Admission to Graduate Study

How to Apply

William & Mary uses an online application system.  To get started:  Apply Online.

**If you are applying to more than one graduate program, please do not create separate user profiles with different email addresses.  Users should only have one profile.  If you forget your user password, please use the "Forgot Password" prompt. 

Individual graduate programs manage the application process, and faculty committees in each program evaluate and recommend candidates for admission. If you have questions about your application, consult the graduate program to which you are applying; contact information can be found on the Contact Graduate Programs page.

Frequently Asked Technical Questions about sumbitting an Online Application

Required to Complete Your Application
Application Fee

A non-refundable processing fee of $50 is required for application for admission to a graduate program in Arts & Sciences.

Letters of Recommendation

Your recommenders will be contacted as soon as you submit their contact information on your application – not after you complete your application.  Please be sure that the individuals who have agreed to write letters of recommendation on your behalf are aware of this.

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, which can be found on the Contact Graduate Programs page, to ensure that your transcript, marks statement, or degree certificate is received.  If you do not use the correct mailing address, there is a good chance that your transcript will be misdirected, thus delaying your consideration for admission.
  • U.S. institutions only may electronically submit transcripts to Wanda Carter in the 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.  Transcripts submitted electronically by an international institution will not be accepted.
  • 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 General Test must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  You must use the William & Mary institution code 5115 to ensure that your scores are sent to William & Mary.  Only scores sent directly to William & Mary by ETS will be accepted.

If you did not initially select William & Mary as an institution to receive your scores, Additional Score Reports can be ordered online in your ETS Account for a fee.  Score reports will be sent to your designated institutions approximately five business days after your order is placed.

If you take the computer-delivered GRE General Test, your official scores will be available in your ETS Account and sent to the institutions you designated approximately 10-15 days after your test date.  ETS releases electronic test scores to institutions every Wednesday and Friday after 6 pm.

If you take the paper-delivered test, your official scores will be available in your ETS Account and sent to the institutions you designated within five weeks after your test date.

For individuals testing on or after July 1, 2016, GRE test scores are valid for five years after your test administration date.  For example, scores for a test taken on July 3, 2016, are reportable through July 2, 2021.  For individuals who tested between August 1, 2011 and June 30, 2016, GRE test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (as indicated in the GRE Information Bulletin from that testing year).  For example, scores for a test taken on May 15, 2015 are reportable through June 30, 2020.

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.  The online application form will prompt you to submit any supplementary materials required by the program to which you are applying.

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

Only the following applicants may request waivers of the application fee:

  • McNair Scholars:  Applicant must upload a letter from their undergraduate institution confirming their McNair Scholar status directly to their application for admission.
  • National Physical Science Consortium Fellows:  Applicant must upload a copy of the letter notifying them of their selection as a Graduate Fellow directly to their application for admission.
  • Honorably discharged members of the U.S. armed forces:  Applicant must upload a copy of their Leave Earning Statement (LES) or DD214 directly to their application for admission.
  • Fulbright Scholars: Applicant must upload a copy of the letter notifying them of their selection as a Fulbright Fellow directly to their application for admission.

Fee Waiver Note: If you submit your application and have indicated you're eligible for a fee waiver, you will not be eligible for a refund of the application fee if you also pay with a credit card.

If you are claiming one of these application fee waivers, your application cannot be submitted until the required documentation has been received.  Once the documentation is received and approved, you will receive an email confirmation that will then allow you to complete and submit your application. 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.