Program Overview

The Joint Post-baccalaureate Program (JPP) in Mathematics, Physics, and Earth 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 duration of the 2020 program will be mid-August 2020 to early May 2021. Students will apply as visiting students of Washington University in St. Louis. 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 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 Physics and Earth 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. 

The stipend for the 2020 program is at least $22,830 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).”

Addresses, Telephone Numbers, E-mail: The information that you submit on your application will be used to contact you March 2021 through August 2021. Please inform us immediately if your contact information changes during this time period. Applications must be submitted by March 25, 2021. Recommendation letters are also due by March 25, 2021.

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.

Also note that GRE scores are not required. Your official transcript should be mailed to:

Diana José-Edwards
One Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1137
Saint Louis, MO 63130

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, Physics or Earth 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, Physics and Earth 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.