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
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).
Application Fee Waivers
Veterans and other applicants are eligible for waivers of the application fee. This form includes the eligibility requirements.
Letters of Recommendation
Students applying for admission to graduate degree programs are asked to include three letters of recommendation with their application. Figuring out who to ask, how to ask, and what the letter writer might need can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are webpages offering good suggestions to help you with that process. Here are two we like that were developed by our peer institutions.
Cornell University offers a page of tips on asking for letters of recommendation, including the things you need to provide to a potential letter writer, and topics to discuss when asking for that letter. You can find Cornell’s tips page via this link:
Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (known as OWL) offers a great guide from getting organized to connecting with the people who write those letters after the application process. Here is the link to the OWL webpage.
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, Diversity, and Inclusion can help answer questions and provide resources as you navigate your way through the application process.