How to apply

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

Application fee

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

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

In addition to the normal application fee, a $50 nonrefundable late processing fee will be assessed for all applications submitted on or the application deadline. 

Applicants receive an email acknowledgment once the application has been successfully submitted. The acknowledgment 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 for biomimicry programs

The biomimicry programs require an official application, resume, personal statement, transcripts, letters of recommendation and English proficiency scores. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions previously attended to Graduate Admissions (see addresses here). Applicants should consult the academic unit regarding program admission requirements prior to submitting an online application.

All application documents received by Graduate Admission Services become property of the ASU Graduate College 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/apply. 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.

Because ASU receives applications from many highly qualified students, some applicants may be denied admission for reasons not related to their academic performance, such as program capacity, mentor availability and program match, among others.

Additional international student requirements

Please consult the Graduate Admission Services websites at students.asu.edu/graduate and students.asu.edu/international/immigration for more information.

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:

  • 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.

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. To be considered for an exemption, applicants must have:

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university as a resident.
  • 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 U.S. college or university.
  • 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 U.S. college or university.

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 also can be considered for an exemption.

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.

Non-degree study is restricted. Students can take BMY 501 as an introductory course to the program. After completion of BMY 501, you must apply to the biomimicry program if you wish to continue taking courses.

***Financial aid is not available to non-degree students.


Application requirements for complexity programs

Complexity programs require an official application, resume or curriculum vitae, personal statement or letter of intent, transcripts, one letter of recommendation and English proficiency scores. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions previously attended to the office of Graduate Education (see addresses here). Applicants should consult the academic unit regarding program admission requirements prior to submitting an online application.

All application documents received by Graduate Admission Services become property of the ASU Graduate Education office and will not be returned.

*Students who wish to apply for a PhD certificate or concentration in complex adaptive system science must be currently enrolled or accepted in a doctoral degree program at ASU. You can apply online at ASU Complexity Program Application.

Application to the certificate or concentration program requires a letter of intent, current curriculum vitae and one letter of recommendation. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by the associate director for educational programs and faculty in the School of Complex Adaptive Systems. 

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 to be eligible for admission. Applicants are required to provide proof they received a bachelor’s or graduate degree before completion of their first semester of graduate studies at ASU.

Applicants who attended school outside of the U.S. must have 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/apply. 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.

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 program capacity, mentor availability, and program match, among others.

Additional international student requirements

Please consult the Graduate Admission Services websites at students.asu.edu/graduate and students.asu.edu/international/immigration for complete information.

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 a:

  • 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.

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 from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university as a resident.
  • 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 at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university as a resident.
  • 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 at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university as a resident.
  • 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 AECP director.

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.

***Financial aid is not available to non-degree students.