**Spring 2022 UPDATE:As COVID-19 is making it difficult for some students to be able to safely take the GRE General test, many programs have decided to make this optional for Spring 2022 applicants. Please refer to the chart below for individual program requirements. While this will be optional students are still encouraged to submit their GRE scores if they have already taken the test (even if it is some time ago) or can take it safely by our application deadline, as it gives us additional information when evaluating their application.
All PhD programs
GRE optional for Fall 2022* (no spring intake)
*PhD in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
GRE required for Fall 2022
Full Time Master's programs
GRE optional for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022
Part Time Master's programs
English proficiency testing
Official TOEFL/IELTS scores required for all international applicants. See waiver eligibility requirements below.
The TOEFL iBT Home Edition will only be accepted if the test was taken before August 1, 2021.
Official score reports are only available for scores that are less than two years old. We do not accept expired scores.
We recommend a minimum TOEFL score of 90 or IELTS score of 6.5.
Applicants must report their official TOEFL scores via ETS to the WashU School Code 6929.
We only accept paper copies of the official IELTS score report sent to our institution; electronic copies are not accepted.
The address is: WashU McKelvey School of Engineering Attention: Graduate Admissions Lopata Hall, Suite 203 1 Brookings Drive MSC 1220-122-203 St. Louis, MO 63130
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.