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with the graduate office
8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
and 1–4:30 p.m.
A: We accept applications year-round for the 4+1 MS programs, although the PhD applications are only once/year with a fall start.
A: For program specific requirements please visit our graduate degree programs page.
A: We recommended that you submit your application and materials regardless of whether you have received your TOEFL or IELTS scores. Your electronic application must be submitted by the December 15 deadline to be considered for admission. There is no guarantee that applications received after December 15 will be reviewed.
A: We recommend you contact the faculty in the area of your research interest. We strongly encourage you to contact them before listing them on your submitted application as potential mentors.
A: Graduate students are advised by their major advisor, the Director of their Graduate Program, and the Graduate Support Coordinator.
A: Due to course offerings and research required, we highly recommended full-time enrollment to ensure you complete the program in a timely manner.
A: PhD students accepted into our programs receive a full financial support package for 5 years that includes stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance. MS students receive financial support only rarely and, on a case-by-case basis. We encourage you to contact faculty members who share your research interests directly to discuss opportunities available to you.
A: International students are required to submit additional materials, found on the ASU Graduate College website in addition to the application and supporting materials required from the degree program. This includes proof of English proficiency with a TOEFL or IELTS. See the admissions page for English Proficiency for more information.
A: If you previously applied you must resubmit the required documents, application, and application fee to be considered for the upcoming fall semester.
A: Yes. Please visit this Graduate Admissions page provided for current application fees.
A: We receive many inquiries and applications; therefore, we are not able to preview your scores to determine your eligibility to apply or make suggestions on your credentials.
A: We consider applications for most programs only once/year. If an applicant has special circumstances, they should contact the program director.
A: Supporting documents may be submitted after the deadline; however, preference is given to applicants whose files are complete by the application due date. Submission of documents after the deadline may exclude your application from eligibility for special scholarships or fellowships and domestic students may miss an opportunity to attend our Visitation Weekend.
A: Please visit the admissions transcripts page for mailing information.
Do not mail any documents, including official transcripts or copies of test scores to the School of Life Sciences Graduate Programs.
A: Recommendation letters are submitted electronically. Within the Supplemental Application, you will provide email addresses for your recommendation writers and an email will be sent to each recommender with instructions on how to submit a letter in support of your application. We can only accept letters of recommendation that are submitted electronically using our system.
A: Most of our professors are actively recruiting graduate students, so we strongly encourage applicants to contact individual professors to discuss research opportunities currently available in their labs. A list of faculty members associated with each graduate program is available when you visit the degree program page of interest. A list of graduate programs can be found on our degree-programs graduate page.
A: All students accepted into the Ph.D. programs in the School of Life Sciences will receive a full financial support package for 5 years that includes a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. MS students receive financial support only rarely and, on a case-by-case basis. We encourage you to contact faculty members who share your research interests directly to discuss opportunities available to you.
More information about financial aid and scholarships for asu graduate students can be found by visiting ASU's financial aid graduate page.
A: The Financial Guarantee form should be submitted only if you are accepted to a graduate program. Graduate Admission Services will send information on completing this form with their official admissions notification. Information on how to complete this form will also be included in the official offer letter.
A: Although many applicants will be contacted with requests for interviews or further information within 4-6 weeks of the annual deadline, final decisions may take up to 12 weeks.
A: Applicants will then be notified beginning April. The Admissions Committee appreciates your patience while they carefully review each applicant's qualification for our graduate programs.