William and Mary

Graduate Application Information

To apply to our graduate program please read through the information on this website and request any further information that would be of assistance.

We also strongly encourage applicants to make initial contact with potential advisors and indicate preferences on the Department of Biology's Supplemental Form. Getting the support of a faculty member can substantially affect acceptance decisions into our program.

Applications may be submitted at any time. However, to be guaranteed consideration for admission into our programs in August with the financial support of a teaching assistantship, application forms and materials must be recieved by February 1.

Applicants are required to:

  • Complete an application form.
  • Provide at least three letters of recommendation.
  • Send official transcripts of all college work. Please note that we require applicants to have completed a year of organic chemistry. On occasion, these courses could be taken while in our graduate program.
  • Supply official results of the Graduate Record Examination general aptitude test (ETS codes: William & Mary - 5115; Biology - 0203).
  • Supply official results of the Graduate Record Examination subject test in Biology or the alternative GRE in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (ETS codes: William & Mary - 5115; Biology - 0203). We do not require the Biology subject GRE but strongly recommend this for students without a traditional Biology background. Please contact Dr. Matt Wawersik (see below) if you have questions about this.
  • Complete the Department of Biology's Supplemental Form. This form should be returned to Dr. Matt Wawersik at the address given below.
  • If you were educated outside the U.S. and English is not your first language, supply official scores for the TOEFL exam (ETS codes: William & Mary - 5115; Biology - 0203).
How to Apply

The Office of Graduate Studies and Research facilitates applications to the Arts & Science graduate programs:

Financial Assistance

Our most common form of financial assistance is a teaching assistantship which carries both a stipend and tuition waver. As long as students remain in good academic standing and satisfactorily carry out their assigned duties, they are eligible for up to four consecutive semesters of teaching assistantship support. Teaching assistantships are awarded without regard to track, however MA students are not eligible for summer support. Loans and part-time employment are also available to some students. Many students also secure grants and external support to supplement their stipend.

For More Information

Questions may be addressed to Dr. Matt Wawersik at [[mjwawe]], 757-221-2237.

Mailing address:

Matthew Wawersik, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Biology
College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Integrated Science Center 3043
Williamsburg, VA 23187