General Instructions are provided below. Please review the website for the department to which you are applying for more detailed instructions.
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.
The application is a web-based, online document. There are a series of tabs that an applicant clicks to complete each section. Once signed in, our online system will generate a password and send it to the email address that is listed. The applicant will have an option to change the password. The application does not have to be completed at one time. The application may be saved and returned to at any time before the application deadline.
The deadline to apply is program specific. Please click here to see deadlines by programs.
Please complete and submit the application, as well as all supplemental materials by this date.
All applicants must have a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
Applicants, whose native language is not English, must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Some programs have specific course requirements. Please click here to find program website.
Three letters of recommendation must be submitted from faculty members acquainted with the applicant’s work in the major area of study.
The Graduate School requires one copy of the official, confidential transcript from each institution (undergraduate or graduate) the applicant has attended. Essential to the review of the application will be transcripts from any institution where the applicant earned (or will earn) a degree, studied for one year or more, or took classes that relate to the current application for graduate study (for example, prerequisite courses). Transcripts must be in a University envelope signed-across-the-seal by the appropriate institutional official. Submit official transcripts to the program to which you are applying. Please click here for program address.
The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to the Graduate School. Subject tests may be required by department please check the departmental website.
Please note that the University will consider only scores from tests taken within the last five years.
Proficiency in English is required of all applicants. Applicants, whose native language is not English, must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Only scores from tests taken within the last two years will be accepted.
To be eligible for a TOEFL waiver the applicant must have completed a full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited university located in the United States. Please note that the entire program of study must have been completed at the institution.
Checking the Status of Your Application
After submission, applicants can verify the status of all supporting materials by going to the Check Application Status page to see if their transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) have been received. Please review this page often and follow up with the appropriate institution or person to ensure that the information is sent to the department to which you are applying Timely receipt of these documents is necessary for the review of the application.
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