Since 1931, the Washington University in St. Louis – School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) has been a cornerstone of career advancement and professional development in the St. Louis region. The mission is to empower modern learners like you—those balancing education with work and personal responsibilities—with flexible, high-quality educational pathways to career success.

CAPS offers a variety of degree and certificate programs tailored to meet the demands of the regional job market. The dynamic curriculum, developed in collaboration with industry leaders, ensures you gain the skills and knowledge employers are seeking. Whether you’re looking to upskill, reskill, or achieve a new qualification, our programs provide the practical, career-focused education you need to thrive.

Flexible learning options – including online courses, hybrid programs, and in-person classes – allow you to pursue your educational goals on your terms. CAPS is committed to supporting your success with a range of resources and personalized advising. With the support of dedicated instructors, recruiters, student success navigators, and career specialists, you will have the resources and guidance needed to succeed. 

2023-2026 Strategic Plan

Here and Next

As an integral part of  WashU’s transformative “Here and Next” strategic initiative, the School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) is committed to expanding educational opportunities and fostering community impact. CAPS is a cornerstone for modern learners and professionals in the St, Louis region interested in becoming a WashU graduate.

Empowering Diverse Learners

The School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) is at the forefront of the Here and Next Community Pillar by providing accessible education to diverse and underserved communities. Offerings such as the English Language Program,  Prison Education Project, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute ensure that higher education is within reach for everyone. These programs are pillars of our strategy to be in St. Louis, for St. Louis, designed to extend the transformative power of education to those who may not have felt WashU was accessible to them.

Driving Workforce Development

Aligning with the Here and Next People Pillar, the School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) offers career-focused degree and certificate programs designed to meet the demands of the regional job market. Through an industry-aligned curriculum, students are equipped with the practical skills and knowledge that employers are seeking, supporting career advancement and upward mobility​.

Innovative Learning and Collaboration

The Here and Next Research and Digital Transformation Pillars allow the School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) to continuously innovate its curriculum through collaborations with industry leaders. Programs at CAPS incorporate cutting-edge practices and foster interdisciplinary partnerships, ensuring students gain the skills needed to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.