Graduate Policies and Procedures

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A minimum grade point average of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate coursework is required to be considered for admission to an ASU graduate degree program.

Academic units submit recommendations regarding admission decisions to Graduate Admission Services; only the Dean of the Graduate College can make formal offers of admission.

Applicants monitor the status of their application through MyASU. If admitted, the formal letter of admission can be downloaded from MyASU. If denied admission, letters are sent via email to the address on record.

Students may apply to programs that are both campus based immersion programs, as well as online-based digital immersion, but if admitted to both they must choose their preferred modality.

Application Requirements

Application Submission

For admission information and procedures, see Applications for all graduate degree programs, certificate programs and/or non-degree must be submitted via the

Prior to submitting an application to the Graduate College, applicants should review information regarding the graduate program and academic unit application requirements and deadlines. Students who have a Graduate College approved Leave of Absence on file with the Graduate College prior to their semester of non-registration and are re-entering the same graduate program for the semester immediately following the approved request, are not required to submit a new application.


Application deadlines are set by the graduate programs. Consult the program websites or the Graduate Degree and Certificate Search tool for specific application deadlines.

*Please note that international students wishing to attend an in-person program must apply to Sessions A or C only (Session B is not available to international students due to visa requirements).


Each application to an ASU graduate program must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee, payable by credit or debit card at the time of submission. The application fee covers Graduate Admission Servicesadministrative costs of processing all applications and is not refundable under any circumstance.

  • Domestic application fee: $70;
  • International application fee: $115.

Applicants receive an email acknowledgement once the application has been successfully submitted. The acknowledgement includes an ASURITE ID and activation code so that students may follow the progress of their application through MyASU. Applicants should review MyASU to monitor their application status, “To Do” items and “Holds”.


Applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions previously attended to the Graduate Admissions Services office (see Academic units may have admission requirements in addition to those of Graduate Admission Services. Many graduate programs require scores from a national admissions test such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Miller Analogies Test. Some programs require a portfolio, letters of recommendation a statement of goals and/or a resume. Applicants should consult the academic unit regarding program admission requirements prior to submitting an online application. Programs will submit a recommendation to the Dean for Graduate College regarding their willingness to admit an applicant.

All documents received by Graduate Admission Services in connection with an application become property of ASU and will not be returned.

International Applicants


Please consult the Graduate Admission Services websites at, and for complete information.

Applicants who will hold an F-1 or J-1 visa must:

  1. Meet the regulations of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

  2. Obtain insurance coverage against illness and accidents before being permitted to register for classes. Insurance must be maintained throughout the students’ enrollment at the university.

  3. Submit proof of English proficiency.

  4. Submit additional materials as outlined on the Graduate Admission Services website at

  5. Verify that they have the financial resources to cover their expenses during graduate study at ASU. The Financial Guarantee form is available through the Graduate College website at In addition to the Financial Guarantee form, if ASU is providing an assistantship, an official offer letter must be sent to the Graduate Admission Services office. Similarly, if a governmental entity is funding the student, an official letter from the government must be submitted to the Graduate Admission Services office in addition to the Financial Guarantee form.

The I-20 or the DS-2019 (documents needed to obtain a student visa) is issued only after the completed and properly verified Financial Guarantee form, proof of English proficiency and supporting documents have been received by the office of Graduate Admission Services. International students may enroll at ASU only if they have been admitted to a degree program or the post-baccalaureate teacher education program. International students must be enrolled in a graduate degree program to enroll in an in-person certificate program. International students may enroll in an online certificate program without enrolling in a degree program. After arrival in the U.S., students need to complete the online SEVIS check-in.

Applicants residing in the U.S. on a valid visa must provide proof of a current visa. Enlarge the image and fax the copy to 480-965-5158.

English Proficiency

English proficiency is required for all students that wish to enter an ASU graduate program. There are several ways to meet the English proficiency requirement:

  • TOEFL score of at least 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT). The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services. ASU’s institutional code is 4007. ASU accepts only electronic copies of the TOEFL score report.

  • IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5. The IELTS is administered by the University of Cambridge. No institutional code is needed.

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 60. The PTE is administered by Pearson.

Individual academic units may have higher requirements for English proficiency. Consult the academic unit’s website. English proficiency is only valid for two years and must be taken within two years from the beginning of the semester for which the student applied.

Some applicants are exempt from the English proficiency requirement. The following exceptions must be met exactly to be considered for an exemption:

  • Applicants who are U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents

  • Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college/university in the United States.

  • Applicants who have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree or higher from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country, and the country is on the ASU English Speaking Country and Territory List. (official transcript required)

  • Applicants who have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree or higher from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country, and the sole medium of instruction for the program was in English (official transcript required). Student should email to request exemption and include a letter from the institution on letterhead indicating language of instruction or provide information on the institution website to verify language of instruction.

  • Applicants who have completed at least 9 semester hours of graduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher at a regionally accredited college/university in the United States or from an international institution that is officially recognized in that country and is on the ASU English Speaking Country and Territory List. (official transcript required)

  • Applicants who have completed at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher in residence at a regionally accredited college/university in the United States. (official transcript required)

  • Applicants who have completed ASU Global Launch’s in-person International Graduate Preparation Program (IGPP) at ASU with grades of “B” or better.

  • Applicants who have completed Global Launch’s English for Graduate Admission online course with 80% or better.

  • Applicants who have a U.S. High School Diploma. (official transcript required)

  • Applicants who attended an English speaking university.

All international applicants from countries where the native language is not English must pass an examination that certifies their skill in speaking English before applying for teaching assistantships. Please follow this link to the International Teaching Assistant website for information on how to fulfill this requirement: Departmental requirements may differ so it is recommended that applicants contact their departments for specific details.

Non-Degree Seeking Student Applications

Applicants who do not immediately intend to pursue a graduate degree may apply as non-degree seeking students at The application process does not require the submission of academic credentials or test scores.

Non-degree applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s or graduate degree from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country.

There is no limit to the total cumulative credit hours students can take as non-degree students. However, to apply the credit hours toward an ASU master’s or doctoral degree, students are limited to twelve credit hours taken within three years of admission prior to admission to the degree program.

Non-degree students may not be eligible to enroll in some classes. Contact the academic unit with questions regarding qualification for registration.

Financial aid is not available to non-degree students.

In-person non-degree study is typically not available to international students on F-1 or J-1 visas. For exceptions, prior to applying, you must obtain written approval from your Designated School Official (DSO) granting permission for you to take classes.

Admission with Provisions/Deficiencies

Provisional Admission: Applicant does not meet minimum academic standards with respect to grade point averages as required by Graduate College and the academic unit, but has additional evidence to suggest the potential for success. This status provides the academic unit with an opportunity to better evaluate the student’s academic potential. Students have a maximum of one academic year to satisfy the provisional condition. The Graduate College will withdraw students from the degree or certificate program who have not met the provisions of their admission within the required timeframe.

Regular Admission with Deficiencies: Applicant’s grades and test scores are at an acceptable level but applicant does not have the academic background expected by the degree or certificate program and the university. Monitoring deficiency completion is the responsibility of the academic unit.

Deferring Admission

Students may, with the recommendation of the degree program, defer their initial semester and year of admission to the next semester for which the degree or certificate program is admitting students. No further deferrals are allowed.