Admissions Requirements

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

Application Deadline

The Philosophy MA application deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year is February 1, 2019 for both domestic and international applicants. 

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.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 

Department Graduate Testing Requirements

Official GRE is required for M.A. in Philosophy. 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 Philosophy. You can include references/recommedations email addresses in your online application, or have them send paper copies directly to department.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

A letter of interest (250-500 words) is required by the Deparment of Philosophy along with your latest curriculum vitae.

Writing Sample

Ideally, a writing sample should be an undergraduate paper of about 15 pages, preferably from a philosophy course. However, if such materials are not available, we will also consider professional reports or other appropriate documents of which the applicant was sole author. For students who have completed Master's Degrees in other fields, a chapter of a thesis may also be appropriate as a writing sample. 

Applying as an International Student

International students might be required to submit TOEFL scores, immigration documents, and other additional materials with their application.

TOEFL(Paper 550.0, IBT 80.0)

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

The Department is able to award between four and five graduate teaching assistantships each year. Assistantships are available only to full-time students only. New students are considered for assistantships only for entry into the program in the fall semester. Initial offers of assistantships will be made sometime between March 1st and April 1st. We will continue to offer assistantships later, as needed, until we have assigned all available assistantships. Currently, most of our students have assistantships. We work to help all students, with and without assistantships, to find additional sources of funding and support. No separate application is required for Department of Philosophy graduate assistantship positions and fellowships.

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences also offers the following funding sources, which are competitive and are nominanted by faculty members direclty to Graduate School.

  • Dean's Diversity Assistantships for students who qualify (same financial package as GTAships).
  • McNair Scholar assistantships, on a competitive basis, to students who were McNair Scholars as undergraduates (same financial package as GTAships).
  • The Powell Fellowship, for long-term Virginia residents who demonstrate financial need ($20,000 for one year, plus in-state tuition).
  • Additional funding opportunities are updated regularly on a website from the Graduate School.
  • Write to the Graduate Director at for more information.

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

The deadline for an application with full funding for fall 2019 is January 15, for both domestic and international applicants.

However, for the Commonwealth Campus program only, there is an Expedited admissions option that allows you to apply up to one week before classes begin. This admission is only good for one semester and you will need to reapply to take additional classes, so we recommend that you use this only if you have missed the regular application deadline. The Expedited application uses the same online process as the regular application.


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

Lydia Patton, Graduate Program Director
231 Major Williams Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061