The UW Department of Communication Ph.D. and M.A./Ph.D. graduate programs are built on four core principles: pluralism, interdisciplinary theorizing, collaboration, and public scholarship. These principles have shaped every facet of the programs, such as the core courses, committee structure, and admissions policy. Our graduate program’s strengths are emphasized in our seven areas of study.
We encourage you to apply to join our community of scholars.
Admission decisions are based primarily on these criteria:
a) applicants’ academic readiness for our rigorous Ph.D. or M.A./Ph.D. program;
b) the clarity and strength of applicants’ articulations of their scholarly interests and rationale for applying to our Ph.D. or M.A./Ph.D. program;
c) applicants’ understanding of, interest in, and potential to contribute to our program’s diverse intellectual community;
d) the level of alignment between an applicant’s scholarly interests and those of at least two of the Graduate Faculty who are available to mentor students in the incoming cohort.
These Graduate Faculty in Communication are available to mentor M.A./Ph.D. and Ph.D. students in the 2023 cohort (subject to change): Leah Ceccarelli, Kirsten Foot, Carmen Gonzalez, Christine Harold, Benjamin Mako Hill, Yuan Hsiao, Ralina Joseph, Valerie Manusov, Matt McGarrity, Patricia Moy, LeiLani Nishime, Katy Pearce, Matt Powers, Adrienne Russell, Timeka Tounsel.
These Graduate Faculty in Communication are not available to mentor M.A./Ph.D. and Ph.D. students in the 2023 cohort: David Domke, Amanda Friz, Nancy Rivenburgh, Doug Underwood, Ekin Yasin.
The Department of Communication accepts applications to its Ph.D. and M.A./Ph.D. graduate programs for Autumn quarter entry only. We will begin processing applications November 15, and the final deadline for application submission is December 1. If you are interested in applying, please note the following important deadline and application information. If you have any questions about this information, please e-mail the Graduate Program Advisor at email@example.com.
The application deadline is December 1, 2022 for Autumn 2023 admission. We will begin reviewing applications on November 15.
A NOTE ON THIS DEADLINE: This application deadline is real and is a completion deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Applications must be complete by the deadline to be considered. All application materials should be uploaded to our online application system. We do not accept any mailed materials.
Financial aid and funding from the Department
Each year, we keep statistics on the average GPAs and GRE scores for those students we accept for admission to our graduate program. These are statistics for the applicants admitted in the last five years:
Averages for accepted applicants
|Offers of admission||10||14||13||12||15|
|Number of students entering class||8 (3 Ph.D. & 5 M.A.)||10 (8 Ph.D. and 2 M.A.)||5 (2 Ph.D. and 3 M.A.)||7 (6 Ph.D. and 1 M.A.)||5 (2 Ph.D. and 3 M.A.)|
|Entering students with assistantships||8||10||5||7||5|
|Average undergraduate GPA||3.73||3.53||3.83||3.53||3.40|
|Average GRE scores||160 Verbal|
Graduate Non-Matriculated information
For more information, visit the M.A./Ph.D. Frequently Asked Questions page.