What You'll Need
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.
Department Graduate Testing Requirements
Official GRE is required for Ph.D. in Science and Technology in Society by the department of Science and Technology in Society. Please have the testing agency send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.
In certain circumstances, the Director of the STS Graduate Program can substitute other indicators of potential success for the GRE. For example, completing the MS degree in STS is one way to have the GRE requirement waived. Please contact Director of the Graduate Program well in advance of application.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required for Ph.D. in Science and Technology in Society. 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 Science and Technology in Society 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.
Applying for Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships
The STS department has a limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships available for students applying for full time study on the Blacksburg Campus. We normally offer 4 years of assistantship for funded PhD students, and 2 years for MS students. Funding beyond those terms is offered on a case-by-case basis, as funds allow. No separate application is required for Science and Technology in Society Graduate Assistantship positions and fellowships.
Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application, though check to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.
*Fall: August 1
Spring: January 1
*Fall: April 1
Spring: September 1
* Students seeking assistantships for funding should submit all required admissions materials by february 1 for full consideration.
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.