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University College is the professional and continuing education division of Arts & Sciences. The division offers a wide range of courses in both online and face-to-face formats in a variety of academic departments and interdisciplinary and professional areas of study. Part-time and full-time study options in undergraduate degree programs, graduate degree programs, and certificate programs are available. University College is also home to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for adults 50 years old and older. In addition, University College sponsors special lecture series such as the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) Saturday Lecture Series and Science Saturdays, which is co-sponsored by the Department of Physics. For more information, visit the University College website.

Graduate Study

University College administers the Doctor of Liberal Arts, Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Science in coordination with the Graduate School. 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.

To earn the Doctor of Liberal Arts degree at Washington University, a student must complete 45 credit units after earning a relevant master's degree, pass a written and oral comprehensive examination, and write and defend a thesis.

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 related graduate-level study with a grade of B or higher may be transferred to a graduate program. All other course work must be taken at Washington University. Only courses taken for a letter grade may be applied to a graduate program of study. Courses taken as pass/fail or audit will not count toward a graduate program of study.* Grades below C- will not count toward a graduate degree program of study. Students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 to be eligible to receive a graduate degree.

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


Admission to the Doctor of Liberal Arts program is extremely competitive. Candidates must already hold a master's degree in a relevant subject from an accredited institution of higher learning. The application deadline is April 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Please visit the University College website for more detailed admissions requirements and information about the Doctor of Liberal Arts.

Admission to the master's degree programs is competitive and open on a selective basis to qualified individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree. University College and the Graduate School review completed applications and make admissions decisions on a rolling basis for master's degree programs. The process typically takes four to six weeks. Most 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 (with some variance, depending on the program). Please visit the University College website for additional program-specific admission requirements.

Graduate Degrees in University College

The AM, MAEd, and MS in Biology degrees are conferred by the Graduate School. The MS in Clinical Research Management is conferred by University College.

Contact Information

University College
Office of Admissions and Student Services
Washington University in St. Louis
CB 1085
11 N. Jackson Road, Suite 1000
St. Louis, Missouri 63105-2153
Phone: 314-935-6700
Toll-Free: 866-340-0723
Fax: 314-935-6744
University College website