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Graduate students working with Steve Rowson on hockey helmet testing in the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab. The lab is about to release results on a four-star rated helmet and also a five-star helmet. Shown here is the four-star helmet.

Two graduate students testing hockey helmet in the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab.

An education that crosses disciplinary boundaries

Our graduates don’t just learn a specialty. They learn to apply it to the real world through interdisciplinary research, teacher training, and professional development.

Admission Statistics

  • 29% Acceptance Rate
  • 3.0 Minimum GPA
  • 6,000+ Graduate Students at Virginia Tech

Tuition and Funding

Most of our students receive fellowships and scholarships to help pay for their tuition and fees, and 53% participate in teaching or research assistantships. Tuition varies by program, with rates for Virginia residents and out-of-state students.

Inclusion and diversity

We are committed to supporting an inclusive, diverse community of students, faculty, and administrators, one in which students can thrive during their education journey, rather than just survive the process.  Through our many programs and resources, we address the importance of nurturing communities across our university filled with a wide range of perspectives.  

Holistic Admissions

You are more than your grades, GRE score, or where you went to school. At Virginia Tech, we approach admission from an inclusive, rather than exclusive, perspective.  Using a holistic admissions process, we look at many aspects of each student, including such things as work experience, community involvement and service, leadership, personal and professional ethics, research and scholarship, and the barriers you have dealt with while pursuing your goals.

Student Life at Virginia Tech

We have an active community on the Blacksburg campus, which offers on-campus graduate housing, wellness programs, social activities, child care, and many other services.

Applying

Visit this page for information on how to apply, including an instructional video on how to use the online application process.

Not sure what you need to begin the application process? Visit our Getting Ready to Apply webpage for tips and information.

Admission Deadlines

While you’ll receive your degree from an individual college and department, you’ll submit your application to the Graduate School. Deadlines vary by department, and all students seeking assistantship funding should apply by January 15 for August admission.

International Students

International students make up nearly 40% of our graduate population in Blacksburg and over 30% of the graduate population across all campuses. International students seeking F-1 or J-1 status may apply only to the Blacksburg and Greater Washington DC area campuses and may not enroll in executive master's and virtual programs.  For assistance with immigration questions, contact the Cranwell International Center if applying to the Blacksburg Campus,  our our immigration advisors in the Northern Virginia Graduate Center if applying to the Greater Washington DC area campus. Submit financial and immigration documents after you receive admission into a graduate program. 

Students interested in programs at the greater Washington, D.C. metro area campuses

Visit the D.C. Area Hokie One Stop webpage for resources and information about support and services in that region.