NOTICE: Autumn 2021 Admissions Suspended for UW Communication MA/PhD and PhD

In light of the disruptions and uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Communication graduate faculty have voted to suspend admissions to our MA/PhD and PhD programs for Autumn 2021. This one-year pause will allow us to marshall our resources, to focus our attention on our current and incoming students, and to fortify this excellent program which is so vital to our department. We fully intend to resume admissions for Autumn 2022. The Autumn 2022 application will open in June 2021, with applications due November 15, 2021.

The UW Department of Communication graduate program is built on four core principles: pluralism, interdisciplinary theorizing, collaboration, and public scholarship. These principles have shaped every facet of the program, such as the core courses, committee structure, and admissions policy.

Our graduate program’s strengths are emphasized in our seven areas of study:

  • Communication and Culture
  • Communication Technology and Society
  • Global Communication
  • Media Institutions
  • Social Interaction
  • Political Communication
  • Rhetoric and Critical/Cultural Studies

These do not represent formal distinctions between different courses, faculty, or programs. Most students and faculty work simultaneously in more than one area of study. We have highlighted these simply to showcase the areas of research and teaching in which our faculty and students excel.

We encourage you to apply to join our community of scholars.

Overview for Prospective Applicants

The Communication Department website contains comprehensive information about our graduate program. Below you will find a brief overview of information most relevant to prospective applicants.

U.S. applicants

Admissions guidelines for U.S. applicants (citizens and permanent residents).

International applicants

Admissions guidelines for international applicants.

Applicant Statistics

Each year, we keep statistics on the average GPAs and test scores for those students we accept for admission to our graduate program.


The Department of Communication firmly believes a welcoming climate improves and enriches the academic environment for all students.

Exit Surveys

The University of Washington Graduate School requires each student who is completing an M.A. or Ph.D. to fill out an exit survey questionnaire.


Check here for some of your frequently asked questions.

Financial Aid and Funding from the Department

Information on merit-based Teaching and Research Assistant positions as well as need-based financial aid.

Tuition and Expenses

Learn more about graduate school expenses at the UW.

Graduate Non-Matriculated

Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) is a classification for postbaccalaureate students who are not seeking a graduate degree at the present time.


If you still have questions after reviewing our website and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, contact the Graduate Program Advisor at or (206) 543-6745.