Candidates for the Doctor of Liberal Arts program must already hold a master’s degree in a relevant subject from an accredited institution of higher learning. Candidates must have an exceptionally strong undergraduate and graduate academic record, and they must demonstrate superior writing and, preferably, research skills.
Normally, the minimum undergraduate and graduate GPA will be 3.7.
The DLA application carries an April 1 deadline for fall admission and an October 15 deadline for spring admission. Below is a list of requirements for an application to the Doctor of Liberal Arts program at University College. Your application will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
Completed application form
The application form for the Doctor of Liberal Arts Program is available online on the Apply page.
Official transcripts from all previous college work
Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.
In a three-page essay, discuss the ideas and questions you would like to read, write, and think about, and how doing so through this program will enrich your life. Please include prior inquiry or experiences, formal or informal, which have influenced your decision to apply to the program.
Please submit a recent, research-based academic writing sample that is 10-15 pages long. If one is not available, other writing samples of comparable length may be substituted with approval from University College.
Three letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be completed by teachers or professional associates. An online request to your recommenders can be sent through this application.
TOEFL scores, if applicable
If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College. (Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.)
A $35 non-refundable application fee
You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. This fee is waived for all WashU staff.
Candidates will be selected by faculty members of the DLA Faculty Steering Committee and recommended to the dean of the graduate school for approval. A maximum of 6 units of graduate credit may be transferred to the DLA.