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Application Deadline

Students are only allowed to begin the degree program during the Fall Semester of each year. Applications are reviewed by the HSD Executive Committee. The application deadline is December 1st for admission the following fall semester.

In view of ASU's commitment to access, applications received after the deadline will in some circumstances be considered at the discretion of the program chair; however, priority in both funding and admissions will be given to applications received by the deadline.

Application Process

The Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD application process:

  • 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 “Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology (PhD)” 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.  In one to two pages (single-spaced), describe why you wish to enroll in the HSD PhD Program. Please include information on what areas of research interest you most, why you wish to pursue this research in the HSD PhD Program at ASU, the HSD PhD Program faculty members you hope to work with, and your goals for obtaining a degree. Upload the Statement of Research Interests and Goals into the online ASU Graduate Admissions Application
  • Prepare and upload a current Resume.  Be sure to list any publications, honors, awards, or society memberships.
  • Prepare and upload a writing sample.  Submit a 10-25 page sample of academic writing, such as a course paper, an undergraduate thesis, or an excerpt from a master’s thesis.
  • Prepare and upload the Academic Record Form (available for download within the online application or on the SFIS website).
  • Answer the questions
  • Submit the online ASU Graduate Admissions Application.
  • Pay the Application Fee ($70 for domestic students, $90 for international students). 
  • 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.

  • The GRE General Exam is the only standardized test required for this degree application.  Have ETS (Educational Testing Service) provide ASU with official GRE scores.  The ETS Institutional Code for ASU is 4007.  Enter the Department Code as 0000.  Test scores must be received directly from the agency administering the test.  Photocopies and faxes are not acceptable.
  • 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

  • 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

Application Elements

Letters of Recommendation

You will need to three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your academic experiences, qualifications and potential. Recommendation letters are done online; hard copy letters are not necessary.

  • You will need to provide current email addresses for your recommenders.
  • Let your recommenders know to expect an email from ASU with instructions on how to upload a letter of recommendation for you.

Statement of Research Interests and Goals

In one to two pages (single-spaced), describe why you wish to enroll in the HSD PhD Program. Please include information on what areas of research interest you most, why you wish to pursue this research in the HSD PhD Program at ASU, the HSD PhD Program faculty members you hope to work with, and your goals for obtaining a degree. Upload the Statement of Research Interests and Goals into the online ASU Graduate Admissions Application.

Curriculum Vitae or Résumé

Upload your current CV or resume into the online ASU Graduate Admissions Application. Be sure to list any publications, honors, awards, or society memberships.

HSD Academic Record Form

Summarize your coursework in the broad area of the human and social dimensions of science and technology on the Fileacademic record form. Upload the form into the online ASU Graduate Admissions Application.

Writing Sample

Submit a 10-25 page sample of academic writing, such as a course paper, an undergraduate thesis, or an excerpt from a master’s thesis. Upload the writing sample into the online ASU Graduate Admissions Application.

University-Wide

All applicants to ASU submit the following materials. Further description of these items can be found on the Graduate College web pages.

  • ASU Graduate Admissions Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official Test Scores (The GRE General Exam is the only standardized test required of all HSD Ph.D. Program applicants.)

International Students

Non-US applicants may be required to submit additional materials.