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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are applications accepted for the spring semester?

A: Applications are accepted for the fall semester only.

Q: What are the degree requirements?

A: You must have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an international institution officially recognized by that country. 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.

Q: Should I wait for my test scores to submit my application online?

A: We recommended that you submit your application and materials regardless of whether you have received your test 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. The ETS Institutional Code for ASU is 4007. Enter the Department Code as 0000. ETS will send your score directly to ASU and your file will be updated.

Q: How do I monitor the status of my application?

A: You will receive an ASURITE ID and activation code via email. Activate your ASURITE by following the instructions included in the email. Login to My ASU to monitor the status of your application and to check your To DO items listed under My Tasks.

Q: Who is the advisor for graduate students?

A: Graduate students are advised by their mentors.

Q: May I contact the faculty?

A: We recommend you contact the faculty in the area of your research interest. We strongly encourage you to contact them prior to listing them on your submitted application as potential mentors.

Q: When will I be notified of my admissions status?

A: Select students will be sent an invitation in January to visit the campus and meet with faculty sometime during the end of February and early March. Applicants will then be notified beginning mid-March.

Q: Do the graduate programs require full-time commitment?

A: Due to course offerings and research required, we highly recommended full-time enrollment to ensure you complete the program in a timely manner. PhD students in the School of Life Sciences receive a minimum of five years guaranteed funding through research and teaching assistantships.

Q: What sources of funding are available for graduate students?

A: Typically, PhD students in the School of Life Sciences, with the exception of Human and Social Dimensions of Science & Technology students, receive a minimum of five years guaranteed funding through research and teaching assistantships. Visit the funding section for current students and the Research and Training Initiatives Office for more information.

Q: What are the requirements for international students?

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 score of 100 or IELTS score of 7.

Q: What is needed to be considered for admission?

A: All programs offered require the materials listed below. Please visit the degree program site for additional supporting material requirements.

Complete and provide the following:

  • ASU Graduate Admissions Application on the ASU Graduate College website.
  • Letters of recommendation. Email addresses of the three persons submitting recommendation letters on your behalf must be included in your application. The recommenders will receive an email with instructions for submitting an electronic recommendation.
  • Statement of Research Interest and Goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • School of Life Sciences Academic Record Form (PDF)
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work. Hardcopy transcripts must be sent directly to ASU Graduate College by the registrars of the colleges or universities attended by the applicant. Electronic transcripts of any kind are not accepted. Sealed copies of official transcripts may be sent directly to ASU Graduate College by the applicant. All international records 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 do your own translation.
  • International students must submit additional materials, including proof of English proficiency with a TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 7.

Q: I applied last fall, do I have to submit my application again?

A: If you previously applied you must resubmit the required documents, application, and application fee to be considered for the upcoming fall semester.

Visit the ASU Graduate College website for additional information and FAQs.