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English proficiency for international students

Success at ASU begins with a strong comprehension of the English language. Because our rigorous courses are taught in English and move at a fast pace, fluency in the language is necessary for understanding concepts and expressing yourself effectively.

If you are from a country where the native language is not English (regardless of where you now reside), you must provide proof of English proficiency before your application will be processed and before you may schedule an audition. The ASU School of Music does not offer conditional admission under any circumstances.

In order to schedule a live audition on campus, you must submit proof of English proficiency by the following dates:

  • November 1 for Spring admission
  • January 1 for Fall admission

English language proficiency requirement

The English proficiency requirement may be fulfilled by one of the following three options.

  1. Submit official score reports for one of the following, taken within two years of the semester of admission:
    • TOEFL score of at least 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT)
      ETS Institutional Code 4007, Department Code 99
    • IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 60
  2. Submit official transcripts from a regionally accredited college/university in the United States showing one of the following:
    • Completed bachelor's degree or higher
    • Completed at least 12 semester hours of graduate coursework in residence with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Completed at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework in residence with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (all 90 hours must be earned in the United States)
  3. Complete the highest level of the ASU Global Launch Intensive English Program with grades of B or better.

Score reports and official transcripts should be sent directly to ASU Admission Services.

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Admission Services
Student Services Building
P.O. Box 870112 Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

Admission Services
Student Services Building
1151 S Forest Ave Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
Mail Code: 0112

Consult the ASU Graduate Admissions website for additional information.