Certificate Application Requirements

There are no formal requirements for admission to undergraduate certificates for US citizens or permanent residents. Students should speak with an academic advisor regarding their preparation for specific certificates or courses.

Admission Timeline

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

  • Fall 2024: August 5, 2024
  • Spring 2025: November 15, 2024
  • Summer 2025: April 15, 2025

Completed Application Form

The online application is available online here. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed.

Statement of Admissions Conduct

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct as an integral part of its mission, the promotion of learning.  To achieve this goal, the university relies on each community member’s ethical behavior, honesty, integrity and good judgment.  Each community member should demonstrate respect for the rights of others.  Each community member is accountable for his/her actions.  Therefore, an offer of admission and a student’s enrollment at the university are contingent upon the accurate and complete representation of information within the application for admission, as well as successful completion of their current studies.  Applicants are obligated to notify the university of any changes in the information provided or responses submitted as part of their application.  Washington University in St. Louis reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission or revoke a student’s enrollment at any time if we receive information that, in our sole judgment and discretion, indicates that the information provided in the application is inaccurate or misleading or if new information leads the university to determine that a student is no longer a positive presence for study or participation in our community.

Changes to the English Language Proficiency Requirements (2022–23)
Effective March 23, 2022, if an applicant is unable to take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS, they may document their efforts to take the tests, email CAPS@wustl.edu and request the Duolingo, TOEFL ITP Plus for China, or TOEFL iBT Home Edition as exceptions. 

US Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen

This program is offered either mostly or fully online. Students entering the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must enroll in a program full time. F-1 students are only permitted to enroll in one online course per semester and J-1 students may only enroll in non-credit online courses that do not count toward their degree program. The School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) cannot guarantee face-to-face enrollment options each semester of full time enrollment, therefore cannot issue an I-20 or DS 2019 to F-1 and J-1 students for this program. If you are an F-1 or J-1 student and wish to enroll in a CAPS program while here on a Visa, please contact our recruitment team to discuss your options for face-to-face program enrollment. F-1 and J-1 students should not enroll in online courses or programs without first consulting the university’s Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).

Undergraduate Application Requirements

Below is a list of requirements for an application to any undergraduate (associate or bachelor) degree. Applications will be reviewed once all requirements are received.

Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take three to five business days.  An application is incomplete and will not be reviewed until all of the application requirements have been received or processed.  Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

  • Fall 2024: July 31, 2024
  • Spring 2025: Dec. 31, 2024
  • Summer 2025: April 30, 2025

Completed Application Form

The online application is available online here. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed.

Transcripts

Official (issued directly from the college or WashU) or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work are required. If you have fewer than six units of transferable credit or CAPS course work, then proof of high school completion, General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE) must be submitted. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to the WashU – School of Continuing & Professional Studies. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to CAPS@wustl.edu.

Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course-by-course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), SpanTran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For SpanTran evaluations, you must use this form.

Personal Essay

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to WashU – School of Continuing & Professional Studies? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?

TOEFL/IELTS Scores (if applicable)

All international students are required to submit TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL iBT and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:

  • Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
  • Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.

This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.

If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are then required for admission. 

Changes to the English Language Proficiency Requirements (2022–23)
Effective March 23, 2022, if an applicant is unable to take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS, they may document their efforts to take the tests, email CAPS@wustl.edu and request the Duolingo, TOEFL ITP Plus for China, or TOEFL iBT Home Edition as exceptions. 

US Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen

This program is offered either mostly or fully online. Students entering the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must enroll in a program full time. F-1 students are only permitted to enroll in one online course per semester and J-1 students may only enroll in non-credit online courses that do not count toward their degree program. The School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) cannot guarantee face-to-face enrollment options each semester of full time enrollment, therefore cannot issue an I-20 or DS 2019 to F-1 and J-1 students for this program. If you are an F-1 or J-1 student and wish to enroll in a CAPS program while here on a Visa, please contact our recruitment team to discuss your options for face-to-face program enrollment. F-1 and J-1 students should not enroll in online courses or programs without first consulting the university’s Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).

Graduate Application Requirements

Below is a list of requirements for an application to any graduate (master’s) degree. Applications will be reviewed once all requirements are received.

Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take one to two weeks. An application is incomplete and will not be reviewed until all of the application requirements have been received or processed.  Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

Domestic students:

  • Fall 2024: July 31, 2024
  • Spring 2025: Nov. 30, 2024
  • Summer 2025: April 30, 2025

International students:

  • Fall 2024: March 1, 2024
  • Spring 2025: Aug. 1, 2024
  • Summer 2025: Not applicable

Completed Application Form

The online application is available online here. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed.

Official Transcripts From All Previous College Work

Transcripts are required from each institution that you have attended and taken courses, received your bachelor’s degree, taken post-graduate courses, or where a higher-level degree was conferred.  Official transcripts must be sent directly from the school’s registrar to CAPS.  Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to CAPS@wustl.edu.

Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course-by-course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), SpanTran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For SpanTran evaluations, you must use this form.

Personal Essay

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to WashU – School of Continuing & Professional Studies? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?

TOEFL/IELTS Scores (if applicable)

All international students are required to submit TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL iBT and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:

  • Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
  • Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.

This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.

If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are then required for admission. 

Changes to the English Language Proficiency Requirements (2022–23)
Effective March 23, 2022, if an applicant is unable to take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS, they may document their efforts to take the tests, email CAPS@wustl.edu and request the Duolingo, TOEFL ITP Plus for China, or TOEFL iBT Home Edition as exceptions.

US Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen

This program is offered either mostly or fully online. Students entering the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must enroll in a program full time. F-1 students are only permitted to enroll in one online course per semester and J-1 students may only enroll in non-credit online courses that do not count toward their degree program. The School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) cannot guarantee face-to-face enrollment options each semester of full time enrollment, therefore cannot issue an I-20 or DS 2019 to F-1 and J-1 students for this program. If you are an F-1 or J-1 student and wish to enroll in a CAPS program while here on a Visa, please contact our recruitment team to discuss your options for face-to-face program enrollment. F-1 and J-1 students should not enroll in online courses or programs without first consulting the university’s Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).

Three Letters of Recommendation

A college instructor and/or professional associates should provide your letters of recommendation.  Letters can be submitted through the online application here, or mailed by the recommender to:

WashU – Continuing & Professional Studies
11 N. Jackson Ave.
Suite 1000
MSC 1085-414-20
St. Louis, MO 63105