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Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO


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A Top Private Research University in the Midwest

Washington University in St. Louis, a mid-sized private university in the heart of the midwest, has a 150-year history of excellence in research, teaching, and serving the local community. The school has been recognized by news media and independent organizations for its academic rigor and dedication to research. Recently, "U.S. News and World Report" ranked 20 WUSTL graduate and professional programs among the top 10 in the country. More than 6,500 graduate students are enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis. The school places a premium on its graduate programs in terms of academics, research, and support.

A Well-Funded Graduate School with a Well-Recognized Faculty

Graduate students are mentored by highly decorated and recognized faculty. Faculty at WUSTL currently serve on the editorial boards of 250 scholarly journals and include winners of major literary prizes, international fellowships, and government honors. Of the more than 3,000 faculty members, almost all are involved in academic research projects. The school receives nearly $600 million in federal research money annually.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis is 1 of 8 academic divisions at the university and is comprised of nearly 1800 graduate and professional students. The school -- a charter member of the Association of Graduate Schools and the Council of Graduate Schools -- emphasizes collaborative and cross-disciplinary research as it relates to academic study in an ever-changing world. The school is the largest graduate academic program at WUSTL and awards Ph.D. and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees to graduating candidates. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences houses 50 Ph.D. programs and 19 master's programs focused primarily on the liberal arts and natural sciences, as well as multiple professional development, joint degree, and non-degree options.

Ph.D. Options Focused on Research and Professional Development

The 50 doctoral programs offered by the university span a wide academic spectrum: from anthropology to biology and biomedical sciences, Chinese language and literature, engineering, social work, and physics, to name a few. All Ph.D. students must fulfill residency requirements and defend a dissertation in addition to fulfilling program coursework. Each Ph.D. program is highly specialized; however, the school encourages doctoral students to expand their knowledge base beyond their specific field of expertise. WUSTL offers opportunities such as teaching assistantships, teaching certificates, and professional development and technology courses to supplement doctoral coursework. These additional courses are designed to make Ph.D. candidates more marketable after graduation and more equipped to address complex research problems. Admission into Ph.D. programs at WUSTL is highly selective: in many cases, only 10 to 20 percent of applicants are admitted. Students' past academic career and any previous research experience in a given academic discipline is heavily considered during the admissions process.

A Multitude of Master's and Joint Graduate Degrees

The 19 master's programs offered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are widely varied: students can choose from courses of study in teaching, education, political economy and public policy, Jewish studies, writing, and mathematics, among others. The university's master's programs emphasize research, and many departments are recognized for outstanding academics. For example, the Department of Education in Arts and Sciences, which awards Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) degrees, has been ranked among the top education graduate programs by "U.S. News and World Report." In order to accommodate students' specialized career goals, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers 6 dual degree graduate programs. Examples of joint degrees include Master of Social Work / Master of Arts in Jewish Studies, Master of Business Administration / Master of Arts in East Asian Studies, and Juris Doctor / Master of Arts in East Asian Studies. Students may also choose to create a uniquely designed joint degree program with the approval of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Non-Degree Graduate Course Options

The Student Not Candidate for Degree (SNCD) program allows students with bachelor's degrees to enroll in a graduate program at the university. International students, visiting students, and non-traditional students who want to test themselves in a graduate program can all be accepted as an SNCD student. Students who wish to take graduate courses without admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may do so by registering as an Unclassified Graduate Student (UGS). UGS students can take up to 6 hours of credit in any academic program, or more credit with program approval.

University-wide Emphasis on Student Research Opportunities

The department of Arts and Sciences is home to nearly 3-dozen research centers and institutes, in addition to the many centers and institutes in the other academic schools at WUSTL. Research opportunities run a wide cross section of academic disciplines and include Center for the Humanities, Economic Theory Center, Nano Research Facility, and Center for Latino Family Research. Students are encouraged to work alongside faculty on independent and collaborative research questions related to their academic career. Each year, the university hosts a Graduate Student Research Symposium, where students can present their research work outside of their specific department. Examples of recent Arts and Sciences graduate student research include papers on "Light mediated control of locusts as bio-robots to sense toxic chemicals," " Patterns of Objective and Subjective Isolation in Senior Housing," and " Non-reflexive measures of persistent pain in mice".

Student Financial Aid Options

Most full-time graduate students at Washington University in St. Louis receive some type of financial aid through grants, loans, work-study, and teaching or research assistantships. The university awards fellowships and traineeships each year to highly qualified, competitive students. Many doctoral students at the university receive funding for 4-7 years, depending on the duration of the students' particular degree. Funding for Ph.D. students includes full tuition remission and a 9-12 month stipend.

St. Louis: Gateway to the West

Situated at the confluence of two great North American rivers - the Mississippi and the Missouri - the St. Louis region has been a favored destination since Lewis & Clark began their historic westward "Corps of Discovery" here in 1804. Today, the pioneers of St. Louis are the engineers, scientists, business leaders, educators, artists and other innovative and creative professionals who are working at the forefront of a multitude of fields and endeavors. Thanks in large part to Washington University, other regional universities and key Fortune 500 corporations, St. Louis has developed into a national hub for important research and business development, especially in the fields of biotechnology and plant science. Consistently ranked among the nation's most affordable and best places to live and raise families, the St. Louis region offers many opportunities to watch or participate in a wide range of sports, recreational activities and cultural events. Not far from St. Louis' urban core are the beautiful rolling hills of the Ozark Mountain region and outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing and spelunking in some of Missouri's more than 6,000 caves.

Departments & Programs

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Male (54%)
Female (45%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 1,733
Part-time - 739
Male (1,794)
Female (678)

Location & Contact

Address One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO  63130-4899
United States
Contact Information Contact
Phone: 314-935-6880
Fax: 314-935-4887

Washington University in St. Louis