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 December 15, although petitions for later submission will be considered. We especially encourage applications from women and under-represented minorities.

When selecting the program that you are applying for in the application, Materials Science and Engineering (PHD) can be found under "The Graduate School" listing of programs. 

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 an automatic (no request needed) 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 and the entire program of study must have been completed at the institution. NOTE that the TOEFL will likely be required for immigration purposes.  

An official copy of your original transcripts, sent directly from your previous institution,  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

We also participate in the CCHESICC program for students from China, for students utilizing this program a paper copy of your transcript is not necessary. 

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.  More information about funding and support opportunities can be found on The Graduate School website as well as below. 


Internal Fellowship Opportunities

Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program 

  • Students must have earned or be in the process of earning an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution. Applicants must apply for a degree program in which they are not currently enrolled.
  • Students will be selected for the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship, who, in light of all pertinent academic qualifications, experiences and attributes, would contribute to the diversity of graduate education at Washington University. Students should have a strong interest in becoming a college or university professor.
  • The University believes that student body diversity entails many dimensions, and is advanced on campus by having a broad variety of cultural, socioeconomic, gender, racial, ethnic, geographical, philosophical/religious, and other distinctive backgrounds and perspectives (e.g., first generation college graduates, experience facing personal or financial hardship).

Dean's International Fellowship

  • Full-time undergraduate student or master's student at IIT Bombay, National Chiao Tung University, National Taiwan University and Tsinghua University
  • GPA greater than 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) or 80 (on a 100 scale)
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for fall 2019 enrollment
  • Applying to an eligible PhD program (includes Materials Science and Engineering)

Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowship for Women in Graduate Study

  • Applicants must be female, applying for a degree program in which they are not currently enrolled, and have earned or be in the process of earning an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution. In considering women for our Olin Fellowship, special consideration is given to the following:
  • Evidence of intellectual ability and versatility and of academic achievement.
  • Evidence of commitment to undertake and sustain preparation for a career in higher education or the professions.
  • Evidence of personal qualities necessary to make constructive contributions to higher education or the professions.

McNair Fellowship

First Year Fellowships are offered to former McNair scholars who are admitted to selected doctoral programs (including Materials Science and Engineering)  at Washington University. The Fellowship provides full tuition plus an enhanced First Year stipend.  Five years of support are guaranteed by a combination of University Fellowships and Assistantships.


Additional Internal Fellowship & Award Opportunities