Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the Digital Storytelling Program

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.

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 major 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.

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

Click here for more information about the Digital Storytelling program.

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 of two academic semesters left to complete his/her Master’s degree from the time the scholarship is awarded.
  3. Must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5/4.0 (or 2.75 last 60 hours of undergraduate credit).
  4. Must submit a current resume (include awards, leadership positions, and industry experience).
  5. 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.
  6. 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

7. 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.
8. Complete and submit the application form and a non-refundable $35 application fee.
9. Two satisfactory references must be submitted--one from current or previous employer and one personal (non-family) reference.

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.

Q. How much is tuition?

2013-14 tuition rate: $546 per credit hour.

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 scholarship is awarded.
  • Must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • Must submit a current resume (include awards, leadership positions, and industry experience).
  • 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 assistantship will help you achieve these goals.

Q. What is the application fee? Is the fee refundable? What if I withdraw my application?

The application fee for all graduate applicants is $35. You should include this fee with your application submission. The application fee is non-refundable.

Q. How do I apply for admissions?

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

Q. How do I arrange a campus visit?

You should contact the Asbury University Admissions Office. Call 859-858-3511, ext. 2142. If you would like to visit the Communications Graduate Office, call 859-858-3511, ext. 2318 or email: gradcom@asbury.edu

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

Up to 6-9 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. A minimum of 30 semester credit graduate hours must be taken at Asbury. 

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.

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 MCG 500, 501 and 502.

If you have taken undergraduate media classes or have extensive professional media experience, it is possible for you to take the Media Hybrid Track or 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.

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.

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.

Q. If I would like, am I allowed to attend some of the 500 level 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.

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.

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.

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.

Q. How are inquiries processed?

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

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.

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

Yes, it will just take you longer to complete it.

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.

Q. Where can I find an application form?

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

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

Yes, If you have already completed an undergraduate course that has roughly the same course description as long as it meets the following criteria:

  • The course must have roughly same course description as the Asbury undergraduate or graduate course.
  • Waived courses are limited to: Audio Production, Television Production, Digital Field Production, Cinematography, Introduction to Directing for Film, Film Production or Advanced Directing.
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed at Asbury.

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

Yes, a limited number of credits can be obtained for extensive media experience 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.
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed at Asbury.
  • Please consult with your advisor or the Director of Graduate Communication Studies.

Q. How many Digital Storytelling applications are received each year? Of those applicants, how many are admitted?

Since this program will be starting during Fall semester of 2013, we do not have a historical record to determine applicant numbers or admissions. However, we expect this program to be very popular.