Admissions Requirements

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

Domestic Application

*Fall: February 22, 2019

International Application

*Fall: February 22, 2019

*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding:  February 22, 2019

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for masters program, applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum of 3.0 GPA.

What You'll Need

Official Transcripts

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

Department Graduate Testing Requirements

Official GRE is required for Master of Arts English. 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 Master of Arts in English. You can include references/recommendations email addresses in your online application, or have them send paper copies directly to Graduate School.

Writing Sample

Applicants are asked to provide a 15-20 page, double-spaced sample of analytical academic writing. This sample may be comprised of two shorter papers, though a single longer paper is preferred. In addition to demonstrating your ability to advance an academic argument, your writing sample should also make evident your ability to cite scholarly literature appropriately.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

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

Please address the following questions in the letter of interest:

    Why do you want to undertake graduate work?

    Why do you qualify to pursue a graduate degree at Virginia Tech?

    What do you expect to derive from your program of study?

    If you have a concentration or area of interest in mind, briefly outline your interests in this area.

    What do you expect to contribute as a student and subsequently as a member of the profession?

    If you have not previously indicated in your application the names of faculty members you are interested in working with, please include that information in this statement.

Applying as an International Student

International students might 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 IELTS score of 6.5 for admission. Test scores should be sent to us using ETS institution code 5859.

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

We  offer fully funded graduate teaching assistantships for full time enrollment in the program. A question on the application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. Check yes, as all of our students are fully funded.

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

Domestic Application

*Fall: February 22, 2019

International Application

*Fall: February 22, 2019

*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding:  Feburary 22, 2019



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

Sarah Helwig, Graduate Programs Coordinator

310 Shanks 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