Academics & Schools

Graduate, professional and advanced learning

For more than a century, Washington University in St. Louis has offered advanced degrees in everything from philosophy to medicine at the master's and doctoral levels. As an independent, private research and teaching university, Washington University is dedicated to challenging its students and faculty to learn, to create new knowledge, to build greater global understanding and to serve society in an ever-changing world.

As its international presence has grown, the university now attracts graduate and professional students from more than 100 countries and all 50 states.

Washington University is a world leader in graduate, professional and postdoctoral education, awarding hundreds of PhD, MD and master’s degrees annually. More than 6,000 graduate and professional students study at the university at any given time.

Each of Washington University’s seven schools offers graduate or professional degrees. Admission to these programs is school-based, often with departments determining which students to accept into their programs. Inquiries regarding specific degree programs should be made to the correct admissions office and the supervising department or school.

The Office of the University Registrar maintains a list of recently-awarded advanced degrees. For more information, please visit the Office of the University Registrar website.

In addition to single-degree diplomas, the university also offers a number of combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees throughout the university’s seven schools. As an example, Washington University has the world’s largest medical scientist MD/PhD program.

For more information, please read about interdisciplinary programs or visit the school's pages directly: