American Culture Studies courses normally are offered once a week in the late afternoon or evening. Students may start the program in the fall, spring or summer terms.
Admission to the M.A. in American Culture Studies program is open on a selective basis to:
- qualified adults in the St. Louis area who are at least two years beyond the baccalaureate degree;
- recent college or university graduates with a cumulative grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better; and
- applicants who are returning to formal academic study after a number of years' absence must have a strong undergraduate background in one of the disciplines represented in the American Culture Studies program, strong writing and analytical skills, and a clear understanding of their reasons for pursuing this degree.
- Completed application form
The application form for the American Culture Studies 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.
- Personal statement
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application?
- Three letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be completed by teachers or professional associates. They can be submitted as part of your online application or mailed to University College.
- Writing Sample
Please submit a writing sample that is research-based if possible. If not, please submit a sample that discusses your motivations for continuing your education, and why the AMCS program interests you.
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.)
- $35 application fee
Payment may be submitted by credit card online as part of your application, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
University College and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences review completed applications and make admission decisions on a rolling basis. The process typically takes four to six weeks; applicants are encouraged to submit their completed application, including supporting materials, by the following dates in order to ensure a timely decision:
- Recommended deadline for fall enrollment: July 15th
- Recommended deadline for spring enrollment: November 15th
- Recommended deadline for summer enrollment: April 15th
If you plan to apply for federal financial aid, please note that this process can take six to eight weeks. University College suggests that applicants complete their FAFSA at the time of application for admission. Please visit our Tuition & Aid section for additional information about financial aid and step-by-step application instructions.