NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Washington, Department of Communication

The University of Washington Department of Communication graduate program is built on four core principles: pluralism, interdisciplinary theorizing, collaboration, and public scholarship. These principles have shaped every facet of the program, such as the core courses, committee structure, and admissions policy.

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 68


Areas of Study

  • Communication & Culture
  • Communication Technology & Society
  • Global Communication
  • Journalism Studies
  • Social Interaction
  • Political Communication
  • Rhetoric & Critical/Cultural Studies


QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies

  • #51-100 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #14 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Online Graduate School application
  • Application fee
  • GRE Scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent
  • Writing Sample
  • Resume/CV

Graduate Faculty

  • Professor W. Lance Bennett, Ph.D., Yale University
  • Principal Lecturer Lisa Coutu, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Professor Leah Ceccarelli, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Professor David Domke, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Associate Professor Kathleen Fearn-Banks, M.S., UCLA
  • Professor Kirsten Foot, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • Assistant Professor Carmen Gonzalez, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Christine Harold, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Assistant Professor Benjamin Mako Hill, Ph.D., MIT
  • Associate Professor Ralina L. Joseph, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • Associate Professor Richard B. Kielbowicz, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Professor Valerie Manusov, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Principal Lecturer Matt McGarrity, Ph.D., University of Indiana
  • Professor Patricia Moy, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Professor Leilani Nishime, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Associate Professor Katy Pearce, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Associate Professor Matthew Powers, Ph.D., New York University
  • Professor Nancy K. Rivenburgh, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Professor Adrienne Russell, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Professor Doug Underwood, M.A., Ohio State University

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Becker Distinguished Service Award, 2003
  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2003
  • Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric Award, 2005
  • Woolbert Research Award, 2011
  • Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, 2016