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 currently available to mentor incoming graduate students in the 2024 cohort (subject to change): Leah Ceccarelli, Amanda Friz, Carmen Gonzalez, Benjamin Mako Hill, Yuan Hsiao, Patricia Moy, LeiLani Nishime, Katy Pearce, Matt Powers, Adrienne Russell, Timeka Tounsel.
These Graduate Faculty in Communication are currently unavailable to mentor incoming graduate students: Kirsten Foot, Christine Harold, Ralina Joseph, Valerie Manusov, 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. The application due date for our application is December 1. If you have any questions about this information, please e-mail the Graduate Program Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Opening and Closing Dates for Autumn 2024
Applications to the MA/PhD and PhD open on 15 September 2023. The closing date is December 1, 2023.
A NOTE ON THIS DUE DATE: This application due date is real and is a completion due date. Applications and all required documents received after the due date will not be considered. Applications and all required documents must 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.