Master's Degrees

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 comparable graduate-level course work may be transferred from another university or from a related graduate program at Washington University, with the approval of the program director. These must be graduate-level units not used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. Transfer credit may be granted only for authorized courses for which the student received a grade of B or higher. 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. 

University College offers the following master's degrees. All degree programs are eligible for financial aid.

Master of Arts

Master of Science


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.