Admissions Requirements

To apply to the graduate program, students must submit the Virginia Tech Graduate School online application.

Deadline for Application

*Fall: February 1

*ASPECT accepts applications ONLY for Fall terms. We do not accept students in Spring, Summer I or Summer II terms.

Admissions Requirements

Students may apply to ASPECT on the basis of actual completion of an M.A degree or equivalent (e.g., M.S, M.Arch., M.B.A., or J.D.) or of the promise that an M.A. degree or equivalent will be obtained prior to entering the ASPECT Ph.D. program. Under the assumption that students accepted into the ASPECT program with a Master's degree or equivalent either from Virginia Tech or elsewhere have received credit for 30 credit hours, they then will undertake a minimum of 60 semester hours of further study, leading to the defense of a Ph.D.

Ordinarily, applicants must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for all courses already taken as a graduate student; a minimum 3.3 grade point average is expected from their undergraduate education.

What You'll Need

Official Transcripts

Include a scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.

Official and current transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed prior to applying to ASPECT (this is in addition to the set to be sent directly to the Graduate School). 

Department Graduate Testing Requirements

Official GRE is required for Ph.D. in the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought. Please have the testing agency send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for Ph.D. in the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought. You can include references/recommedations email addresses in your online application, or have them send paper copies directly to department.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

A letter of interest including relevant previous experience, the likely main area of research for the dissertation, and career objectives. In their statement of purpose, applicants will be expected to demonstrate in a 3-4 page statement a mature sense of their research interests and how the ASPECT curriculum, program faculty, and its mentoring structures will contribute to their research and career goals. A personal Curriculum Vitae providing relevant information on education, employment history, and professional activity.

Required writing sample by ASPECT

A sample of written research to enable the Graduate Admissions Committee to evaluate an applicant's potential for research in ASPECT. The writing sample may be a seminar paper, up to two chapters from a thesis, a conference paper, or a publication. you can uplaod it with graduate school online application form.

Applying as an International Student

International students might be required to submit TOEFL scores, immigration documents, and other additional materials with their application.

Any Additional Information/Supporting Material

Applicants are welcome to submit any additional information with application material that would be useful in evaluation of your application.

Applying for Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

When applying, students should indicate whether they seek Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) funding or not. ASPECT's GTA funds will support only full time Ph.D. students. Students awarded a GTA can expect a full tuition waiver, regular benefits offered to all TAs, and a nine-month graduate stipend. Assuming satisfactory progress towards degree completion, ASPECT doctoral students are eligible for up to 4 years of financial support as GTAs. No separate application is required for Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought Graduate Assistantship positions and fellowships.

Application Fees

Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application, though check to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.

Submission Deadlines

Deadline for Application

*Fall: February 1

*ASPECT accepts applications ONLY for Fall terms. We do not accept students in Spring, Summer I or Summer II terms.

To request further information about the program or the application process, please contact graduate programs coordinator.

Tamara Sutphin, Program Support Technician

202 Major Williams(0192)

The official transcripts showing degree conferral should be sent directly from your institution(s) to Graduate Admissions:


Virginia Tech Graduate Admissions, 120 Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown, Mail Code 0325p 155 Otey Street NW, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061