Admissions for international applicants

The Department of Communication is currently accepting applications to its graduate programs for the 2014-15 academic year (Autumn quarter 2014 entry). We accept applications for Autumn quarters only. 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 cmuadv@uw.edu.

Are you an international applicant? An international applicant is anyone who is not a United States citizen or a Permanent Resident (green card holder). Please go to the following at the Graduate School website for further information for international applicants:

Application Deadline

The deadline is December 15, 2013. International applicants must have all application materials submitted so that they are received by December 15, 2013.

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. Careful applicants prepare their applications well in advance and they request test scores and letters of recommendation even months ahead of time. It is not uncommon for us to receive completed applications as much as a month before the deadline. All application materials should be uploaded to our online application system. We do not accept any mailed materials.

Graduate Applicant Eligibility

  • Minimum 3.0 or B grade point average over the two most recent years of study guarantees consideration. However, average GPAs for the students we have admitted have been higher. Click here to see recent applicant statistics.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. See Graduate School Memorandum #8 for specifics on how that proficiency can be demonstrated.
  • Ph.D. applicants must show proof of completion of a master’s degree prior to starting the program, though it is common for those applying to the Ph.D. program to be working on their thesis in the year during which they apply.
  • M.A., M.A./Ph.D. and M.C. applicants must show proof of completion of a bachelor’s degree prior to starting the program, though it is common for applicants to be in their senior year of college when they apply to the M.A., M.A./Ph.D., or M.C. program.
  • Newly-admitted international students will be required to demonstrate adequate financial support without resorting to unauthorized employment. More information will be sent to applicants who receive an offer of admission. Financial documentation is not necessary at this stage of the application process.
  • Full-time status is mandatory for all international students.

Application Statistics

Each year, we keep statistics on the average GPAs and test scores for those students we accept for admission to our graduate program. Click here if you would like to see statistics for the applicants admitted in the last five years.

Graduate Application Contents

GRE and English proficiency test scores should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions by the test administrators. All other application materials should be submitted as part of the online application.

1. Upload one set of transcripts from each institution from which you received a degree of Bachelor or higher within the online application.

Official transcripts are not required for the admissions application and should not be mailed.

Go here for more information on what will be required when submitting international transcripts.

2. Please have the following items sent to the University of Washington Graduate School:

  • An official copy of your GRE (Graduate Records Exam) General Test scores, taken within the past five years, as of the date your application is submitted. Official scores must be transmitted directly by the Educational Testing Service. GRE reporting code is 4854. If reporting codes are not offered as a choice when taking your test, select University of Washington Graduate School.
  • International applicants who are not native speakers of English must send evidence of English language proficiency (see Graduate School Memorandum #8), and if applying for an assistantship, evidence of spoken English proficiency (see Graduate School Memorandum #15). If an English language proficiency test is to be used as that evidence, the score received must be from a test taken within the past 2 years, as of the date your application is submitted. Have your official scores sent directly to the University of Washington Office of Graduate Admissions.

Official TOEFL scores must be transmitted directly by the Educational Testing Service. TOEFL reporting code is 4854. Scores from other acceptable English proficiency exams should be sent directly by the test administrator.  Scores that must be mailed should be sent to:

Using standard Postal Mail:

University of Washington
Graduate Admissions
Box 352191
Seattle, WA 98195-2191

For Express or courier service only:
(Do not mail to P.O. Box addresses)

University of Washington
Graduate Admissions
301 Loew Hall
3920 Stevens Way
Seattle, WA 98195-2191

The following international applicants are exempt from the English proficiency test requirement: applicants who received a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom; or applicants who provide documentation verifying that their undergraduate degree is from an institution in another country where all instruction is in English.

3. Submit the following materials online:

  • Graduate School online application. The Graduate School strongly encourages all applicants to use the web application (if you are truly unable to use the web application, e-mail cmuadv@uw.edu). Complete this application, and print a copy to keep for your records.
  • Application fee. The application fee must be received and recorded by Graduate Admissions prior to the application deadline. We strongly recommend paying this fee electronically using the web application. Note that in order to use the web application, you must pay the fee online using a MasterCard or Visa card (both credit and debit cards are accepted) or a TeleCheck (an online “check” taken from your existing U.S. checking account).
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test scores, taken within the past five years, as of the date your application is submitted. Applicants should report their scores in the online application, and also have an official score report sent directly to the Graduate School by the Educational Testing Service. GRE reporting code is 4854 (no department code). If reporting codes are not offered as a choice when taking your test, select University of Washington Graduate School (institution).
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation from professors are strongly preferred, but if you have been out of school for many years or have another reason for using non-academic references, other professional recommendations are acceptable. These recommendations are completed online and should not be mailed.
  • Letter of intent (2-3 pages) detailing your educational and career goals. This letter should make it clear why you have chosen to enter graduate school to study communication, and why in the University of Washington’s Department of Communication. You should indicate specific faculty here with whom you wish to study and research interests you would like to pursue. You should not send a generic letter that does not pertain to the scholarly opportunities offered here in this program. State your academic goals so that the admissions committee may determine whether your goals could be met in our department. Write this letter to the best of your ability, as the admissions committee will also be reading it to discern your readiness for graduate education.
  • For Ph.D. applicants: Please provide a sole-authored academic writing sample, roughly 10-30 pages long, that demonstrates your research competence and your ability to produce original scholarship. This might be a thesis chapter, a journal publication, a seminar paper, or something similar. If necessary, edit your paper for length before submitting it with your application. The admissions committee will read your paper to evaluate your writing competence, the clarity of your argument, and the depth of your analysis and insight.
  • For M.A., M.A./Ph.D. and M.C. applicants: Please provide a sole-authored academic writing sample (roughly 10-30 pages). This is typically a paper you wrote for a college or university class, but it can also be a thesis chapter, a journal publication, or a seminar paper. The admissions committee will read your paper to evaluate your writing competence, the clarity of your argument, and the depth of your analysis and insight.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae: If you don’t have a vitae, don’t worry. A resume will do. If you do have a vitae, use it instead.

Optional

  • Supplemental essay. This essay permits you to write a more personal narrative compared to the more formal letter of intent, which focuses on your educational and career goals. Supplemental essay guidelines >>