We admit students for full-time study (at least nine credit hours per term) toward the Ph.D. degree. A terminal master's degree program is not offered. To be admitted next fall, you need to submit your online application by December 1 to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
You are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. We also strongly recommend that you take the Psychology Subject Test.
You will find detailed instructions included with your application.
In making decisions about admission, the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences considers many factors--including test scores, grade-point average, research experience, and letters of recommendation--along with other factors that help us assess your potential. Students admitted to the graduate program over the past several years have had mean GRE Verbal scores of 635 / 162, Quantitative scores of 720 / 158, and an Analytical score of 5.0. Psychology Subject Test score mean is 720 and the undergraduate GPA average is 3.63. There is considerable range around these values, however, and all factors are considered.
Many graduate students receive financial support through teaching and research assistantships. Awards range from partial tuition remission to full tuition remission plus a stipend.
Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships for Women
The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program
The Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships for Women are available to "young women of exceptional promise to prepare for careers in higher education and the professions." These fellowships provide full tuition as well as an annual stipend for up to four years of study. The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program has been designed to facilitate training for students who will contribute to diversity in graduate education and who are interested in becoming college or university professors.. The Olin and Chancellor's Graduate fellowships require separate applications, with deadlines shortly after January 15th. Both of these fellowships now only accept online applications, which can be accessed at the following websites.
First Year Fellowships for Ronald E. McNair Scholars
First Year Fellowships are offered to former McNair scholars who are admitted to selected doctoral programs in Arts & Sciences at Washington University. The Fellowship provides full tuition plus an enhanced First Year stipend. Five years of support are guaranteed by a combination of University Fellowships and Assistantships
For more information: https://graduateschool.wustl.edu/first-year-fellowships-ronald-e-mcnair-scholars