Admissions Requirements

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

Priority Application Deadline

January 19 (for consideration for funding)

Final Application Deadline

April 15

Admissions Requirments

Students are offered admission on the basis of the following criteria: 

  • Compatibility with faculty research interests;
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a four-point scale;
  • Minimum 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.  

What You'll Need

Start Your Application 

Complete the online Application for Graduate Admission:

  • select communication from the alphabetical list of degree programs
  • upload a personal statement of academic and professional goals
  • upload required writing sample
  • submit the names and contact information of three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation
  • upload resume/CV
  • pay applicaiton fee ($75)

Submit transcripts from all colleges or universities where you completed undergraduate or graduate coursework or degrees

Send GRE scores: our code is #005859

Send TOEFL scores (for applicants who are not native speakers of English)

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.

Personal Statement 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?

Additional Notes

We begin review of applications in January. Completing the application by January 15 will give you the best opportunity to be considered for teaching assistantships. Admissions and assistantships are usually announced in February. 

Graduate Assistantships

Details about Assistantships

Students must be enrolled full time in the graduate degree program to qualify for a position.

We offer a limited number of full-time positions which require 20 hours of work per week, usually fulfilled by teaching two sections of undergraduate public speaking each semester. The position requires enrollment in 12 hours of graduate credit each semester. Our department typically does not offer graduate research assistantships.  

Other opporutnities for graduate teaching assistantships or graduate research assistantships are available across the university. 

Duration of Funding

Contracts are for one year, with renewal depending on progress in the degree program and satisfactory performance of assistantship duties. The majority of our students are funded for two years. 

Benefits of Assistantships

Assistantships provide these benefits:

  • stipend
  • tuition waiver
  • health insurance program (see the Graduate School benefits page for details)

You can find details on benefits and fees under "financial matters" at the Graduate School website:

Graduate teaching assistants receive a stipend for teaching undergraduate courses, usually public speaking. Other campus-wide opportunities are avaialble. See additional assistantship information avaialble through the Graduate School.

Students pay non-academic fees. Out-of-state students are advised to apply for Virginia residency as soon as possible (after one year in residence). 

Applying for Funding

A question on the application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. If you check yes, you will respond to additional questions and be added to our list of candidates. All new positions begin in the fall semester.

Travel Support

The Graduate School and Department of Communication support graduate students traveling to professional conferences to present research. Students must apply for the funds in advance and early applicants have the best chances of support before funds are depleted. We encourage you to seek funding through the Graduate Student Assembly.

Graduate Student Assembly Travel Fund

This program provides graduate students with funding for travel, accommodation, registration, and meal expenses associated with the presentation of their research at professional conferences, symposia and other similar events. Application deadlines are generally in October and March. For more information, visit the Graduate Student Assembly website.

Department of Communication Travel Support

We award support for participation in a professional conference such as presenting a paper. Annoucements about funding availabilty are sent to our students each semester. 

Program Inquiries

Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Beth M. Waggenspack

Application Questions

Graduate Staff Coordinator

Ms. Wendy Hodge

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