To apply to the graduate program, students must submit the Virginia Tech Graduate School online application.
Current and Admitted Students at Virginia Tech
Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought will be considered from non‐degree post‐baccalaureate students who have been permitted to take courses by the Graduate School. This includes Master's, professional and/or Ph.D. graduate students accepted in ASPECT or other programs at Virginia Tech who seek to enhance their training in interdisciplinary thought, methodology, and theory. Students previously admitted by the Graduate School or accepted as graduate students in a cognate program will submit to the director a statement of purpose and at least one letter of recommendation.
Applicants New to Virginia Tech
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.
Letters of Recommendation
At least one letter of recommendation is required for Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought Graduate Certificate. 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
Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought requires a letter of interest (250–500 words) along with a copy of your most recent curriculum vitae.
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 90 (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/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.
Fall: August 1
Fall: April 1
To request further information about the program or the application process, please contact Program Support Technician.
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