International graduate
admission application

ASU has a rich and vibrant educational environment due in large part to our diverse international student community.

The application process for international students is the same as for domestic students, with the exception of submitting proof of English proficiency (for students whose native language is not English). After admission, international students are also required to obtain a U.S. visa, which includes submitting a graduate financial guarantee.

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.

While not required for admission, submitting required visa forms when you apply expedites the process of obtaining a visa if admission is granted.

Steps to apply

Step 01

Complete the graduate admission application

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.

Step 02

Submit the nonrefundable application fee

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regardless of the admission decision, the date of filing, time of review, or for whatever the reason the application is withdrawn or you are unable to enroll for a class.

Application fee:International: $115

Step 03

Have official materials sent to Graduate Admission Services

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.

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. Photocopies and notarized transcripts are not acceptable.

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

Please note: ASU does not accept any credential evaluations from any outside organizations.

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.

English proficiency
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 email a copy to

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 FedEx, DHL or UPS:
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1150 East University Drive Building C, Room 226
Tempe, AZ 85281





Admission requirements

Degree requirement

To be admitted to ASU must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country.

GPA requirement

You must have maintained a “B” (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) grade point average in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate coursework. If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement, your application may still be considered.

Additional factors by program

Factors that may also be considered include test scores (such as the GRE or GMAT), the type of coursework completed during undergraduate studies, letters of recommendation and any other supporting documents you may be asked to submit for your application.

See your program of interest in Graduate Degree Search to learn more about factors considered for admission.

Important admission dates

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 interest.

Application termSpring 2019Fall 2019Spring 2020
Application opensFeb. 1, 2018Sept. 1, 2018Feb. 1, 2019
Application deadlines

Application deadlines are set and enforced by academic program offices. Specific deadline information can be found in the program descriptions on Degree Search. Please contact the academic program office offering the program for exceptions.

Frequently asked questions about international graduate admissions

How do I apply to ASU as an international graduate student?

To apply to ASU as an international graduate student you must meet certain university and program requirements, as well as demonstrate proof of English proficiency. Review this page for admission and English proficiency requirements, application procedures and deadlines for graduate students.

What is a financial guarantee?

A financial guarantee provides evidence that you have sufficient funds available to pay for your studies. All international applicants on an F-1 or J-1 student visa must provide a Financial Guarantee form dated within the past six months and signed by an authorized bank representative of a recognized sponsoring agency in the U.S. ASU will not process the SEVIS Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 before we receive your financial guarantee.

Can international students apply for financial aid?

International freshman and transfer F-1 students may be considered for ASU’s New American University Scholarship. Award amounts range from $3,000 to $8,000. You will be automatically considered for this award if you have all your application materials submitted to ASU by April 1. You may also apply for scholarships and other financial aid in your home country, however, international students are not eligible to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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