The Graduate Student-at-Large Program in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis provides an opportunity for qualified individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree to register for day and evening courses in Arts & Sciences on a non-degree basis. This program is coordinated by University College, the continuing education and professional studies division of Arts & Sciences at Washington University.
The program is designed for:
- Individuals who need additional course work in preparation for graduate or professional school.
- Individuals who wish to enroll in graduate courses on a part-time basis for personal or career enrichment.
- Individuals who wish to try out a few graduate courses before seeking admission to a graduate program in University College.
- Graduate students in good standing from another St. Louis area college or university who wish to enroll in courses not offered at their home institution.
- Completed application form
The application form for the Graduate Student at Large 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.
- TOEFL scores, if applicable
International students who are not native English speakers must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a US college or University may be accepted as documentation of English language skills.
- $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.
Policies and Procedures
- Eligibility for Student-At-Large status includes an earned bachelor’s degree at another accredited college or university, and a 3.0 minimum final cumulative grade point average. Demonstrated achievement in professional and other work-related experiences also will be considered in evaluating applications.
- A Graduate Student-At-Large is eligible to register for evening graduate courses offered through University College or day undergraduate courses offered through Arts & Sciences. Individuals who wish to register for day graduate courses in preparation for a graduate degree program in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Washington University are required to apply for non-degree study through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
- All course enrollments are on a space-available basis and must be approved by the instructor and a University College advisor.
- A Graduate Student-At-Large is eligible to register for a maximum of six units (normally two courses) of graduate course work in a single semester. The student is eligible to register for a maximum of nine units (normally three courses) of undergraduate course work in a single semester.
- A Graduate Student-At-Large may take courses for a letter grade, audit, or Pass/Fail.
- Students register for courses through University College and pay tuition in full at the time of registration. Students are charged day tuition rates for day courses, and evening rates for evening courses.
- Graduate Student-At-Large status will be terminated if a student receives a grade of F, or if the student’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 at any time.
- Permission to register under this arrangement does not constitute admission to a degree program at Washington University. Qualified students may apply for admission at a future date to one of the degree-granting divisions of the University.
- A maximum of three courses taken during Graduate Student-At-Large status may be applied to a graduate program in University College with authorization by University College. All courses applied to a graduate program must be taken for a letter grade.
- Courses taken as Graduate Student-At-Large may be applied to a graduate or professional degree program at another division of Washington University with authorization by that academic division.
- Federal or institutional financial assistance is not available for the Graduate Student-At-Large.
- International students are eligible to apply for non-degree study as a Graduate Student-At-Large if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational.
On-campus housing is not available to Graduate Students-At Large during the academic year. Off-campus housing, however, is available. For more information about housing options please contact the Office of Residential Life, http://reslife.wustl.edu, (314) 935-5050; or Quadrangle Housing http://www.offcampushousing.wustl.edu, (314) 935-9511.
For additional information about the Graduate Student-At-Large Program, please call (314) 935-6759.