Graduate Application for Public Policy

Deadlines and supplementary materials

Please also consult the main application procedures for admission to graduate study in Arts & Sciences at William and Mary. The information below is specific to the graduate program in Public Policy.


For Fall admission: For full consideration, review of applications begins February 15
Spring Admission: No
Part-Time Students: No
GRE code for Public Policy: 1903

Applications submitted after the program's deadline may be evaluated if space is available.

Supplementary Application Materials
  • Transcript(s) should indicate at least one year of economics and give evidence of quantitative ability.
  • Be sure to complete the Personal Statement that is part of the main application.
Advice and Considerations

Applications received after February 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Admissions Committee examines the overall record of applicants, including relevant work and internship experience, to assess their potential for success as students in the program and as professionals in the policy world.

Our program hosts an open house every spring (usually in March or April) to welcome prospective students. Classes are open to prospects for a glimpse of the curriculum offered. Second-year students serve as tour guides for a quick trip around campus and the surrounding community. Contact us if you'd like to arrange a visit.

M.P.P. students' academic backgrounds vary widely, and no particular undergraduate major is required or encouraged. The most common undergraduate majors are Economics and Political Science, but typically a variety of undergraduate majors are represented in each class. Incoming students are expected to have completed principles of economics. In addition, intermediate microeconomics and some exposure to introductory statistics is highly recommended. Students lacking an adequate background in economics may be required to complete an introductory economics class before enrolling.

More information is available in our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us.