Graduate Application for Public Policy

Deadlines and supplementary materials

Program Overview

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Phone: 757-221-2368

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Mailing Address:
Public Policy Program
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

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William & Mary Public Policy
Tyler Hall, Suite 412
300 James Blair Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185

William & Mary uses an online application system.

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The information below is specific to the graduate program in Public Policy. If you are interested in a Joint or Concurrent degree program, you must apply and be accepted to both programs.


For Fall admission: For full consideration, review of applications begins January 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 avaliable. 

Supplementary Application Materials
  • Transcript(s) should give evidence of quantitative ability. Please see the main application procedures for guidance.
  • Be sure to complete the Personal Statement that is part of the main application.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required; two of which should be academic references. Your recommenders will be contacted at the time you submit their contact information on your application and not at the time you complete the application. Please be sure that the individuals who have agreed to write letters of recommendation on your behalf are aware of this.

Advice and Considerations

Applications received by January 15 will receive a response to their application by mid-February. Applications submitted after January 15 may be evaluated if space is available.

The Admissions Committee examines the overall record of applicants, including relevant work, internship and volunteer 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.

Applicants are expected to have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before enrolling in the MPP program. We prefer the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree, but will consider three-year international degrees. The only exception is undergraduate students at William and Mary who are accepted into the Accelerated Degree Program. Applicants must submit transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended.

Applicants for joint degree programs must apply both to our program and to the other program that they wish to complete.

Applicants who are accepted to the program are invited to an Accepted Students program in the spring (usually in March or April) to welcome them to W&M Public Policy and give them a chance to meet our students and faculty. Applicants can also contact us to schedule a visit at another time.

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