Admission to Graduate Study

The Office of Graduate Studies and Research administers the main application common to all graduate programs in Arts & Sciences.  Individual degree programs administer supplemental application materials, and also evaluate candidates for admission.  Consult the Graduate Application page for the degree program to which you are applying (see the left menu) for the program's instructions regarding application deadlines and required supplementary application materials.
How to Apply

There are two ways to apply to a graduate degree program:

  • Apply online, and follow up with supplementary materials by mail. This method is preferred.
  • Apply entirely by mail.

Instructions for both methods are provided below. Both methods require a non-refundable application fee of $45.

Take care to ensure that you use the correct contact information for both the graduate program to which you are applying (see Contact Graduate Programs) and the Office of Graduate Studies and Research (see Contact Us, Graduate Studies and Research); otherwise, there is an excellent chance that documents being submitted in support of your application will be misdirected, thus needlessly delaying the consideration of your application for admission.

See below for information on application fee waivers and on claiming in-state status for tuition.

Apply Online
  • Follow the web link to Apply Online (or paste this address into your web browser: and complete the application for SPRING 2017 or FALL 2017.
  • For online applications, the individuals who have agreed to write letters of recommendation on your behalf will be prompted to submit their recommendation online. Your recommenders will not be contacted until your application has been submitted and your fee payment has been authorized.
Apply by Mail
  • Print and complete the Application for Admission to Graduate Study in Arts and Sciences.
  • Prepare a $45 check or money order (payable to "College of William and Mary") for your non-refundable application fee.  We are not able to accept credit cards for mailed applications.
  • Mail your completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study in Arts and Sciences, along with your check or money order for $45, directly to the graduate program to which you are applying.
  • Print and prepare three copies of the Evaluation of an Applicant for Admission to Graduate Study form and give one to each of the three individuals who has agreed to write letters of recommendation on your behalf.  For each recommendation, the form must be signed and submitted directly by the recommender, along with their letter of recommendation (if separate), to the graduate program to which you have applied.
Required to Complete Your Application
Official Transcripts

You are required to provide official transcripts or marks statements and degree certificates from all institutions of higher education that you have attended.  These documents will be considered official when transmitted in one of the following ways:

  • Submitted in the institution's sealed envelope and sent directly to the degree program to which you are applying by the Registrar at that institution.  Be sure to provide the correct mailing address for the program found on the Contact Graduate Programs page to ensure that your transcript, marks statement, or degree certificate is received.
  • Submitted electronically to Wanda Carter, Office of Graduate Studies and Research ([[wdcart]]) via the institution's electronic vendor and using secure portals.  A transcript sent electronically by the applicant or through open email or portals will not be accepted as official.
  • Submitted in the institution's sealed and stamped envelope and either mailed or delivered by you to the program to which you are applying.  The transcript must be placed by the Registrar at the institution in an official university envelope addressed to you.  In addition to sealing the envelope, the Registrar at the institution must date and sign, stamp, or place the seal of the institution on the back flap.  Upon receipt by the graduate program to which you are applying, if there are any signs that the envelope has been opened or tampered with in any way, the transcript will be rejected.

William & Mary reserves the right to assess whether transcripts submitted electronically or directly by the applicant in the institution's sealed and stamped envelope will be considered official.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores

The results of all three portions of the GRE revised General Test must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  The William & Mary code is 5115.

GRE scores are valid only for five years after the date the test was taken.  Only scores sent directly by ETS will be accepted.

Supplementary Materials Required by the Degree Program to Which You Are Applying

Some programs require additional supplementary information (e.g., GRE subject test score or a writing sample) to complete an application to their program.

Consult the degree program's admissions requirements (see the left menu) regarding supplementary application material that must be received before your application can be given full consideration.

Additional Requirements and Instructions for International Applicants
If you are an international applicant, you must supply documentation in addition to the requirements outlined above before your application can be given full consideration.

Application Fee Waivers

The following applicants may request waivers of the application fee:

If you are claiming one of these application fee waivers, your application will not be processed until the required documentation has been received.  Be sure that the required documentation is received well in advance of the application deadline for your program to ensure that your application receives full consideration.

In-State Status

To claim in-state status for tuition purposes, complete the Application to Determine Physical Residency and In-State Tuition Eligibility and mail to the University Registrar.

G.I. Bill

As is the case with all federal programs, the Financial Aid Office follows guidelines from the federal government to assist you in obtaining your benefits.  The Office of the University Registrar provides resources that you can consult for information and updates as they become available.   These offices are your best sources of information for these benefits.

Non-Discrimination Notice

Unless otherwise constrained by law, William & Mary is committed to providing an environment for its students that is free from discrimination based on any personal factor unrelated to qualifications or performance such as race or color, citizenship, national origin or ethnicity, ancestry, religion or creed, political affiliation or belief, age, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, pregnancy status, parental status, height, weight, military service, veteran status, caretaker status, or family medical or genetic information. (Full non-discrimination notice available online at

Notice of Availability of Annual Security Report

Information about campus safety and security may help you in your decision to apply.  The most recent Campus Security and Fire Safety Report for the College of William & Mary, including the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, is available on William & Mary’s website for review. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus building or property owned or controlled by the university or on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.  This report is available online at: or you may request a paper copy in person or to be mailed to you at no expense from the Office of Compliance & Equity, James Blair Hall, Suite 101, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185, 757.221.3146.