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Admissions Policies For Responsible Innovation in Science, Engineering and Society (RISES)

The School for the Future of Innovation in Society encourages applications from students of diverse backgrounds.  Students are strongly encouraged to have prior relevant education, training, or experience in science or engineering.

Degree: Applicants must have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country.

GPA: Applicants must have maintained a "B" (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) grade point average in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate course work.

International Students: International students who need an F1 or J1 visa will first need to apply to and be accepted into a master's or doctoral program prior to being considered for the certificate program. International students residing in the USA on other types of visas must adhere to all Graduate College policies and procedures regarding admission be considered for admission to this certificate program.

English Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of where they may now reside) must provide proof of English proficiency. Acceptable proof is as follows (or the most current requirements at https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate-apply):

  • TOEFL score of at least 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT)
  • IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5 with no band below 6.0.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 60

More information on English Proficiency requirements is available on the Graduate College web site at (https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate/english-proficiency). 

Students must fulfill the requirements of Graduate College.


Applications are accepted for Fall, Spring and Summer admission:




June 1st


October 1st


March 1st


The Responsible Innovation in Science, Engineering and Society application process:

  1. Initiate an online ASU Graduate Admissions Application through the Graduate College website.
  2. Complete the "General Information Section." You will be asked to enter information on universities that you have attended and GPAs.
  3. Complete the Degree Section.
    1. Click "Find Your Degree/Certificate Program"
    2. Select "Tempe" as your degree program campus.
    3. Search for and select "Responsible Innovation in Science, Engineering and Society" as your degree program.
    4. Identify any faculty, students or staff you have been in contact with about the degree program.
    5. Request two Letters of Recommendation from people who can evaluate your potential for success in this program. These letters must be submitted using the online application system.  As you move through the steps in the online application, you will be asked to enter the email addresses for the three people who will be writing your recommendations.  The ASU Graduate College online application system will automatically contact them with information on how to log in to the online system and upload the Letter of Recommendation.
    6. Prepare and upload a Personal Statement.
    7. Prepare and upload a current Resume.
  4. Submit the online ASU Graduate Admissions Application.
  5. Pay the Application Fee. 
  6. Have official transcripts* sent to ASU.  One set of official transcripts from every college and university from which a Bachelors or higher degree was earned should be sent to:

If sending by U.S. Mail, use this address:

If sending by U.S. Mail, use this address: 
Admission Services Applicant Processing
Arizona State University
PO Box 871004
Tempe, AZ 85287-1004

If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS, use this address: 
Arizona State University
Admission Services Applicant Processing
1150 East University Drive Building C, Room 226
Tempe, AZ 85281

ASU transcripts do not need to be sent. If additional transcripts are required, Graduate College will notify you.

International Applicants – more information on requirements for international academic credentials (https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate-apply).

* 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.