Graduate Communications Admissions


1. Complete online application at

2. Have official transcripts of all undergraduate work and graduate work sent directly from the credit-granting institution.  Hand-carried transcripts, even in a sealed envelope, are not official.

        Mail transcripts to:

        Asbury University
        School of Communication Arts
        Graduate Coordinator
        One Macklem Dr.
        Wilmore, KY 40390

3. Submit GRE scores.

4. Request two references (1) current or recent employer, and (2) a personal reference (not a family member). Online reference form is located at



1. Completed graduate application form.

2. Official transcripts of all college/university coursework. Credit can only be transferred from official transcripts mailed by the other institution or sent by official electronic transfer.  Credit will not be accepted from faxed, copied, emailed or hand delivered transcripts.

3. Bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Candidates not meeting the grade point average criteria may apply for admission on a provisional status.

4. 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 assistantship will help you achieve these goals.

6. TOEFL for all applicants whose native language is not English:  550 minimum on the paper based test (PBT) or 80 minimum on the Internet based test (iBT). 

7. Successful completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)* administered by the Education Testing Service with the following corresponding scores on the corresponding sections:

(i)     Verbal Reasoning taken prior to 8/1/2011 - 450; or
(ii)    Verbal Reasoning taken after 8/1/2011 – 150;
(i)     Quantitative Reasoning taken prior to 8/1/2011 – 490; or
(ii)    Quantitative Reasoning taken after 8/1/2011 - 143; and
(iii)    Analytical Writing - 4.0.

Candidates not meeting the minimum GRE criteria may apply for admission on a provisional status.

*The GRE requirement will be waived for those students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher during the last 60 hours of their undergraduate program.


Transfer of Credits: With approval of the Dean of the School of Communication Arts and the Registrar, a student may transfer up to nine (9) semester hours of prior graduate credits toward the master’s degree.  These credits must have been completed at a regionally-accredited graduate school.  Only courses with a grade of  'B" or better which are equivalent to Asbury University courses may be transferred. 

Credit From Work Experience: Students entering the DSG program can satisfy a limited number of credits for extensive professional media experience through a Credit by Prior Learning (CPL) process.  A maximum of 3 credit hours can be awarded for extensive professional media experience following the Credits for Prior Learning Process. Student must be able to show portfolio work that is similar to the quality that would result from taking the course.  The portfolio will be reviewed by faculty knowledgeable in the content area. There may be a cost for review of portfolio materials.  Asbury University will consider CPL portfolios that are submitted, but is not obligated to accept credit for work experience.

Credit by Prior Learning Process

1.  Student must be able to produce a portfolio of work for review that is similar to the quality that would result from taking the course for which the credit will apply.

2.  The student will coordinate the Credit by Prior Learning portfolio process and requirements with the Director of the Digital Storytelling program.

3.  The University evaluates appropriate units for the student’s actual learning outcome (not just the experience) from the submitted sources.

4.  All CPL Portfolio credits must be submitted between time of admission and completion of 9.0 hours in the Digital Storytelling program.

5.  Documentation is reviewed first by the Dean of School of Communication Arts and then is sent to the Dean of Graduate & Professional Studies for final review and approval.  Either Dean may require further review by additional faculty members or area experts based on the type of prior learning.

6.  If CPL credit is approved, the Dean of GPS shall submit a CPL credit form with recommendation letter to the registrar to record credit to the student record.


2014-15 Bulletin 08/11/2014