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Students are strongly encouraged to apply online. Applying online streamlines the application process and reduces processing time.
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Graduate Admissions (0325)
All required documents must be received by the Graduate School by the application deadline in order for your application to be complete. Please ensure that your application contains the following:
GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) requirements vary for both international and domestic students by department. For example, applicants to the Pamplin College of Business are required to submit the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) instead of the GRE. Check the department listings above for details.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required of all international students whose first language is not English, except those applicants who have graduated from an accredited university where English is the language of instruction. To have the TOEFL requirement waived, the degree must be awarded. The TOEFL waiver will be coded into the application by the Graduate School upon receipt and review of the transcript showing degree conferral and medium of instruction was English. The university-wide minimum requirement is 80 for Internet, 213 for Computer, and 550 for paper; However, some departments require a higher score. TOEFL scores are not required of US permanent residents and US naturalized citizens. It is Graduate School policy to administer an English placement test (EPT) upon enrollment to international graduate students with TOEFL scores below certain minimums; see the Graduate Catalog for details.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is accepted. A 6.5 minimum is required to apply.
Official test scores should be sent to the Virginia Tech Graduate School, institution code 5859. Do not enter a department code.
We encourage applicants to submit their complete applications, including supplemental materials, early to allow sufficient time for application processing. International applicants must be accepted by the Graduate School no later than May 15 for fall and October 15 for spring to allow sufficient time for immigration processes and travel.
Each department may have its own application deadline and you should check with them to assure that all materials are received in a timely manner.
Prospective students seeking scholarships and loans should contact the Virginia Tech Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid for financial aid deadlines.
Application and Department Decision Deadlines
The following application and decision deadlines have been established for the upcoming entry terms:
Note: Application & Decision deadlines are suggested by the Graduate School and may not be the final timeframe in which academic departments are able to consider applications or complete their recommendations for admission.
* Students seeking assistantships for funding should submit all required admissions materials by January 15th for full consideration.
Please note that International students must have a decision on their applications no later than the deadlines indicated for the terms shown above. Any decisions made after these timeframes need to be approved in advance and on a case-by-case basis, by the Graduate School’s International Graduate Student Services staff. The contact email is email@example.com.
For those in the National Capital Region, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Degree seeking applicants must pay a $75 non-refundable application fee. Non-degree applicants and those former students who wish to re-admit must pay a non-refundable $25 application fee.
*Fee wavier approval must be received prior to submitting an online application. To get a fee waiver, complete this form and send to email@example.com or faxed to 540-231-1670. You should receive a response within one business day.
Click on the link below to apply online. Applying online will expedite the processing of your application. The $75 non-refundable fee is valid for one year.
You can track your application's progress online once it has been submitted and processed. We will send you an e-mail providing instructions for checking your application status.
Current and Past Virginia Tech Undergraduate and Graduate Students
If you have completed coursework at Virginia Tech you do not need to submit those transcripts to the Graduate School. Please click here for more information.
Uploading a transcript
While completing your online application and prior to submitting it, you will be required to upload one copy of your scanned official transcript from each institution from which you have earned or will earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. Do not send transcripts for community college attendance or from any institution where you enrolled in classes but did not earn a degree.
Please do not mail your official transcripts to us until you have received an offer of admission from Virginia Tech. Please note that non-legible scans will not be accepted. Make sure your scanned documents are legible before uploading, as non-legible documents will result in processing delays.
You may scan a copy of your official paper or electronic transcript provided to you from your institution’s Registrar. Do NOT upload your institution's web-based academic record or a document stating it is not an official transcript. Make sure that all critical and identifying marks have been scanned and are legible. These include the institution's name, your name, the names of your courses and the grades you have received. It is important that you scan both the front and back of your transcript as we will need to be able to review the information provided on the back of your transcript concerning credit hours, the institution's grading scale, etc. Please ensure that your file is in Word (.doc) or PDF format.
If you encounter issues with uploading your transcripts in your online application please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The process of uploading transcripts is intended to eliminate the need for you to mail in your transcripts, as our departments will be able to review your application based on your uploaded transcripts. If you are offered admission, you will be required to provide an official copy of your transcript(s) upon the awarding of your degree and its posting to your transcript prior to your enrollment at Virginia Tech.
The official transcripts showing degree conferral should be sent directly from your institution(s) to:
If you are unable or choose not to apply online, you may download the application form.
If you missed the online application deadline for the current term, the only application available to you is the Expedited application. The complete Expedited Application is due no later than the Friday of the first week of classes for the semester in which you wish to enroll. The Expedited application is good for one time only and allows you to enroll in up to two courses for the current term. You must reapply for future term enrollment.
The Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program is for Virginia Tech undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies at Virginia Tech. Students must be accepted into the program prior to the beginning of the semester in which they would enroll in courses to be used in the accelerated program. Students qualifying for the program must be in the last 12 months of their undergraduate degree. Additional details >>
Graduate students who have not been enrolled for more than one year must formally apply for
Graduate students previously admitted to a degree who will be returning to the same degree level and the same degree program may apply online for Readmission. A $25 non-refundable fee is required.
Student’s who are Readmitting typically fall in to one of three categories. Please identify which category best fits your situation and follow the appropriate deadlines and instructions for re-admitting.
Public school teachers previously admitted to do professional certification coursework can also use the Readmission application. A $25 non-refundable fee is required.
Change of Admissions Status
Students classified as Commonwealth Campus (a type of non-degree status) who are requesting admission to degree status must submit a new online application to enter a degree program.
Change of Program
Students who have been enrolled in a masters degree, are currently inactive due to lapsed enrollment and who wish to return to graduate school in order to pursue a different masters degree must complete an online application for the new masters degree and inform the former graduate program in writing that a degree in that program will no longer be pursued.
Change of Degree and Program
Once an applicant submits an application, a file is created containing support materials such as reference letters, test scores, transcripts, and other information. When the package is complete, information is reviewed by the prospective department. The head of the department and a departmental graduate committee will make a recommendation. With the department's recommendation, the Graduate School will make the final decision, and a letter from the dean of the Graduate School is sent to inform the student of the decision. Please allow six to eight weeks for a decision to be made.
Students who have applied for graduate admission and wish to defer the application to a future term must email the Graduate School at email@example.com (indicating full name, ID number, current application term and the term to which to defer the application for consideration). If the deferral is for an enrollment term over one calendar year from the initial term applied for, the student will be charged a new application fee. The Graduate School will contact the student by email to arrange payment of this fee.
Students who have received an acceptance and wish to defer their enrollment to a future term must email their department and request the deferral (indicating full name, ID number, current admission term, and the term to which deferred enrollment is requested). If the department approves the deferral, the department graduate coordinator will notify the Graduate School to defer the enrollment. If the deferral is for an enrollment term over one calendar year from the initial term applied for, the student will be charged a new application fee. The Graduate School will contact the student by email to arrange payment of this fee.
For additional information or assistance, please contact the Graduate School.