Graduate Admissions

Earn your PhD at McKelvey Engineering

As a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis you will be an integral part of cutting-edge research. Opportunities inside and outside the lab and faculty mentoring will prepare you to solve problems and work collaboratively to tackle the largest challenges the world faces today.

Earn your PhD at McKelvey Engineering

Join a community of world-class researchers

Learn more below about our academic programs, graduate student life and opportunities at McKelvey Engineering.

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Deadline for all PhD programs: Dec. 15, 2023

Full support and funding

Our PhD students are fully-funded, including full tuition support and health insurance.

As a doctoral candidate, you will receive a generous stipend to cover living expenses. This support is guaranteed as you continue to make satisfactory progress towards your degree.

Additionally, doctoral students may also qualify for one of the fellowships:

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Student Profiles

Discover what life is like for PhD students
at Washington University in St. Louis

Take a look inside our labs and facilities

Learn about the Vascular Mechanics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

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Tour Whitaker Hall – home of McKelvey Engineering's biomedical engineering department

PhD programs