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Graduate Admissions


Please carefully review this website for current application information.

We will accept applications from Sept. 15, 2015, to Jan. 15, 2016 for the following programs: MArch 2-year; MArch 3+; MIA 2-year; MIA 3+; MID 2-year; MID 3+; MLA 2-year; MLA 3+; MSBE, MSD; MUD; MVCD 2-year; MVCD 3+.


The Design School Graduate Degree Programs participate in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

Effective for summer/fall 2016 admissions: Once admitted to one of ASU The Design School's Graduate Degree programs, students who are from the following states are eligible to apply for in-state (Arizona resident) tuition rates through the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). Participating WRGP states include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. If you are a current resident of one of those states or of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, you are eligible to apply for the program. Students are not required to demonstrate financial need. To be considered for the resident tuition, you will need to complete the WRGP Application Form found on the Graduate College website at This form with all supporting documentation must be submitted to Graduate Admissions by the following deadlines:

Fall Semester – June 1

Spring Semester – Nov. 1

Summer Semester – April 1



This section has been developed to assist you with the application and admissions process. Here you will find information related to:

Admission Terms

Summer Admission: The MArch 3+, MIA 3+, MID 3+, MLA 3+, and MVCD 3+ programs only admit students to the summer term.

Fall Admission: The MArch 2-year, MIA 2-year, MID 2-year, MLA 2-year, MSBE, MSD, MUD, and MVCD 2 year programs only admit students for the fall semester.


Application Procedures and Requirements

All application materials will be submitted through two different online systems: ASU Graduate Education and SlideRoom. Please read the following application directions carefully. Materials that are not sent directly to the appropriate locations could experience a delay and may result in the applicant’s denial.

Please submit only the following items directly to Graduate Education:

Regular Mail
Arizona State University Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 871003 Tempe, AZ 85287-1003
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

Once the Graduate Education office receives the application, students are notified of their ASURITE ID and activation code through an acknowledgement sent by Graduate Education within 48 hours of receipt of the application. If you have submitted an application and have not received this code, please contact Graduate Education at 480.965.6113.

Applicants are then able to track the status of their application materials submitted to Graduate Education through their MyASU page. Through this website, applicants will be notified of missing documents (transcripts, application fee, etc) and provided with up-to-date information on the routing of the application.


All other required application materials should be submitted online at SlideRoom. These materials include the following:

  1. The names and contact information of three references. References will be contacted electronically and provided an access code to provide information about the applicant.
  2. A current résumé is required for applicants to the MSD degree program.
  3. A Portfolio or body of creative works must be submitted online at SlideRoom.

Applicants who need technical support when submitting materials through the slide room system should send emails to

Failure to file the appropriate documentation in the appropriate place can cause a delay, or worse, a decline in your application for graduate school. Please contact The Design School if you have any questions about the application process:


Application Deadlines

Online applications will be accepted Sept. 15, 2015 through Jan. 15, 2016 for the following programs: MArch 2-year; MArch 3+; MIA 2-year; MIA 3+; MID 2-year; MID 3+; MLA 2-year; MLA 3+; MSBE; MSD; MUD; MVCD 2-year; and MVCD 3+. Late applications will be reviewed and considered on a space available basis.

Applications for assistantship and scholarships are generally considered at the same time as the application. All interested applicants can apply online for a teaching assistantship position through this website. The online application for the 2016-17 academic year will be available from Jan. 15, 2016 through May 15, 2015 at midnight.


Teaching and Graduate Assistants and Financial Aid

All interested applicants (with the exception of 3+ applicants) can apply for a TA position. The TA application is online and applications for the 2015-16 academic year will be available from Jan. 15 through May 15, 2015. Note: 3+ applicants are not eligible for TA positions during the summer and first academic year of the program.

It is important to note that all international teaching or graduate assistants whose primary language is not English are required to be certified in their English language abilities. Those individuals whose official mother tongue is not English, or are from a country whose official native language is not English, will be required to submit a SPEAK test score, which is administered at ASU. For this group, no Personnel Action form (PAF) will be signed until this examination has been successfully completed.

The International Teaching Assistant Program (ITA) will certify all international teaching assistants (TAs) who take the SPEAK test. International students whose primary language is other than English will not be permitted to serve as TAs unless they have AECP certification. View information about AECP certification online. You will need to have this certification on order to receive a TA appointment in The Design School.

Additional Financial Aid information can be found on the Graduate Education website or through the Financial Aid office.


Selection Procedures and Notifications:

The faculty evaluates the applications and supporting materials and recommends to Graduate Education whether the applicant should be granted regular or provisional admission or if admission should be denied. If admission is provisional, Graduate Education specifies in its letter of admission the provisions to be met to gain regular status. Applicants can log into the MyASU system in order to view admission decisions and the admission decision letter. If admission is granted, the Design School informs the applicants of the procedures for enrollment.


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