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How and when to apply for graduate admission

How and when to apply for graduate admission

The university maintains minimum standards for consideration for admission to graduate degree programs. Applicants should review these standards and also review standards, application materials and timelines for submitting your application for the degree program of your interest.

Complete the application for graduate admission, which is for degree, certificate and nondegree status. If you are interested in a program in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, visit the college's admission site for the application and instructions.

When you complete your application for admission, you will be asked to submit your payment for the application. ASU accepts Visa or Mastercard. The application fee is dedicated to the administrative cost of processing all applications received and is not refundable under any circumstance, regardless of the outcome, the date of filing, time of review, or if for whatever the reason, the application is withdrawn or you are unable to enroll for a class.

  • domestic: $70
  • international: $90

Late Application Fee

In addition to the normal application fee, a $50 nonrefundable late processing fee will be charged for all applications submitted on or after the dates indicated below.

Application Term Sessions A/C
Spring 2015
Session B
Spring 2015
Summer 2015 Sessions A/C
Fall 2015
Session B
Fall 2015
Degree or Certificate Dec. 1, 2014 Feb. 8, 2015 May 14, 2015 July 2, 2015 Oct. 1, 2015
Non degree Dec. 1, 2014 - May 14, 2015 Aug. 1, 2015 -

Full-time benefits eligible ASU employees: The application fee is waived; however, the employee will be responsible for any applicable late processing fees.

Please make sure all additional materials required by your department have been submitted. Even though you have submitted the application online, your application may be considered incomplete until all additional materials are received. Please note, any document ASU receives becomes property of ASU and will not be returned to you.

Official transcripts

You must have one set of official transcripts from every college and university from which you earned a bachelor’s degree or higher sent to ASU. ASU accepts official transcripts that are original academic credentials issued by the registrar of the institution attended, bearing the original raised or colored seal of the institution and the signature of your institution's registrar, academic official or recognized international organization.

All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation.

If you attended ASU, you do not need to request ASU transcripts to be sent.

Official test scores

Your program may require you to have official test scores (such as GRE, GMAT, etc.) sent directly to ASU. Test scores must be received directly from the agency administering the test. Photocopies and faxes are not acceptable.

Additional support materials

See your program of interest in Degree Search or check with the department offering the degree regarding required support materials. These may include a statement of purpose or writing sample, portfolio, vita or biographical sketch or resume, etc. Many support materials are uploaded as part of the online application for admission. Depending on your graduate program, letters of recommendation may also be requested.

International applicants: English proficiency

International students must submit proof of English proficiency.

International applicants: visa and immigration

If you are residing in the U.S. on a valid visa, you will need to provide proof of your current visa. Please enlarge image if you fax the copy to 480-965-5158.

Mailing Information

To expedite the processing of your application, please write your application reference number on all documents and envelopes submitted to ASU. Materials submitted without your application reference number will delay the processing of your application.

If sending by U.S. Mail:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 871003
Tempe, AZ 85287-1003

If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS:
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ  85287-0112

After you apply

ASU will keep you updated on outstanding items and the status of your application through My ASU.

Important Dates | more
May 14

Summer 2015 late application fee - degree seeking

Individuals who are applying for a graduate program for summer on or after May 14 will pay a $50 late fee in addition to the graduate application fee.
May 14

Summer 2015 late application fee - nondegree status

Individuals who are applying for nondegree status for summer on or after May 14 will pay a $50 late fee in addition to the graduate application fee.
Jul 2

Fall 2015 Late Application Fee - Degree Programs

Fall 2015 Late Application Fee - Degree Programs

Aug 1

Fall 2015 Late application -- Nondegree Status

Individuals who submit a nondegree application on or after Aug. 1 will pay a $50 late fee in addition to the graduate application fee. Read more about nondegree status

Oct 1

Fall 2015 Late Application Fee - Session B Start for Degree Programs

Individuals who are applying for a graduate program for fall session B on or after Oct. 1 will pay a $50 late fee in addition to the graduate application fee.