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Graduate Application Process

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to a graduate degree in the School of Sustainability. Students must apply directly to ASU Graduate Education .

The following instructions are for the PhD, MA, and MS in sustainability applications. Complete applications include GRE scores and recommendations.

Graduate Admission Requirements and Deadlines

The following information pertains to the PhD, MA, and MS in sustainability. Download a PDF of these application requirements.

Applications for these programs are accepted for fall admission only. Applications must be received by December 15 of the preceding year. Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. Admissions information for the MSUS program can be found here.


Graduate Education Requirements

All applicants must meet the basic requirements of Graduate Education .

  1. Application. ASU uses a generic application for all graduate admissions .

  2. $70 application fee for domestic applicants and $90 application fee for international applicants. Applications submitted without the fee will not be processed or reviewed. In addition to the normal application fee, a $50 non-refundable late processing fee will be charged for all applications submitted on or after the dates posted for session C on the Graduate Education website .

  3. Official copy of transcripts. Unofficial copies will not be accepted. Students should send transcripts from each university or college they have attended (ASU transcripts do not need to be sent). Official transcripts are normally sent from the issuing institutions in sealed envelopes, stamped and verified by the issuing institutions.

    If sending by U.S. mail send transcripts to:
    Arizona State University
    Graduate Admission Services
    PO Box 871003
    Tempe, AZ 85287-1003

    If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS send to:
    Arizona State University
    Graduate Admission Services
    1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
    Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

  4. U.S. bachelor’s degree. Or the equivalent from a regionally accredited institution, or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an international institution officially recognized by the country in which the institution is located. If the student is completing a bachelor’s degree, a transcript will need to be sent both at the time of application and upon completion of the degree.

  5. Equivalent to a B average. (Applies to the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate coursework.) Students not meeting the minimum GPA requirement may still be considered, although the School may require additional documents that support the case for admission. (See School GPA requirement below.)

  6. Proof of measles immunization. Documentation must be submitted to Student Health; see Immunization Verification at . This is not absolutely necessary for applying to the program, but must be on file before enrolling in courses.

All application materials submitted to Graduate Education will be forwarded to the School of Sustainability.

School of Sustainability Requirements

In addition to the Graduate Education’s requirements, the School of Sustainability requires the following:

  1. Official copy of General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores. Have the official scores sent directly to Graduate Education. Test scores must be received directly from the agency administering the test. For more information on the GREs visit , or if the student lives near ASU, . ASU’s institution code is 4007 and the department code is 5199. Although minimum scores are not required, the average verbal and quantitative scores of those who are currently in the program are in the 70th percentile.

  2. Grade Point Average. The School requires the equivalent of a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate work. Applicants not meeting the minimum GPA requirement may still be considered, although Sustainability will require a GPA petition.

    GPA Petition
    Applicants in this situation should submit a complete application file and email a brief justification to by the deadline, outlining why their application should be given consideration. The subject line should include “GPA Petition” and the email should include the applicant’s full name and the program to which they’re applying. Shortly after the application deadline, the School of Sustainability will review the justification in the petition and make a decision whether or not to review the application. Applicants will be informed of the decision shortly thereafter.

  3. Recommendations. Three recommendations are required. Applicants will be asked to provide contact information for their recommenders through the online application and will be asked whether or not they would like to waive the right to view the recommendations submitted. Upon completion and submission of the application, the recommendation form and instructions will automatically be sent to the recommender and they will be asked to submit their recommendations online. References should be from educators (preferred) or professionals familiar with the applicant’s experience and capability for graduate work. It is highly recommended that the recommendations are academic in nature and address the applicant’s experience and potential for success in a graduate program; however, we will also accept professional recommendations. If possible, at least one recommendation should be academic in nature. Applicants will be able to check the status of their recommendations online at MyASU. Instructions for setting up the MyASU account are automatically emailed to the applicant upon submission of the application.

    Applicants will be rated on their writing ability, formal-speaking ability, reasoning and analysis, mathematics and statistics, and overall intellectual ability. Recommenders are asked to describe how they know the applicant and provide their opinion on the quality of the applicant’s academic achievements, intellectual ability and capability to complete advanced work in a graduate program; aspects of the applicant’s personality and character significant to graduate work; and special skills and experience as demonstrated in a vocation or profession.

  4. Statement of intent. All applicants must upload a statement of intent when completing the online application. In no more than 600 words, applicants must explain the goals they intend to achieve through their program of study at the School of Sustainability. Applicants should describe how their background will contribute to their success in the program and how completion of their degree will support their long-term career goals. Finally, applicants should elaborate on key research questions they wish to address or problems they wish to solve as part of their program of study and identify potential faculty advisors.

  5. Resume or CV (required). Applicants must attach their resume or curriculum vita to their application.

Note: It is strongly recommended that applicants view faculty bios and if possible, consult faculty in the School of Sustainability before they apply to make sure their areas of interest are supported in the program. Applicants are also encouraged to read about current sustainability research projects to understand more about the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and possible research opportunities.