How to Apply?
- Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a four-point scale
- TOEFL/ IELTS (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.
Recommendations for admission to the certificate program for 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.
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
This program requires a letter of interest (250–500 words) along with a copy of your most recent 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 90 (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.
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
- Spring: January 1
Submission Deadlines for International Application
- Fall: August 1
- Spring: January 1
Blacksburg Campus Application Type:
- Please select an Application Type: Graduate Certificate
- Please select a Term: Summer, Fall, Spring
Graduate students accepted to any other graduate program at Virginia Tech will be admitted to the religious studies graduate certificate program on the basis of their acceptance to their home department.
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.