WashU undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree with as little as one additional year of study. The application is open to current WashU undergraduate students holding a preferred minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for all applicable course work taken at WashU.

With faculty adviser and departmental approval, up to 6 units can be used to satisfy requirements for both the bachelor's and master's degrees; the combined program still requires students to complete a minimum of 144 units in total. Dual-Degree students adding a master’s degree must also have a minimum of 84 total WashU residency units upon completion of the master’s.

Application Process

Students should discuss the program with their faculty and four-year advisers by the completion of six semesters in order to best develop a plan for their final undergraduate year leading into their master’s program. If you will complete your undergraduate degree prior to eight semesters, please speak with your four-year adviser for an alternate plan.

Applicants should apply during their final undergraduate year to the semester their graduate studies will begin. Applications for the BS/MS program are accepted on a rolling basis. Students who complete their bachelor’s program in under eight semesters will be required to submit a verification form from their advisor verifying they are on track to complete their degree early.

Application Opens – September 1
Fall Closes – May 15
Spring Closes – December 15

Please note: On the Additional Information tab, when asked for your affiliation to Washington University in St. Louis, select you are a “Current WashU undergraduate student” and input your WashU ID information.

Application Requirements for Current WashU Undergraduate Students

  • Transcript: Unofficial transcript (Access via WebSTAC)
  • GRE and ELP Scores: Not required
  • Letter of Recommendation: 1 recommendation from a tenure/tenure-track faculty member or lecturer in the McKelvey School of Engineering, or else 3 recommendations are required.
  • Resume: Required
  • Statement of purpose: Required

Bachelor's/Master's Scholarship

Full-time Bachelor's/Master's students are eligible to receive a scholarship during their final master's year of study based on the undergraduate cumulative GPA at the time of application (see table below). The scholarship is available to both international and domestic students and is valid for two full-time master's semesters and one summer semester. Full-time for graduate students is defined as nine or more units. Part-time students, those taking less than nine units, are ineligible for the scholarship.

Domestic students are also eligible for loans and can email the Graduate Financial Aid Office to inquire about loan options.

Bachelor's/Master's Scholarship Scale
Cumulative GPA at time of application
Scholarship amount
3.75-4.00 50% of tuition
3.65-3.74 45% of tuition
3.55-3.64 40% of tuition
3.45-3.54 35% of tuition
3.35-3.44 30% of tuition
3.25-3.34 25% of tuition
3.15-3.24 20% of tuition
3.05-3.14 15% of tuition
3.00-3.04 10% of tuition

Degree Conferral & Student Status

After completing the undergraduate degree requirements, students may choose to officially confer the bachelor's degree immediately or wait and confer both the bachelor's and master's degrees at the same time. There are several things to consider when deciding when to confer your bachelor's degree.

  • Student Status: Bachelor's/Master's students remain classified as undergraduate students until they have completed the equivalent of eight semesters (six semesters if Dual Degree student from affiliated liberal arts schools) of undergraduate enrollment or upon conferment of their undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Students classified as graduate students are not eligible to participate in study abroad.
  • Tuition and the Bachelor's/Master's Scholarship: Once classified as a graduate student, tuition is charged at the graduate student rate and the Bachelor's/Master's Scholarship will be applied. Students who remain classified as undergraduate students are not eligible for the Bachelor's/Master's Scholarship.
  • Undergraduate Financial Aid: After transitioning to graduate student status, Bachelor's/Master's students are no longer eligible for undergraduate financial support or aid. Students comparing financial aid awards should check with Johanna Sengheiser to evaluate the impact of conferring their undergraduate degree prior to completing eight semesters. If you are a current federal student loan borrower, check with Student Financial Services as there may be implications to the grace period of your loan when conferring your undergraduate degree.
  • Undergraduate Final Latin Honors: Undergraduate final Latin honors are determined at the end of the academic year in which a student is officially awarded the undergraduate degree. The cumulative GPA used to determine Latin honors includes all course work taken up until the time the undergraduate degree is officially awarded. This means that master’s courses will also be included in the calculations if a student defers earning the bachelor's degree until the master’s degree is also earned. For further details about final Latin honors calculations, contact Engineering Undergraduate Student Services.


International students on an F-1 visa should check with the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) when adding the master's program in order to discuss how this could affect status and eligibility for work authorization programs such as OPT and CPT.