Part-Time MBA Admissions

The MBA Built for Today's Professional

Our Part-Time MBA students are energetic, successful business professionals. They are motivated to take on the challenges and rewards of balancing work, school and family, so they can accelerate their career momentum. They find our part-time, in-person, evening program offers an ideal opportunity to continue their education.

The William & Mary Part-Time MBA Program seeks applicants from a wide range of academic fields and professional disciplines who exhibit strong leadership skills and have clear professional goals, with at least two years of professional experience by the time classes begin.

The ideal Part-Time MBA student thrives in an intellectually stimulating environment in which students are not only taught business but are taught to think about business in an entirely new way. The journey is about expansion, growth and transformation.

If this describes you, we would be delighted to speak with you and discuss attending a class visit. The Part-Time MBA team welcomes inquiries from prospective students at all stages of the admissions and application process. Please feel free to contact us at any time. We are here to help make your application process a smooth one.

Typical Part-Time MBA Class Profile

  • 30

    Average Age

  • 8 years

    Average Work Experience

  • 3.2

    Average Undergraduate GPA

  • 45 %

    Female Students

  • 8 %

    Military

PTMBA Application Deadlines and Requirements

Application Deadlines

The Part-Time MBA program reviews applications on a rolling basis. We encourage early applications to ensure available seats in the desired start term.

There is no GMAT or GRE test requirement to apply to the Part-Time MBA program.

Round 1
round one deadlines
Semester Application Deadline
Fall Applicants May 1
Spring Applicants September 1

Round 1 applicants are eligible to apply for the MBA 1693 Scholarship and receive a $100 application fee waiver.

Round 2
round two deadlines
Semester Application Deadline
Fall Applicants July 1
Spring Applicants November 1

Round 2 applicants receive a $100 application fee waiver.

Round 3
round three deadlines
Semester Application Deadline
Fall Applicants August 1
Spring Applicants December 1

For more information contact Amy Pelausa at 757-221-2912 or [[m|amy.pelausa]].

Application Requirements

The Part-Time MBA program accepts applications in both Spring and Fall. We encourage you to apply by Round 1, to ensure the best chance of a seat being available in the class.

part-time mba application requirements
Access the Online Application Form

Candidates access the application portal and create an account with a user name and password. Applicants may re-enter the application as many times as needed to complete it.

A non-refundable $100 application fee is required of each applicant. A waiver of the application fee is offered to active-duty military, veterans, those who have served in such organizations as the U.S. Peace Corps and AmeriCorps, Tribe Scholars, and applicants meeting certain application round deadlines. Please request the application fee waiver within the application before submitting the application. Do not submit credit card information if you are requesting a waiver, as those charges cannot be reversed.

Upload Transcripts

We require a scanned copy of transcripts from every college or university you have attended. Transcripts for transfer credit or study abroad programs are not required if the course and grade are included on the transcript of the degree-granting institution. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for an admissions decision. Once admitted, students must provide an official transcript for every college or university attended.

Send official transcripts to:

Electronic (preferred and faster):
[[m|admissions]]

Hard copy (if that is all that is available):
William & Mary
Raymond A. Mason School of Business
Attn: Toni Sturdivant
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187

OR

Hand deliver to a William & Mary Part-Time MBA program staff member in a sealed envelope with the signature of the Registrar across the seal. Do not open official transcripts or they will automatically become unofficial.

If your undergraduate transcript is international, please contact our office for further requirements.

Request Two Professional Recommendations

Your two recommenders should be people who know you professionally, and typically people to whom you report or have reported. They should be able to provide specific and relevant information about your abilities, performance, and motivation to pursue an MBA degree.

We want your recommenders to fill out our form, rather than composing a letter of recommendation. Enter each recommender name, email address, and other requested information in the recommender section of the application. Once this information is entered, your recommenders will receive an automated email with a link to our recommendation form. They complete the form and submit it directly to us.

You do not have to wait for your recommendations to be submitted before you submit your application, as long as your recommender information is entered. Recommendations may be received before or after you submit your application

Upload Professional Resume

Part-Time MBA program applicants are required to have at least two years of professional experience by the time they begin classes. This experience gives students a framework within which to understand what is being discussed, as well as the ability to contribute to classroom learning from their own perspective.

Write and Upload Two Essays

Essays give our Admissions Committee greater insight to you as a person and allow you to share your aspirations, strengths, leadership, challenges overcome, and your unique perspective. Each essay should be about 800 words.

  1. Explain what has led you to want to pursue a graduate degree, why specifically an MBA and why now? Please address your post-MBA professional goals as part of your response.
  2. Describe a professional situation where you demonstrated one of the following leadership competencies: Focusing on results, solving problems, building relationships, communicating with impact, demonstrating integrity, or being flexible.
Interview with the Admissions Team

An interview is the last step in the admission process, once the application is complete. Interviews are offered by invitation only to candidates whose applications have passed through an initial evaluation. Interviews are available in person or via Zoom. Tribe Scholars are not required to complete an interview. Once the interview is complete, the Part-Time MBA Admissions Committee will make an admission decision, typically within two to three weeks. We will post the admission decision in the application portal and will send an email to each applicant notifying them that their decision is ready for viewing.

All students admitted to graduate programs at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business must have a conferred bachelor's degree from an accredited institution prior to matriculation.

Why we don't require GMAT or GRE to apply

Data indicates that these test scores are not necessarily the best predictor of success for professionals, like you, who have multi-dimensional applications that include information about academic performance and impressive professional experience. If you have already taken the GMAT or GRE, we are always happy to accept your test scores, and our admissions committee can consider that information as part of their decision, but scores are not required.

Need more time? Consider our MBA FastStart Non-Degree Option

MBA FastStart is an option for students who are not quite ready to apply for full admission into the Part-Time MBA Program. We offer several of our Part-Time MBA courses on a non-degree seeking basis, in spring, summer and fall. It truly is a fast start: No recommendations, no essays, no interview, and a short, simple application.

MBA FastStart students may take up to nine credit hours without gaining full admission into the program as long as there is a capacity in the course. If MBA FastStart students become degree-seeking students, all non-degree classes transfer automatically to their degree.

Tuition for non-degree seeking students is the same as fully admitted Part-Time MBA students. Please review tuition details. Non-degree graduate-level courses are not eligible for federal financial aid, but some private loans are available through traditional lending institutions, like banks. Just make sure the lender does not require degree-seeking status.

Learn more about our MBA FastStart Non-Degree Option

Alex Truong

Alex Truong ' 22

"The best experiences I had in the PTMBA program involved working with my colleagues on projects and deliverables. Some really great conversations bubbled out when we had to put our heads together to solve a problem or recall information that the professors discussed in class. Not only did it cement and expedite the learning process, it made it so much more exciting."

Part-Time MBA FAQs

Part-Time MBA FAQs
Part-Time MBA frequently asked questions
Is the Part-Time MBA program accredited?

Yes. The Program is fully accredited by AACSB International: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Is the Part-Time MBA degree the same as the Full-Time MBA degree?

Yes. You will earn a “William & Mary MBA” degree no matter which MBA program you choose at William & Mary. Diplomas across our MBA programs are identical.

Is the Part-Time MBA faculty the same as the Full-Time MBA faculty?

Yes. Almost all William & Mary MBA faculty teach across MBA programs. A significant percentage of faculty in all MBA programs are full-time, tenured professors.

How long is the Part-Time MBA program?

Average time to degree is about 2.5 years. The program is flexible, so students can accelerate or slow their pace. Students may also take semesters off.

Where, when, and how often do students attend class?

Part-Time MBA courses are taught in person at the W&M Peninsula Center in Newport News, Mondays-Thursdays, 7:00-9:50 pm. The typical student is in class 2 evenings per week. There is the possibility of a few Saturday morning classes in the summer semester to allow for a longer break before the fall semester.

Does the Part-Time MBA program offer online classes?

No. Part-Time MBA classes are all in person, although our faculty take full advantage of technology. William & Mary does offer an Online MBA Program.

Is the Graduate Career Management Center available to Part-Time MBA students?

Yes. Part-Time MBA students have access to the Graduate Career Management Center throughout their MBAs and afterwards, as alumni.

Is work experience required to apply?

Yes. We require at least two years of professional experience by the time a student starts the program. This experience allows students to better understand class discussion, as well as contribute to the learning of the other students from their personal experience.

Is a business background or business undergraduate degree required?

No. We welcome applications from those with a variety of academic and professional backgrounds.

Is the GMAT or GRE required for admission?

No. We do not require GMAT or GRE test results for admission into the Part-Time MBA Program.

What is the minimum undergraduate GPA required?

Undergraduate GPA is one of a number of components our Admissions Committee considers, including professional experience, quantitative skills, clear goals, and recommendations. GPA is evaluated in the context of the rigor of the institution and the program in which it was earned.

Are transcripts required for transfer credit classes?

Yes. We must receive transcripts with course names and A/B/C grades for all courses applied to your degree(s). If transfer credits show a grade of “T” or “TR,” on your degree-granting institution transcript, we require a transcript from the institution you took the course from as well.

My undergraduate degree is international. Are there any special requirements?

Yes. We welcome international transcripts, but please contact Amy Pelausa at 757-221-2912 or [[m|amy.pelausa]] for special requirements related to international transcripts.

Who is an appropriate recommender?

Your two recommenders should be people who know you professionally, and typically people to whom you report or have reported. They should be able to provide specific and relevant information about your abilities, performance, and motivation to pursue an MBA degree. We ask that they fill out our form.

Must all application materials be submitted at one time?

No. Application components, including recommendations, can be received in any order, both before and after the actual application is submitted.

How can I arrange a class visit?

Contact Amy Pelausa at 757-221-2912 or [[m|amy.pelausa]] to schedule a class visit for in-person insight into the William & Mary classroom.

How long will it take to receive an admission decision?

The Part-Time MBA Program offers rolling admissions. Once all application items are received and the interview is completed, applicants can expect a decision within approximately two weeks.

Whom do I contact with further questions?

Amy Pelausa, Associate Director of Part-Time MBA Admissions at 757-221-2912 or [[m|amy.pelausa]].

Notices for Admissions

non-discrimination notice and notice of availability of annual security report
NON-DISCRIMINATION NOTICE

Unless otherwise constrained by law, William & Mary is committed to providing an environment for its students that is free from discrimination based on any personal factor unrelated to qualifications or performance such as race or color, citizenship, national origin or ethnicity, ancestry, religion or creed, political affiliation or belief, age, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, pregnancy status, parental status, height, weight, military service, veteran status, caretaker status, or family medical or genetic information. (Full non-discrimination notice available online at  https://www.wm.edu/compliance/discrimination.)

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT

Information about campus safety and security may help you in your decision to apply. The most recent Campus Security and Fire Safety Report for the College of William & Mary, including the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, is available on William & Mary’s website for review. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus building or property owned or controlled by the university or on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. This report is available online at:  https://www.wm.edu/clery/report or you may request a paper copy in person or to be mailed to you at no expense from the Office of Compliance & Equity, James Blair Hall, Suite 101, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185, 757.221.3146