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Funding

Applicants may use Arizona State University's Tuition Calculator to estimate the cost of Cronkite School programs. Please note, students should plan for 12-15 credits per semester for a total of three semesters. Summer credits may have a different cost than estimates for fall and spring.

All applicants to the Master of Arts in Investigative Journalism, Master of Mass Communication and the Master of Arts in Sports Journalism are considered for merit-based funding in the form of assistantships and fellowships. The Cronkite School gives priority to candidates who complete applications before Dec. 1.

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantship packages include full tuition, health benefits and a stipend ($8,000/semester) for the first two semesters. During those two semesters, graduate assistants work 20 hours per week for the school, usually assigned to conduct research with individual faculty members or serve as teaching assistants for online courses. The graduate assistantship package also covers tuition for the third semester of the program. Because of the demands of the capstone experience, graduate assistants do not take on work hours or receive a stipend in the third semester.

Graduate assistants with an interest in nonprofit leadership or coverage of issues relating to disabilities may be assigned to work at the National Center on Disability and Journalism, housed within the Cronkite School. Graduate assistants with an interest in border coverage may be assigned to work with Cronkite School Southwest Borderlands Initiative programs. Graduate assistants with experience in digital audience strategy may be assigned to work in the Cronkite Digital Audiences Lab.

Business Journalism Assistantships

Separate graduate assistantships are available for students interested in business journalism. Students are assigned to the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, which is part of the Cronkite School. These graduate assistants receive full tuition, health benefits and a stipend ($8,000/semester) for the first two semesters of the program, while they work 20 hours per week in the Reynolds Center and complete coursework in business journalism.

The Reynolds graduate assistantship package also covers tuition for the third semester of the program. Because of the demands of the capstone experience, graduate assistants do not take on work hours or receive a stipend in the third semester.

Investigative Reporting Fellowships

The Cronkite School offers fellowships for four students each year completing the Master of Arts in Investigative Journalism program. These fellowships include full tuition, fees, health insurance and a stipend of $7,450 per semester for three semesters.

Investigative Reporting Graduate Scholarships

The Cronkite School offers several tuition scholarships for students in the Master of Arts in Investigative Journalism program. These scholarships typically total $10,000 over the course of the program.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Reporting Graduate Assistantships

Students with an interest in health care journalism may be eligible for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation graduate assistantship.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Reporting Graduate Scholarships

The Cronkite School offers several Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholarships for students in the Master of Mass Communication program interested in health reporting. These scholarships typically total $10,000 over the course of the program.

In addition to these Cronkite School funding options, the Cronkite School works with students to seek funding from other sources.

Returning Peace Corps Volunteers

The Cronkite School offers up to two Paul D. Coverdell Fellowships per year to returning Peace Corps volunteers pursuing a graduate degree. Cronkite School Coverdell Fellows earn an assistantship for the first two semesters, including full tuition, health insurance premiums and a stipend, and receive full tuition coverage in the third semester. As part of the fellowship, students spend 10 hours per week at an internship focused on helping underserved communities for the first two semesters of the program.

The Cronkite School is proud to partner with the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine on a dual-degree program (link to our MD/MMC program page) including the Master of Mass Communication (MMC) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degrees. Students in their second year at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine who apply to the MD/MMC program will be considered for a full-tuition Cronkite-Mayo fellowship.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is funding a new Cronkite initiative to provide in-depth healthcare news coverage about underserved communities across the Southwest. As part of the program, the Cronkite School will offer two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Graduate Assistantships to top graduate students cover the full cost of tuition. Additionally, Cronkite will offer six $10,000 scholarships to high-level graduate students with an affinity for health journalism.
In addition to the graduate assistantship offered in partnership with the National Center on Disability and Journalism, the Cronkite School encourages journalists with disabilities to apply for the NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholars Program offers scholarships for student athletes who “excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.” Applicants must work with the Faculty Athletic Representative of their undergraduate institutions to apply for this funding.

The NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Graduate Scholarship awards $7,500 to 13 ethnic minorities and 13 female college graduates “who are entering their first year of graduate studies in a sports administration or program that will help the applicant obtain a career in intercollegiate athletics, such as athletics administrator, coach, athletic trainer or a career that provides a direct service to intercollegiate athletics.” Eligible student athletes interested in the Cronkite School’s Master of Arts in Sports Journalism should consider applying for this opportunity.

The Cronkite School offers financial assistance through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which helps returning Peace Corps volunteers pursue a graduate degree while continuing to help underserved communities. Cronkite School Coverdell Fellows earn an assistantship for the first two semesters, including full tuition, health insurance premiums and a stipend, and receive full tuition coverage in the third semester. As part of the fellowship, students spend 10 hours per week at an internship, focused on helping underserved communities, for the first two semesters of the program.
The Pat Tillman Veterans Center can assist veterans, active duty military members, spouses and dependents looking to fund undergraduate or graduate studies. If you’re not sure which benefits you may be eligible for, contact Troy Rundle, ASU’s VA VetSuccess on Campus Counselor at troy.rundle@asu.edu or 480-727-5627.