Admissions Requirements

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

Domestic Application

Spring: January 1

Summer I: May 1

Summer II: June 1

*Fall:  August 1

International Application

Spring: September 1

Summer I: January 1

Summer II: February  1

*Fall: April 1

*Deadline for early decision admission with Graduate Assistantships consideration for Fall: February 15

Admissions Requirements

General Requirement

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

Accelerated B.A.-M.A.

Qualified Virginia Tech undergraduates may begin earning graduate credit while completing the undergraduate majors in Political Science. Students must apply and be accepted into the BA-MA program before the beginning of the semester in which graduate courses are taken. Graduate credit will not be granted retroactively.

Students enrolled in the accelerated BA-MA may double count up to 12 credits.

Learn More about accelerated B.A.-M.A.

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 for Political Science (M.A.). 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 Political Science (M.A.). You can include references/recommendations email addresses in your online application, or have them send paper copies directly to Graduate School.

Writing Sample

Please provide a writing sample. 

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

A letter of interest (3-5 pages) is required by the Department of Political Science 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 80 (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

Graduate Assistantships

A question on the application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. Check yes. Please note that Indicating that you wish to be considered for an assistantship does not mean that you will be offered one, only that you wish to be considered for one, if available.

Learn more about other available funding opportunities

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

Spring: January 1

Summer I: May 1

Summer II: June 1

*Fall:  August 1

International Application

Spring: September 1

Summer I: January 1

Summer II: February  1

*Fall: April 1

*Deadline for early decision admission with Graduate Assistantships consideration for Fall: February 15

Additional Notes

  • We begin review of applications in January. Students who wish to be considered for teaching or research assistantships will have the best chances for this award if their applications are complete by January. Admissions and assistantships are usually announced in March.
  • To apply to the Virginia Tech Political Science (M.A.) program select "Political Science" as your major.Choose degree option “M.A.” from the list.
  • Select your campus as “Blacksburg” for residential option and “Virtual” for online option.

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

 

Karen Nicholson

Graduate Programs Coordinator

531 Major Williams Hall

540-231-6572

karenn@vt.edu

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