Dual Degree Program

Washington University in St. Louis cooperates with a select group of affiliated colleges and universities to offer students the opportunity to earn a liberal arts degree from their current school and an undergraduate engineering degree from WashU.

The Dual Degree Program is an attractive alternative to traditional engineering curricula. Program graduates are "liberally educated engineers," with strong communication and problem-solving skills, a broad background in the humanities and social sciences, and a high-quality technical education.

Participants in our undergraduate two-year option commonly follow either a 3-2 or a 4-2 schedule, entering WashU after their junior or senior year. With one additional year of study at WashU (so three total years at WashU), students can earn an engineering master's degree in addition to their undergraduate engineering degree and their liberal arts degree from their current school.

Advantages to our Dual Degree program include:

  • opportunity to complete multiple degrees in diverse areas
  • extra time to pursue other academic, athletic, or extracurricular interests
  • opportunity to use the supportive, personalized environment of a small liberal arts institution to develop the skills and confidence needed for success in engineering
  • acquire scientific problem-solving skills necessary to be effective in today's technological oriented society

To prepare for career opportunities which require multidisciplinary teams to address challenges, students will develop strong oral and written communications, problem-solving and teamwork skills.

Programs of study lead to the same degrees available to other students in the McKelvey School of Engineering.

Biomedical Engineering(sample curriculum .pdf)

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Systems Science & Engineering(sample curriculum .pdf)

How to Apply

Applications are typically submitted during the winter of a student's junior or senior year at an affiliated institution. Do not apply using the Common Application. The application deadline is Feb. 28. There is no application fee. Students are encouraged to review the Dual Degree Program admission requirements.

Admissions Checklist

  • Online application
  • Institutional endorsement certifying aptitude for engineering study and receipt of a second degree. The Dual Degree liaison officer at your current institution must certify aptitude for engineering study, which he or she will be requested to do after you submit your online application. This will attest you are expected to complete a bachelor's level, non-engineering degree at your current institution no later than receipt of the engineering degree from WashU.
  • Official transcript. Do not submit until your fall grades have been recorded. Do not send transcripts to WashU Undergraduate Admissions. Have your campus registrar send your official electronic transcript to eng-dualdegree@wustl.edu or have your campus registrar mail your official transcript to:

    Washington University in St. Louis
    Engineering Dual Degree Program
    Campus Box 1100
    1 Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130

J-Term (January Intensive Program)

J-Term is an opportunity for Dual Degree students to explore engineering, WashU and St. Louis while earning three credits toward their degree. You'll complete the special, intensive course in a concentrated 11-day format from late December to early January. Registration is required and should be completed by Nov. 15. Find more information, including the J-Term eligibility and schedule, online.

Research, Design Projects & Career Opportunities

Students are encouraged to pursue independent research projects, internships, cooperative education, international experiences or graduate study. The WashU Career Center's ultimate goal is for students to graduate with job placement, acceptance into graduate or professional school, or commitment to a short-term program.

Housing & Dining

Typically, Dual Degree students live in either the Dual Degree apartments (located in the University City Loop), other WashU-owned apartments, or in other nearby apartment buildings in the residential neighborhood north and northeast of the Danforth Campus. Students may use public transportation to travel to and from campus at no cost using a WashU Metro Pass (U-Pass).

All undergraduates, including those living off campus, are required to purchase a meal plan. Washington University Dining Services has been nationally recognized for providing outstanding dining experiences.