Graduate Admissions

Earn your graduate degree at McKelvey Engineering

As a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis you will be an integral part of cutting-edge research with the freedom to explore your interests in a supportive academic community. 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.

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, 2022
Deadline for full-time master's programs: March 1, 2023

WashU is a leader in STEM education for women

No. 16
Top STEM schools for women (Forbes)
of doctoral students are women
of first-year students are women

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, students may also qualify for one of the fellowships:

Master’s students are expected to be self-supporting. There are limited fellowship and research assistantship opportunities available for full-time master’s students.

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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

 Changing detection, diagnosis of ovarian cancer

 Understanding biological pollutants in soil, air and water

 Designing autonomous systems for enhanced efficiency and security

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