MS-IVD application process

Help us build a better world. ASU’s Master of Science in Innovation and Development (MS-IVD) was designed for creative, ambitious, bold thinkers with a strong desire to innovate for good. If that sounds like you, we encourage you to apply.

How and when to apply

ASU’s online application is easy to complete once you collect the admissions materials. Most students can complete the application in just 30 minutes. Find out what you’ll need and get started today.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. View dates and deadlines.

To complete ASU’s online application, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Personal info — contact details, birth date, citizenship, Social Security number
  • Current resume and essay or letter of intent describing innovation and entrepreneurial experience
  • Recommender(s) contact information: name, affiliation, and work email address of an individual who can answer questions about your personal qualities, professional success, career aspirations, and ability to perform in a graduate program
  • Application fee — $70 domestic students; $115 international students

Applications will not be processed until the fee is received and fees are non-refundable.

Essay or letter of intent

Submit an essay or letter of intent describing your innovation and entrepreneurial experience. This essay will weigh heavily in our evaluation of candidates. The essay/letter of intent should include all of the following:

  • A concise case for why you want to become a part of the MS-IVD program
  • What specific experience, values, and skills make you an excellent candidate
  • What you hope to accomplish with the learning accrued from the MS-IVD degree

Maximum 3 pages, 12 pt. font, double spaced. Essays will be evaluated based on content, as well as quality of logic and communication, since we are looking for nascent leadership abilities.

Applicants progressing to the second level of evaluation will receive additional questions to answer, and have a 30-minute online interview with the program chair and/or faculty leads. During this interview, we will evaluate experience, team, insight, and collaboration skills.

The following materials must be submitted to ASU Graduate Admissions after completing the online application.

Official transcripts

If you attended ASU, you do not need to submit ASU transcripts. Otherwise, you must have one set of official transcripts from every college and university from which you earned a bachelor’s degree or higher sent to ASU Graduate College. ASU accepts official transcripts that are original academic credentials issued by the registrar of the institution attended, bearing the original raised or colored seal of the institution and the signature of your institution's registrar, academic official, or recognized international organization.

You may either have the original institution send your transcripts, or you may wish to collect all of them and send them together. In either case, use the following mailing information:

U.S. Mail

Admission Services Applicant Processing
Arizona State University
PO Box 871004
Tempe, AZ 85287-1004

FedEx, DHL or UPS

Arizona State University
Admission Services Applicant Processing
1150 East University Drive Building C, Room 226
Tempe, AZ 85281

Applying as an international student

The application process for international students is the same as for domestic students, with the exception of submitting proof of English proficiency (for students whose native language is not English). After admission, you will also be also required to obtain a U.S. visa, which includes submitting a graduate financial guarantee.

All international transcripts must be submitted in their 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 complete your own translation. Photocopies and notarized transcripts are not acceptable.

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