Admissions for international applicants
The Department of Communication accepts applications to its Ph.D. and M.A./Ph.D. graduate programs for Autumn quarter entry only, with an application deadline each year of December 1. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
The deadline is December 1 each year for Autumn only admission. International applicants must have all application materials submitted so that they are received by December 1.
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 who are not native speakers of English must meet language proficiency requirements set out in Graduate School Memorandum #8 and Graduate School Memorandum #15. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States meet both requirements (Note: A master’s or doctoral degree does not satisfy this requirement). Applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s degree from a US institution must have a minimum total score of 92 and speaking score of 26 if using the TOEFL, and a minimum total score of 7.0 and speaking score of 7.0 if using the IELTS. If proof is not provided that these minimums are met as of December 1, the applicant will not be considered.
- 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./Ph.D. 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./Ph.D. 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.
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.
- 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.
- Please have the following items sent to the University of Washington Graduate School:
- An official copy of your GRE (Graduate Record Examination) 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 (no department code). 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 provide evidence of English language proficiency (see Graduate School Memorandum #8) and evidence of spoken English proficiency (see Graduate School Memorandum #15). Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States meet both requirements (Note: A master’s or doctoral degree does not satisfy this requirement). Applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s degree from a US institution must have a minimum total score of 92 and speaking score of 26 if using the TOEFL, and a minimum total score of 7.0 and speaking score of 7.0 if using the IELTS. 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 (no department code). If using the IELTS, please contact the UW Graduate School at email@example.com for instructions for submission. Mailed score reports are not accepted.
- Submit the following materials online:
- Graduate School online application. The Graduate School requires all applicants to use the web application (if you are truly unable to use the web application, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 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. Please designate your recommenders within the online application early to allow enough time for them to submit their online recommendations no later than December 1.
- 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 specifically 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./Ph.D. 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.
- 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 >>