William and Mary

Graduate Admissions

snowyjeffTo receive priority consideration for admission and financial aid, the deadline for submission of applications is February 15.  Applications received after February 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage online submission of applications, but welcome receipt of applications through the mail (see address below).

Each year the admissions committee examines the overall record of applicants, including their college transcript, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and relevant work and internship experience, to assess their potential for success as students in the program and as professionals in the policy world.

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.

Download an application (pdf) for admission to graduate study may be downloaded from this website. A nonrefundable processing fee of $45.00 is required for application for admission to graduate study in Arts & Sciences. This fee is not credited to the student's account.

  • Application (with Personal Statement) & Fee

  • Undergraduate degree

  • Official College transcript(s) (when requesting transcripts, please make sure the Program's name is in the address field or we will not receive it)

  • GRE Scores (have ETS send to Institution code 5115, Department code 1903)

  • 3 References (recommendation form)

Tuition and Costs

Tuition and required fees per semester for the 2012-2013 academic year are $5,702 for Virginia residents and $12,895 for out-of-state students. View more details.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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Most students in the program find off campus housing, usually renting apartments in Williamsburg, but graduate student housing on campus is also available. Find more information.

Williamsburg Area
Campus Visits

The Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy 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. Call or [[tjppp,email]] the program to arrange a visit. Directions

Mailing Address for applicant material:
Director of Graduate Admissions
The Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy
The College of William and Mary
PO Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Telephone: (757) 221-2368
Email: [[tjppp]]
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