Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to multiple departments

Applicants are welcome to apply to multiple departments. However, admission into one degree program is not transferable to another program. A new application account for each program of study must be created using a different email address. Applicants will also need to resubmit supporting documents and pay an additional application fee for each application submitted. Please note, you only need to report your official test scores via ETS to our WashU school code 6929 once, unless you would like to report new updated scores for your application(s).

Minimum test scores/GPA

Admission is based on the strength of the entire application package and not a single element such as test scores or GPA. Obtaining a specific score on the GRE/TOEFL or a high GPA does not guarantee admission. Therefore, we do not have published minimum GPA or GRE score requirements. We do, however, recommend a minimum TOEFL score of 90 or IELTS score of 6.5.

International applicants - part-time or conditional admission

International applicants are ineligible for part-time programs or conditional admission.

English Proficiency Testing Waiver Eligibility

The English proficiency testing requirement may be waived for applicants who meet any of the below criteria:
  • Is a citizen of Australia, Cameroon, Commonwealth Caribbean nations, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.
  • Has completed a minimum of three years of documented study in a university-level academic program in the United States or one of the countries listed above.
  • Has completed a minimum of three years of documented study in an English-medium academic program in Canada, Hong Kong, or South Africa.
Based on the evaluation of your application package, we retain the right to require English testing upon arrival and you may be required to take additional English classes. If you are recommended to take English classes, the cost of the courses will be your responsibility.

WashU Engineering School Codes

GRE – 6929, TOEFL - 6929

Official test Scores

We do not give an admissions decision without first receiving the official test scores.

submitting Official Transcripts

Official transcripts are not required to be sent to our institution until an offer of admission is accepted. Instructions on how to request official transcripts will be given to admitted students. >> View Information for Accepted Students

Who should be a recommender?

Recommenders should include faculty members, supervisors or work colleagues. Prior to entering a recommender in your application, you should ask the recommender if they will be able to give you a recommendation and inform them of the application deadline. Please do not use family, friends or other students.

Resending a lETTER OF RECOMMENDATION request

If you need to resend a recommendation request, please log back into your application. Go to the recommendation section, check the box by the recommender's name and resend. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all letters of recommendation are received by the deadline.

Supporting documents status

After you submit your application you may return to your application account as many times as you like. You may find it helpful to log back into your application to periodically check the status of the supporting documents the University has received to-date throughout the process. Please note that the Letters of Recommendation section of the application does not update automatically once submissions are complete; thus there may be a short delay of 1-2 business days before the section is updated to reflect completion.

APPLICATION Ready for Review

As soon as we receive all the necessary supporting documents, both the applicant and the department will be notified via email that the application is complete for review.

application Review Period

Each department manages the applictaion review process differently. As soon as an admission decision is made, notification will be sent via email to log into your application to view the decision letter. All decisions will released by the published deadlines. We appreciate your patience during the review process.

Financial Support

PhD applicants: All full-time PhD applications are reviewed for full financial support. Most offers of financial support are guaranteed for up to six years, as long as the student is making progress toward completion of the degree.

Master’s applicants: Master’s students are expected to be self-supporting, but may be eligible for limited institutional financial assistance.

Difference between CV & Resume

A curriculum vitae (CV) is very similar to a resume in terms of most key formatting. Some countries refer to the CV the same way we refer to a resume. In the United States, a CV is distinct from a resume in the sense that it is used primarily in academic and research circles or in medical careers. CVs are more comprehensive than resumes because they can go beyond one page, and therefore do not need to be as tailored.