Admissions Requirements

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

Current and Admitted Students at Virginia Tech

Graduate standing at Virginia Tech (including those accepted by the Graduate School as Commonwealth Scholars) and an essay demonstrating interest in or experience related to a certificate in Material Culture and Public Humanities. Students seeking admission to the certificate program should consult with the Graduate Director or a member of the Steering Committee for the MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities.

Applicants New to Virginia Tech

Recommendations for admission to the certificate program for non-degree-seeking students will be made by our Graduate Admissions Committee, based on transcripts, letter of interest, and the minimal requirements specified in the Graduate Catalogue. These admissions criteria differ from our regular degree admissions in that they require neither the GRE nor letters of recommendation.

What You'll Need

Official Transcripts

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.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

letter of interest (250-500 words) is required by the Deparment of Religion and Culture along with your latest Curriculum Vitae.

Applying as an International Student

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

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.

Application Fees

Non-degree applicants and former students re-admitting must pay a non-refundable $25 application fee, though check to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.

Submission Deadlines

Domestic Application

Fall: August 1

Spring: January 1

International Application

Fall: April 1

Spring: September 1

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 the Student/Staff Support.

Amanda Timcik, Student/Staff Support

115 Lane Hall,

280 Alumni Mall

Blacksburg, VA 24061