Ph.D. Admissions

The Department of Communication’s Doctoral program only admits once a year for the Fall Semester. We recommend that you submit all materials to have a completed file by January 1st. A complete application consists of seven items:

  1. Online application completed at the UW-Milwaukee Graduate School.
  2. Statement of Reasons for Graduate Study—submitted to the UW-Milwaukee Graduate School online.
  3. Graduate Record Examination scores, this is a test provided by the Educational Testing Services.
  4. Official copy of all undergraduate transcripts—sent to UW-Milwaukee Graduate School.
  5. Three letters of recommendation sent to the Department of Communication.
  6. Writing Sample sent to the Department of Communication.
  7. Copy of curriculum vitae.

A complete summary of the application process can be found at:

You are encouraged to contact the Doctoral Program Director at any point in the application process:

Professor Kathryn Fonner
Ph.D. Program Director
Department of Communication
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Phone: 414-229-5744/4261
Fax: 414-229-3859
e-mail: fonner@uwm.edu