FAQs: Graduate Admission

Can I apply to a PhD program if I do not already have a master’s degree?

You must have a masters’ degree to apply to the Urban Planning PhD program. However, we offer a streamlined Geography Ph.D. program for students with bachelors degrees only. We encourage all prospective research students to apply for admission to the Ph.D. degree program. Funding favors Ph.D. students.


Is there a minimum GRE score I need to be accepted into a School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning graduate program?

There are no required minimum scores, however competitive applicants generally achieve the following scores or higher:

Geography PhD program:

  • Fall 2016: Verbal & Quantitative combined 317, Writing 3.5
  • Fall 2017: Verbal & Quantitative combined 316, Writing 3.5

Geography MA program:

  • Fall 2016: Verbal & Quantitative combined 312, Writing 3.5
  • Fall 2017: Verbal & Quantitative combined 311, Writing 3.5

Urban Planning PhD program:

  • verbal 160, quantitative 148, writing 3.5

MUEP program:

  • verbal 158, quantitative 147, writing 3.5.

GRE scores are a component of our overall admission assessment.  

The MAS-GIS program does not require GRE Scores.


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What exams are required by non-English-speaking students?

Students whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide TEFL or IELTS scores as proof of English proficiency. For additional details, see English Proficiency for International Graduate Applicants on the Graduate Admission Web site.

As an alternative to TOEFL or IELTS scores, applicants to the MAS-GIS program may be admitted after completing ASU’s Global Launch program .


For more specific program information, please see these pages: