Welcome to graduate school! We are thrilled that you have chosen Asbury to pursue your graduate studies. We want to ensure that you are set up for success, so we have created this page to walk you through some important processes to help you prepare for your first semester at Asbury. You may return to this page at any time. If you have questions, please contact our graduate coordinator, Johnie Dean.

Here are the topics we will cover (you may click on any of these topics to go directly to that section):

The Graduate Communications Team

Dr. Elizabeth Jones currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Communication Arts. She holds a BA degree in Communication, as well as an MA in Digital Storytelling and a PhD in Communication. Dr. Jones will serve as your temporary advisor for your first semester in the program.

Email:   Elizabeth.jones@asbury.edu

Phone: 859-858-3511, ext 3346


What You Need to Know to Get Started:


Asbury University Email

Every student at Asbury University receives a unique email address to communicate with professors and other students and stay informed about campus activities. After you have been accepted by the University, you should receive an email containing your network credentials (username and password). Once you have these credentials, you can log into your Asbury Email, your Student Portal, and more!


Your Asbury email account is an Outlook Exchange account and can be added to Microsoft Outlook on your computer, to your phone, or you can access your O365 account online. To access online, type office.asbury.edu into the URL bar of your browser (Chrome, Firefox or Safari) and sign in with your Asbury email address and password. 

Your email address isfirstname.lastname@asbury.edu

Your password is the first four letters of your last name and your 5-digit zip code. If your last name is shorter than four letters, your password is your entire last name plus as many letters as necessary from the start of your first name to total four characters, and then your 5-digit zip code.

For Example:

  • User Name: John.Smith@asbury.edu
  • Password: smit12345

For Example with a Short Last Name:

  • User Name: William.Doe@asbury.edu
  • Password: wdoe12345


For more details about how to use your Asbury email:


The basics of accessing your Asbury email online (O365)


How to Add Your Asbury Email to a Phone, Tablet, or Computer

How to add your Asbury email account to your smart phone:



How to add your Asbury email account to Microsoft Outlook on your personal computer:


If you use Mozilla Thunderbird, click here for instructions.

How to add your Asbury email account to your smart phone:

How to add your Asbury email account to Microsoft Outlook on your personal computer:

How to Add Your Asbury Email to Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2016 (Windows)

How to Add Your Asbury Email to Microsoft Outlook 2013 and 2016 (Mac)


How to Reset Your Asbury Password

You can reset your Asbury password or unlock your account at anytime by logging into password.asbury.edu. Before you can change your password or unlock your account, you must setup your password.asbury.edu account. You will not be able to change your password (in the case of a forgotten password) if you have not already set up your password.asbury.edu account. Changing the password here will change it for all Asbury sites: Discovery, your Student Portal, etc. 

How to Enroll with Password.asbury.edu


Accessing Your Student Portal

your Student Portal you can register for classes, complete your financial registration, view your unofficial transcript, update your emergency contact and more. In addition, it displays your classification, advisor, major, and any minors you have declared. Please see the section on Registering for Classes for more information on class registration.

Accessing Your Student Portal


Registering for Classes

nce you have received your Asbury email, you will be ready to register for your first semester. Students register online through the Student Portal.

Students should register for ALL courses that they intend to enroll in for the semester,
including classes that start in the second half of the semester. Please refer to your projected course schedule provided by the graduate studies coordinator to ensure you enroll for the correct classes.  If you have any questions regarding course registration, please contact the MCA Graduate Coordinator at (859) 858-3511, ext 2318 oJohnie.Dean@asbury.edu.

Please note
:  Most of the online courses run only 8 weeks at a time.  Please be sure to pay attention to the dates of the class when registering.  You must register for all classes prior to the beginning of the semester..  

How to Register for Classes through Your Student Portal


Completing the Financial Aid Process

Federal aid may be available to eligible students taking five or more credit hours each semester. 

Submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

To receive financial aid determination at Asbury University, students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for each academic year.

  • It is available January 1 and should be submitted as soon as possible for optimum consideration.
  • The Asbury University School Code is 001952
  • FAFSA Website: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Graduate Aid Application

All Graduate students wishing to be considered for federal financial aid must complete a Graduate Aid Application annually. The GAA form will automatically be added as a checklist item in your application portal if you indicated that you will be using financial aid on your application. You can fill this out within your application portal, and it will automatically be submitted to the financial aid office for you. This form, along with the FAFSA, will enable us to determine your financial aid eligibility.


Note: If you did not indicate on your application that you plan on filing the FAFSA, please contact the financial aid office (financial.aid@asbury.edu).



Discovery is the service powered by D2L Brightspace that Asbury uses for online class management. Students taking online classes will find all of their course content, assignments, syllabi, etc. on Discovery. Many professors teaching in-person classes also use Discovery to upload their syllabi and provide a place for online submission of assignments. As a student at Asbury, you will want to frequently check Discovery to stay up-to-date on your classes.

The Basics of Using Discovery

All online courses will use Zoom for virtual class sessions. Please see the link below for more information on using Zoom for your classes.

Asbury Live - Zoom for Students


Finding and Ordering Textbooks

Students may order their textbooks online through the Asbury University Student Bookstore or by using your Student Portal. When ordering textbooks online through either of these avenues, students may pay for textbooks using a Student Voucher. Selecting the Student Voucher payment method will place textbook charges on your student account at the University. This will allow you to pay for the textbooks at a later date or use loans/grants/scholarships to pay for the textbooks. Students may also pay for textbooks with a credit card. 

Note: Vouchers may only be used 3 weeks prior to classes starting, and two weeks after they begin. It is best to order all textbooks prior to the start of the semester.


If you wish, you may purchase your textbooks outside of Asbury University. Please note, when purchasing textbooks and materials outside of the institution, make sure that you are securing the correct required textbook editions and materials. The best ways to ensure that you are securing the correct textbooks and materials is to access textbook information through the Asbury University Online Bookstore at asburyu.ecampus.com and to use the book’s ISBN number when searching for a textbook online. 

How to Find and Order Textbooks


YouSeeU Virtual Classroom

YouSeeU is the online virtual classroom where your weekly class sessions will be held. You can access your virtual classroom in Discovery by clicking on your course, and then selecting “Activities” and then “Virtual Classroom”.

Virtual Classroom Best Practices

How to Access Virtual Classroom Sessions in Discovery 



According to federal requirements, all educational institutions are charged with "verifying the identity of a student who participates in and completes the course or program." Given this requirement, all Asbury University students must verify their identity prior to beginning any online coursework. Students will authenticate through the creation and use of a biometric signature (BioSig-ID).

How to Create a BioSig ID


Technology Requirements

sbury University has requirements/recommendations for student computers that will be brought to campus or used by online students. The document lists these as well as other frequently asked questions about computers at Asbury, the computer labs, discounts, and other software questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Computers at Asbury


Contact Information

For assistance with course plans, class registration, admissions, graduation, student care/concerns, and general questions:
  • Graduate Communications Coordinator
  • 1-859-858-3511 x2318
For assistance with change in course plan and other program questions:
  • Elizabeth.Jones@asbury.edu
  • 1-859-858-3511 x3346

For assistance with your account, issues with your Student Portal, Discovery, or other technical needs:
  • itservices@asbury.edu
  • 1-859-858-3511 x2177
  • Visit us in the Kinlaw Library, room 131

For assistance with registration, transcripts, commencement information, or to withdraw from the University:
  • registrar@asbury.edu
  • 1-859-858-3511 x2327

For assistance with financial aid information:
  • financial.aid@asbury.edu
  • 1-859-858-3511 x2195

For assistance with payment plans account changes and more:
  • student.accounts@asbury.edu
  • 1-859-858-3511 x2330


For assistance with textbooks and Asbury merchandise: