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Master of Sustainability Leadership

MSL Graduate Application Process

Application Deadlines

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

The following instructions are for the online Master of Sustainability Leadership (MSL). Admissions information for our other programs can be found here.

For admission consideration for Fall, complete applications must be received by August 1. For admission consideration for Spring, complete applications must be received by December 15. Seats in the program are limited and are expected to fill quickly. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.


Application Process and Admission Requirements

The following information pertains to the Master of Sustainability Leadership (MSL).

Graduate Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the basic requirements of Graduate Admissions.

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

  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.

  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.

  4. If sending by U.S. mail send transcripts to:
    Arizona State University
    Graduate Admission Services
    P.O. 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

    If sending electronically:
    ASU only accepts the following electronic transcript services: E-Scrip, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, and Credentials, Inc. Transcripts must be sent directly to from those transcript services or from the institutions that use those services.

  5. 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, an official transcript will need to be sent both at the time of application and upon completion of the degree.

  6. Equivalent to a B average. (Applies to the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate coursework.) Students not meeting the minimum 3.00 GPA requirement may still be considered. Professional experience and the statement of intent will be used to make a decision on whether an exception to the minimum GPA requirement will be made. If the applicant has a graduate degree completed, their graduate GPA can be taken into consideration in place of a lower undergraduate GPA.

  7. English proficiency for international graduate applicants. Applicants from a country whose native language is not English (regardless of where the applicant resides now) must provide proof of English proficiency. Please visit the Graduate Admissions’ English proficiency website for details on acceptable exams. Unofficial scores will not be accepted.

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

School of Sustainability Requirements

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

  1. Statement of intent. All applicants must upload a statement of intent when completing the online application. In no more than 300 words per question, applicants are asked to upload a document answering the following: 1) Sustainability explores ways to improve human well-being globally without threatening earth’s life supporting systems. In your own words, explain why sustainability is important to you. 2) The Master of Sustainability Leadership is designed to prepare decision-makers for the challenges ahead. Describe a time in which you demonstrated leadership to enact positive change. 3) How do you plan to apply the lessons you learn from this degree in the short-term and long-term? 4) How have you prepared to manage and accommodate family/work/school life balance while completing this program in two years?

  2. Resume or CV (required). Applicants must attach their resume or curriculum vita to their application. The program is designed for active professionals that have 3 or more years of professional/organizational experience or the equivalent.

  3. Employment information. Applicants will be asked to provide their current employer name, address, phone, job title, industry category, occupation category and years/months of experience. The applicant may also provide their current salary, but salary information is not required.