Applying to Multiple Programs

Can I apply to multiple programs?

Our ApplyWeb application limits users to one application per semester. If you wish to apply to more than one of our programs using this application system, you may do so by creating another user account using a different email address. Applicants who apply to multiple programs will need to resubmit supporting documents, including requesting letters of recommendation, and pay an application fee for each application submitted. Please note, you only need to report your official test scores via ETS to our WashU school code 6929 once, unless you would like to report new updated scores for your application(s).

Application Fees

Is there an application fee? How do I get a fee waiver?

The application fee for programs in Arts & Sciences is $45. You may inquire about an application fee waiver by emailing



What transcripts are needed for my application?

Unofficial copies of transcripts should be uploaded at the time of application. A transcript should be uploaded for each institution you have attended. Copies of transcripts should include the applicant name, the institution name, and all grades received.

Transcripts from foreign institutions should be translated by the issuing institution and uploaded with the original transcript. Translations must bear an original ink signature and seal.  If your institution does not provide an English translation, we also accept translations of transcripts by services such as WES and ECE. 

How do I submit my official transcript?

After accepting an offer of admission, official transcripts must be submitted from your degree granting institution(s) for all undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be in English and list the applicant name, the institution name, and all grades received. Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate School from the issuing institution, or delivered by hand in a stamped, sealed, institutional envelope. If your official transcript does not show receipt of the degree earned you must also send a certificate of graduation (with translation if needed). Transcripts may be mailed to:

The Graduate School
Attention: Admissions
1 Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1187
Cupples II, Suite 204
St. Louis, MO 63130

 If your institution issues electronic transcripts, your institution should send the electronic transcripts to:

Test Scores and GPA

What are the required minimum scores for admission?

Admission is based on the strength of the entire application and not a single element such as test scores or GPA. Obtaining a specific test score or GPA neither occludes nor guarantees admission. Therefore, we do not have published minimum GPA or GRE score requirements.

Which English Proficiency exams are accepted?

Each program determines which English proficiency exam(s) it will accept. When completing the application, you will be given the option for the exam(s) required by your program. All graduate programs accept the TOEFL exam, but not all accept the IELTS. Please check with your program on their requirements. Minimum scores for English proficiency exams are required for immigration. The minimum TOEFL score is 90 and the minimum IELTS score is 6.5.

Is there a waiver for the English proficiency test?

The English proficiency testing requirement may be waived for applicants who meet any of the below criteria:

  • Is a citizen of Australia, Cameroon, Commonwealth Caribbean nations, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, Uganda, the United Kingdom, or Zimbabwe.
  • Has completed a minimum of three years of documented study in a university-level academic program in the United States or one of the countries listed above.
  • Has completed a minimum of three years of documented study in an English-medium academic program in Canada, Hong Kong, or South Africa.

In addition, testing may be waived for application if you have completed an undergraduate or master’s degree in the U.S. and completed the entire program while in the U.S. Please note that the English proficiency testing requirement is only waived for immigration if criteria in bullets above are met. 

How do I send official test scores?

If official scores are required for your program application, please have official scores sent:

GRE & TOEFL - scores may be sent via ETS to school code 6929
IETLS - We currently accept official copies of the IETLS mailed from the testing center to:
The Graduate School
1 Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1187
Cupples II, Suite 204
St Louis, MO 63130

*Please note that not all programs will accept IETLS. If available, the option will appear on your graduate application.

Resending Letter of Recommendation

How do I resend a recommendation letter request?

If you need to resend a recommendation request, please log back into your application. Go to the recommendation section, check the box by the recommender's name and resend. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all letters of recommendation are received by the deadline.

Application Status and Review

How can I find out the status of my supporting documents?

After you submit your application you may return to your application account to check the status of the supporting documents the University has received to-date. Please note that a review of the materials may be needed before the status is updated to reflect completion.

How will I know my application is complete and ready for review?

Once we receive all the necessary supporting documents, your application status will show as “Ready for Review”.

How long is the application review period?

Each department manages the application review process differently. As soon as an admission decision is made, notification will be sent via email to log into your application to view the decision. We appreciate your patience during the review process.

Financial Support and Fellowships

What financial support do graduate students receive?

PhD students at Washington University receive full tuition remission and a monthly stipend for living expenses for the duration of their program length.

Funding of Masters students varies by program. Please check with your program to see if institutional funding is available.

For more information, please visit the funding and support section of our website here:


Are competitive Fellowships available?