Prospective Graduate Students Frequently Asked Questions

I took the GRE a long time ago. Do I have to take it again?
If your scores are more than 5 years old, you will need to retake the GRE.

Which GRE test should I take?
You should take the “GRE Revised General Test.”

Do I have to take the GRE subject tests?

When are applications evaluated?
Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. We have a Dec. 1 priority deadline and a July 1 final deadline. Applicants are typically notified within a month after we have received all the application materials.

How long do I have to submit my application after starting it?
To avoid having to restart the online application, you must submit it within 90 days.

Do I have to have all my recommendations, GRE scores, and transcripts to submit an application?
No, the only required documents that must be attached to your online application before submission are your personal statement and resume.

After your application is submitted, your recommenders will automatically be emailed a link to where they can upload their letter of recommendation for you.

You may take the GRE after submitting your online application. Please specify institution code 4007 (a department code is not necessary). After taking the GRE and specifying the institution code, your scores will automatically be sent to ASU and paired with your application.

Official transcripts may also be sent after your online application is submitted. Official transcripts should be sent to ASU Graduate Admission Services.

If sending by U.S. Postal Service:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS:
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ  85287-0112

I’m not sure my GRE score is high enough. What is the minimum?
There is no minimum GRE score for consideration; we look at the application as a whole—the references, personal statement, alignment of the program and the candidate’s goals and undergraduate performance. That said, scores of those accepted tend to be good.

The average GRE percentiles of those admitted for fall 2014 were:
Verbal: 67th percentile
Quantitative: 46th percentile
Analytical writing: 64th percentile

The average GRE percentiles of admitted Ph.D. students for fall 2014 were:
Verbal: 80th percentile
Quantitative: 37th percentile
Analytical writing: 61st percentile

I’m taking the GRE before July 1, but my scores won’t come in by the deadline. Will I still be considered?
As long as you take the GRE more than two weeks before the July 1 deadline and have your scores sent to ASU and the Cronkite School, you will still be considered.

How long is the program?
The program is 36 credits taken over three semesters. Students may complete the program in 12 months.

Can I work full-time while completing the master's program?
Working full-time while pursuing a master’s program would be very challenging. Our master’s program is a full-time, on-campus program. Nearly all of the classes for the program are offered during regular business hours, and there is not an evening option.

How much does the program cost?
ASU provides an individualized cost calculation based on your specific circumstances. You can find that here:

Are there assistantships and scholarships and how do I apply?
Yes. The Cronkite School uses the materials you submit for your graduate application to determine awards of assistantships, scholarships and the like. For more information, visit It is not necessary to submit a separate assistantship application.

I’m an international student. Do I have to take the TOEFL?
All international students must take the TOEFL to gain entrance into the Cronkite School (unless a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. has been earned). There are no exceptions. We require a minimum 100 iBT score for acceptance.

What about scholarships for international students?
International students are eligible for the same pool of assistantships as domestic students.

How much does the program cost for international students?
Students must prove they have enough to cover tuition and fees for the first year of study. You can find more information about the financial guarantee here:

I have a procedural question about the application itself. Who do I contact?
You can contact Aric Johnson at the Cronkite School at

I am having issues submitting the application or with the credit card payment.
Contact Graduate Enrollment Services’ front office at 480-965-6113 or

How do I calculate my junior/senior GPA?
For instructions on how to calculate your GPA on a 4.0 scale, please visit

For instructions on how to calculate your GPA on a non-4.0 scale, please visit

How is the Cronkite School’s master’s program different?
The program is professionally focused, multimedia-driven and hands-on, designed to give students the experience and skills they need to land jobs in today’s rapidly evolving media and communications industry.

I’d like to come visit the school. How do I arrange that?
Please get in touch with Aric Johnson at or 602-496-9189 to arrange a personalized tour.