Graduate College

GPP: Application

Application

Submission of an application

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

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

Application deadlines

Application deadlines are set by the degree programs. Consult the program's website or the Graduate Degree and Certificate Search tool for specific application deadlines.

Graduate Admission Services may differ from those of the academic unit. To accommodate timely processing, international applicants for fall enrollment must submit application materials by the previous December. Not all academic units accept applications for both the fall and spring semesters; however, if the academic unit allows for spring applications, international applicants must submit materials for spring enrollment by the previous August.

*Please note that international students must apply to Sessions A or C only (Session B is not available to international students due to visa requirements).

Application fee

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

  • Domestic application fee: $70
  • International application fee: $90

In addition to the normal application fee, a $50 non-refundable late processing fee will be assessed for all applications submitted on or after the dates indicated previously.

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”.

Application requirements

Applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions previously attended to the Graduate College (see students.asu.edu/graduate/standards). Academic units may have admission requirements in addition to those of the 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.

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

Academic credentials

Applicants who attended school in the United States must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution in order to be eligible for admission. Applicants are required to provide proof that a bachelor’s or graduate degree was awarded before completion of their first semester of graduate studies at ASU.

Applicants who attended school outside of the U.S. must hold a bachelor’s or graduate degree, or equivalent, from an institution that is officially recognized by that country. If original credentials are issued in a language other than English, applicants must provide the original language transcripts as well as an official and literal translation. Applicants are required to provide proof that a bachelor’s or graduate degree was awarded before completion of their first semester of graduate studies at ASU.

Photocopied documents certified by a notary public are not official. For more information regarding official academic credentials see students.asu.edu/graduate. For additional information regarding official international academic credentials see students.asu.edu/graduate/apply.

Applicants must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate coursework.

Applicants should contact the degree program for specific additional requirements. Degree programs will submit a recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate College regarding their willingness to admit an applicant.

Because ASU receives applications from many highly qualified students, some applicants may be denied admission for reasons not related to their academic performance. Examples include, but are not limited to: program capacity, mentor availability, and/or program match.

Additional international requirements

International Applicant
Please consult the Graduate Admission Services websites at students.asu.edu/graduate, and students.asu.edu/international/immigration 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 accident before being permitted to register for classes. Insurance must be maintained throughout the student’s enrollment at the university.
  3. Submit proof of English proficiency.
  4. Submit additional materials as outlined on the Graduate Admission Services website at students.asu.edu/graduate/apply.
  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 students.asu.edu/graduate. In addition to the Financial Guarantee form, if ASU is providing an assistantship, an official offer letter must be sent to the Graduate College. Similarly, if a governmental entity is funding the student, an official letter from the government must be submitted to the Graduate College 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, a certificate program, or the post-baccalaureate teacher education program. Immediately upon arrival on campus, students must report to an advisor in the International Student and Scholars Center (ISSC). Failure to report may result in loss of status or deportation.

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

English Language Requirement
Applicants from a country whose native language is not English (regardless of where they may now reside) must provide proof of English proficiency. The English language requirement cannot be waived. Acceptable proof is as follows:

  • 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 with no band below 6.0. 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 have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in residence from a regionally accredited college/university in the United States.
  • Applicants who have completed at least 12 semester hours of graduate 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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants who have completed the American English and Culture Program (AECP) Advanced Level II with grades of “B” or better along with the recommendation of the Director of AECP.

All international applicants who are from a country whose native language is not English and who wish to apply for teaching assistantships must pass an examination that certifies their skill in speaking English—either the Interview Test, or the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) test. Tests are administered at ASU; additional information may be found at global.asu.edu/aecp/ita.

Post-baccalaureate non-degree programs

Applicants who do not immediately intend to pursue a graduate degree may apply as a post-baccalaureate students.asu.edu/graduate/nondegree. 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 a student can take as a non-degree student. 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 study may be restricted by certain academic units. Contact the degree program for restriction information.

Financial aid is not available to non-degree students.

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.

After Applying

After an application has been successfully submitted, applicants receive an email acknowledgement that includes an ASURITE ID and activation code. Applicants should review MyASU to check on the application status, “To Do” items and “Holds”.