Compared to other M.A./Ph.D. and Ph.D. programs in communication, the University of Washington’s Department of Communication takes a distinctive approach by presenting students with an integrated curriculum founded upon principles of intellectual and cultural pluralism, interdisciplinarity, innovation through collaboration, and public scholarship.

Graduate students in the M.A./Ph.D. and Ph.D. programs develop expertise in a particular area of study, but they also learn to appreciate alternative theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to studying communication. Coursework brings together humanistic and social scientific intellectual traditions through a unified core curriculum and a wide array of graduate seminars, offered both in the Department of Communication and in other departments at the University of Washington.

In addition to work in the classroom, research teams bring diverse groups of students and faculty together to investigate and apply current communication theories. Students are encouraged to use their knowledge to address social and political problems facing communities outside academia.

This portion of the website provides a comprehensive overview of the design and policies of the M.A./Ph.D. and Ph.D. programs in the Department of Communication. If you wish to learn more, go to any of the following pages:

Core Principles

Areas of Study


Certificates and Concentrations

M.A. Requirements and Policies

Ph.D. Requirements and Policies

Funding Opportunities

Recognition and Awards

M.A./Ph.D. Placements


Frequently Asked Questions

M.A./Ph.D. Recent Publications

M.A. Theses

Ph.D. Dissertations

Current Department of Communication M.A./Ph.D. students can access additional information on the Department Intranet.

For questions about the M.A./Ph.D. program, please contact our Graduate Program Advisor at