Important Information

On May 28, Chancellor Gary S. May wrote:

“The events of this week also cause me to believe even more strongly, if that’s possible, in building an inclusive environment that recognizes and respects people of all backgrounds and experiences. I remain committed to that and hope you will do what you can to eliminate racism, sexism, and other negative influences on our progression as a nation.”

We join Chancellor May in these efforts toward building diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment in the Department of Communication and at the University of California Davis. To learn more, including a list of resources are available for students in crisis, need of support, or who have experienced racism or bias, click?here.

Important Covid-19 Information:

In light of the Covid-19 situation, ?all UC Davis Fall 2020 courses will move to virtual instruction. ?As a result, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions until further notice. ?At this time, the preferred method of contact for departmental staff members is e-mail; please visit our?administrative staff contact page?for further information.

How to Apply

Submit your application online to apply to the doctoral program.

Apply Online

Please visit the Graduate Studies application page for instructions.

Application Fee

The application fee information can be found here. The fee must be paid before the application will be considered complete, and the fee must be paid for each application submitted.


UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended. You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application. The Graduate Studies website contains details explaining how to submit transcripts.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application. Visit the UC Davis Graduate Studies website to learn more about submission of letters of recommendation and other steps in the application process.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE scores are not required for applications for the 2021-2022 school year.?Applicants must submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for the verbal, quantitative and analytical portions of the exam. The Institution Code for both the GRE and the TOEFL is 4834.? The departmental code for TOEFL is 83, and for GRE it is 4599.


Applicants must upload required curriculum vitae, resume and/or writing sample via the online application website.


The application deadline for those students seeking financial support is January 5. The Department of Communication will consider applications until April 15. However, these late applicants are not eligible for consideration for financial support for the 2021-2022 academic year.