How to Apply & Financial Support


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Please apply directly online. There is a $45 application fee. If necessary, you may apply online for a waiver of this fee, which will be reviewed by the Dean of the Graduate School. Questions should be addressed to Beth Gartin, the secretary of the Graduate Admissions Committee by email ( or telephone (314) 935-7191.

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Graduate Student Admissions

Students are admitted to the PhD program in the Institute of Materials Science & Engineering in the fall semester, near the end of August. The application deadline is January 15, although petitions for later submission will be considered. We especially encourage applications from women and under-represented minorities.

Admissions Requirements

A Bachelor's or Master's degree from an accredited institution is required for consideration for admission into the PhD degree program.

GRE Scores: Please have your GRE and/or TOEFL scores sent directly to the University. The institution code is 6929. You do not need to use a department code. The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to the IMSE. The IMSE does not require a subject test. Please note that the University will consider only scores from tests taken within the last five years.

TOEFL Scores: Proficiency in English is required of all applicants. Applicants, whose native language is not English, must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Only scores from tests taken within the last two years will be accepted. To be eligible for a TOEFL waiver the applicant must have completed a full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited university located in the United States. Please note that the entire program of study must have been completed at the institution.

Credit Transfer Request (PDF)

A copy of your original transcripts should be sent to:

Beth Gartin
Institute of Materials Science & Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Drive, CB 1168
Rudolph Hall, Rm 110
St. Louis, MO 63130


Financial Support

Students who are admitted to graduate study for a PhD. from the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering (IMSE) at Washington University receive a University Fellowship for the first year (2 semesters) of study. These fellowships provides tuition remission for up to 12 credit hours per semester as well as a 12 month stipend. Thus, graduate study in IMSE generally does not require additional student loans, working part-time, or any other outside means of support.

Support beyond your first year is contingent on satisfactory academic performance and your acceptance into a research group that will support you. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will provide a subsidy equivalent to 90% of both the mandatory university health fee and the insurance premium, for students enrolling in the Washington University health insurance plan. Please note that a condition of this offer is that you not accept additional part-time employment, unless it has been specifically pre-approved by your Research Advisor and the Graduate School. 

You are encouraged to apply for additional fellowships as well.  Washington University in St. Louis offers several opportunities.