Application FAQs

Q: Are GRE scores required?

A: SPGS is waiving the GRE requirement for both the MA and PhD in Political Science for fall 2022 admissions. Applicants do not have to submit GRE scores, but can do so if they wish.

Q: When is the deadline to apply?

A:  The deadline for both MA and PHD applications is January 2 each year.  Applications are reviewed for fall admissions of the same calendar year.  There are no spring admissions.  All materials must be received by the deadline date to be reviewed by the faculty admissions committee. This includes test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. We encourage all applicants to monitor deadlines to ensure application materials are received by the deadline. All materials must be submitted by this date in order to be reviewed.  Applications must be submitted through ASU Graduate Admissions.

Q: How many students will you be accepting?

A: The number of students accepted into the incoming cohort fluctuates every year and is determined by the strength of the applicant pool.

Q: When will I find out about the status of my application?

A: All applications will be evaluated by a faculty committee after the deadline. Once a determination has been made on a candidate’s status, accepted students will see a “congratulations” letter on their MyASU page. Applicants not accepted to the program will be also be notified via the MyASU page. If you have not received communication in one of these two formats within 8 weeks past the application deadline, please contact the Graduate Coordinator.  Please note an application must be complete or in “Committee” status for an admission update to be made on the MyASU page.

Q: How do I send ASU my transcripts/GRE scores/TOEFL scores/IELTS?

A: ASU accepts unofficial transcripts as part of the online Graduate Admissions application. This is the only way we will accept unofficial transcripts.  Please note that only one transcript document can be uploaded to the application, so applicants should combine multiple transcripts into one PDF document before uploading.  Emailed transcripts are not acceptable.  If you are admitted to ASU, you will be required to send official transcripts to Graduate Admissions.  At that point, the applicant should contact the degree-granting institution and ask for official transcripts to be sent to the ASU Graduate Admissions office at the address below.

Test scores (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS) need to be official, and by definition, not emailed or scanned by the applicant.  The applicant should contact the test administrator and ask for official test scores to be sent to the ASU Graduate Admissions office at the address below.  Do not send any scores or application materials to the department either electronically or by postal mail.  ASU's institution code for the GRE is 4007.

If utilizing postal mail services, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit scores and transcripts at least two weeks prior to the deadline.  It is recommended not to wait until the last week to send ASU scores or information; the Office of Graduate Admissions can take up to 10 business days from the date of receipt to upload any information into an application.

ASU accepts official transcripts only through the following electronic transcript services:  E-Scrip, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse.  Transcripts being sent via one of these three services may be sent directly to  International transcripts are not eligible to be sent through an electronic service.

Official transcripts, and other application materials should be sent to:

Regular Mail

Admission Services Applicant Processing

Arizona State University

PO Box 871004

Tempe, AZ 85287-1004


Arizona State University

Admission Services Applicant Processing

1150 E. University Drive, Bldg. C, Room 226

Tempe, AZ 85281

Graduate Admission Standards

Q: I’m having trouble with my letters of recommendation, what should I do?

A: The letter of recommendation link will be generated when the applicant designates an individual to write a letter on their behalf.  Letter writers will receive an email inviting them to write a letter on the applicant’s behalf and a link to follow.  The letter of recommendation process requires the writer to score the candidate and upload a recommendation letter.  This link will stay active for only 30 days from the date it is opened.  If a letter writer is working and does not finish the process, they need to save their work.  Make sure the letter writer is using Firefox or Internet Explorer to upload their document.  The title of the document should not contain any symbols, such as an underscore or hyphen. 

Applicants can manage the status of their letters through their MyASU page, send reminders to letter writers, and be alerted when materials have been received.  It is the applicants’ responsibility to assist letter writers well before the application deadline to ensure materials are received in time.  For assistance contact the Graduate Admission Services technical support team at or 480-965-6113. 

Q: What is the minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score?

A: The School of Politics and Global Studies follows university standards for English proficiency.   Please see the ASU Graduate Admissions website for information on the various requirements for English proficiency and exemptions.

Admitted International doctoral students offered a funded Teaching Assistant position must first fulfill an English language speaking requirement.  Please visit the International Teaching Assistant website for multiple ways to meet this requirement.

Q: What are the Teaching Assistant (TA) Research Assistant (RA) opportunities available to me?

A: If a PhD applicant is interested in a TA or RA opportunity, they may indicate that on their application.  There is no need to fill out the supplemental online application; students who are selected for admission will be contacted about funding and employment opportunities if eligible, and asked to complete paperwork after an acceptance has been made.  Please do not send in or upload applications unless requested to do so.  At this time, funding is reserved for students pursuing the PhD degree only.

International graduate students that are offered a TA funding package must fulfill an additional English language requirement.  Funding offers are contingent on meeting one of the four options. 

Please see the Intensive English Program website for more information.