FAQs

General Program Questions

What is the average age of admitted students?
26

How many incoming students have prior working experience?
Typically, about 2/3.

 What is the average number of applicants per year?
100+

 How many students enroll each year?
We limit enrollments to 25 each year.

Can I start in the Spring semester?
No.  The second-year courses are designed under the assumption that first year courses have been completed.

 Can I enroll part-time?
No, this is a full-time program.

What proportion of MPP recipients take government positions?
Approximately 1/2 of our students work in the public sector at the federal, state, and local levels.

Scores

What is the average GPA for admitted students?
3.5

What are the average GRE scores for admitted students?
Verbal 160, Quant 157, Analytical Writing 4.5

What are your Institution and Department codes for ETS to send your GRE scores to us?
Institution Code: 5115, Department Code: 1903

What are the average LSAT scores for admitted students?
Average 166 (120-180) 

What is the average TOEFL score for admitted students?
109 (IB)

What is the minimum TOEFL score for admitted students?
100 (IB)

Can I use my LSAT or GMAT scores in lieu of GRE's?
To use LSAT/GMAT scores in place of GRE scores, you must first have been accepted to W&M's law/business school.

Program Prerequisites

Courses:
One year of economics is strongly recommended.  We also recommend intermediate microeconomics and introductory statistics.

Applications:
Three letters of recommendation are required.  We recommend a minimum of 2 academic references.

What is the application deadline:
February 15 is the priority deadline for admission and financial aid, although we will continue to accept applications after this date if we have space available.

If I apply now and am accepted, could I defer my education until the following year?
Yes, we can defer your admission, but not your financial offer.  We can re-open your request for financial aid if you decide to defer.

Financial Aid

How is financial aid determined?
Most students receive merit based assistantships consisting of a mix of tuition credits and stipends.  In 2010-2011, our largest tuition grant was $24,638, and our largest stipend payment was $10,000.

Will financial aid cover tuition fees and living expenses?
Fees, yes.  Living expenses, in part.

Click here to read more about financial aid and fellowships. 

International Students

Do you admit international students?
Yes

If an international student has earned a bachelor's degree from an English speaking language based institution, do they still need to provide TOEF or IELTS scores?
Yes, the TOEFL or IELTS is required for all students for whom English is not a first language.

What is your percentage of international students?

Roughly 5-15%

 Are international students eligible for financial aid?
Yes.  They receive the same consideration for merit-based aid as all MPP applicants do.

 Is it possible to have full financial aid which covers tuition, books and living expenses?
The largest assistantship/scholarship offers are $27,238, which (for a U.S. student) can cover tuition, books and living expenses.  However, this year immigration is requiring international students to come up with $43,664 per year (less any financial aid); so if you were to receive the largest amount that we offer ($27, 238), you would still be required by immigration to come up with the remaining $16,426.

Joint Degrees

If I apply for a joint degree, am I considered separately by each school?
Yes

 If I do a joint degree, with which program should I begin? 
While we recommend you begin with us, it is your choice where you start.  You may want to discuss your decision with the admissions officer or students currently in the joint degree program.