Frequently Asked Questions about the Digital Storytelling Program

Questions

Who is the Digital Storytelling Program For?

What is the Digital Storytelling Program’s guiding philosophy?

Can you send me information about the Digital Storytelling program?

What are the admission’s criteria?

What if my GRE score is below 940 or GPA is below 3.0?

How much is tuition?

Are assistantships available?

What is the application fee?

How do I apply for admission into the program?

How do I arrange a campus visit?

Can credits from another college or university be transferred into the Digital Storytelling program?

Is a media portfolio required?

Can I complete this program entirely online?

Do I have to come to campus during my degree?

Do I have to attend a semester-long class on-campus?

If I would like, am I allowed to attend some of the classes on-campus during the Fall or Spring semester?

Can I use Asbury’s media equipment and facilities to complete my media projects for online classes?

Am I allowed to visit a faculty member on-campus even if I am taking an online class?

If I am taking an online class, how will I be able to communicate with my faculty?

How are inquiries processed?

How long do you think it will take to complete the entire MA degree?

Can I complete this degree while working at a full-time job?

If I am currently working on projects as a full time media professional, can some of my projects be used to fulfill course projects?

Where can I find an application form?

Is it possible for undergraduate classes to count toward this graduate degree?

Can students in Asbury's undergraduate Media Communications program take graduate level courses, and have it count towards their masters degree?

Is it possible to obtain credit for extensive professional media experience?

 

Q. Who is the Digital Storytelling Program For?

Russian writer Leo Tolstoy once quipped, “All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” Stories are in all of us. They are an expression of who we are. Therefore, the Digital Storytelling program is for anyone who wants to use narrative as a way of sharing and interpreting experience, creating community, engaging culture, and generating universal understanding.

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Q. What is the Digital Storytelling Program’s guiding philosophy?

Storytelling continues to be a critical means by which our society asks questions and seeks answers. The Digital Storytelling graduate degree is designed to prepare graduates to use multiple channels of media to tell and interpret stories of significance. Housed within the Media Communication program, this masters degree will prepare students who can engage and transform culture. Students will review and analyze media messages in light of a Biblical worldview. They will also refine their own storytelling skills by analyzing and critiquing the work of other creators of media content, and by developing their own unique story-telling content or critique.

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Q. Can you send me information about the Digital Storytelling program?

Click here to e-mail our program representative for more information about the Digital Storytelling program.

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Q. What are the admission’s criteria?

Program is designed for traditional and nontraditional students. This includes full-time students, working adults and transfer students.

  1. Must have graduated from a four-year, accredited institution.
  2. Must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5/4.0 (or 2.75 last 60 hours of undergraduate credit).
  3. Must submit a current resume (include awards, leadership positions, and industry experience).
  4. Write a maximum 350 word essay about your personal vision (goals and life purpose) for implementing digital storytelling in your career. Clearly state in your essay the contributions you expect to make to the field of digital storytelling and how this program will help you achieve these goals.
  5. Submission of GRE scores (GRE will be waived if last 60 hours of undergrad GPA is 3.25 or higher): minimum 940 or the following corresponding scores on the corresponding sections: 
  • Verbal Reasoning taken prior to 8/1/2011 - 450; or
  • Verbal Reasoning taken after 8/1/2011 - 150;
  • Quantitative Reasoning taken prior to 8/1/2011 - 490; or
  • Quantitative Reasoning taken after 8/1/2011 - 143; and
  • Analytical Writing - 4.0

6. Applicants must request each college or university previously attended send an official transcript directly to the School of Communication Arts. Hand carried transcripts are not                  acceptable.
7. Complete and submit the online application form at apply.asbury.edu.
8. Two satisfactory references must be submitted--one from current or previous employer and one personal (non-family) reference.

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Q. What if my GRE score is below 940 or GPA is below 3.0?

You are encouraged to complete the Digital Storytelling application form and submit all necessary materials requested. These materials will be evaluated and a decision made about accepting the application and entrance into the program. A limited number of students may be accepted on probation if other parts of the submitted material are outstanding.

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Q. How much is tuition?

2014-15 tuition rate: $558 per credit hour.

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Q. Are assistantships available?

 Assistantships are available and competitive. The criteria for being awarded an assistantship are:

  • Must have graduated from a four-year, accredited institution.
  • Must have a minimum of two academic semesters left to complete his/her Master’s degree from the time the assistantship is awarded.
  • Must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • Must submit a current resume (include awards, leadership positions, and industry experience).
  • Must complete the graduate assistantship application, which can be found here.

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Q. What is the application fee? 

There is no application fee for this program.

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Q. How do I apply for admission into the program?

Apply online at http://apply.asbury.edu

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Q. How do I arrange a campus visit?

If you would like to visit the Communications Graduate Office, call 859-858-3511, ext. 2318 or email: gradcom@asbury.edu

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Q. Can credits from another college or university be transferred into the Digital Storytelling program?

Up to 3 masters credits from other accredited academic institutions can be transferred into the DS program. With the submission of official transcripts, select courses can be considered at that time. 

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Q. Is a media portfolio required?

No. However, it may be able to be used to build a case for waiving a class or getting into the program if grades or your GRE scores are lower than required.

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Q. Can I complete this program entirely online?

If you have never taken media classes at the undergraduate level and do not have extensive professional media experience (Media Hybrid Track), you will not be able to take the entire program online. At this point, some of the heavily production-oriented classes will only be offered during intensive 2 week summer courses. These classes, at this moment, would include MC 121, MC 261 and MC 302.

If you have taken undergraduate media classes or have extensive professional media experience, it is possible for you to take the Advanced Media Online Track. This may allow you to take the entire master’s degree online. Please consult with your advisor or the Director of Graduate Communication Studies to determine whether or not you qualify for this track.

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Q. Do I have to come to campus during my degree?

Depending on your background and the track you choose, you may be able to complete the entire program online. However, some students will need to come to campus to complete courses during the year or intensive sections of the class during the summer. Please consult with your advisor or the Director of Graduate Communication Studies.

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Q. Do I have to attend a semester-long class on-campus?

No, if you must attend an on-campus class, we will provide 2 week intensive sections of specific classes during the summer.  However, there will be some semester-long classes available to students who would like to come to campus to utilize our state-of-the-art equipment and multi-million dollar facility.

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Q. If I would like, am I allowed to attend some of the classes on-campus during the Fall or Spring semester?

Yes, you are welcome to attend on-campus classes, based on their availability. Please consult with your advisor or the Director of Graduate Communication Studies.

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Q. Can I use Asbury’s media equipment and facilities to complete my media projects for online classes?

Yes, although there will be some limitations, if you are near our campus, you may schedule the use of some of the equipment and facilities. However, a special usage fee will be charged. You will need to consult with your course faculty to see if this can be arranged when you need it.

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Q. Am I allowed to visit a faculty member on-campus even if I am taking an online class?

Yes, you may schedule an appointment with your faculty and visit them on-campus.

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Q. If I am taking an online class, how will I be able to communicate with my faculty?

You can use email, schedule a phone call, talk during online chat sessions, and/or visit them on-campus.

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Q. How are inquiries processed?

Our goal is to respond to all inquiries within 2 business days.

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Q. How long do you think it will take to complete the entire MA degree?

We expect the program to take between 1½-2 years. It is possible for a full-time student to complete the program in two semesters and a summer session. However, we expect it to take most students going part-time, a minimum of two years.

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Q. Can I complete this degree while working at a full-time job?

Yes.  The program was designed specifically with the working professional in mind.  Most classes run 8 weeks in length, which allows students to take 2 classes per semester without any overlap.

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Q. If I am currently working on projects as a full time media professional, can some of my projects be used to fulfill course projects?

This will usually work but will need to be confirmed by the faculty member teaching the specific class.

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Q. Where can I find an application form?

An online application form can be obtained by clicking on the link here.

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Q. Is it possible for undergraduate classes to count toward this graduate degree?

Undergraduate classes can count towards the pre-requisite classes (MC 121, MC 261, and MC 302).  Undergraduate transcripts must be provided, and the course description must be similar to that of our pre-requisite courses.  Contact the Director of Graduate Communication studies for more information.

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Q.  Can students in Asbury's undergraduate Media Communications program take graduate level courses, and have it count towards their masters degree?

Yes.  Students may take one graduate level class during their senior year.  The class cannot count towards the 124 credits needed to complete their undergraduate degree, and permission must be granted by the Dean of the School of Communication Arts. 

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Q. Is it possible to obtain credit for extensive professional media experience?

Yes, up to 3 credits can be obtained for CPL (credit for prior learning) as long as it meets the following criteria:

  • You must be able to show portfolio work that is similar to the quality that would result from taking the course.
  • Please consult with the Director of Graduate Communication Studies for the specific guidelines and process for receiving CPL credit.

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