Admissions

Innovation in Global Development (IGD)

Application Deadline

Applications are reviewed by the IGD Executive Committee and students may be admitted for the Fall or Spring terms. The priority application deadlines are:

  • November 1st for the Spring 2019 semester
  • December 15 for the following Fall term
  • May 15 for the following Spring term

In view of ASU's commitment to access, applications received after the priority deadline for the anticipated term will in some circumstances be considered at the discretion of the program chair; however, admission is not guaranteed.

(Please note: The earliest term of admission for the Innovation in Global Development program is Spring 2019. We will not be accepting applications for any terms prior.)

Application Process

The Innovation in Global Development 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 “Innovation in Global Development (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 IGD PhD Program. Upload the Statement of Research Interests and Goals into the online ASU Graduate Admissions Application
  • Prepare and upload a current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV).  Be sure to list any publications, honors, awards, or society memberships.
  • Answer the questions
  • Submit the online ASU Graduate Admissions Application.
  • Pay the Application Fee ($70 for domestic students, $115 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 Applicants – more 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.

  • 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

If you have any questions about the application process or the materials required, please see Application Elements below, or e-mail sfisgrad@asu.edu.

Application Elements

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 IGD Ph.D. Program applicants.)

Educational Background
Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in anthropology, natural resource management, agriculture development, political science, development studies, economics, development management, rural development, technology and development, sociology, science and technology or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Letters of Recommendation
You will need to three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your academic experiences, qualifications and potential. These recommenders may be course instructors, research mentors, or internship directors. They should be 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 IGD PhD Program. Please include information on what areas of research interest you most, relevant experiences, why you wish to pursue this research in the IGD PhD Program at ASU, the IGD 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.