Communication Leadership Program

University of Washington
Seattle, WA


Details at a Glance

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  • Financial Aid Available


Degrees Offered

Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM)
Master of Communication in Communities & Networks (MCCN)
Master of Communication in Communication Leadership (MCCL)

Our Program

Our master’s program offers a cutting-edge curriculum and a chance to work with pioneering professional faculty in a world-class university setting.

Do you want to advance your communication career, build the skills to lead purposeful change, and tap into an influential professional network in a world capital of innovation?

Building on a 20-year legacy, our dynamic master’s program is constantly updated to respond to global opportunities in communication and digital media fields. Graduates are thoughtful and intentional professionals, equipped to critically engage with organizational challenges, and apply superb storytelling practices to effect change.

Our curriculum focuses on professional communication, with course offerings developed by industry leaders and top researchers. Targeted emphases in eight key areas distinguish Comm Lead graduates in the workforce and prepare them to competitively advance their careers: Community + Leadership, Organizational + Professional Communication, Marketing + Analytics, Content Strategy + User Experience, Storytelling, Emergent Technologies, Ethics + Law, and Communication + Culture.

Students benefit from engaged mentorship and opportunities to apply their learning through transformative partnerships with key local and global organizations. Comm Lead graduates are impactful storytellers, inclusive community-builders, and effective, ethical advocates for people and ideas.


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Additional 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

Application Deadline

We’re currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for Autumn 2021. For guaranteed consideration, please apply by July 1st.

Student Body

  • Total Students

    pound221 Students
  • Female

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  • Male

    male21% Male


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What Our Students Say

  • Before I started the program, I was a writer working for a provincial government in Canada. Comm Lead gave me a lot of space and resources to explore what direction I wanted to take my career. The field I’m working in now – UX content strategy – I found out about via a guest speaker in one of the foundational classes of the program!

    Jeana Ridley, Master of Communication in Digital Media ‘17
  • One specific thing I got out of my MCCN degree is:

    “The understanding that creativity is collective. I learned that there is tremendous value in collaboration and creating together with others, especially those who bring different voices and perspectives than your own.”

    Joe Hunich, Master of Communication in Communities & Networks ‘17

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Additional Information

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