Admissions Requirements

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

Deadline to receive full consideration for funding: February 1

Application Deadline: August 1

Deadline for International Students: April 1

How to Apply

Complete the online Application for Graduate Admission:

  • select history 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 (optimal GRE scores: verbal 158, analytic 5.0)

Send TOEFL scores for applicants who are not native speakers of English (minimum TOEFL score 600 paper, 250 computer-based, or 100 IBT

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Writing Sample Guidelines

Please provide a writing sample. The ideal writing sample is a 10-15 page research paper on a historical topic that highlights your research and writing skills. A shorter, 7-10 page analytical essay is also acceptable.

Personal Statement Guidelines

Applicants are asked to provide a 1-2 page, double-spaced personal statement which includes the following:

  • 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.
  • If interested in the public history certificate, include in the statement.
  • If interested being considered for a Virginia Center For Civil War Studies scholarship, please indicate in the personal statement.

Additional Notes

  • The application deadline is February 1 for those seeking a graduate assistantship; the final deadline is August 1, but  international students should apply by April 1 for consideration.
  • For the Dual Degree Option with Teaching Licensure:  apply to both the History MA and the Curriculum and Instruction MA programs. 

Graduate Assistantships

Details about Assistantships

Students wishing to pursue a master’s degree at Virginia Tech are eligible for funding support from the program. Each year the program awards graduate assistantships with tuition waivers to most graduate students. These assistantships offer students pre-professional training in historical pedagogy or historical research as they support the work of individual faculty members. Advanced students with graduate assistantships may, if qualified, teach an undergraduate survey course during their last semester in the program. Students interested in careers in library or archival administration should ask to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship in Special Collections at Virginia Tech’s Newman Library. 

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: www.grads.vt.edu.

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. 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 automatically be added to our list of candidates. All new positions begin in the fall semester.

Virginia Center for Civil War Studies Scholarships

We offer scholarships for students who have research interests in the causes and consequences of the American Civil War. One or two scholarships, up to $5,000 each, will be awarded annually and may be renewed for a second year. Holders of these scholarships are also eligible to hold graduate assistantships. Students who would like to be considered for these scholarships should declare their interest in their personal statements.

Travel Support

Departmental Travel Funds

Each year (budget permitting) the Graduate Program makes available small research grants to advanced graduate students engaged in thesis research. Funds may be used for travel (to archives; to conduct interviews, etc.) and for photocopying essential research materials unavailable at Virginia Tech. Awards are made by the Graduate Committee.

All awards must be used from July to November of the application year.

Outside Funding

You are encouraged to seek funding for your work from other resources. Archives frequently offer small competitive travel grants. You should also consider applying for scholarships that offer research funding. 

Application Instructions for Departmental Funds

Departmental Travel Funds

Each year (budget permitting) the Graduate Program makes available small research grants to advanced graduate students engaged in thesis research. Funds may be used for travel (to archives; to conduct interviews, etc.) and for photocopying essential research materials unavailable at Virginia Tech. Awards are made by the Graduate Committee.

All awards must be used from July to November of the application year.

Virginia Center for Civil War Studies Scholarships

We offer scholarships for students who have research interests in the causes and consequences of the American Civil War. One or two scholarships, up to $5,000 each, will be awarded annually and may be renewed for a second year. Holders of these scholarships are also eligible to hold graduate assistantships. 

Outside Funding

You are encouraged to seek funding for your work from other resources. Archives frequently offer small competitive travel grants. You should also consider applying for scholarships that offer research funding. 

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

Ms. Linda Fountaine

Office: 431 Major Williams Hall

Phone: (540) 231-5331

The official transcripts showing degree conferral should be sent directly from your institution(s) to Graduate Admissions:

To,

Virginia Tech Graduate Admissions

120 Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown

Mail Code 0325p 155 Otey Street NW

Blacksburg, Virginia 24061