Apply to graduate school
When to apply to graduate school at ASU
Application deadlines are set and enforced by academic program offices.
|Application opens||Feb. 1||Sept. 1|
Specific deadline information can be found in the program descriptions on Degree Search. Please contact the academic office offering the program for exceptions.
How to complete the graduate application
In the graduate admission video series below, learn how to apply to Arizona State University using the graduate admission application. An ASU admission representative guides you through each section of the application, answering frequently asked questions about the steps to apply.
The first step in completing the ASU graduate application is the personal information section. We walk you through each of these fields and address questions you might have about this section of the application.
The second section of the application focuses on your prior academic history, including any colleges or universities you previously attended. Watch as we guide you through these scenarios and explain how to fill out each part based on your situation.
The information in the residency portion of the graduate application helps the admission office determine if you are an in-state, out-of-state or international student. In this video, we cover these terms in detail and explain how to accurately fill out this part of your application.
One of the final sections of the graduate application is the degree section. If you’re unsure of which major is best for you, we offer resources that might help you decide.
The information that is requested in the supplemental information session will differ by degree. In this guide, the admission representative will walk you through how to submit common supplemental material.
Finally, in the additional info section, you are able to submit unofficial transcripts for the admission process. In this video, you will learn some tips to help you upload the documents successfully.
What you need to apply to graduate school
Please be sure to review each item below to help you matriculate seamlessly through the admission process.
You must have one set of transcripts from every college and university from which you earned a bachelor’s degree or higher sent to ASU. Official transcripts must be sent directly to ASU Admission Services from the issuing institution's records office either by mail or through a secured electronic transcript service. For transcripts sent through a secured transcript service, please select Arizona State University from the vendor's dropdown list to ensure the transcript is routed to the correct place. If an email address is requested, you can route to email@example.com. ASU accepts unofficial transcripts as part of the application. This is the only way we will accept unofficial transcripts. Emailed transcripts are not acceptable. If you submit unofficial transcripts and are admitted to the university, you will be required to send official transcripts to the university. Official transcripts 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. If you attended ASU, you do not need to request ASU transcripts to be sent.
More about transcripts
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.
Please note that ASU does not accept the GRE® General Test at home. Please refer to https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate/english-proficiency for acceptable exams for English proficiency requirements.
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, curriculum vitae or biographical sketch or resume, etc. Many support materials may be uploaded as part of the online application for admission. Depending on your graduate program, letters of recommendation may also be requested.
International students must submit proof of English proficiency
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 the image if you fax the copy to 480-965-5158.
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 stamped mail:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 871004
Tempe, AZ 85287-1004
If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
1150 East University Drive Building C, Room 226
Tempe, AZ 85281
Frequently asked questions about the graduate application
When do I apply for grad school?
The application for admission opens almost a year prior to the academic term you would begin your studies. Use the chart above for graduate application open dates for both fall and spring semesters.
What is the grad school application deadline?
Application deadlines are set and enforced by academic program offices. Please refer to the program descriptions found on Degree Search for deadline information. To discuss deadlines and exceptions, you should contact the academic program office offering the program.
When do grad programs start?
Graduate programs start in the fall or spring semester, and follow the regular ASU academic calendar.