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Ph.D. Admissions

The Cronkite School’s Ph.D. program in journalism and mass communication is designed to match the student’s research interests with those of the faculty. As part of their application, students must identify at least one faculty member with whom they would like to work.

Students are admitted to the Cronkite School’s program for the fall semester only. Admission to the program is on a rolling basis. The doctoral committee will begin reviewing applications on December 1. Students interested in being considered for assistantships must apply by this date.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily waiving our Graduate Records Exam (GRE) requirement. International Students must however take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). These must be taken and scores received by the Feb.1 application deadline. Students can have these scores automatically submitted to ASU and the Cronkite School by using the institutional code 4007 and the departmental code 0000.

To be considered for admission to ASU and the Cronkite School, students must have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average both in their graduate classes and in their last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate coursework.

Applicants should have official transcripts of all college-level work sent to:

Graduate College
Arizona State University
1120 S. Cady Mall
Interdisciplinary Building B-Wing, Room 170
P.O. Box 871003
Tempe, Ariz. 85287-1003

The Cronkite School requires the following additional information:

  • A one-page or two-page personal statement that explains why the applicant is interested in pursuing a doctoral degree: What are your personal and career goals, and how will a Cronkite PhD help you to attain them? How has your past experience prepared you for this next phase? What do you expect to be your primary challenges in undertaking doctoral studies?
  • A resume focusing on academic and professional experience.
  • A research statement. This statement should describe in some detail your areas of research interest, with citations of recent peer-reviewed scholarship in those areas. You should also indicate one or two members of the Cronkite faculty with whom you envision yourself working, including relevant citations of their published research.
  • An additional writing sample (optional but recommended). The personal and research statements may serve as writing samples. However, in addition to the personal statement, applicants are encouraged to submit samples of scholarly research, such as a conference or research paper, an abstract or summary of a master’s or undergraduate thesis, or similar.
  • Official transcripts from all college-level work.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which reliably assess the likelihood of the student’s success in a research-oriented Ph.D. program.

Letters of recommendation should be mailed to:

Graduate College Admissions
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Ave., Ste. 302
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1248

The Cronkite School’s doctoral committee reviews completed applications on a rolling basis. Faculty members identified by the student also may be asked to review individual applications, and students may be invited to interview (via Zoom or another videoconferencing platform) once their application materials have been reviewed by the committee.

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the Feb. 1 deadline may not be reviewed. Students may track the application process online; they will be notified of their admission status no later than the end of March.

Students accepted into the program are encouraged to notify the Cronkite School of their intention to enroll by April 15.