International Applicants

The Raymond A. Mason School of Business is pleased to welcome students from all over the world. International applicants should view the information below to ensure that their application meets all requirements. Under current regulations, our program is STEM certified (CIP Code 52.1301) and qualifies for the OPT-STEM extension of 24 months for a total of 36 months. Please see the Reves Center for International Studies website for more information.

Please contact the MSBA Office directly with any questions, by reaching us at MSBA@wm.edu or 01-757-221-1763. We are happy to help and look forward to connecting with you!

Application Deadline

International applicants must complete their MSBA Application by December 1, 2016 in order to receive Priority Application considerations.  The final deadline for international applicants is February 1, 2017.  For Priority Applicants, finalists will be determined by December 20, 2016 and offered an opportunity to interview either in-person or via Skype. All Priority Applicants should receive an admission decision by February 1, 2017.  Applicants applying during our final deadline can expect to hear an admission decision by March 1, 2017.  

Academic Credentials

International applicants must have successfully completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree to be eligible for admission to the William & Mary MSBA Program. You must submit copies of both your academic record and the diploma or other document indicating the date and conferral of your degree. If the original language of the academic record and diploma is not English, a certified English translation must accompany the original document. The translation should be literal rather than interpretive. If a certified copy of the original transcript is submitted, the institution from which the degree was received must certify it. Documents certified by a Notary Public are not acceptable. Credentials must include the following information:

  • Years of attendance
  • Courses taken
  • Grades achieved
  • Degree, diploma, or certificate awarded and date of conferral

If you were provided with only one official copy of your transcript, you may submit a photocopy. If you are admitted, you will be required to submit the original to the Office of MSBA Admissions for authentication. Please note that you may be required to submit your official academic records to an independent credential evaluator, if necessary.

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (English Language Proficiency)

Applicants must have a fluent command of rapid, idiomatic English; they must be able to express thoughts clearly in speech and in writing. Applicants who have not completed a degree within the United States or who have not earned a university degree in an English-speaking country (not simply an English-speaking institution), or who have not lived and worked full-time in an English-speaking country for the past four years must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). We expect international applicants to obtain a score of 100 or higher (internet-based), 250 (computer-based), or 600 (paper-based) on the TOEFL and a 7 on the IELTS. The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. We consider the TOEFL or IELTS score along with GRE/GMAT scores in the verbal and AWA sections, essays and the interview to determine a candidate's language readiness to compete in and contribute to the William & Mary MSBA community. Our Institution Code for TOEFL is B308.  Please have the scores sent to the office of MSBA Admissions. Please submit official test score reports. We do not accept copies.

If you have pursued an undergraduate degree in the U.S. or another English-speaking country, then you may be eligible for a waiver of the language-proficiency test. We will waive the test requirement in the following circumstances.

  • You have studied for at least four years in the English-speaking country.
  • You completed your undergraduate degree during that time.
Transcripts

When you start your application, submit a copy of your academic record (transcripts). If the original language of the academic record and diploma is not in English, a certified English translation must accompany the original document. The translation should be literal rather than interpretive. If a certified copy of the original transcript is submitted, the institution from which the degree was received must certify it. Documents certified by a Notary Public are not acceptable. Transcripts should include the following information: years of attendance, courses taken, grades achieved, degree, diploma or certificate awarded (if applicable) and date of conferral (if applicable).  We realize that many countries do not use the A-F scale favored by American universities and instead use a point system (1-100, etc.). If that is the case for your school, then please leave those questions blank when filling out your application. Do not try to translate the points into grades yourself. We will use the grading information provided on your transcripts when evaluating your application. In addition, we realize that in many countries the possibility of obtaining a score of 100, etc., is non-existent and that many stellar students have grade point averages lower than a perfect 100. We take these cultural differences into consideration when evaluating your application.  Once admitted, we require the submission of a WES Course-by-Course evaluation for all students who have received their bachelor degrees from non-U.S. (foreign) universities.  If your final transcript does not show the date the degree was conferred, we may request a copy of your diploma.


Additional Academic Records Instructions for International Applicants

Applicants must have successfully completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree to be eligible for admission to a graduate program in The College of William and Mary's Mason School of Business. Only those applicants who have completed degree programs representing a minimum of 16 years of schooling with at least 12 years at the elementary and secondary levels are eligible for admission. Please see  below for country-specific information about the level of preparation expected of applicants.

  • Australia, New Zealand and South Africa: Bachelor's honours degree or bachelor's degree where standard of completion is four or more years of full-time study.
  • Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka:All three-year Bachelor's degrees are sufficient to apply. Transcripts must be accompanied by a photocopy of the diploma and/or degree conferral. A degree conferral shows the date, location, and institution from which you received an official degree.
  • Canada: Three-year bachelor's degree from Quebec; four-year bachelor's degree from all other provinces.
  • France or French-patterned education system: A licence if earned under the terms of the Bologna Declaration, otherwise a degree or diploma requiring four years of study after the baccalaureate, usually the Maitrise.
  • Germany: University Diplom, Magister Artium or Staatsexamen. Graduates of Fachhochschulen and Berufakademien are not eligible. The Vordiplom by itself is not sufficient.
  • Other European countries: A university degree requiring a minimum of three years of study, if earned under the terms of the Bologna Declaration, otherwise a university degree requiring a minimum of four years of study.
  • Indonesia: Sarjana (five years) or SI, awarded after four years of university study.
  • Other Asian countries: A university degree requiring four years of study.
  • Latin America: A university degree requiring four years of study.
  • United Kingdom and schools following British pattern of education: Honours Bachelor's degree.

Certification of Financial Support

You do not need to submit a Certification of Financial Support with your application. You will be asked to submit this ONLY if you are admitted into the program and decide to accept our offer.  Applicants who are admitted will receive instructions for obtaining and completing the Certification of Financial Support from the Admissions Office. Financial resources detailed on the Certification of Financial Support (including the Financial Statement, Affidavit of Support and Bank Statement) should equal the total cost of living and attending school for one academic year.

Please note that you will be required to submit the appropriate documentation described on the Certification of Financial Support to verify: a) the resources listed on the forms, and b) you and/or your sponsor's ability to provide the stated financial support. These forms will be used to verify the source(s) of funds. Proper documentation is necessary if the College is to issue the I-20 form needed to obtain a student visa.

The MSBA Program is accredited by AACSB and SACSCOC.