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.

How To Apply

Admission to the MPP program is coordinated by two offices:
  • The main admission process is coordinated by the Arts & Sciences Office of Graduate Studies and Research. See the main application procedures for information about the main application form, standardized testing, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.
  • The Public Policy Program requires supplementary information from applicants.

A complete application satisfies the requirements of both offices.

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 transcripts from all undergraduate institutions that you have attended.

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 deadline will receive a response to their application by mid-March. Applicants may be accepted outright, accepted with conditions (such as completing additional coursework) or put on a wait list.

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 aid includes scholarships as well as graduate stipends. All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based financial aid and no additional information is required.