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The School for the Future of Innovation in Society encourages applications from students of diverse backgrounds. To be eligible for admission, students are required to hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) or a graduate degree from a regionally accredited College or University of recognized standing. 

Students are strongly encouraged to have had prior relevant education, training, or experience in science and technology policy. Students must also hold a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (on a scale where 4.0=A) in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program.  Official transcripts are required as well as a personal statement, resume, and three letters of recommendation. 

Admissions are conducted for fall term only.  While the GRE is not required, the personal statement is a significant factor in the application process, and it should address the background and capabilities of the applicant, as well as their interest in the program. 

Application Deadline

Students are only allowed to begin the degree program during the fall semester of each year.  Applications are reviewed by the degree program application review committee.  Applications received by January 2 will receive priority consideration for admission and financial aid funding; applications for US citizens will continue to be accepted until July 15, if positions are still available. International applicants must submit application materials by January 2 for consideration for the following fall semester.

Application Process

The Master of Science and Technology Policy application process:

  1. Initiate an online ASU Graduate Admissions Application through the Graduate College website by creating an account – remember your log in email and password in case you need to return to the application.
  • Page 1:  My Application Status; “Start New Application”
  • Page 2:  Personal Information
  • Page 3:  College and University information with majors and GPAs
  • Page 4:  Residency information
  • Page 5:  Degree Selection; Search by College = School for the Future of Innovation in Society; select “Science and Technology Policy (MSTP)” then click the “Choose” button; in the pop up indicate “Tempe Campus” and the term for which you wish to apply
  • Page 6:  Supplemental Application information
  • Identify any faculty, students or staff you have been in contact with about the degree program.
  • Request three 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.
  • Prepare and upload a Personal Statement.
  • Prepare and upload a current Resume.
  • Answer the questions
  • Indicate if you are applying to an Accelerated 4+1 bachelor’s/master’s program
  1. Submit the online ASU Graduate Admissions Application.
  2. Pay the Application Fee ($70 for domestic students, $90 for international students). 
  3. 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:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS, use this address:
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

ASU transcripts do not need to be sent. If additional transcripts are required, the Graduate College will notify you.
International Applicantsmore information on requirements for international academic credentials.

* 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. 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.

All international transcripts must be submitted in the 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.

  1. If appropriate, complete and submit a paper copy of the Financial Guarantee Form.  This form must be completed by anyone who will attend ASU while holding an F-1 or J-1 visa. Send the form to:

If sending by U.S. Mail, use this address:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS, use this address:

Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

  1. If you are from a country whose native language is not English, you must provide proof of English proficiency.  Acceptable proof is as follows:
  • 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 is available on the Graduate College website.