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 (MS or MCS) or
December 31 (PhD)
|August 1 (PhD and MS or MCS)|
|See ASU Online for next start date (MCS Online)|
|Computer Engineering||December 31 (PhD and MS)||August 15 (PhD and MS)|
|Industrial Engineering||January 15th (PhD and MS)||September 15 (PhD and MS)|
|Software Engineering||January 15 (MS)||September 15 (MS)|
Students are only admitted to our programs during the Fall and Spring semesters. The only program with Summer admission is the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate Program.
For questions regarding supplemental materials, such as letters of recommendation requirements or your statement of purpose, contact your programs advisor at email@example.com. For questions regarding the online graduate application or the status of documents, please contact Graduate College.
Begin by visiting the ASU Graduate College website and completing the Graduate Admissions application and paying the application fee. The fee is nonrefundable and the application will not be processed until the fee is received.
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. The ASU institution code is: 4007. If a department code is required use: 000.
- 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.** Click here for the average GRE scores for applicants. The ASU institution code is: 4007. If a department code is required use: 000.
- 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). We also accept IELTS with a minimum overall band scores of 7.0 or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) with a minimum score of 65 or higher. Please see the Graduate Admissions website for TOEFL deadline dates. The ASU institution code is: 4007. If a department code is required use: 000.
- Three letters of recommendation^
- Statement of purpose
The required materials should be mailed to:
|If sending by stamped mail:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
|If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS:
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
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. The GRE is not required for students applying to the MCS Online program. Students applying to the MCS Tempe campus program still need to submit GRE scores because of the option to convert to the MS thesis program.
**For students seeking a Masters in Software Engineering, the GRE is not required for students who have graduated from ASU’s undergraduate B.S. in Software Engineering degree program within in the last 5 years, with a 3.0 GPA of higher in their last 60 credit hours (Jr./Sr. GPA).
**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.
**All Industrial Engineering applicants are required to submit GRE scores with the exception of IEE 4+1 students.
^Letters of Recommendation are optional for students applying to the MCS Online program and the Computer Engineering MS program.
Knowledge in calculus is required to be successful in a CIDSE Gradate Program. Below you will find the calculus courses that must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better prior to applying to the program.
|Computer Science||CALC 1 & 2 (CALC 3 is recommended)|
|Computer Engineering||CALC 1 & 2 (CALC 3 is recommended)|
|Industrial Engineering||CALC 1, 2, & 3|
|Software Engineering||CALC 1 & 2|
Below are the minimum GPA requirements for the CIDSE Graduate Programs. This GPA is calculated from the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree. Students who are applying to a Ph.D. following a master’s degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 for the last degree awarded.
|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|
|Software Engineering Master||3.0 or higher|
Please see below for a list of the current Deficiency Courses required for admission. A flowchart showing the progression of coursework is also available At the time of application there should be no more than three deficiency courses pending.
Frequently Asked Questions
The School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering cannot communicate over the phone or by email regarding the status of an application. We can only respond to a student whether or not ASU has received all of the required application materials. My ASU lists application materials required by the Graduate College; however, additional materials are required by the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering. Applications will not be reviewed until those additional materials are received.
Once an admission decision is made by the Graduate Admissions Committee, the decision is forwarded to the Graduate College. The Graduate College notifies students of the admissions decision. Students can 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: 1) explain professional goals and reasons for desiring to enroll in the graduate program; 2) describe any research experiences; for Ph.D. and thesis option MS applicants 3) indicate personal research interests; and 4) identify two or three ASU faculty with matching research interests. You can search for faculty by area at https://graduate.asu.edu/graduate-faculty. It is recommended that your statement of purpose is approximately 1-2 pages in length, concise, clear and informative.
Check your programs minimum on the average GRE score chart in the Application Requirements section and also by clicking Average GRE Scores. All of our programs require a minimum score of 90 on TOEFL.
You do not need to take the TOEFL or IELTS if you graduated from an accredited U.S. institution. See the Graduate Admissions website for details.
Students who meet the specified deadline date will be given top priority in our highly competitive programs. Students who submit applications and required materials after the deadline date 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 School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering evaluates each applicant and determines the awards for teaching assistantships (TA). TA positions are awarded primarily to Ph.D. students. RA positions are offered to the highest caliber of students. RA offers are made to admitted students by an interested faculty member. Some faculty members do not offer RA positions to newly admitted students. Students can contact a specific faculty member or members in their research area of interest regarding open positions. Students will be contacted by the faculty member if they are interested in hiring the student as an RA, as there is no formal application for an RA position. Students are encouraged to submit a CV or resume with their application for review by the faculty in the student’s research area of interest.
The Graduate Admissions will only accept OFFICIAL documents. Do not send anything unofficial to the Graduate Admissions Office, 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 Graduate Admissions.
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 number of transfer credits allowed for M.S. students varies by program and is subject to review and approval. Please review the handbook for your program regarding how many transfer credits are permitted.
Ph.D. students with a master’s degree from an accredited institution can transfer in up to 30 semester hours into the Ph.D. program, plus an additional 12 semester hours of graduate coursework not used in any other degree program. A Ph.D. student without a master’s degree can transfer in 12 semester hours of graduate coursework.
All coursework must be approved by the Graduate Program Chair and have a grade of “A” or “B”. No grades of “Pass” or “Satisfactory” can be transferred.
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 Graduate Admissions.
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, Computer Engineering, and Software Engineering all have both a thesis and non-thesis option. Computer Science students will choose MS (thesis) or MCS (non-thesis) at the time you apply to ASU. Industrial Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Software Engineering students will be able to pursue a thesis after you are admitted to ASU and find a faculty advisor.
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.