How Do I Apply?

Applying to graduate school can seem like a daunting task. This guide is designed to make the process easier. Here is what you need to know.

Annual Deadlines for Fall Admission

Priority deadline (for best financial consideration): January 15
Round 2 deadline: February 15

How To Apply
Admission to the MPP program is coordinated by two offices:
  • The Online Application is coordinated by the Arts & Sciences Office of Graduate Studies and Research. See the main application procedures for general information about the online application, as well as requirements for standardized testing, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation.
  • The Public Policy Program requires supplementary information from applicants.

For tips on what makes a strong application, visit What Makes a Strong Application

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must 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 & Mary who are accepted into the Accelerated Degree Program.

You must submit official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions that you have attended. These should be mailed directly to the Public Policy Program using the appropriate address below:

Mailing (if sending via US postal mail):
Public Policy Program
Attn: Director of Admissions
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Shipping (if sending via FedEx, UPS, DHL, or another shipping company):
William & Mary Public Policy
Attn: Director of Admissions
Tyler Hall, Suite 412
300 James Blair Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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.

What Happens After My Application is Submitted?

Our Admissions Committee is made up of faculty members and program administrators. The Committee will examine your overall record including relevant work, internship, and volunteer experience to assess your potential for success as a student in the program and as a professional in the policy world.

Students who apply before the January 15 priority deadline typically receive a response to their application by early March. The Round 2 deadline is February 15 and students who apply by this date typically receive a response by mid-March. Applicants may be accepted outright, accepted with conditions (such as completing additional coursework), or put on a wait list.

After February 15, applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the spring and will be reviewed as they are received. Please contact publicpolicy@wm.edu for more information about applying after the priority deadline.

If you are accepted to the program, we will invite you to participate in an Accepted Students program in the spring to welcome you to our program and give you the chance to meet our students and faculty. You can also contact us to schedule a visit at a time of your choosing.

What about Financial Aid?

Most MPP students receive some type of merit-based financial assistance that reduces the cost of their graduate education. Financial support includes scholarships as well as graduate stipends. To be considered, applicants should select "Yes" for the question "Do you wish to be considered for an assistantship, fellowship or scholarship offered by William & Mary?" in the Program Information section of the online application. (Note: No other application is necessary to be considered for merit-based financial support. Your answer to this question will not affect your application for admission.)