Frequently Asked Questions

About Washington University in St. Louis

Q. Where is Washington University in St. Louis located?
A. Washington University in St. Louis is located in the city of St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Situated at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, St. Louis is near the geographic center of the United States. It is consistently ranked among the nation’s most affordable and best places to live and raise families. There are many opportunities to watch a wide range of professional sports and attend a multitude of cultural and music festivals throughout the year. More information about St. Louis can be found on our website or at Explore St. Louis.

Q. What is the climate like in St. Louis?
A. St. Louis climate is characterized by four seasons. Winters are brisk, but generally not severe, with January being the coldest month (average high of 40◦F/4◦C and low of 24◦F/-4◦C). The warmest month is July, averaging a high of 89◦F/32◦C. Rainfall in St. Louis is just above average with the maximum precipitation being in the month of May.

Q. What housing options would be available to me as a graduate student?
A. Most graduate students live in one of the many privately-owned apartments located within a 10- block radius of the school. Both furnished and unfurnished rooms, apartments and houses are available. We recommend you consult with the Apartment Referral Service (ARS), a resource for University students, faculty and staff looking for apartments, duplexes, condos or houses. ARS can be reached by telephone at (314) 935-5045 or online at Alternatively, upon admission you will be able to connect with current and incoming students through our Facebook page. This is a great way to connect with housing options as current students are departing and incoming students are looking for shared living opportunities.

Q. Where can I find out about Washington University student health insurance?
A. Student Health Services

Q. I would like to visit campus in the near future. What should I do to make arrangements for my visit?
A. Please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Amber Moloney, to arrange for a campus visit. She can be reached by email at and will work with you to coordinate your visit.

Q. Some students cannot visit Olin easily. Is this considered a drawback for admission?
A. Although we encourage students to visit Olin if they can, there is no penalty for individuals who cannot make it to campus.

International Students

Q. Am I considered an international student?
A. If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident you are considered an international student, regardless of whether you are currently studying in the United States.

Q. Is the application or tuition fee different for international students?
A. No, we do not charge any additional fees for international students applying to our programs.

Q. How many international students are admitted to your programs?
A. The number of international students admitted each cycle depends on the applicant pool. Our goal is to achieve a balance between domestic and international students to provide a good learning environment for all of our students.

Q. As an international student, what are the chances of me getting a job in the U.S. upon graduation?
A. The job market for international students in the U.S. can be difficult, so we encourage our international students to look for opportunities both in the U.S. and in their home country. The U.S. economy is still emerging from the recent recession and the U.S. government issues only a small number of visas each year with work authorization. When you combine those two elements, finding full-time employment in the U.S. is often challenging for non-U.S. citizens.

Q. Does Washington University in St. Louis have employment connections in the Asia Pacific region?
A. Washington University in St. Louis and the Olin Business School have a very large alumni network in Hong Kong, with connections throughout the Asia Pacific region. Our Global MSF Program will only continue to build our connections.

Q. Do you have an English language communication program that international students can participate in before entering the degree program?
A. We offer English language reading and writing courses during the fall and spring semesters. International students are tested on their English language communication skills during orientation to determine whether these courses would be beneficial. Students who are waived from taking the courses, but would like to improve their skills, may take the courses if space is available. In addition to these courses, we offer an optional two-week communication development and acculturation program, Competitive Communication Skills Summer Program, for our Graduate International students. There is an $850 tuition fee associated with the course, and space is limited, but it is highly recommended for those who have not studied in the USA before.

Financial Information

Q. What is the tuition cost for a specialized master’s degree?
A. Please visit the SMP tuition page.

Q. Is there an additional cost associated with the Foundations Courses?
A. There are no additional tuition costs related to the Foundations Courses.

Q. What scholarships do you have available for admitted students?
A. Visit the Tuition and Financial Aid page for information.

Q. Are graduate assistantships or fellowships available to SMP students?
A. No, we do not have graduate assistantships or fellowships available to SMP students.

Q. Are there on-campus job opportunities when I arrive?
A. Job opportunities on campus are available in many departments for a variety of positions. They are most commonly found through CareerLink after arrival to the University.
Q. How do I apply for financial aid?
A. Loan options for the SMP program can be found on the “Types of Loans” section of our Tuition & Financial Aid webpage.

Program Information

Q. What is the Olin Business School’s accreditation?
A. We are accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Q. Do you offer online classes?
A. Foundation courses for the various SMP programs are offered online.

Q. If I have already taken classes at the graduate level, can I transfer credits?
A. Once you have enrolled at Olin, you may submit for review up to nine credits for transfer from other graduate programs accredited by the AACSB. Any transfer credit must be reviewed and approved by the Academic Director.

Q. How does Washington University’s Olin Business School help me find a job upon graduation?
A. Building relationships is key to finding a job in the U.S. Our Weston Career Center (WCC) provides a wide range of employment resources to assist students navigating the recruitment market. Specifically, the WCC offers sessions on professional development where students can gain valuable skills related to networking, resume writing, and business etiquette. Career advisors meet with students, as needed, and assist with inquiries related to the online job postings. The WCC also hosts multiple “Meet the Firms” events where companies visit our campus to recruit students.

Q. What companies recruit SMP students from Olin?
A. The most current employment statistics, including companies that have hired our students/alums, can be found on our Weston Career Center website under the “Employment Statistics” section.

Q. What percentage of SMP students received a job offer upon graduation?
A. The most current employment information can be found on our Weston Career Center website.

Part-Time Students

Q. Is this program available on a part-time basis?
A. The MSF-Corporate Finance and Investments Track, as well as the MS in Supply Chain Management are available on a part-time basis.

Q. As a part-time student, would I still be eligible for student health insurance?
A. Only full-time Washington University students are eligible for insurance coverage through the University.

Application Process

Q. How can I get an application for admission?
A. All applications to our programs need to be submitted through our online application process.

Q. Do you accept applications for spring and summer admission?
A. For full-time students we only accept applications for matriculation in the fall of each year. Part- time students may apply for fall or spring matriculation.

Q. I do not have job experience. Am I still eligible to apply?
A. Most applicants join us directly from their undergraduate studies. Strong applicants will have had at least one substantive internship experience in the area of study.

Q. Do you require letters of recommendation?
A. We do not require letters of recommendation.

Q. What is the deadline to apply?
A. Deadlines for applications can be found on each program's Admissions webpage.

Q. Should I apply to Round 1 or Round 2 of the application process?
A. The primary benefit to applying in Round 1 rather than Round 2 is that you will learn your admission decision sooner. If admitted, you will have approximately one month to consider our offer. If you are considering a number of schools and aren’t sure which is your top choice, applying in Round 2 will enable you to know more about your status at a number of institutions.

Q. Can I apply to two programs?
A. No. We encourage students to review our website so that they can decide which program they want to pursue. The programs are quite different in both content and length, as can be seen on our website. It is not possible to start in one program and switch to another.

Q. How can I check on my application status?
A. You can log-in to your user account, which you used to initially apply to the program, to check the status of your application. Please be aware that, until the notification date has arrived for your round, you may not see a change to this status.

Q. Your website indicates that "Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. They will be shifted to the subsequent rounds until all required materials have been submitted." If I submit my application with the intention of updating one of my test scores at a later date, will those scores be considered?
A. If you submit your application with your current scores, we cannot guarantee consideration of new information. Our advice would be to wait until you have re-taken your test and then submit your application in a later round.

Q. If I need to update my application (with test scores, grades, resumé) after submission, what should I do?
A. Please email your respective program’s admissions to inform them of any updates to your application, and include any relevant attachments.

Q. How competitive am I for admission?
A. Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict how competitive your application will be or how likely you are to be admitted into the program, without reviewing your entire application. Our admissions committee looks at many aspects of your application to determine a decision. Your communication skills, leadership potential, test scores, essays, resume, and academic records all play an important part in the decision process. Ultimately, your admission will depend on how competitive the pool of candidates is as a whole.

Q. My future goal is to pursue a PhD program. Does pursuing a specialized masters degree assist me with admission into a PhD program?
A. Some students in our SMP programs do go on to pursue a PhD; however, it is not typical. With the appropriate academic background, students may go directly from their undergraduate studies to a PhD program.

After Admission

Q. Upon receiving an offer of admission, what is my next step?
A. A packet of admission materials will be sent to you, by mail, shortly after you receive an offer. This information will provide the next steps.

Q. How do I accept or decline my offer of admission?
A. You will be required to accept admission online through your application user account. If you are planning to decline admission, you can do this online.

Q. Can I delay my enrollment if I decide to begin my studies at a later date?
A. The MSCA, MACC, and MSSCM programs do not permit deferrals. The MSF program will permit deferrals on a case-by-case basis. Contact MSF admissions for deferral consideration.

Q. Where do I send official documents?
A. Upon receiving admission, any official transcripts or test scores that are requested from you should be sent to the following address, prior to the start of the program or as soon as they become available.

Graduate Business Admissions
Olin Business School
Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899