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What We Do

Students gather for the annual Graduate School cookout, capping Graduate Education Week each spring at Virginia Tech

Graduate students are vital members of the Virginia Tech community. Across the university's colleges and campuses, you'll find them teaching classes, mentoring students, working in labs, and connecting with communities. THey come from all walks of life, and they are role models, colleagues, innovators, inventors, and discoverers, driven by their passion to learn, teach, and turn ideas into action.

The Graduate School team works to help our students thrive and succeed. In addition to administrative roles associated with academic advancement and student services, we support graduate programs across the university and push the boundaries of traditional education by providing students with opportunities for growth beyond their expectations, regardless of the degrees they pursue, the campuses at which they are enrolled, and whether they are enrolled part or full time. We do this by fostering and supporting a diverse, collegial graduate community and providing a range of programs, activities and services.

We are committed to excellence through diversity, inclusivity, integrity, active civic engagement, and support for interdisciplinary research and education. We help students recognize their power to make a difference in the communities in which they live and work, and to share their experiences with others. 

Transform Your Education

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

Inclusion and Diversity

We are dedicated to providing an inclusive and affirming environment for all students. Find out how we are working to help all students thrive and about our Diversity Scholars program.


We promote a graduate education that serves the whole student. We provide multiple ways for students explore their passions and interests and get involved.

Our professional development program offers a range of scholarly, social, and extracurricular activities to help you Prepare, Connect, Succeed, and Stand Out.


Interested in working collaboratively across disciplines to tackle complex and pressing global and societal problems?

The university's Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs focus on a variety issues and provide ways to expand and enrich your education and research experience at Virginia Tech.

The Citizen Scholar program helps you connect your research to your community.


We offer a number of classes and programs that will expand your thinking and skill set, and help you prepare for the job market.

Communicating across boundaries

Our Center for Communicating Science offers classes that will help scientists from all fields (including social sciences) and backgrounds develop skills and techniques to communicate their work effectively to a variety of audiences.

To explore the full range of classes we offer through the graduate school, visit our course listings


We want our graduate students to thrive. We offer a range of services and events aimed towards supporting students and building a vibrant and diverse community.

We provide opportunities for graduate students to get to know each other. These include:

  •  Weekly GLC Café on Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm in the GLC Reading Room
  •  Semi-annual photo and art contests
  •  Multiple social events every semester
  • "Connect" lunches that help you find peer groups across the graduate community
  • The Graduate Education Week cook out, and more.

Check the weekly email for details. We send it out every Monday to all of our graduate students.


Contact Us


Pick up or drop off documents and other materials in person M-F 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m., 120 GLC

Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
155 Otey Street
Graduate School, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061