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The Graduate School offers a superior combination of distinguished faculty, talented students, and technical and academic resources that provide a remarkable academic experience that allows inquiry, intellectual growth, and discovery to thrive and flourish.

We recognize that diversity among graduate students enhances the life of the entire scholarly community, and seek to attract people of great ability from all types of backgrounds.




visiting campus

Prospective students interested in visiting campus should make arrangments with the department or program to which they are applying. 



Clery Report: The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to assisting all members of the University community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual security compliance document is available on the University Police website at http://police.wustl.edu.

St. Louis

st. louis

Washington University calls St. Louis home. Uniquely situated at the crossroads of culture + innovation. See all that St. Louis has to offer.

visit st. louis

forest park

Washington University's Danforth and Medical Campuses are adjacent to Forest Park - one of the nation's largest civic parks, which houses a free zoo, the Muny, St. Louis Art Museum, Boathouse, and recreational areas.

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The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the principal U.S. art museums, with paintings, sculptures, cultural objects, and ancient masterpieces from all corners of the world. Its three-story building stands in Forest Park and is visited by up to a half-million people every year.

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The Saint Louis Zoo is dedicated to connecting people to animals. Approximately 3 million visitors experience the 17,000+ animals in the Zoo’s care annually. The Zoo is renowned for its innovative approaches to animal management, wildlife conservation, research and education. And as a free zoo, visitors are encouraged to come back again…and again!

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history museum

The Missouri History Museum is operated by the Missouri Historical Society, which was founded in 1866. The main galleries of the museum are free through a public subsidy by the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District.

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The St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre is an amphitheater that seats 11,000. The last nine rows is comprised of 1,500 available free seats on a first-come, first-served basis. The Muny seasons run every year from mid-June to mid-August.

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science center + planetarium

The Saint Louis Science Center, founded as a planetarium in 1963, is a collection of buildings including a science museum and planetarium on the southeastern corner of Forest Park.

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applying to Washington University

The Graduate School awards all Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at WashU.

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Admission is highly selective and granted on the basis of past achievement, and the potential for research. Admissions committees review the quality of previous coursework and its relevance to the prospective program.



International Students

International students considering submission of an application to Washington University for graduate study should have a general familiarity with academic practices and university customs in the United States. All international students are required to present evidence of their ability to support themselves financially during graduate study. International students whose native language is not English must submit score reports from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The test should be taken in time for results to reach Washington University directly from ETS before the application deadline. 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.

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maintain satisfactory academic progress | pass program-specific qualifying examination requirements | fulfill residence requirements | fulfill the program-specific teaching requirement | fulfill the mentored teaching requirement | write an acceptable dissertation | defend the dissertation before a committee of at least 5 members who meet independent criteria | submit an electronic version of the dissertation to the Graduate School | In addition there may be department or program-specific PhD requirements


master's degree

complete the minimum units required by program area | meet individual program course requirements | fulfill residence requirements | maintain satisfactory academic progress | pass an examination which tests competence in the field of study for the "without thesis" option or prepare an acceptable thesis and successfully defend it before a committee of no fewer than 3 faculty members for the "with thesis" option [Any master's degree program can require a master's thesis, make the thesis optional or decline to offer a thesis option]