Admissions

Application Process

Applications are submitted through ASU Graduate Admissions.

Applications open September 1 and the recommended deadline for funding consideration is January 15 (when the admissions committee will start reviewing completed files). Applicants are encouraged to apply and send documents as early as possible to ensure review of the application for full funding. All funding offers are made before April 15 as part of the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution.

Applications submitted after January 15 and not complete with the necessary documents (e.g., missing letters of recommendation, GRE scores, or official transcripts) may not be considered in time for our best funding offer and admissions by the Economics Graduate Admissions Committee. All documents should be submitted through the Graduate College Admissions for processing.

Items to have ready for your online application:

  • Undergraduate overall GPA and 3rd - 4th year GPA (also called Junior-Senior GPA) and Graduate GPA
  • Recommender names and correct email addresses - a request to upload the letter is sent to them through email.
  • Personal statement in .docx or .pdf form, ready to be uploaded
  • CV / Resume in .docx or .pdf form, ready to be uploaded
  • Payment method for application fee

Important: After you apply, ASU will notify you on the status of your application and all outstanding items through priority tasks in My ASU. Please note that it can take several weeks for international documents to be processed and updated on MyASU.

International Applicants

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.

Applicants with a 3-year degree and at least one year of graduate study should contact ASU Graduate Admissions to clarify whether their degree would be equivalent to a U.S. 4 year degree.

ASU Graduate Admissions has the ultimate responsibility and authority for transcript evaluation and approval of degree equivalency. Please email the department directly with questions at gograd@asu.edu

English Proficiency

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. Your application will not be processed without valid proof of English proficiency.

Acceptable proof is as follows:

Language Exemption

You may qualify for an exemption from proof of English proficiency requirement by one of the following two options:

1. You successfully complete the highest level at the Global Launch Intensive English Program with a grade of B or better

OR

2. You have attended, in person, a regionally accredited college or university in the United States and meet one of the following conditions:

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in the U.S. (Official Transcripts Required), OR
  • Completed at least 12 credit hours of graduate course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or higher (all credits must be earned in the U.S. and official transcripts must be mailed to ASU) OR
  • Completed at least 12 credit hours of graduate course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or higher (all credits must be earned in the U.S. and official transcripts must be mailed to ASU) OR
  • Completed at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or higher (all 90 hours must be earned in the U.S. and official transcripts must be mailed to ASU)

ASU Graduate Admissions, not the Economics Department or Graduate Admissions Committee, has ultimate responsibility for transcript evaluation and approval of degree equivalency. Contact Graduate Admissions for English Proficiency questions at gograd@asu.edu.