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Program admissions information

Eligibility and GPA requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Prospective students are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, science, mathematics or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor’s degree program or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in an applicable master’s degree program.

As of fall 2023, the Graduate Record Examinations, or GRE, is no longer required.

Application deadlines

Students can apply for and be admitted in either the spring or fall semester.

  • The priority deadline for fall semester admission is December 31.
  • The priority deadline for spring semester admission is August 15.
  • To receive full consideration, submit all required documents by the deadline.
  • International students must apply by April 15 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester to ensure visa documents may be processed on time.

Application requirements

Applicants are required to submit the following items:

  1. Graduate admission application
    Apply to the ASU Graduate College and pay the application fee.
  2. Official transcripts
    Follow the directions on the ASU admissions website to submit your transcripts to the university.
  3. Letter of intent/written statement
    The statement should explain professional goals and reasons for desiring to enroll in the MS program. A student interested in pursuing a thesis option should describe any research experience, indicate personal research interests and identify two or three ASU robotics and autonomous systems faculty with matching research interests.
  4. Professional resumé or curriculum vitae
  5. Proof of English proficiency
    The University requires all international applicants from a country whose native language is not English to provide the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). This program requires a minimum score of 575 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based) on the TOEFL, 7 on the IELTS, or 65 on the Pearson exam as expectations for admission. Applications are not processed until the university receives official scores, which are valid for two years from the start date of the degree program.

    Please address all TOEFL questions to graduate admissions. Just as for the GRE, the ASU institution code is 4007, and if department code is required, use 0000. If a student has completed coursework in the US, they can contact graduate admissions to see if they qualify for a waiver.

    Global Launch at ASU offers an online alternative to standardized testing for international students who are seeking admission to ASU, but need proof of English proficiency.

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