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Graduate Application for American Studies

Deadlines and supplementary materials

Program Overview

Admission Questions:
General Inquiries:

Phone: 757-221-1275
Fax: 757-221-1287

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,
Room 225
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 combination American Studies and the School of Law J.D./M.A. program, please see Instructions for the JD/MA program.


To ensure full consideration for admission and financial assistance, applications, including all supporting materials and test scores, should be completed by December 15. Applications received after December 15 will be reviewed on the basis of available space.

Spring Admission: No
Part-Time Students: Yes, but without funding

GRE Scores

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

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 approximately 20 pages (course paper, thesis chapter, etc.).
  • Short essay: Please provide a short essay detailing intellectual interests and motives for pursuing a graduate degree in American Studies.
  • 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.)

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