

Documents Needed

Important Guidelines about Documents

  • All documents must be originals or attested copies with the institution's original seal and/or signature.
  • The documents should not be photocopies, notarized copies, faxes, or scans.
  • Documents that have been notarized are not acceptable.
  • When filling out your application, make sure to include all of your post-secondary degrees.
  • If the issuing institution does not provide official transcripts in English, all documents must be translated.
  • Students do not need to send original language transcripts if a diploma supplement is provided.

Official transcripts are certified copies of official documentation from each secondary school, college, university, or technical institution that the student has attended. Original academic credentials from the registrar of the institution attended, bearing the university's original raised or colored seal and the signature of the registrar, academic official, or recognized international organization.

All transcripts and academic records from all post-secondary institutions attended. An official degree certificate must be supplied with the academic record for some countries.

Note: One must first complete an ASU application before mailing or delivering any material. Sending documents before doing so will cause the application to be delayed. It is also recommended that any documents addressed to ASU include a student's ASU ID or application ID on the envelope.

Admission Dates & Process

Important Admission Dates

  • Minimum standards for admission to graduate degree programs are maintained by the university. These standards, as well as the standards, application materials, and timelines for submitting your application for the degree program of interest, should be reviewed by applicants. The applications for the Fall semester normally open around September while the Spring semester opens around February. Deadlines for submitting applications are set by Academic program offices.

Process & Application Fee

  • Step 1: Fill out the graduate admissions application, which includes options for a degree, certificate, and non-degree status.
  • Step 2: Pay the nonrefundable application fee in the following manner:
    • $70: US Permanent Resident, US Citizen, DACA, International Online Student Studying Outside of the U.S., In Process of Permanent Residency.
    • International students studying in the United States on any sort of non-immigrant visa pay $115. (e.g. F-1, H1-B, H-4, etc).

When you've finished your application for admission, you'll be requested to pay the application fee. Visa and Mastercard are accepted at ASU. The administrative cost of processing your application is covered by the graduate application fee.

  • Step 3: Have official transcripts (certified copies of official documentation from each secondary school, college, university, or technical school attended) forwarded to Graduate Admission Services. Courses completed, grades or marks received, and certificates or degrees conferred must all be documented. All documents that aren't written in English should be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Step 4: Send your TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score to ASU or offer proof of completion from Global Launch as proof of English language proficiency.
  • Step 5: Submit your official test results as well as any supporting documentation.

Even though you submitted your application online, it may be considered incomplete until all further materials are received. Keep in mind that any document you provide to ASU becomes ASU's property and will not be returned to you.

  • Step 6: Gather visa and immigration paperwork.

To apply for an F-1 or J-1 student visa, all overseas students wishing to attend ASU must first file for an I-20. If you are in the United States on a valid visa, you must show proof of your current visa. Please send a copy of this email to [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

ASU highly recommends full-time registration to ensure that students can complete the program in good time due to courses and research requirements.
ASU accepts applications for 4+1 MS programs throughout the year, although Ph.D. applications are only once every year at the beginning of the fall.
Transcripts can be sent by mail to the following locations:

Regular Mail

  • Admission Services Applicant Processing, Arizona State University, PO Box 871004, Tempe AZ 85287-1004

FedEx, DHL (for those who will not send to a P.O. Box)

  • Arizona State University, Admission Services Applicant Processing, 1150 East University Drive Building C, Room 226, Tempe, AZ 85281
The applicants are notified from April onwards. Your patience is appreciated by the admissions committee while examining the qualifications of each applicant for the programs carefully.
While many applicants will be contacted within 4-6 weeks of the annual deadline for interview requests and further information, final decisions can take up to 12 weeks.
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