Interdisciplinary Graduate Education
The Graduate School supports interdisciplinary graduate education programs to promote and sustain interdisciplinary graduate education and research at Virginia Tech. More than 300 graduate students currently participate in such programs across the university's colleges and campuses.
Programs address major fundamental problems or complex societal issues requiring an interdisciplinary team of scholars. They focus on using innovative and integrative approaches to produce the next generation of global leaders in science, education, and other fields.
For programs directly affiliated with the Graduate School, coursework and program-specific activities are designed to develop the four pillars of the Transformative Graduate Education Experience: Knowledge, Leadership, Scholarly Inquiry and Social Responsibility.
The Graduate School also manages the individualized interdisciplinary Ph.D. (IPhD) program, in which students develop one-of-a-kind doctoral research that spans more than one field. The first IPh.D. was approved in 2015. Associate Dean William Huckle directs the IPh.D. program.