International graduate
admission application

ASU has a rich and vibrant education 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. 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 or government official or an 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.

Admission requirements

Degree requirement

To be admitted to ASU, you will need:

You 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 (GPA) in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate coursework. If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirements your application may still be considered.

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of the admission decision, the date of filing, time of review, or if for whatever the reason, the application is withdrawn or you are unable to enroll for a class.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 transcripts sent to Graduate Admission Services.

Official transcripts are certified copies of official documents from each secondary school, college, university or technical school attended. Records must include courses completed, grades or marks earned, and certificates or degrees awarded. Include a certified English translation of all documents not written in English.

Transcript requirements

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. If your school(s) cannot send them directly to ASU, you may send them yourself, making sure they meet one of the following requirements:

  • 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 the institution’s registrar, academic official or recognized international organization.
  • Photocopies of original academic credentials that have been verified as true copies of the original by a responsible official of the institution attended or by an education representative of the country’s government or embassy. Each page must bear the verifying official’s signature and stamp. U.S. Consulate/Embassy in home country (e.g., U.S. consulate in India) or country-specific embassy/consulate if in the U.S. (e.g., Indian Consulate/Embassy in U.S.).

You must have one set of official transcripts from every high school, college and university from which you earned a high school diploma sent to ASU (see mailing address).

Note: Any document ASU receives becomes property of ASU and will not be returned to you.

Note: Photocopies certified by a notary public are not official. Scanned copies are also not accepted in lieu of original official academic documents.

Transcript translation

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 one of the following:

The translation does not take the place of submitting official academic records in the original language. The translation is in addition to the official academic record. Translations may not be completed by the student. Translations certified by a notary public are not acceptable.

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 85287-0112

Step 04

Provide evidence of English language proficiency

Have your TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score sent directly to ASU, or provide proof of completion from Global Launch.

TOEFL
The official TOEFL score report can be sent directly to ASU from the Educational Testing Service. ASU's TOEFL institutional code is 4007. For information about this test and registration procedures, contact ETS at PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA or visit www.toefl.org  .

IELTS
For information about this test and registration procedures, contact the IELTS Office, University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, 1 Hills Road, Cambridge/CB1 2EU, UK or visit www.ielts.org  .

PTE
For information about the Pearson Test of English, visit www.pearsonpte.com  .

Global Launch
ASU accepts completion of the in-person International Graduate Preparation Program (IGPP), completion of the Advanced 2 level of the intensive English program, or the online English for Graduate Admission course.

Step 05

Submit your official test scores and any additional materials.

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 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 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, 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.

Step 06

Prepare visa and immigration documentation.

All international students planning to attend ASU first need to apply for an I-20 in order to apply for an F-1 or J-1 student visa. 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 gograd@asu.edu.

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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.

Documents needed

All documents must be an original or an attested copy with an original institutional seal and/or signature. Photocopies, notarized copies, faxes or scans are not considered original documents. All documents must be translated into English if not done so already. Documents certified by a notary public are not accepted. Official transcripts are certified copies of official documents from each secondary school, college, university or technical school attended. 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 the institution’s registrar, academic official or recognized international organization.

  • All postsecondary degrees should be reported at the time of filling out your application .
  • We must see all transcripts/academic records from all postsecondary institutions that you have attended.
  • All documents must be translated into English if the issuing institution does not issue official in English transcripts.
  • For some countries, an official degree certificate must be submitted along with the academic record
  • Where a diploma supplement is available, students do not need to send original language transcripts

Note: Before mailing or sending any documentation, you should fill out an ASU application. Sending documents before doing so will delay the processing of your application. It is also recommended that you include your ASU ID or application ID on the envelope of any documents being mailed to ASU.

Professional third-party evaluations

ASU provides in-house credential evaluations of your academic coursework at no extra cost. However, if you have already had your academic credentials evaluated, ASU will accept course-by-course evaluations from the three agencies below:

Note: Official evaluations do not take the place of submitting of official academic records. The evaluation is in addition to the official academic record. If the evaluation agency includes academic records they used to complete their evaluation and indicates that the evaluation was based on official or authenticated records, we may accept those documents as official.

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 termFall 2019Spring 2020
Application opensSept. 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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