Undergraduate Admissions

Your Path Starts Here

From the moment you're granted admission to the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, you join a group of great thinkers and leaders and gain a powerful support system of people who will strive alongside you throughout your journey. Students must apply directly to the Mason School if they wish to major or minor in a business discipline, typically during the second semester of sophomore year due to prerequisites required within the program.

Getting Admitted

Our admission process is thoughtful, thorough, and competitive - we're looking for a diverse group of students committed to academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, and personal achievement.

  • Academic

    Academic achievement to date - proven grades, course load, difficulty of courses, and trends in academic performance.

  • Personal

    Personal attributes and life experiences that show resilience in the face of challenges, ethical character, openness to diverse perspectives, entrepreneurial and creative spirit, and collaborative ability.

  • Communication

    Strong communication skills exhibited in the student's application essay.

Path to sunken garden

There's more than one path to your goal.

Discover an adaptable course of study designed to flex and bend to fit your needs. Choose to apply to be a business major or minor.

  • Business major coursework has a comprehensive core curriculum, major-specific classes and the potential for further study through a concentration.
  • The minors program lets non-business majors gain in-depth exposure to one business discipline.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

To apply to the Raymond A. Mason School of Business Undergraduate Program, you must first be admitted to William & Mary. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission, [[w|admissions]], if you're not currently at the University or currently accepted into the University.

major and minor requirements
MAJORS

A total of 225 students are admitted to the business major program each year (135 in the Fall semester, 90 in the Spring semester). Prospective majors must obtain junior standing—54 credits—and complete the following prerequisite courses before their first semester in the Mason School:

  • Principles of Accounting (BUAD 203)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (ECON 101)
  • Introductory Macroeconomics (ECON 102)
  • Introductory Calculus (MATH 108, MATH 111, MATH 112, MATH 131, or MATH 132)
  • Introductory Statistics (BUAD 231, ECON 307, PSYC 301, SOCL 353, MATH 351, or KINE 394)
MINORS

Each year, approximately 125 students are admitted to the minor business program, including 100 in the Fall semester, and 25 in the Spring semester. Applicants must select a choice of discipline at the time of application.

Prospective minors must obtain junior standing—54 credits—and certain prerequisite courses before their first semester in the Mason School. Requirements for specific minor disciplines:

minor requirements
Prerequisite Courses Accounting Business Analytics Finance Innov. & Entr. Management Marketing Supply Chain
Principles of Accounting Required
Macroeconomics Required
Microeconomics Required
Statistics Required Required * Required
Calculus
Earned Credits 54 54 54 54 54 54 54

* Statistics is not a required prerequisite, however it is required before students can take BUAD 452 Marketing Research.

Application

All current William & Mary undergraduate and incoming transfer students interested in pursuing a business major or minor will need to apply separately for admission to the Undergraduate Business program. Applicants must achieve junior standing—54 credits—and complete prerequisites prior to enrollment. Note - these requirements do not need to be fulfilled before applying.

Applicants for Spring 2023 Entry
fall entry deadlines
Applicants Applicant Definition Application Deadline
W&M Social Sophomores & Juniors Students who started at W&M before the Fall of 2021. Sept. 15, 2022*
W&M Social Freshman Students who started at W&M in the Fall of 2022 and this is your first year in college (i.e. you graduated high school in the 2021-2022 academic year). This option is best for students who started at W&M with a substantial amount of transfer or AP credit. Jan. 10, 2023
Transfer Students

Transferred to W&M from another college/university at the start of the Spring 2022 term or will transfer to W&M in the Fall 2022 term. All other transfer students should apply by the September 15 deadline.

Contact Macie Osborn at [[m|macie.osborn]] or 757-221-3208 with questions or to schedule an advising appointment.

Jan. 10, 2023

 * Continuing to accept applications to the minor program for Spring 2023 entry through January 10, 2023.

Applicants for Fall 2023 Entry
spring entry deadlines
Applicants Applicant Definition Application Deadline
W&M Social Sophomores & Juniors Students who started at W&M in the Fall of 2021 or before. Feb. 15, 2023
W&M Social Freshmen Students who started at W&M in the Fall of 2022 and this is your first year in college (i.e. you graduated high school in the 2021-2022 academic year). This option is best for students who started at W&M with a substantial amount of transfer or AP credit. June 1, 2023
Transfer Students

Transferred to W&M from another college/university at the start of the Spring 2023 term or will transfer to W&M in the Fall 2023 term. All other transfer students should apply by the February 15 deadline.

Contact Macie Osborn at [[m|macie.osborn]] or 757-221-3208 with questions or to schedule an advising appointment.

June 1, 2023
business fees and transfer students
Business Program Fees

The undergraduate business school fee allows the Raymond A. Mason School of Business to remain at the forefront of personalized, experience-based business education. A similar fee can be found at many other nationally-ranked business schools, including other business schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. William & Mary Mason School students are charged a supplemental fee on a per semester basis. Declared Business majors will be charged a $2,500.00 fee per semester and declared Business minors will be charged a $1,250.00 fee per semester. The William & Mary website has full information on Undergraduate Tuition and Fees.

Transfer Students

Transfer students should apply to the Raymond A. Mason School of Business after being admitted to William & Mary. Students who have completed all prerequisite courses and obtained junior standing (as determined by the Office of the University Registrar) will be eligible to apply for competitive admission to the Raymond A. Mason School of Business; however, admission is not guaranteed. The evaluation of any transfer credit will take place only after a student has accepted an offer of admission from the University. Any questions concerning transfer students should be directed to Macie Osborn in the Undergraduate Business Program Office, 757-221-3208, [[m|macie.osborn]].

 

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