Department of Finance - International Applicants
International applicants are required to provide a number of specific items with their applications. Most of these are referenced in the online application , but the following serves as a quick reference guide. Detailed information for international applicants can be found on the following pages:
Transcripts and Degree Requirements
The ASU Graduate College requires that international transcripts be designated as official and be submitted in their original language with an English translation.
Individuals who have completed a three-year degree with no additional coursework typically do not qualify as having an equivalent U.S. bachelor's degree. Generally, for a three-year bachelor's degree to be equivalent it must be combined with the following:
- At least one year of study toward a two-year degree program such as an M.S., M.A., M.Com., MBA or LLB.
- Any one-year diploma in the same field of study such as B.Ed., M.A., M.S. or M.Phil.
- A second bachelor's degree.
The ASU Graduate College has ultimate responsibility for transcript evaluation and approval of degree equivalency.
English Language Proficiency
Most international applicants, particularly those for whom English is not their first language, are required to submit evidence of English language proficiency by providing the Test of English as a Foreign Language ( TOEFL ) score. The minimum TOEFL requirement is 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT). Some international applicants are exempt from having to submit TOEFL scores. For more official information, including the dates after which English Proficiency Test must be taken to be valid, refer to the English proficiency information on the Graduate College Website.
Applications will not be processed until official TOEFL scores have been received or waived by Graduate College Admissions.
We do not accept IELTS examination scores.
Once admitted to the program, students applying for teaching associateships are also required to take the Test of Spoken English ( TSE ) or the ASU Speak Test . The minimum TSE score is 55. The minimum iBT SPEAK score is 24.
More information on the TOEFL and TSE can be found on the Internet at www.toefl.org or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . The TOEFL and TSE are administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA. ASU's Institutional Code is 4007. If the Department Code is required for TOEFL, use 99.
The application fee for international students must be paid online at the time of application submission. Information about current fees can be found on the Graduate College Admissions page.
Visas and Financial Guarantee
Documentation to secure a visa is provided by the ASU Graduate College three to five months prior to the term of enrollment. Upon admission, a Financial Guarantee form and an enrollment deposit are required before visa documents can be sent.
International Student Experience
We encourage our international students to become involved in the ASU and W. P. Carey School of Business activities. Also, the American English and Culture Program (AECP) offers specially designed programs and activities for international students.
For questions specific to international student requirements, please review the information at the Graduate College’s Admission Information for International Applicants .