How to Apply?

Application Checklist

  • Minimum GPA 3.0 (4 Scale)
  • Compatibility with faculty research interests
  • GRE scores in the 50% range in both of the quantitative and verbal areas. Scores for sections are not averaged; rather each section is considered seperately. A table that shows the percentile range for scores is available on the GRE website.  
  • TOEFL/ IELTS  (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.


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

Three letters of recommendation are required for M.A. in Communication. You can include references/recommedations email addresses in your online application.

Graduate School Testing Requirements

Official GRE is required for  M.A. in Communication by the Department of Communication. Please have the testing agency send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

Writing Sample Guidelines

Provide one writing sample that illustrates your potential for research. This could be a solo-written class paper or term project, published work, or work product that demonstrates your analytical and writing abilities. Please do not exceed 20 double-spaced pages.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

letter of interest (250-500 words) is required by the Department of Communication along with your latest Curriculum Vitae.

Letter of Interest Guidelines:

  • Why do you want to undertake graduate work in communication at Virginia Tech?
  • Why do you qualify to pursue a graduate degree at Virginia Tech?
  • If you have a concentration or area of interest in mind, briefly outline your interests in this area.
  • What graduate faculty members are you interested in studying with and why?
  • What do you expect to contribute as a student and subsequently as a member of the profession?

Evidence of English Proficiency 

The Graduate School requires that all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents demonstrate English proficiency to ensure they enter the university with sufficient English skills necessary to function in a graduate program. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test score is the most common way international applicants demonstrate English proficiency. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 90 (IBT) or IELTS score of 6.5 for admission. Test scores should be sent to us using ETS institution code 5859. See this page if you qualify for a English language proficiency test waiver. 

Applying as an International Student

  • Blacksburg Campus: Prospective residential on-campus international students might be required to submit immigration documents, and other additional materials with their application. Please consult with Graduate Student Immigration Services before applying. 

Additional Information/Supporting Material

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

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. All application fees are non-refundable.

Application Fee Waivers

Veterans and other applicants are eligible for waivers of the application fee. This form includes the eligibility requirements.


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

Priority deadline: January 13 for consideration for funding

Final deadline for both domestic and international application: April 15

Blacksburg Campus Application Type:

  • Please select an Application Type: First Time Graduate Study or Readmission
  • Please select a Program: Communication
  • Please select a Degree Type: MA
  • Please select a Campus: Blacksburg (Main Campus)
  • Please select a Term: Fall



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.

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 0325)
155 Otey Street NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

 Send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

The department of communication has a limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships available for students applying for full time study on the Blacksburg Campus. Entering students can apply for such funding as part of their admissions application. No separate application required.

Visit Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Graduate School sends an official offer of admission to applicants upon the recommendation of the department faculty. Admitted applicants who are offered graduate assistantships at Virginia Tech are not required to make a decision to commit to the assistantship offer until April 15. See the assistantships page for more details.

Graduate Admissions

Beth M. Waggenspack, Graduate Director
147 Shanks Hall

Application Questions

Kelly Petersen, Graduate Staff Coordinator 
119 Shanks Hall

Program Inquiries

Beth M. Waggenspack, Graduate Director
147 Shanks Hall