Graduate Application for American Studies

Deadlines and supplementary materials

Program Overview

Admission Questions:
General Inquiries:
Phone: 757-221-1275
Fax: 757-221-1287

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Mailing Address:
William & Mary
Program Administrator
American Studies Program
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Shipping Address:
William & Mary
Program Administrator
American Studies Program
114 North Boundary Street,
Apt. 5
Williamsburg, VA 23185

William & Mary uses an online application system.

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The information below is specific to the graduate program in American Studies. For the joint American Studies and the School of Law J.D./M.A. program, please see Instructions for the JD/MA program.


Please note that our application deadline for fall admission is January 1 of the year that you intend to enroll. We must receive all application materials before or on that date for your application to be considered. Postmarks for that date will be honored. Applications submitted after the program's deadline may be evaluated at the discretion of the program's admission committee.

Spring Admission: No
Part-Time Students: Yes, but without funding
GRE code for American Studies: 2206

Supplementary Application Materials

You will be asked to provide this information as part of the online application.

  • Writing sample: Please provide a writing sample of 20 pages or less (course paper, thesis chapter, etc.).
  • Short essay: In the interest of learning more about your intellectual aspirations, the American Studies Admissions Committee asks that you write a response to the following question: If you had another year of education to carry forward any intellectual project from your undergraduate, work, or life experiences, what would that project be? This short essay (250 words or less) must be submitted for your application to be considered complete.
  • Foreign language competency: Foreign language proficiency is required for the Ph.D. degree. If you are applying for the Ph.D. or the M.A./Ph.D. track, the Admissions Committee asks that you specify your current competency in one or more foreign languages (fluency, speaking, reading, coursework, etc.)

All supporting materials should be sent in one package (excluding GRE scores, but including letters of recommendation along with the application form and fee if not being submitted on-line).

If you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.