Thank you for your interest in pursuing a graduate degree in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. Here you can learn more about the admissions process and application requirements.
All application materials must be submitted by the following deadline dates:
|Program||Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|Computer Science||December 1 (PH.D and M.S. or M.C.S.)||August 1 (PH.D and M.S. or M.C.S.)|
|Computer Engineering||February 15 (PH.D and M.S.)||August 1 (PH.D and M.S.)|
|Industrial Engineering||December 15 (Ph.D.) or
January 15 (M.S.)
|September 15 (PH.D and M.S.)|
For questions regarding supplemental materials, such as letters of recommendation requirements or your statement of purpose, contact your programs adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding the on-line graduate application, please contact the Graduate College.
In addition to completing the ASU Graduate Admissions application, the following materials must also be submitted to complete your application package.*
- One set of official transcripts from every college and university attended, including ASU, unless the student graduated from ASU.
- Official GRE test scores.** Click here for the average GRE scores for applicants.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Statement of Purpose.
- Academic Credentials (all international records must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation). If you have attended a U.S. institution, one set of official transcripts from every college and university attended, except ASU.
- Official GRE General test scores taken within the last five years.
- Official TOEFL score, taken within the last two years (only required for those who did not graduate with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution). The TOEFL score must be valid on the first day of class for the term the student is applying for. CIDSE required that TOEFL scores must be above 575 (paper), or 90 (iBT), or minimum IELTS is an overall band scores of 7.0. Please see the Graduate College for TOEFL deadline dates.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Statement of Purpose.
The required materials should be mailed to:
Arizona State University
Graduate College Interdisciplinary Building, B-Wing, Room 170
PO Box 871003
Tempe, AZ 85287-1003
Please include the document reference number on all materials sent. Applications are not evaluated until all required documents have been received.
*If a student wishes to be considered for both the M.S. and M.C.S. programs, or for both the master’s and Ph.D. programs, the student is required to submit two separate applications and to pay two application fees. This fee is nonrefundable and cannot be deferred.
**For students seeking a Masters in Computer Science, the GRE is not required by students who have graduated from ASU’s undergraduate B.S. in Computer Science or the B.S.E. in Computer Systems Engineering degree programs.
**For students (International or Domestic) seeking Computer Engineering (Master or Ph.D.) are exempt from taking the GRE who have degrees from any ABET accredited program (from US or overseas institutions) and meet the minimum GPA requirements of the academic units. Students, who do not meet these requirements as outlined, will be required to take the GRE.
|Computer Science||CALC 1 & 2 (CALC 3 is recommended)|
|Computer Engineering||CALC 1 & 2 (CALC 3 is recommended)|
|Industrial Engineering||CALC 1, 2, & 3|
|Computer Science Master||3.25 or higher|
|Computer Science Ph.D.||3.5 or higher|
|Computer Engineering Master and Ph.D.||3.0 or higher|
|Industrial Engineering Master||3.2 or higher|
|Industrial Engineering Ph.D.||3.5 or higher|
Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement should schedule an appointment with a CIDSE Graduate Academic Advisor. Please click here to link to the appointment scheduling tool.
Frequently Asked Questions
Once an admission decision is made by the Industrial Engineering Graduate Admissions Committee, the decision is forwarded to the Graduate College. The Graduate College notifies students of the admissions decision. Students can also view admissions decisions on My ASU.
Neither, the Graduate College nor the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering can provide any information to an applicant’s family members. This information is confidential and protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Please refer to the Admission Requirements above. Students must submit an official ASU Graduate Admissions application, GRE scores, official transcripts and TOEFL scores (if applicable), statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendation. Admission to a CIDSE program is competitive and is based on many factors, including undergraduate or graduate preparation and application materials.
Applicants will indicate three references to provide recommendations during the online application process. References will then receive an email to electronically submit their recommendation. References could be from current or former professors or employers who know your background and skills.
The statement of purpose is required for all applicants. Your statement of purpose should include the reason why you would like to pursue a degree with CIDSE, your research area of interest and your desire for further study in the field, and what you can contribute to the program. Explain your undergraduate and any graduate preparation for your studies. It is recommended that your statement be concise, clear and informative.
While students who meet the specified deadline date will be given top priority in our highly competitive programs, students can submit applications after the deadline date, but take the chance on their applications not being reviewed or the application may be deferred to the next semester. The School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering does not accept applications for the summer term.
The Graduate College will only accept OFFICIAL documents. Please do not send anything unofficial to the Graduate College, as the processing of your application will be delayed. Applications will be released to the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering once all official documents are received. Please send all materials directly to the Graduate College.
We do not pre-evaluate student credentials. Students are encouraged to talk with our faculty to discuss their research interests and educational/professional background and then apply for admission. The Graduate Admissions committee will evaluate each application file and determine if they are eligible for the program or not. The Graduate College makes the final determination on acceptance.
The master’s degree programs typically take two years to complete. The Ph.D. program typically takes between 4-6 years beyond the bachelor’s degree to complete.
The School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering does not admit students on a conditional basis. Students may be admitted with graduate deficiencies, which need to be completed within the first year of the degree program. Click on Deficiency Courses above to see the list.
Review ASU’s Student Business Services website for information about tuition costs.
The Graduate College requires an application fee for all students. The fee cannot be waived.
A student must have the equivalent of a 4 year bachelor’s degree to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Students can take one year of a master’s program in their home country to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. Any questions should be directed to the Graduate College.
The School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering admits students from a variety of backgrounds including Statistics, Mathematics, and Physics. Students may gain admissions with undergraduate deficiencies, but are also encouraged to apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student to complete any needed deficiencies before applying to the degree program. Students are required to complete deficiency courses by the end of their first year in the program.
Yes. Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, and Computer Engineering all have both a thesis and non-thesis option. Computer Science you will choose MS (thesis) or MCS (non-thesis) at the time you apply to ASU. Industrial Engineering and Computer Engineering you will be able to pursue a thesis after you are admitted to ASU and find a faculty advisor.
Apply now through the Graduate College’s online graduate application.
The School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering cannot provide information regarding the admission status of an application. Once an admission decision is made by the program’s Graduate Admissions Committee, the decision is forwarded to the Graduate College. The Graduate College will notify you of the admissions decision or you can view your application’s status on My ASU.