The School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment offers three graduate degree programs in the multidisciplinary research areas. Learn more
This page covers the graduate admissions process. Because requirements vary between programs, refer to each specific program for requirements or contact the SSEBE Advising Office for additional information. Find answers to questions about visas, financial aid and application status.
PhD: January 1 for fall semester admissions and July 1 for spring semester admissions.
Master’s degrees: March 1 for fall semester admissions and October 1 for spring semester admissions.
It is particularly important for Ph.D. applicants to get all materials to the Graduate Education Office by the priority deadlines.
Note: We do not preview applications. Students must apply to the university before their admission credentials will be evaluated. The admission decision will display in the applicant’s My ASU webpage.
Applications are made through ASU’s Graduate Education Office and not directly to the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.
Fill out the online application at https://students.asu.edu/graduate/apply
Pay the application fee. No application will be reviewed unless the application fee is paid. ASU does not waive application fees.
Send all official transcripts and documents to:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admissions Services
1151 S Forest Avenue, #SSV 112
PO Box 871003
Tempe, AZ 85287-1003
Application review and status
Applications are reviewed starting on July 1st for spring semester applicants and January 1st for fall semester applicants. Decisions are generally made within the 3-5 weeks following these dates.
After your application has been submitted online, you will receive an email acknowledgement that includes your ASURITE user ID and activation code. After you activate your ASURITE account, you may monitor the progress of your application at www.asu.edu/myasu.
Missing items in My ASU checklist
When you check your status, you may notice that we are missing an item that you sent in. Keep in mind that it takes about 2-3 weeks after the Graduate Education Office receives your document to scan it in and for it to show up in the system.
The department CANNOT release admission status until the final admission decision has been approved by the Graduate Education Office. Admission status will also not be given over the phone at any time because of FERPA regulations.
If you have been admitted, your official admission letter will be available on My ASU.
The official admission decision is communicated to you via a letter from the Vice Provost of the Graduate Education Office. There are three admission categories: regular admission, provisional admission and regular admission with deficiencies. You are strongly urged to contact the graduate academic advisor if you do not understand the requirements that you meet when admitted provisionally or with deficiency courses to take.
Documents and transcripts
International students, please go to: https://students.asu.edu/international/newgradstudents to see what documentation is required. Note that the TOEFL requirements are 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.
International students must submit proof of english proficiency.
GPA and other requirements
M.S./M.S.E. applicants: A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the junior/senior years of their undergraduate degree program.
Ph.D. applicants: If you have earned a master’s degree, a cumulative GPA of 3.2 in graduate level coursework is required. Exceptional undergraduate students may apply and be admitted directly to the doctoral program. Note that faculty sponsorship is necessary for admission. All prospective applicants should get in touch with one or more faculty working in their area of specialization, express their desire to work with them and get at least one faculty member's agreement that he/she would be their doctoral studies advisor.
Official GRE scores
Have ETS send your official scores to institution code 4007. For more information about registering to take the GRE, go to www.ets.org. If you are interested in taking the GRE at ASU, contact ASU's University Testing Services at http://www.asu.edu/uts/. Prospective students should note that the following two requirements need to be met for consideration for admission: (a) minimum score in the Quantitative section is 700 (GRE General Test) or 155 (GRE revised General Test), and (b) the accepted minimum of combined Quantitative and Verbal scores is 1100 (GRE General Test) or 301 (GRE revised General Test). Higher scores than those listed above will be needed for those seeking any form of financial assistance.
GRE scores are not required for Construction Management MS applicants. They are required for all other SSEBE programs.
GRE scores are not required for students who have graduated with a B.S.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from ASU.
Letters of recommendation
- Ph.D. applicants are required to submit 3 letters of recommendation. The online application will prompt you for the email addresses of your recommenders and will send an electronic recommendation form directly to your recommenders.
- M.S. applicants for Civil Engineering are required to submit 2 letters of recommendation. Construction Management applicants are not required to submit letters of recommendation. The online application will prompt you for the email addresses of your recommenders and will then send an electronic recommendation form directly to your recommenders.
- M.S.E. applicants are not required to submit letters of recommendation.
- Ph.D. applicants are required to submit a resume or CV.
- M.S./M.S.E. applicants are encouraged but not required to submit a resume or CV.
- Ph.D. applicants are required to submit a personal statement.
- M.S./M.S.E. applicants are encouraged but not required to submit a personal statement.
The Graduate Education Office strictly enforces the following deadlines for issuing I-20's. Therefore, it is imperative that international students submit their completed application and all other required materials at an early date.
- For more information about the I20 process and deadlines, please go to: students.asu.edu/international/immigration
- You are not required to submit a financial guarantee form unless you are admitted and plan to attend ASU. RA/TA offers can be included in the financial guarantee form.
Domestic Students may fill out a FAFSA and apply for need-based aid through ASU's Financial Aid office: students.asu.edu/financialaid
Teaching and research assistantships
Full-time graduate students (both domestic and international) are eligible to be awarded teaching or research assistantships. Your application for admission will be reviewed by faculty, and RA/TA positions will be awarded to the most competitive applicants. No separate RA/TA application is required. Priority for RA/TA positions is given to Ph.D. students.
Applicants are encouraged to review Graduate Student Support and fill out the online application to be reviewed for our fellowship awards. Faculty members review these applications for competitive awards such as the Engineering Dean's Fellowship and Science Foundation Arizona fellowships.