University College

Graduate Study

University College administers the Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Science in coordination with the Office of Graduate Studies, Arts & Sciences. University College administers the Master of Science in Clinical Research Management in coordination with Washington University School of Medicine. University College also offers a range of graduate-level certificate programs.

Master's degree programs in University College consist of 30 to 36 units of graduate-level course work, including, in some cases, a 6-unit master's thesis or a 3-unit directed research project.

Normally, up to 6 units of relevant graduate-level study with a grade of B or higher may be transferred to a master’s degree program. All other course work must be taken at Washington University. Courses taken as pass/fail or audit will not count toward a master’s degree program of study.* Grades below C- will not count toward a master’s degree program of study. Students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 to be eligible to receive a master’s degree.

Please visit the University College website or call 314-935-6700 for more detailed information, requirements and policies concerning specific graduate degree programs.


University College students may apply a maximum of 6 units of pass/fail credit from graduate-level course work in the Olin Business School to a master's degree program in University College. The course work must be authorized by University College, and the student must have received a grade of Pass or High Pass in the Olin School course. Courses with grades of Low Pass are not eligible. This policy applies only to courses completed on a pass/fail basis in the Olin Business School prior to a student's admission to a University College graduate program of study administered and conferred by University College. Once admitted to a University College program of study, students who are authorized to take courses in the Olin School and apply them toward their program of study are required to convert pass/fail grades to letter grades at the time of registration.


Admission to master's degree programs is competitive and open on a selective basis to qualified individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree. University College reviews completed applications and makes admissions decisions on a rolling basis for master's degree programs. The process typically takes four to six weeks. Master's degree applicants should submit materials according to the following schedule to ensure a timely decision: December 15 for spring, April 15 for summer and July 15 for fall. Please visit the University College website for additional program-specific admission requirements.

Graduate Degrees in University College