Admission to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is granted on the basis of past achievement, potential for research, and the number of openings in each program. Admission to most graduate programs is highly selective; many programs admit only 10-20% of their applicants. Evidence considered by each admissions committee includes not only the quality of previous coursework but also its relevance to the applicant’s prospective program. Research experience in the discipline is always viewed favorably. Writing samples or other evidence of experience in the proposed field of study often indicate the applicant’s creativity, originality, and scholarship; applicants may submit such material even if it has not been requested.
Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.
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