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At Olin, we try to make the application process as streamlined as possible. We ask you to submit the information that is relevant and necessary for us to make an informed decision about your candidacy.
Our application process
REQUIRES the submission of a complete online application. Designed with applicants in mind, our system walks you through the required steps, including the submission (via upload) of the following
- One page résumé
- Three required and one optional essay:
- Olin Business School champions better decision-making by preparing and coaching leaders who will change the world, for good. We strive to achieve the highest standards of behavior, quality, and professionalism in all that we do. Share with us the events that led you to pursue your program of interest and provide examples of how you would like to change the world for good. (250-word maximum)
- Describe what you anticipate will be the most impactful change in the financial services industry in the next few years. Share how you intend to contribute to that industry post-graduation. (250-word maximum)
- Help us understand which industry you plan to focus your financial skills and share how that relates to your track preference. (150 words)
- Optional: Is there anything else you’d like to share? If so, please provide any additional information not previously addressed in the application that would help the Admissions Committee assess your candidacy. (250-word limit)
- Standardized test scores (unofficial)
- Academic transcripts (unofficial)
- Application interview video
- $100 application fee
- One professional recommendation
Additional Information About Required DocumentsOur Admissions Committee accepts unofficial copies of transcripts and test scores for the sole purpose of rendering an admissions decision.
Transcripts- Applicants must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree to be eligible for the program. (Note: Most international three-year degrees meet this requirement.)
- Be sure your transcripts include all coursework taken and the grades received for each course, as well as any transcript instructions or descriptions provided by the institution. Transcripts for study abroad programs or transfer credits are not required if the course titles, grades and credit hours are included on the transcript of the degree-granting institution.
International students must submit transcripts in the original language and English translation.
Standardized Tests- We require either a GMAT or GRE score report. We don't have a preference of one test over the other.
Test scores must be released when you submit your application.
- TOEFL or IELTS (Academic Format) – All international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents) whose native language is not English must take either the TOEFL or IELTS. Only scores from tests taken within
two years of the program start will be accepted. The TOEFL institution code for Washington University in St. Louis is listed in the chart below.
You may qualify for a waiver of this requirement if you have taken a minimum of three years of coursework at a college or university where the primary medium of instruction is English
and you received your degree from this institution.
If you are eligible for a waiver,
do not submit your TOEFL or IELTS score.
- In the application, please enter the name and email address of your recommender. When you save your application, they will receive an email with the recommendation to complete. If your recommender has completed the
Common Letter of Recommendation, they can email that form to us at
Application Interview Video
Applicants to Specialized Masters Programs must submit a video interview as part of the application process. Once you enter your recommender in the application portal, and save the application, a unique URL link will be sent to your email address with instructions outlining the video submission process.
The application fee is $100, and payment can be made with a credit card.
Financial documents or information pertaining to the I-20 should not be sent unless you have deposited to the program. Specific guidelines regarding I-20 processing will be sent upon admission.
When Do I Submit My Official Documents?
Once you get the news of your acceptance – and make the decision to join us at Olin –
official transcripts and valid, official test scores must be submitted two weeks before the start of orientation programming.
Official Test Scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS)
All applicants should request that the appropriate testing service forward official test score results to our office. Please note that it is not sufficient for the student to simply submit either the unofficial or official test taker copy. The appropriate Washington University/Olin institution codes for each test are as follows:
TOEFL or IELTS is not required for U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents or individuals waived from this requirement.
Master of Accounting |
Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSA)||
Master of Science in Finance (MSF)||
Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM)||
Global Master of Finance |
IELTS:*||Search by "Washington University in St. Louis"|
All enrolling students must submit official transcripts that include all coursework taken and the grades received for each course, as well as any transcript instructions or descriptions provided by the institution. Transcripts for study abroad programs or transfer credits are not required if the course titles, grades and credit hours are included on the transcript of the degree-granting institution.
Students must show proof of degree. For most U.S. institutions (and many non-U.S. institutions) an official transcript sent directly from the university or college will include the degree awarded and date the degree was conferred. If you have not yet graduated, the official transcript from the degree-granting institution should be sent as it becomes available.
For students who have graduated from non-U.S. institutions where the academic transcript does not show degree awarded and date of degree conferral, it will be necessary for you to bring your diploma, diploma book, or other equivalent document with you to St. Louis. When you arrive – and before the start of classes–you must bring your transcript to the Olin Graduate Programs Admission for visual verification. These documents will then be returned to you.
International students must submit both an original-language document and an English translation.
Official transcripts may be submitted as follows:
Mailed by your university in a sealed, official university envelope to the following address||
Official Electronic Transcript from your academic institution||
In Person – Must be in official, sealed envelope from academic institution|
| Washington University in St. Louis|
Olin Business School
Graduate Program Admissions Office
Knight Hall 310, CB 1156
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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| Olin Business School|
Knight Hall, Room 310
Monday – Friday
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Invitation-only interviews are conducted at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.