Dual Degree Program

Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) cooperates with a select group of affiliated colleges and universities to offer the opportunity to earn a liberal arts degree (from their current school) and an undergraduate engineering degree (from WashU). Participants in the Undergraduate 2-year Option commonly follow either a 3-2 or a 4-2 schedule, entering WashU after their junior or senior year. Or with one additional year of study at WashU (i.e. 3 years total at WashU), students can also earn an engineering master's degree in addition to an undergraduate engineering degree, along with their liberal arts degree (from their current school) by enrolling in the Graduate 3-year Option instead.

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.

Other advantages 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 in the Dual Degree Program will develop strong oral and written communications, problem-solving and teamwork skills.

Degrees Awarded

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

Biomedical Engineering(sample curriculum .pdf)
Chemical Engineering(sample curriculum .pdf)
Computer Engineering(sample curriculum .pdf) Special Info
Computer Science(sample curriculum .pdf)Special Info
Electrical Engineering(sample curriculum .pdf)
Mechanical Engineering(sample curriculum .pdf)
Systems Science & Engineering(sample curriculum .pdf)

Admissions & Application Information

Course Requirements

These are the core requirements for all undergraduate professional engineering study, which should be completed before entry into WashU.

  • Chemistry: one semester of general chemistry with lab
  • Computer Programming: one course or certified proficiency in a high-level language (MATLAB experience is helpful for Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering majors)
  • English Composition: one course, acceptable examination scores, or college certification of proficiency
  • Humanities & Social Sciences: no fewer than 15 semester hours in approved areas (This sequence must include at least six semester hours in Humanities and three semester hours in Social Sciences).
  • Mathematics: a calculus sequence which includes exposure to multivariable calculus and a separate course in differential equations (linear algebra or matrix algebra strongly recommended)
  • Physics: one-year calculus-based sequence with lab
  • Total Credits: a minimum of 90 semester hours of transferable college credit (courses with grades below C- do not transfer)

Department-specific requirements

  • Biomedical Engineering: one semester of biology that covers cellular, molecular and developmental biology and a second semester of general chemistry with lab
  • Chemical Engineering: one semester of biology that covers cellular, molecular and developmental biology, a second semester of general chemistry with lab, and one semester of organic chemistry with lab (a second semester of organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and a course on energy and environment from a scientific point of view are strongly recommended)
  • Computer Science & Computer Engineering: a second computer programming course
    Note: Computer Science majors only are not required to complete chemistry or differential equations

A GPA of B+ (3.25/4.0) or better, both overall and in science and mathematics courses is required for admission to the Dual Degree Program. Applicants with lower GPAs are considered on a case-by-case basis; please have your liaison officer write a letter of support.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Proficiency in English is required of all applicants. International applicants who will not have a minimum of three years of documented study at an English-speaking institution, in a country where English is the primary language of daily living are required to submit official TOEFL IBT scores to Washington University. TOEFL scores must be less than two years old to be valid. Please request ETS to send official scores to Institution Code 6929 at the time of application.

We are unable to offer admission without official scores, therefore you should plan to complete the test before the Dual Degree Program application deadline. If a TOEFL is required as a part of your application and is not submitted, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for admission.


Applications are typically submitted during the winter of a student's junior or senior year at an affiliated institution. Application deadline is February 28. There is no application fee. Do not apply using the Common Application.

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 (please do not submit until your fall grades have been recorded)
Have Your Campus Registrar Mail Official Transcript To:

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

Or Have Your Campus Registrar Send Official Electronic Transcript To:


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.

J-Term (January Intensive Program)

J-Term is an opportunity for Dual Degree students to explore engineering, WashU and St. Louis. Students will complete a special, intensive course in a concentrated 11-day format from late December to early January. Registration is required.