WashU School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) is an institution that’s committed to bringing the highest quality academic programs to students looking to continue their education in the St. Louis area.

Washington University has offered outstanding continuing education and professional programs since 1908. As the needs of their students increased, CAPS, the professional and continuing education school, was founded officially in 1931 and has been serving the St. Louis region ever since.

While their programs and offerings have evolved, their mission has remained the same: to give adult students the opportunity to experience the excitement of attending and earning a degree or certificate from a world-class research institution. With more than 30 programs of study, you’ll find degrees and certificates that will help you advance your career, explore new fields, and grow personally and professionally. Even those who aren’t seeking a degree will find their place—our open enrollment policy allows students to take evening undergraduate courses on a non-degree basis while exploring their interests.

Why Choose CAPS?

Nationally ranked university
Distinguished faculty and first-rate teaching
Challenging, innovative courses and programs
Accelerated undergraduate options
Generous scholarships and financial assistance available
Personalized advising and career planning

Accreditation & Professional Affiliations

Washington University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the College Board, the American Council on Education, and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri. WashU School of Continuing & Professional Studies is a member of the Association for Continuing Higher Education, the University Continuing Education Association, and the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.

Sean Armstrong

Sean Armstrong

Dean of School of Continuing & Professional Studies

In my role as dean, I will complete the transformation of the School of Continuing & Professional Studies, the university’s professional and continuing education division, as a school for continuing education with a greater focus on accessible pathways for economic mobility and career advancement for residents of the St. Louis region.