WashU undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree with as little as one additional year of study. Application is open to current WashU undergraduate students holding a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for all course work taken at WashU.
Semester of Application
Students should discuss the program with their adviser by the end of their junior year in order to best develop a plan for their senior year leading into their master’s year. With 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 150 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.
Applicants should apply to the semester their graduate studies will begin. Example: A student entering their senior year in fall 2018 would apply to the fall 2019 semester.
|Dept.|| Letters of Recommendation|| GRE (Waived)|| Statement of Purpose|| Resume|| Transcript|
|BME||1 BME Faculty Letter or 3 Non-BME Faculty|| GRE is not required for application; please enter the current date to bypass the system requirement||Upload||Upload|
Upload WashU Transcript (Unofficial from WebSTAC)
|CSE||1 CSE Faculty Letter or 3 Non-CSE Faculty|
|ESE||1 ESE Faculty Letter or 3 Non-ESE Faculty|
|EECE||1 EECE Faculty Letter or 3 Non-EECE Faculty|
|MEMS|| 1 MEMS Faculty Letter or 3 Non-MEMS Faculty|
|SEVER||1 Full Time SEAS Faculty Letter or 3 Non-SEAS Faculty|
Awarding of Bachelor's/Master's Degrees
Students can choose to earn their bachelor's degrees at the end of their senior year or they may choose to defer earning the bachelor's degrees until they complete the master's degree. When students are ready to earn either or both the Bachelor's/Master's degree(s), they should follow the standard procedures to file their intent to graduate form online using WebSTAC. Earning both degrees at the same time is the most common practice, but the decision is up to the student.
NOTE: If a student does opt to earn the bachelor's degree prior to completing the master's degree, it will not restrict the student from receiving any standard bachelor's/master's merit-based scholarship support.
Student Loan Implications
There may be advantages for students to defer earning their bachelor's degree until completing the master’s program. For example, student loans may go into repayment, begin accruing interest, or use a portion of the repayment grace period, once your degree is earned. After enrolling full-time in your first master’s semester, the loans would go back into in-school deferment, but this may be after a payment is due or after a portion of the set grace period is used. Students who wait to earn the bachelor's degree would have student loans remain in in-school deferment, so long as they meet the enrollment qualifications for deferment. Students are advised to check with Student Financial Services or find more information via studentaid.ed.gov.
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. Earning both degrees at the same time is the most common option pursued, because most students do better in their graduate studies overall. For further details about final Latin honors calculations, contact Engineering Student Services.
Employment or Residency Program Implications
Residency or job programs may want to see that you’ve earned your bachelor's degree. If you anticipate that being a possibility, you may opt to earn your degree upon completion of the bachelor's requirements.
Graduate Status & Tuition
Bachelor's/Master's students remain classified as undergraduate students until they have completed the equivalent of 8 semesters of undergraduate enrollment or upon conferment of their undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Once classified as a graduate student, tuition is charged at the graduate student rate and no further undergraduate financial support or aid can be received. However, full-time Bachelor's/Master's students are eligible to receive a tuition discount during their final master's year of study. Bachelor's/Master's scholarship awards are based on the undergraduate cumulative major GPA as shown in the scholarship award chart below.
NOTE: Full-time for graduate students is nine or more units. Part-time students, those taking less than nine units, are ineligible for scholarship.
Scholarship & Financial Aid
Scholarship support for the final year of full-time Bachelor's/Master's study is automatically awarded to those admitted into the program. The amount is based upon a student's cumulative GPA, computed at the end of the student's junior year. The scholarship award is available to both international and domestic students and is valid for two full-time master's semesters and one summer semester. Domestic students are also eligible for loans and can email the Graduate Financial Aid Analyst & Accountant, Johanna Sengheiser, to inquire about loan options.
at end of junior year
Scholarship for applications
submitted by October 1*
| Scholarship for late applications |
|3.75-4.00||50% of tuition||35%|
|3.65-3.74||45% of tuition||30%|
|3.55-3.64||40% of tuition||25%|
|3.45-3.54||35% of tuition||20%|
|3.35-3.44||30% of tuition||15%|
|3.25-3.34||25% of tuition||10%|
|3.15-3.24||20% of tuition||0|
|3.05-3.14||15% of tuition||0|
|3.00-3.04||10% of tuition||0|
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.
Boeing Graduate Residency Program Partnership
Students can apply to the Boeing Graduate Residency Program directly through Boeing during the fall semester of their senior year. The program begins the summer after a student has earned their undergraduate degree. Application to the program is available to US citizens only. >> Engineering Intern Programs at Boeing
Bachelor's/Master's students who have been accepted to the Boeing Graduate Residency Program may be granted time off work in order to attend master's courses. Boeing Residency participants will still be eligible for the scholarship award percentages.