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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.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

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

In your letter of interest, include the following:

(a) your past work experience,

(b) your long-range education and career objectives, and

(c) your reasons for completing the Graduate Certificate.

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 100 (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

Nondegree applicants and former students seeking readmittance must pay a nonrefundable $25 application fee. 

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. 

Submission Deadline for Domestic Application

Fall: August 1

Submission Deadlines for International Application

Fall: April 1

Blacksburg Campus Application Type:

  • Please select an Application Type: Graduate Certificate
  • Please select a Term: Summer, Fall, Spring

 

 

 

Students applying to the MA program in History should indicate an interest in public history and the Certificate in Public History as part of their application statement. 

Students already admitted to graduate programs at Virginia Tech with an interest in pursuing the Graduate Certificate should send a letter of intent (no more than 500 words) addressed to the Graduate Committee, Department of History. In the letter applicants should explain their interest in public history and describe any experiences in a public history setting.

Admission to the certificate program requires good standing in a graduate program at Virginia Tech.

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 Graduate School sends an official offer of admission to applicants upon the recommendation of the department faculty. 

Graduate Admissions

Matthew Heaton, Director of Graduate Studies
409  Major Williams Hall
540-231-8361
mheaton@vt.edu

Application Questions

Linda Fountaine, Graduate Programs Coordinator
531 Major Williams Hall
540-231-5331
lindaf@vt.edu

Program Inquiries

Matthew Heaton, Director of Graduate Studies
409  Major Williams Hall
540-231-8361
mheaton@vt.edu