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Frequently Asked Questions
- When do applications become available?
Fall semester Full-time September 1 Part-time April 1 Spring Semester Full-Time April 1 Part-Time August 1 Summer Semester (Sever Institute programs only) Part-Time March 1
- What are the application deadlines?
Please refer to our published deadlines.
- Do you offer spring admission for PhD students?
PhD applicants may only enter in the fall semester. Unless specifically requested by faculty, new PhD applicants cannot enter in the spring semester.
- Do you provide application fee waivers?
An application fee waiver may be requested by domestic applicants with financial need and who are enrolled full time in their final year of study pursing a Bachelors' or Master's degree at a U.S. institution. This form can be found on our application checklist.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide application fee waivers on an individual basis.
- Can I apply to more than one program?
Yes, you are allowed to apply to multiple programs. A new application must be completed. Supporting documents and an application fee must be submitted for each new application. Test scores only need reported once, unless you would like to report new updated scores for your application(s). Note, admission into one degree program is not transferable to another program.
- Who is eligible to apply to a graduate program?
All eligible applicants must have earned or will have earned an undergraduate degree by the start of their graduate program.
Note, you may apply directly to the PhD program from your undergraduate degree. It is not necessary to hold a master’s degree to apply to our PhD program.
- Do you consider PhD applicants for master’s programs?
You must apply separately to each program if you wish to be considered for either program.
Note, the Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering (EECE) department will allow applicants to their PhD program to be considered for masters programs within the EECE department.
- Do I need to contact faculty prior to applying to a PhD program?
It is not necessary to contact faculty. Within the application you will be asked to provide your faculty mentor interests. If a faculty member has questions, they will reach out to you during the review process.
- Can international students be given a conditional admission?
International applicants are ineligible for conditional admission.
- Can I submit additional documents in support of my application?
No. We do not accept any materials that are in addition to our listed required application materials.
- Will you accept my materials submitted after the application deadline?
All applications must be submitted by the published deadline. We allow those applicants a one-week grace period after the application deadline for remaining materials to be submitted. After the grace period, any remaining incomplete applications will be ineligible for review.
- Why am I being asked to provide a PIN number?
When creating an application account, applicants will be sent an PIN number to enter into their account to verify identity. Be sure to check your junk and spam folder for this email delivery.
- What is an acceptable transcript for the application?
Transcripts must clearly show your name, the name of the institution, a year-by-year listing of all courses taken, and all grades/marks received. The documents must be translated to English. You will be contacted if there are issues with your transcript documents or if we do not receive all required transcripts.
- Do you require my transcript be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service?
No. We do not require applicants use these services.
- Do you accept transcript evaluations from third party services?
You may submit a "course-by-course"+ degree evaluation from a third party evaluation service but if you do so, you must also submit the transcript from your institution. We suggest World Education Services (WES) or another evaluation service who is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
- When should I send my official transcript(s)?
Official transcripts should be sent only after an offer of admission is accepted. We will request official transcripts and send instructions for submission to admitted students.
- What is the minimum GRE score or GPA required?
There is no specific minimum GRE or GPA requirement. Admission to all of our programs is based on the strength of the entire application during our review process.
- What is the minimum TOEFL and IELTS score requirement?
- TOEFL minimum is 90
- IELTS minimum is 6.5
- Can I report the best score in each subject from multiple GRE tests?
No. You should not mix and match various scores from multiple tests. You must list each test date separately in the application.
- Do you accept TOEFL MyBest scores?
No. We do not accept MyBest scores.
- Do you accept the Duolingo English Test?
No. We do not accept this test for our application.
- What is the McKelvey School of Engineering ETS code for reporting GRE and TOEFL scores?
- GRE - 6929
- TOEFL - 6929
- How do I send my official IELTS scores?
Official IELTS scores may be sent via IELTS electronically to Washington University in St. Louis Graduate Programs.
- Can I wait until after I have been offered admission to submit my official test scores?
No. We will not give an admission decision without first receiving all official test scores. Be sure to have your official scores sent by the application deadline.
- Can my English proficiency scores be waived?
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, and 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.
Based on the evaluation of your application package, we retain the right to require English testing upon arrival and you may be required to take additional English classes. If you are recommended to take English classes, the cost of the courses will be your responsibility.
Letters of Recommendation
- Who should be a recommender?
Recommenders should include faculty members, supervisors or work colleagues. Prior to entering a recommender in your application, you should ask the recommender if they will be able to give you a recommendation and inform them of the application deadline. Please do not use family, friends or other students.
- Can I submit my application before my recommenders submit their letters?
Yes, but the letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline or before the end of the allotted grace period. Note, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all letters of recommendation are received by the deadlines.
- Can letters of recommendation be sent by mail or email?
No. All letters of recommendation must be submitted by the recommender through the online recommendation site. Recommendation providers are sent an email requesting a recommendation. From this email, they are given instructions on how to submit letters into the application system.
- How do I resend a letter of recommendation request?
Log into your application account. Select the application, and then click “Open Application”. Select the recommendations page link, choose your recommender's name, and click “Send Reminder”.
- My recommender did not receive the recommendation link. What should I do?
First, have your recommender check their junk/spam folder. If their email account has protections in place to block the email delivery, you may need to ask your recommender for a secondary email address to use.
To update the email address, log into your application account. Select the application, and then click “Open Application”. Select the recommendations page link, choose your recommender's name, and click “Exclude”. Then you will be able to add your recommender to your application with the updated email address.
- How do I change a recommender once I submit my application?
Log into your application account. Select the application, and then click “Open Application”. Select the recommendations page link, choose the recommender's name you wish to remove, and click “Exclude”. Then you will be able to add your new recommender.
Statement of Purpose
- Are there certain formatting requirements?
No. We do not have set formatting requirements for the statement of purpose document. Usually, support documents are 1-2 pages in length.
- What should I include in my statement of purpose document?
You should state your goals in pursuing graduate study, share strengths and weakness, discuss your special interests and any particular reasons why you are applying to our program.
Application Materials Status
- How can I check the status of my application materials?
You can log into the application account, select your application, and view your Status Page.
- Why is my transcript status showing as “Awaiting”?
After review of your submitted transcript documents, the item did not meet the transcript requirements outlined in our application checklist. We are awaiting submission of a valid transcript for our evaluation. If the transcript documents are unacceptable, or we are missing a transcript, we will contact you to request those materials.
- Why is the letter of recommendation status showing as “Awaiting” after my recommender submitted their letter?
The letters of recommendation status does not update automatically after submission; thus there may be a short delay of up to 1 business day before the status is updated.
- When will official GRE and TOEFL test scores appear on my application?
Official test scores will link to your application once your official scores are available from ETS.
Note: the application system will not link scores to an application in which the name or date of birth is entered differently than the information in the ETS system. If you believe there is a discrepancy between your application and the information in the ETS system, please contact us so we can check your scores.
- When will official IELTS scores appear on my application?
Official test scores will link to your application once your official scores are available from IELTS.
Note: the application system will not link scores to an application in which the name or date of birth is entered differently than the information in the IELTS system. If you believe there is a discrepancy between your application and the information in the IELTS system, please contact us so we can check your scores.
- How can I check my application status?
You can login to the application account, select your application, and view your Status Page.
- How will I know when a decision has been made?
You will receive an email notification stating that a decision has been made. The email will provide instructions to log into your application to view the decision letter. All decisions will released by the published deadlines.
- Why have other applicants received decisions already?
Each department manages their admissions a little differently. Some review committees make decisions earlier than others. We do not always know when they will begin making decisions. We can only guarantee that you will receive a decision response by our published deadlines.
- What are my financial support options?
PhD applicants: All full-time PhD applications are reviewed for full financial support (tuition remission, stipend and health insurance subsidy). Most offers of financial support are guaranteed as long as the student is making progress toward completion of the degree. Each engineering department may offer specific fellowships.
Master’s applicants: Master’s students are expected to be self-supporting, but may be eligible for limited institutional financial assistance.
- Do you offer Master’s Fellowships or Research Assistantships?
Yes, we offer a Department Chair’s Master’s Research Fellowship. Please review the eligible requirements and information on how to apply. We recommend admitted full-time students speak to their department about any opportunities available after beginning their studies too. Note, Master's Fellowships and Research Assistantships are extremely limited.
- How can I apply for scholarships for master’s programs?
Admitted master’s applicants will be notified of any scholarships awarded within their admission letters. There is no separate application process to be considered.
- Where can I find more information on graduate financial assistance options?
Please see our financial assistance website.