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. However, for 2021-2022, the application deadline has been extended to January 15, 2021. 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.