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.
Admissions guidelines for U.S. applicants (citizens and permanent residents).
Admissions guidelines for international applicants.
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.
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.
Information on merit-based Teaching and Research Assistant positions as well as need-based financial aid.
Learn more about graduate school expenses at the UW.
Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) is a classification for postbaccalaureate students who are not seeking a graduate degree at the present time.