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Graduate Application for Biology

Deadlines and supplementary materials

Program Overview


Admission Questions: [[jrpuzey, Joshua Puzey]]
General Inquiries: [[jlshelton, Jessica Shelton]]

Phone: 757-221-2207
Fax: 757-221-6483

Mailing Address:
William & Mary
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Biology
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Shipping Address:
William & Mary
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Biology
Integrated Science Center 1, Room 3035
540 Landrum Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185

William & Mary uses an online application system.

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

GRE Scores

The Biology Department will not accept Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for consideration as part of an application for admission.


For Fall admission: Admissions are rolling with application review beginning Dec. 1st
Spring Admission: No
Summer Admission: No
Part-Time Students: Yes, but without funding

Applications submitted after the program's deadline may be evaluated at the discretion of the program's admission committee.

Supplementary Application Materials
Biology Supplemental Application Form
Advice and Considerations

In addition to submitting material described in the main application procedures, we strongly encourage applicants to contact potential research advisors. Getting the support of a faculty member can substantially affect acceptance decision into our program. Potential advisors should also be indicated on the supplemental application form that is to be submitted to the Biology Department's Director of Graduate Studies separately from your main application.

Applications may be submitted at any time. However, to be guaranteed consideration for admission into our programs in August with the financial support of a teaching assistantship, application forms and materials must be received by February 1.

Our most common form of financial assistance is a teaching assistantship, which carries both a stipend and tuition waver. Students who remain in good academic standing and satisfactorily carry out their assigned duties are eligible for up to four consecutive semesters of teaching assistantship support. Teaching assistantships are awarded without regard to track; however, M.A. students are not eligible for summer support. Loans and part-time employment are also available to some students. Many students also secure grants and external support to supplement their stipend.

Additional information about the Biology Department and our graduate program can be found at our departmental website.

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