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Public Policy

Mailing Address (important - please make sure to have

the program's name in the address field):

Thomas Jefferson Program in
Public Policy

College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Shipping Address:

Thomas Jefferson Program in
Public Policy
College of William & Mary
Morton Hall, Room 140
601 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Admission Questions:  tjppp@wm.edu

Email supplemental materials such as resumes

Phone:  757-221-2368

Website
General Questions
Apply Online

Follow the web link to Apply Online (or paste this address into your web browser: www.applyweb.com/apply/wmgrad/index.html) and complete the application.

For online applications, your three letters of recommendation will be submitted online. Your recommenders will not be contacted until your application has been submitted and your fee payment has been authorized.   We recommend at least two academic references.

If you are applying online, the following materials should be mailed directly to the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy: 

  1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): The results for all three portions of the general aptitude GRE exam must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service. The College of William and Mary code is 5115, the public policy code is 1903.  GRE scores are valid only for five years after the test date, only scores sent directly by ETS are accepted.
  2. Official transcripts: Please request official transcripts from all institutions of higher education you have attended. Transcripts must be provided in the institution's sealed envelope and sent directly from that institution to the degree program. We will accept an electronic transcript.  It must be emailed directly to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research from the institution.  Some institutions consider the printed version of the electronic transcript unofficial.  In this instance the applicant must request an official paper copy be sent to the degree program as stated above.
  3. International students: You must also submit the Supplemental International Form.
  4. Official TOEFL scores: If English is not your first language, your TOEFL or IELTS scores are required and must be received  directly from the Educational Testing Service or the International English Language Testing System.  TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid only for two years after the test date, 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 degree 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.
  5. Any supplementary materials (e.g., supplemental application form, resume/CV, GRE subject test scores, writing samples) required by the degree program. 
If you choose to Apply by Mail

To apply by mail, please follow the instuctions below:

  • Print and complete the Graduate Application form.
  • Prepare a $45 check or money order (payable to "College of William and Mary") for your non-reundable application fee. We do not accept credit cards for mailed applications.
  • Print and prepare three letters of recommendation using the Standard Recommendation Form. The forms must be signed and submitted by the recommender for each letter of recommendation.

These materials, along with the materials described above for Apply Online (numbers 1-5), should be mailed directly to the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy.  Please see below for information on application fee waivers and claiming in-state status for tuition.

Application Fee Waivers

The following applicants may request waivers of the application fee: McNair Scholars, Graduate Fellows in the National Physical Science Consortium, and individuals who have served honorably in the armed forces of the United States.

*Please note that if you're applying online and claiming one of these application fee waivers, your application will not be processed unless the required documentation has been received prior to the application deadline.

In-State Status

If you intend to claim in-state status for tuition purposes, please complete the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Privileges and mail to:

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

G.I. Bill

As is the case with all federal programs,  the Financial Aid Office  follows the guidance from the federal govenment in terms of the details and how to assist you in getting your  benefits. The Registrar's Office provides resources that you can use for information and updates as they become available.   These offices are your best sources of information for these benefits.

General Program Questions 

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.

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 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)

What is the minimum IELTS score for admitted students?
7.5

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.

Financial Aid

How is financial aid determined?
Most students receive merit based assistantships consisting of a mix of tuition credits and stipends. 

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 TOEFL or IELTS scores?
Yes, the TOEFL or IELTS is required for all students for whom English is not a first language.  Admitted graduate students whose first language is not English, including those who have already taken the TOEFL exam, are required to take the SPEAK test when they arrive on campus.

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.