Application Deadlines

Full-time Ph.D. and master's applicants who intend to begin their graduate studies in the fall semester must apply by January 15. Some have deadlines as early as December 1. Please check the list below for department deadlines. Complete applications for admission and financial aid, including all required supporting documents, are required to ensure full consideration for fall admission.

Send supporting documents to:

Washington University in St. Louis
Attention: DEPARTMENT NAME
One Brookings Drive
Campus Box XXXX
St. Louis, MO 63130

Anthropology (PhD)

Application deadline: January 1

Areas of study: Sociocultural anthropology (including medical anthropology); archaeology; biological anthropology (including primate studies, paleontology and human biology)

Contact: Michael Frachetti
Campus Box 1114
(314) 935-5181

Art History & Archaeology (AM, PhD)

Application deadline: December 15

Areas of study: Ancient, medieval, Renaissance, early modern European, modern and contemporary European and American, and Asian art history; classical archaeology

Contact: Angela Miller
Campus Box 1189
(314) 935-5270

Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (PhD)

List of 12 below

Application deadline: December 1

Washington University in St. Louis
Attention: Ph.D. Admissions
Campus Box 8226
660 South Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110

Contact: DBBSPhDAdmissions@email.wustl.edu
Campus Box 8226
800-852-9074 (toll-free)

Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology

Application Deadline: December 1

Areas of studyDNA repair, replication and recombination, allostery and enzymology, molecular signaling, molecular interactions in infection pathogenesis, new imaging technologies, amyloidogenesis and mechanisms of neural degeneration, cell cycle regulation, nucleic acid-protein interactions, computational biophysics, nanotechnology and chemical biology, cellular transport and trafficking.

Research approaches includeMass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, solution and solid state NMR, synthetic chemistry, computational modeling, thermodynamic analysis, kinetic analysis, single-molecule imaging and dynamics, model organisms, molecular screening

Computational & Systems Biology

Application Deadline: December 1

Areas of study: Systems biology, genomics, sequence analysis, regulatory networks, synthetic biology, metagenomics, metabolomics, proteomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, lipidomics, single cell dynamics, high-throughput technology development, applied math and mathematical models of biological processes, computational biology, comparative genomics, personalized medicine, genome engineering, machine learning, big data science, next generation sequencing and its applications, bioinformatics

Developmental, Regenerative & Stem Cell Biology

Application Deadline: December 1

Areas of study: Population ecology, community ecology, plant and animal evolution; microbial evolution, evolution of behavior, phylogenetics, systematics, theoretical and experimental population genetics

Human & Statistical Genetics

Application Deadline: December 1

Areas of study: Human genetics, statistical genetics, functional genomics, molecular genetics, Mendelian disease, complex disease, human disease models, systems biology

Immunology

Application Deadline: December 1

Areas of Study: Cellular immunology, molecular immunology, lineage development, autoimmunity, cancer immunotherapy, transcription factors, epigenomics, mucosal immunity, innate immunity, bacterial, viral, and parasite immunity, immune evasion, antigen processing and presentation, dendritic cells, T cell signaling, antigen receptor diversification

Molecular Cell Biology

Application Deadline: December 1

Areas of study: Cell adhesion, protein trafficking and organelle biogenesis, cell cycle, receptors, signal transduction, gene expression, metabolism, cytoskeleton and motility, membrane excitability, molecular basis of diseases

Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Application Deadline: December 1

Areas of study: Genetics, genetic basis of disease, genomics, epigenetics, genetic engineering, genome editing, model organism genetics, development, cell biology, molecular biology, complex traits, bioinformatics, systems biology

Molecular Microbiology & Microbial Pathogenesis

Application Deadline: December 1

Areas of study: Host-pathogen interactions, cellular microbiology, molecular microbiology, microbial pathogenesis, pathogen discovery, emerging infectious diseases, microbial physiology and biochemistry, comparative genomics, gene expression and regulation, microbiome and host interactions, virology, bacteriology, mycology, parasitology

Neurosciences

Application Deadline: December 1

Areas of study: Neurobiology, neurology, functional imaging, behavior, cognition, computational neuroscience, electrophysiology, sensory systems, motor systems, neuroglia, neuronal development, learning, memory, language, synaptic plasticity, mind, consciousness, neurodegeneration, diseases of the nervous system, neuronal injury, clinical neuroscience, motor control, biological rhythms, connectivity mapping

Plant & Microbial Biosciences

Application Deadline: December 1

Areas of study: Cell biology; development; physiology, signaling, development, metabolic regulation, photosynthesis, bioenergy, protein structure-function, synthetic biology, biogeochemistry, environmental microbiology, ecology, population genetics and molecular evolution

Business Administration (PhD)

Application Deadline: December 31

Areas of study: Accounting; business economics; finance; marketing; organizational behavior; strategy; operations and manufacturing management

Contact: Erin Murdock
Campus Box 1133
(314) 935-6340

Chemistry (PhD)

Application Deadline: January 15

Areas of study: Bioinorganic; biological; biorganic; biophysical; inorganic; materials; nuclear; organic; organometallic; physical; polymer; radiochemistry; spectroscopy and theoretical

Contact: Barbara Tessmer
Campus Box 1134
(314) 935-7316

Classics (AM, PhD)

Application Deadline: January 1

Areas of study: Greek and Latin language and literature; ancient history, philosophy, performance, music, and material culture

Contact: Zoe Stamapatopolou
Campus Box 1050
(314) 935-5123

Comparative Literature (PhD)

Application Deadline: January 5

Areas of study: World literature; literary theory; translation studies; global and multicultural theory; comparative drama; comparative arts; studies in literature, politics and society; narrative theory; media ecologies, histories, and poetics

Contact: Lynne Tatlock 
Campus Box 1107
(314) 935-5170

Earth & Planetary Sciences (PhD)

Application Deadline: January 1

Areas of study: Geology; geobiology; geochemistry; planetary sciences

Contact: Michael E. Wysession
Campus Box 1169
(314) 935-5610

East Asian Languages & Cultures (AM, PhD)

Application Deadline: January 1

Areas of study: Chinese; Japanese; Chinese fiction, theater, poetry, modern literature; Japanese modern and classical fiction, translation theory

Contact: Jamie Newhard
Campus Box 1111
(314) 935-4448

East Asian Studies (AM, JD/AM)

Application Deadline: January 1

Areas of study: Chinese; Japanese; Korean; East Asian Studies

Contact: Krystel Mowery
Campus Box 1111
(314) 935-4448

Economics (PhD)

Application Deadline: January 15

Areas of study: Economic theory; industrial organization; political economy; public economics; macroeconomics; public finance, development economics

Contact:economics@wustl.edu
(314) 935-5646

Education (MA Ed, MA Ed/MSW, MAT, PhD)

Application deadline: January 1

Areas of study:Teacher education, educational studies, urban education, policy studies, science and math education, second language research

Contact: Rowhea Elmesky
Campus Box 1183
(314) 935-6791

School of Engineering (PhD)

If you are applying to one of the programs in the School of Engineering, please go to engineering.wustl.edu for the online application. Do not complete the Arts & Sciences application.

Biomedical Engineering

Application Deadline: December 15

Areas of study: Bioelectricity, imaging, neural engineering, and regenerative engineering in medicine

Contact: Susan Seel

Computer Science & Engineering

Application Deadline: January 15

Areas of study: Computational systems biology, computer engineering, cyber-physical sensing, graphics and vision, human-computer interaction, machine learning and artificial intelligence, networked systems, parallel computing technology, and theoretical computer science

Contact: Cheryl Newman

Electrical & Systems Engineering

Application Deadline: January 15

Areas of study: Applied physics, devices & circuits, systems science, and signals & imaging

Contact: Shauna Dollison

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Application Deadline: January 15

Areas of study: Aerosol science and engineering, engineered aquatic processes, environmental engineering, metabolic engineering and systems biology, multi-scale engineering, and thematic research

Contact: Irma Adams

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Application Deadline: January 15

Areas of study: biomechanics and biotechnology, energy and sustainability, advanced materials, and aerospace systems

Contact: Linda Buckingham

English & American Literature (PhD)

Application deadline: January 7

Areas of study: Medieval; Early Modern; Early American; Eighteenth-Century British; Nineteenth-Century British; Nineteenth-Century American; Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century British; Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century American; African American Literature and Culture; Irish Literature; Anglophone Postcolonial Literature; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Modernism; Poetry and Poetics; Theory

Contact: Jessica Rosenfeld
Campus Box 1122
(314) 935-5190

Film & Media Studies (AM)

Application deadline: January 15

Areas of study: Criticism, history, and theories of film and electronic media; all moving image forms of visual culture

Contact: Pat Hinton
Campus Box 1174
(314) 935-4056

Germanic Languages & Literatures (PhD)

Application Deadline: January 1

Areas of study: German literature and culture from the Middle Ages through the 21st century; intellectual history; film and media studies; gender studies; Holocaust studies; history of the book; digital humanities

Contact: Erin McGlothlin
Campus Box 1104
(314) 935-4288

History (PhD)

Application Deadline: December 31st

Areas of study: 17th- through 19th-Century America, 20th-Century America, African History, Central Europe, East Asian History, History of American Political Culture, International Urban History, Middle East, Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

Contact: Daniel Bornstein
Campus Box 1062
(314) 935-7279

Institute of Materials Science & Engineering (PhD)

Application Deadline: January 15

Areas of study: Materials structure, properties, processing, and performance, particularly as related to materials for energy harvesting and storage; materials for environmental remediation and sustainability; materials for regenerative medicine; metallic glasses and other structurally complex materials; plasmonics, photonics, and materials for sensors and imaging; and computational materials science.

Contact: Beth Gartin
Campus Box 1168
(314) 935-7191

Jewish, Islamic & Near Eastern Languages & Cultures

Application Deadline:  January 15th

Areas of Study: Islamic and Near Eastern Studies (Islamic history; Arabic language and literature, modern Middle East history); Jewish Studies (Hebrew Bible, Rabbinic literature, Jewish history, modern Hebrew literature).

Contact: Nancy Berg
Campus Box 1121
(314) 935-8567

Mathematics (AM. PhD)

Application Deadline: December 31

Areas of study: Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, Real and Complex Analysis, Differential Geometry, Topology, Statistics

Contact: Brett Wick
(314) 935-6726

Statistics (AM, PhD)

Application Deadline: December 31

Areas of study: Mathematical Statistics, Survival Analysis, Modeling, Statistical computing for massive data, Bayesian regularization, Bioinformatics, Longitudinal and Functional Data Analysis, Statistical computation, application of Statistics to Medicine

Contact: Brett Wick
(314) 935-6726

Movement Science (PhD)

Application deadline: December 1

Areas of study: Philosophy of human movement function and dysfunction with special emphasis placed on bioenergetics, biomechanics, and biocontrol

Contact: Jennifer Brown
Washington University in St. Louis
Movement Science Program
4444 Forest Park Avenue
Box 8502
St. Louis, MO  63108
(314) 273-6067

Music (AM, PhD)

Application deadline: January 15

Areas of study: Musicology, ethnomusicology; theory

Contact: Alex Stefaniak
Campus Box 1032
(314) 935-5566

Performing Arts Department (AM, MFA)

The Master’s Program in Theater and Performance Studies introduces students to cutting-edge scholarship in the dynamic field of theater and performance studies, preparing them to pursue academic careers as scholar-practitioners.  Offering a broad-based approach to the study of performance, this two-year program expands a traditional focus on aesthetic practice to include cultural performances such as gender performativity, Civil Rights activism, and early modern surgery.  Under this broad umbrella, students are invited to explore the mutual engagement of aesthetic and cultural performance practices across history, around the globe, and between disciplines, drawing on a variety of theoretical approaches to illuminate the complex meanings generated by and through performance.

Theater and Performance Studies (AM)

Application deadline: January 15

Contact: Pannill Camp
(314) 935-3348

Dance (MFA)

Application deadline: January 15

Contact: Christine Knoblauch-O'Neal
(314) 935-4475

Philosophy/ Neuroscience/ Psychology (PhD)

Application Deadline: December 31

Areas of study: Philosophy of mind and language with a special emphasis on the philosophical dimensions of psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics

Contact: Rachel Dunaway
Campus Box 1073
(314) 935-6670

Physics (PhD)

Application deadline: December 15

Experimental

Areas of study: Astrophysics and space sciences, condensed matter and materials physics, biophysics, nuclear physics, quantum information.

Contact: Sarah Akin
Campus Box 1105
(314) 935-6250

Theoretical

Areas of study: Astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter and materials physics, elementary particles, many-body theory

Contact: Sarah Akin
Campus Box 1105
(314) 935-6250

Political Science (PhD)

Application Deadline: January 15

Areas of study: American politics (including law and courts); comparative politics; formal theory; international politics; normative theory; political methodology

Contact: Colleen Skaggs
Campus Box 1063
(314) 935-5822

Psychological & Brain Sciences (PhD)

Application deadline: December 1

Areas of study: Behavior/brain/cognition; clinical; aging/development; social/personality

Contact: Meg McClelland
Campus Box 1125
(314) 935-6520

Rehabilitation and Participation Science (PhD)

Application Deadline: December 15

Areas of study: Rehabilitation neuroscience, pediatric rehabilitation, outcome science, community health, and productive aging

Contact: Abigail King
Campus Box 8505
(314) 286-1619

Romance Languages and Literatures (PhD)

French Language & Literature

Application Deadline: January 15 

Contact: Pascal Ifri
Campus Box 1077
(314) 935-5175

Latin American and Iberian Literatures and Languages, Spanish and Comparative Literature

Application Deadline: January 5

Contact: Billy Acree
Campus Box 1077
(314) 935-5145

Social Work (PhD)

Application deadline: December 1

Areas of study: Mental health; disparities; social and economic development; addictions; aging; child welfare; civic service; violence prevention; health; poverty and social policy

Contact: Marissa Hardwrict-Franklin
Campus Box 1196
(314) 935-6605

Public Health Sciences (PhD)

Application deadline: December 1

Areas of study: social determinants of health, health disparities, health promotion and disease prevention, health policy, dissemination and implementation, systems science, epidemiology, global health

Contact: Doug Luke
Campus Box 1196
(314) 935-3704

Speech and Hearing (PhD)

Application Deadline: January 15

Areas of study: speech and hearing sciences, clinical audiology, deaf education, speech and language, sensory neuroscience

Contact: Beth Elliott
Campus Box 8042
(314) 747-0104

The Writing Program (MFA)

Two-year program

Application deadline: December 15

Areas of Study: fiction, nonfiction or poetry-writing workshops and academic courses

Contact: Shannon Rabong
Campus Box 1122
(314) 935-8389