Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Communication Leadership graduate program. We welcome applications from prospective students for Fall admission.

[Application deadline: February 1.]

This is the deadline for all students (in-state, out-of-state, and international). Applications are not reviewed until after February 1. We do not offer early admissions or rolling admissions. There is no advantage to applying early!

Only completed applications will be considered. Applications that are missing any required element by the February deadline will be considered incomplete and will be denied. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials are submitted successfully. You can monitor submission completion on your Application Status page.

Review our application information here, as well as at the Graduate School website. Please view our Admissions FAQ before applying.

Please do not submit any materials to the Department of Communication or the Graduate School. Only materials submitted through the online application will be accepted and reviewed. TOEFL scores to meet English proficiency requirements must be sent directly from ETS to the UW Graduate School at institution code 4854 (no department code needed).

[Access the online application HERE.]

Prerequisites

Prospective students must meet UW’s minimum requirements:

  • Hold the minimum equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.
    • Also acceptable: hold a Master’s degree, a doctoral degree (Ph.D., D.Phil.), or a professional degree (M.D., J.D., D.V.M., etc.) from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution.
  • At least a 3.0 or B grade point average in the most recent two years of study (90 quarter or 60 semester credits).
  • English language proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The ways proficiency can be demonstrated are outlined in Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements. Please note that applicants must meet the minimum score requirement of 92 on the TOEFL to be considered, if using a test to meet the requirement. AEP classes after enrollment are not a possibility.
  • Note: Communication Leadership no longer requires GRE or GMAT scores from applicants. Please do not have GRE or GMAT scores sent as they cannot be considered.
  • International Applicants: You are considered an international applicant if you are NOT a U.S. citizen, immigrant or green card holder. International students must have a U.S. visa status that allows academic study at the University of Washington. International applicants include students who hold U.S. visas, such as F-1, J-1 Exchange Visitors, H-1, dependent visas or any other non-immigrant classifications.

Application Checklist

The full admissions application is online, and you will be required to provide and upload the following:

  • Unofficial transcripts of previous college/university work
  • Names and emails of three references who will provide your letters of recommendation electronically
  • Current resume or CV
  • Written personal statement answering the prompt: In 500 words or fewer, explain (1) how the MCDM or MCCN degree will specifically help you advance toward your professional goals, and (2) why you are a good match for the program. We value clear, well-organized, carefully argued writing; your letter also serves as your writing sample
  • Video answering the prompt: We want to give you an opportunity to speak to us. In 90 seconds or less, tell us one story from your life that illustrates your desire to join our program. Think of this as answering an interview question via Skype. We are not evaluating production quality at all (we just need to be able to hear and see you), so please record in one take — no edits. We are simply interested in hearing you articulate your story
  • Non-native English speakers: Evidence of proficiency in English. Please note that applicants must meet the minimum score requirement of 92 on the TOEFL to be considered if using a test to meet the requirement. AEP classes after enrollment are not a possibility for Communication Leadership students.

Admissions Timeline

October 1: Applications open for the following academic year

January 1: Begin submitting applications now!

February 1: Application deadline, by midnight PST

Mid-March: Admission decisions communicated by email

April 15: Decision deadline for admitted applicants

If you have questions about the application process, please contact us.

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