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Graduate Admissions

The Office of Graduate Studies and Research oversees and facilitates applications to the William and Mary graduate programs in Arts & Sciences. Requirements and deadlines vary, and students should consult Admissions Contacts and Requirements and Deadlines.  A complete listing of our degree programs is available, as well as a current catalog.


International Students

A Supplemental International Form is required before an I-20 can be issued. The form can be found at Supplemental International Form (PDF).

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  In conformance with the availability of both TOEFL Test Scores from ETS and Test Report Forms from IELTS, scores are no longer valid after two years; only scores sent directly by either ETS or IELTS are accepted.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.

Once admitted, all students who are required to submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores are also required to take a brief diagnostic test, called the SPEAK test, to assess their oral communication skills. Please note that the SPEAK test can only be taken on campus, and will be administered at the beginning of your first semester at William and Mary. Information on the SPEAK test can be found at SPEAK Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).

Clery Act

The College of William and Mary complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. Crime statistics and the annual Campus Safety Report are available from the Office of Institutional Analysis and Effectiveness.