Deadlines and supplementary materials
Please also consult the main application procedures for admission to graduate study in Arts & Sciences at William and Mary. The information below is specific to the graduate program in Biology.
For Fall admission: by February 1 (to be guaranteed consideration for a teaching assistantship)
Spring Admission: No
Summer Admission: No
Part-Time Students: Yes, but without funding
GRE code for Biology: 0203
Applications submitted after the program's deadline may be evaluated if space is available.
Supplementary Application Materials
Advice and Considerations
In addition to submitting material described in the main application procedures, we strongly encourage applicants to contact potential research advisors. Getting the support of a faculty member can substantially affect acceptance decision into our program. Potential advisors should also be indicated on the supplemental application form that is to be submitted to the Biology Department's Director of Graduate Studies separately from your main application.
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 received by February 1.
The Biology subject GRE is not required, but is strongly recommended for students without a traditional Biology background. Applicants may choose to take the GRE in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology as an alternative to the Biology subject GRE. Questions regarding the subject GRE should be directed to the Biology Department's Director of Graduate Studies.
Our most common form of financial assistance is a teaching assistantship, which carries both a stipend and tuition waver. Students who remain in good academic standing and satisfactorily carry out their assigned duties are eligible for up to four consecutive semesters of teaching assistantship support. Teaching assistantships are awarded without regard to track; however, M.A. 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.
Additional information about the Biology Department and our graduate program can be found at our departmental website.
If you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the Biology Department.