Office of Graduate Studies

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The Graduate School historically administered all Master of Arts (AM), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees at Washington University from 1964 to 2021. During the 2021-22 academic year, the administrative functions of the Graduate School were transitioned to the respective master's- and PhD-granting schools at Washington University, including Olin Business School, McKelvey School of Engineering, Brown School, the School of Medicine, and the (School of) Arts & Sciences. ​​​The university also collaborates with the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College to offer a PhD in Nursing Science. As a result, the graduate students of Arts & Sciences are now supported administratively by the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS), Arts & Sciences.


The Office of Graduate Studies, Arts & Sciences, is led by the Vice Dean of Graduate Education and the OGS team. The Vice Dean also works closely with an Advisory Council, which consists of nominated faculty from across Arts & Sciences as well as student representatives from Arts & Sciences graduate programs. The Advisory Council advises the Vice Dean and the OGS team on policies, the implementation of strategic initiatives, and emerging issues and opportunities related to graduate education in Arts & Sciences. The Council provides initial reviews of curricular proposals, and it meets with all Arts & Sciences directors of graduate study and student representatives each semester.

Contact Information

Office of Graduate Studies, Arts & Sciences
Cupples II, Suite 204
Washington University in St. Louis
CB 1187
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899