How to Apply

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

Once submitted, no changes to any application materials are possible.

[Access the online application HERE.]

Application Deadline Decision by Eligibility
Round 1

(priority consideration)

Feb 1, 11:59 pm
March 31 All applicants
Round 2

(limited spots)

March 31, 11:59 pm
May 2
All applicants
Round 3

(very limited spots)

July 1, 11:59 pm
August 1
US citizens and permanent residents only

Application Steps

  • Determine eligibility for admission to a UW graduate program (see Prerequisites below).
  • Decide which degree you wish to pursue – the MCDM, MCCN or MCCL. You may only apply to one degree – do not submit multiple applications!
  • Create your applicant profile with the UW Graduate School.
  • Begin your application – be sure to select Graduate as the application type and select the correct year.
  • Designate your recommenders within the application and order official test scores (if necessary) a minimum of two weeks prior to the application deadline.
  • If applying for an application fee waiver, submit your completed application a minimum of 7 days before the application deadline.
  • Complete all required portions of the application and submit by 11:59pm PT on the deadline.


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.
  • Previous professional experience is welcome but is not required. The program has classes and opportunities for students with and without work experience.
  • Communication Leadership does not require GRE or GMAT scores from applicants. Please do not have GRE or GMAT scores sent as they will not 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. Undocumented individuals are eligible for admission to any graduate program at the University of Washington. Details on how to complete the application are on the Graduate School website.

Application Checklist

The full admissions application is online on the Graduate School website. You will be required to provide and upload the following:

  • Unofficial transcripts of previous college/university work
  • Names and emails of three references (academic or professional) who will provide your recommendations electronically
  • Current resume or CV
  • Written personal statement answering this 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 this 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.


Only complete applications will be considered. Applications that are missing any required elements by the deadline (including recommendations or test scores) 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 completion on your Application Status page.

Please designate recommenders within the online application and request TOEFL scores from ETS (if required) a minimum of two weeks before the application deadline, to ensure they arrive in time. The application due dates are completion deadlines.

All denials from both rounds are final. Students that are placed on an official waitlist will be notified by email about their status and next steps.

Please do not submit any materials directly 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).

Taking a Course Without Applying

If approved, you may take up to 10 credits under graduate non-matriculated (GNM) status. This provides access to graduate courses for those who are not currently seeking a graduate degree, but who may later want to apply these credits toward the MCDM, MCCN, or another graduate degree. GNM students are required to meet the Graduate School’s minimum eligibility requirements. Competitive GNM students will be admitted on a space-available basis. Applications are submitted via the Graduate School website, and are due one month prior to the quarter’s start date.

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