Frequently Asked Questions

If your question isn’t answered below, please reach out to us directly or keep an eye out for an in-person Information Session on our Events Calendar.


Do you require applicants to take the GRE?

No, our program no longer requires GRE scores. We assess applications based on other measures.

Do you require any prerequisite courses or specific undergraduate majors to apply?

No, there are no prerequisite courses or required undergraduate majors for our programs. Our students come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds, with majors including Communication, English, Engineering, Music, Foreign Languages, and Business, among others. No prior academic knowledge of Communication is expected of incoming students.

How do I find out if I am eligible to apply for admission?
All applicants to UW graduate programs must meet the UW Graduate School’s minimum admission requirements. If you are unsure if you meet these requirements, please contact the Graduate School directly at

When and how do applicants find out if they have been admitted? 

We begin reviewing applications after our February 1 application deadline, and strive to communicate admissions decisions no later than the end of March. All official communication from UW (including offers of admission and denials) is done through email.


How long does it take to complete the degree?

A full-time student can complete either the MCDM or MCCN in 5 quarters, or approximately 15 months if no time off is taken. It is common for some students to take summer quarter off, thus causing them to complete the degree in 18 months. Part-time students typically take 2-3 years to complete the degree.

Are any classes offered online? Can I complete the degree at a distance? 

No, we do not currently offer any of our MCDM or MCCN classes online. We do, however, offer a separate online certificate course in content strategy. Find out more here:

Is it possible to just take a class or two without pursuing the degree (yet)? 

Yes, you can apply for Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) status, which allows you to take up to 10 credits of elective classes on a space-available basis without being admitted to the degree. You might pursue GNM status if you wish to test out the program before applying, wish to take classes to transfer towards a degree at another institution, or have missed our annual application deadline and want to get a head-start on next year. GNM applications are accepted for any quarter, and are due one month before the quarter’s start date.

What kinds of jobs do graduates of this program get? What support is there for job placement?

Our graduates work in a wide variety of industries. You can find many of our alumni and current students on LinkedIn. You can review some of the prominent companies and organizations that employ our alumni on our homepage. We provide frequent networking and professional developments events, as well as free career workshops and consultations for our students through a partnership with Lynn Juve.

In order to help prospective students navigate the admissions process, the Communication Leadership team holds multiple information sessions, both in person and online, in the lead up to the February 1st deadline. If you have a question about admissions, you can view our recorded admission events here.