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About the Graduate School

The former Alumni Hall is part of the Graduate Life Center at Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech Graduate School is responsible for the development, administration, and evaluation of graduate education throughout the University, and administers all graduate degrees. 

The Graduate School currently offers more than 150 master's and doctoral programs for almost 7,000 students at multiple locations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, through partnerships with the University of Maryland and Wake Forest University, and at several international sites.

We are committed to building and nurturing an inclusive community where scholars from all backgrounds and academic disciplines can be curious, learn from each other, and serve as leaders in a continually changing, increasingly global setting.

Our Transformative Graduate Education experience empowers students and faculty to address the complex challenges of today’s society and tomorrow’s future.

Our mission statement

The mission of the Virginia Tech Graduate School is to advance graduate education as a critical component in the transmission of new knowledge, new research, new ideas, and new scholarship in the University. The Graduate School is committed to providing a rich learning environment that attracts and retains outstanding graduate students. They work closely with outstanding faculty to advance knowledge and understanding that enables us to address the complex issues of today's society and tomorrow's future. Our viability as a top research university depends upon our ability to prioritize graduate education and research as central to the academic mission of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Karen P. DePauw serves as Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education. She is committed to  building a strong, diverse and inclusive graduate community.  Under her leadership, the unique and innovative national award-winning Graduate Life Center with GLC Plaza and Amphitheatre was created to provide places for graduate students to access services, work, study, live, and mingle.

The Graduate School organization chart

A chart showing the organizational structure of the graduate school
The Graduate School Organization Chart as of January 2021


We offer courses, research, and training programs at the Blacksburg campus and at five other campuses located across Virginia.

Visit our Community Calendar to find out what is happening at the Graduate School and the Graduate Life Center.