If you are new to the process of applying to graduate school, this  video can provide some helpful overview information on the  basics, including what getting a degree involves, the structure of academia, and logistics of applying.


Finding your program

Whether you are looking for a traditional graduate degree, a certificate, an accelerated Masters program, or an interdisciplinary graduate program, we have something for you.

Once you have identified the program/degree you are interested in, find out about their specific requirements and deadlines on their website or in the graduate catalog.

Graduate School Deadlines

Check to make sure you start preparing on time to get your application in before both the Graduate School deadlines and the departmental deadlines (which may be different).

We have a number of videos on our YouTube channel about recruitment and admissions in various departments and colleges that offer insight into the admission process, requirements, and funding. Below are some examples.

College of Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Plant Pathology and Weed Science


Some departments encourage prospective students to contact potential advisors before applying.  Here are some tips from Biological Systems Engineering.

Where to find more information

For more videos from Virginia Tech departments, visit our YouTube channel.

Visit our How To Apply page for further information on the application process.

If you have questions specific to a department, please contact them directly.  You can find contact information on each program page in the graduate catalog.

The Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives can help answer questions and provide resources as you navigate your way through the application process.