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How to Apply

If you have questions, please contact the appropriate Admissions contact for the program to which you are applying.  For the department's/program's requirements and deadlines, please visit Requirements and Deadlines.

 

Apply Online

Students who are unable to submit the online application should submit the paper application and recommendation forms found below in the section entitled "Apply by Mail".

For online applications, letters of recommendation must be submitted online for all programs.  Your recommenders will not be contacted until your application has been submitted online and the fee payment has been authorized. 

Supplemental application materials should be mailed to the department/program to which you are applying.  If you have submitted your application and payment online, do not send payment with your supplemental materials.

By the department's/program's deadlines, you can apply on-line by clicking Apply to The College of William and Mary or by pasting the following web address into your browser -- http://www.applyweb.com/apply/wmgrad/index.html.  Please note, there is a non-refundable application fee of $45 [payable by check or credit card] for online applications. The following information should be mailed to the department/program to which you are applying by the deadline at the address listed below:**

  • International students must also submit the Supplemental International Form.
  • Each student applying for admission must submit official scores on the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing sections of the GRE, which is administered by ETS.  In addition, some graduate programs require prospective students to include scores on the subject portion of the GRE test.  Applicants must request ETS to send GRE scores directly to the graduate program to which they are applying.  In conformance with the availability of GRE Scores from ETS, test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which an applicant tested (July 1–June 30); only scores sent directly by ETS are accepted.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is administered by ETS, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants must request ETS/IELTS to send TOEFL/IELTS scores directly to the graduate program to which they are applying.  In conformance with the availability of both TOEFL Test Scores from ETS and Test Report Forms from IELTS, scores are no longer valid after two years; only scores sent directly by either ETS or IELTS are accepted. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived for applicants who will have received a baccalaureate or master's degree, or its international equivalent, from a college or university in which English is the primary language of instruction.  A transcript will be required as evidence of successful interaction in English as a primary language.  The petition for such a waiver is handled by the Arts & Sciences graduate program to which the candidate is seeking admission, with approval for the waiver at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, College of Arts & Sciences.

  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education you have attended must be provided in the institution's sealed envelope and received directly from that institution to the department/program to which you are applying.
  • Any additional information (supplemental application form, GRE subject test scores, writing samples, etc.) required by the department or program http://www.wm.edu/as/graduate/gradadmissions/requiredeadlines/index.php.

McNair Scholars, National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellows, and individuals who have served honorably in the armed forces of the United States, are the only students who can request fee waivers when submitting the online application.  (Note:  McNair Scholar Fee Waiver Eligibility Requirement:  A letter from the undergraduate institution confirming McNair Scholar status must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.  National Physical Science Consortium Fee Waiver Eligibility Requirement:  A copy of the letter notifying the student of his/her selection as a Graduate Fellow must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.  Armed forces Fee Waiver Eligibility Requirements: A copy of the LES-Leave Earning Statement or DD214 must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research).   The online application will not be processed unless the above documentation has been received prior to the application deadline.

 

Apply by Mail

Students applying by mail should arrange for the same materials to be submitted as are listed above for online applicants.

**By the department's/program's deadline, send to:

Director of Graduate Studies
Name of Department or Program
The College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

If applications or supplemental materials are being sent by courier (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc), please consult department/program for physical mailing address.

  • A completed Graduate Application form.
  • International students must also submit the Supplemental International Form.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $45.00 payable to the College of William and Mary by check or money order.
  • Three letters of recommendation [Standard Recommendation Form]. The Standard Recommendation Form must be completed by the applicant and signed and submitted by the recommender for each letter of recommendation.
  • All other required information as indicated above in Apply Online.

McNair Scholars, National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellows, and individuals who have served honorably in the armed forces of the United States, can request fee waivers when submitting the paper application.  (Note:  McNair Scholar Fee Waiver Eligibility Requirement A letter from the undergraduate institution confirming McNair Scholar status must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.  National Physical Science Consortium Fee Waiver Eligibility Requirement:  A copy of the letter notifying the student of his/her selection as a Graduate Fellow must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.  Armed forces Fee Waiver Eligibility Requirements: A copy of the LES-Leave Earning Statement or DD214 must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research). The paper application will not be processed unless the above documentation has been received prior to the application deadline.

 

In-State Status

If you are claiming in-state status for tuition purposes, please complete the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Privileges and mail to the address below.

Office of the Registrar
The College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795