Graduate Admissions

PhD life at WashU

In this video series 15 PhD students representing all McKelvey Engineering academic programs talk about what PhD life at WashU is really about. They tell us their stories about the decision to come to WashU to pursue a PhD, what it’s like every day in the lab — from research to rotations — including their interactions with peers and faculty. Outside the lab, the students share their experiences with campus activities and groups, volunteering in the community and exploring St. Louis.

Access the online portal to start an application, submit remaining materials or accept an offer of admission.

Why WashU?

McKelvey Engineering PhD students share some of their favorite things about being WashU engineers and what they love at WashU.

Living in St. Louis

What's the best thing about living in St. Louis? Hear from our PhD students as they list their favorites!

Lab life

Looking for a research program with collaboration, community and interdisciplinary opportunities? Our PhD students will tell you we offer all of that and more.

Life outside the lab

Clubs, organizations and activities don't end at the undergraduate level. Our PhD students share their favorite things to do outside of the labs.

Types of research

Machine learning, environmental science, imaging, biomedical engineering and more. Hear how our PhD students benefit from the many types of research opportunities available to WashU engineers.

Volunteer work

Our PhD students discuss the ways they share their talents and wisdom with groups outside of WashU.

Faculty support

Our faculty are widely recognized for their discoveries and innovation, but they are well known on campus for the supportive and collaborative environment they create. Hear more from our PhD students.

Rotations and collaborations

At WashU, we believe in collaboration and exposure to a variety of labs. Our PhD students discuss what this experience means to them.

Where are you from?

From California to Zimbabwe and many places along the way, our PhD students come from all over the world and have found a home at WashU.

Ready for the next step?

Apply: PhD Application deadline is Dec. 15. View application requirements and apply online.

Accept: Admitted applicants should accept their offer no later than April 15.

Connect: Regardless of where you are in the process, we would love to hear from you!

Questions about a specific lab or research: Connect with Engineering faculty 

For help with your application or clarification on requirements: Email Graduate Admissions