Graduate School

The Graduate School requires that all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents demonstrate English proficiency to ensure they enter the university with sufficient English skills necessary to function in a graduate program. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test score is the most common way international applicants demonstrate English proficiency.

We require a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (IBT) or IELTS score of 6.5 for admission. Some departments may require a higher minimum score.

English proficiency can also be demonstrated through a conferred bachelor’s degree from an accredited university where English is the medium of instruction. If this applies to you, we will code a waiver of the English proficiency requirement into your application once we receive and review your transcript showing degree conferral and medium of instruction as English.

Additional English proficiency testing may be required if you are admitted to Virginia Tech. This includes the English Placement Test and SPEAK test for international graduate assistants. We will contact you after you have been admitted if these tests are required.

Academic Programs

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) may be required by the program to which you are applying. See the academic program listing in our Graduate Catalog for specific information on this requirement. Any waiver of the GRE or GMAT test score requirement would be granted by your academic department.           

Score Submission Process

Test scores should be sent to us using ETS institution code 5859. No department code is required, as the Graduate School will receive your official scores from ETS regardless of the department code entered. Please allow four weeks for us to receive your scores after you have sent the scores through ETS.