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2022 - 2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022 - 2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SMS: Admission

Within the limits of its facilities and its obligations as a state university, William & Mary offers the possibility of admission to all qualified students without regard to sex, race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

The School of Marine Science (SMS) is committed to building a talented, diverse, and inclusive community of marine science leaders who have the academic and professional skills necessary to meet the present and future needs of science and society. Our holistic admission review process ensures that each applicant’s preparedness for graduate level study in marine science and potential for future career success are considered based on academic preparation, research, professional and other experience, motivation for graduate study, and career goals. Successful applicants come from a variety of academic, professional and cultural backgrounds.

Details on all program specific admissions requirements can be found on the respective degree program pages. Use the Degree Programs  tab at the top of the page to navigate and explore details for the graduate programs offered at William & Mary’s School of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Information is also available on graduate financial aid .

Admission to Non-Degree Status

The School of Marine Science accepts non-degree seeking applications from individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Permission to enroll in a graduate marine science course as a non-degree seeking student must be applied for every semester and does not imply admission to any graduate program at William & Mary. With permission of the Associate Dean of Academic Studies, graduate credit earned in a School of Marine Science course as a non-degree seeking student may be applied toward a marine science degree if the student is admitted to a SMS degree program.