To apply to the graduate program, students must submit the Virginia Tech Graduate School online application.
Current and Admitted Students at Virginia Tech
Graduate students accepted to any other graduate program at Virginia Tech will be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Information, Policy, and Society on the basis of acceptance into their home department.
What You'll Need
Recommendations for admission to the certificate program for nondegree-seeking students will be made by our Graduate Admissions Committee, based on transcripts, the letter of interest, and the minimal requirements specified in the Graduate Catalogue. These admissions criteria differ from our regular degree admissions in that they require neither the GRE nor letters of recommendation.
You will need the following to apply:
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.
Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae
The Department of Political Science requires a letter of interest (250–500 words) along with a copy of your most recent curriculum vitae.
In your letter of interest, include the following:
(a) your past work experience in Political Science;
(b) your long-range education and career objectives; and
(c) your reasons for completing the Graduate Certificate in Political Science.
Applying as an International Student
International students may be required to submit TOEFL scores, immigration documents, and other additional materials with their application.
We require a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (IBT) or an IELTS score of 6.5 for admission. Test scores should be sent to us using ETS institution code 5859.
Any Additional Information and Supporting Material
You are welcome to supplement your admissions materials with any additional information that would be useful in evaluation of your application.
Nondegree applicants and former students seeking readmittance must pay a nonrefundable $25 application fee. Check first, however, to determine whether you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.
Deadlines for non-degree students:
Spring: January 1
Summer I: May 1
Summer II: June 1
Fall: August 1
Spring: September 1
Summer I: January 1
Summer II: February 1
Fall: April 1
- Select application Type “Non-degree” and then you should be able to select campus “Blacksburg” for residential option or “Virtual” for online option.
To request further information about the program or the application process, please contact graduate programs coordinator.
Graduate Programs Coordinator
531 Major Williams Hall
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