Program Overview

The Joint Post-baccalaureate Program (JPP) in Mathematics and Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis is designed to prepare exceptional individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree in any one of these or related fields to make the transition to graduate school to pursue the Ph.D.  Participants will engage in a rigorous plan of study consisting of upper-level coursework and other field specific activities in a nurturing environment under the guidance of a faculty mentor at Washington University in St. Louis. The 2024 program will run from mid-August 2024 to early May 2025.

The goal and expectation is that participants will apply to and matriculate into a Ph.D. program, whether at Washington University or another institution, after a year in JPP. For Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences only: Students will be evaluated  by April 15 of their first year and pending a positive evaluation some may be invited to continue their studies in a second year. If a second year is deemed appropriate, the JPP participant will be formally admitted to the Master’s program to pursue their degree. Students who pursue the second year of study are expected to fulfill the requirements for their degree program. Math JPP is for one year only. While we hope that participants will apply to Washington University, there is no guarantee of admission to Washington University graduate school or a respective program.

The stipend for the 2024 program is at least $23,360 annually and is quite ample to sustain you while in St. Louis. JPP activities include seminars, individualized career counseling, workshops on applying to Ph.D. programs, social activities and much more. The information below will guide you through the application process.



Please note important application instructions: In the Academic Division drop down, please select “Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.”  In the Department drop down, please select “Joint Post-baccalaureate Program (JPP).”

Application components

Only complete applications will be reviewed, which must include:

  • Personal and educational profile questions within the online application
  • Transcripts for each post-secondary institution attended
  • CV/resume
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

Application deadline

Applications must be submitted by  March 1st, 2024. Recommendation letters are also due by March 1st, 2024.

Additional details

  • There is no fee to apply to JPP.
  • GRE scores are not required.
  • We recommend that you complete all of the components of your application as early as possible to ensure all materials are received prior to the deadline.
  • Official transcripts are not required by the Office of Graduate Studies at the time of application but are required from all students who accept an offer of admission to the university. Once you are admitted to the JPP program, you must submit a required official transcript from the institution that your baccalaureate degree was conferred. Transcripts are to be submitted directly to the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Office.  The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) accepts electronic transcripts from accredited U.S. colleges and universities sent via Parchment Exchange, the National Student Clearinghouse, or directly from the accredited U.S. college and university. The transcript must be sent to in order to verify the authenticity of the documents. Official transcripts can also be sent via mail delivery to:
    • Washington University in St. Louis 
      College of Arts and Sciences- Office of Graduate Studies
      Cupples II 
      1 Brookings Drive 
      St. Louis, MO 63130 U.S.A. 

JPP Features

  • One year program with the option of pursuing the Masters by completing a second year

  • Full academic year stipend, (10 months each academic year) full tuition waiver, and a $2000 travel fund

  • Advanced key undergraduate or graduate classes in Mathematics or Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

  • Participation in independent research

  • Mentoring by faculty, near-peers and other program advisors

  • Preparation for graduate school application

  • GRE preparation

  • Professional and career development activities

  • Social and collegial activities

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.


The JPP selects participants based on academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to diversity. We encourage applications from individuals who come from groups traditionally underrepresented in Mathematics and Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences — specifically African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, women and those with disabilities. We seek recent graduates who have challenged themselves and excelled academically; demonstrate experience overcoming substantial educational, cultural or economic obstacles; are first-generation college students, or can demonstrate a strong interest in bringing diverse people together.  

Evidence of commitment to your chosen field is important. We will give special consideration to students whose undergraduate institutions may not have offered a sufficient range of advanced coursework needed to transition directly into a strong Ph.D. program, but who made the most of the opportunities that were available to them.

To be eligible  for the JPP, students must be on track to earn a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. institution by the time they matriculate into the JPP. Priority consideration will be given to applicants with at least one year of research or practical experience in their chosen area of JPP study.


Renato Feres, Ph.D.
Washington University
Department of Mathematics

Alexander S. Bradley, Ph.D.
Washington University
Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

Tracey O. Hermanstyne, Ph.D.
Washington University
Office of the Provost