Current and Admitted Students at Virginia Tech
Graduate students accepted to any other graduate program at Virginia Tech will be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in science and technology studies on the basis of acceptance into their home department.
Applicants New to Virginia Tech
Recommendations for admission to the certificate program for nondegree-seeking students will be made by our Graduate Admissions Committee, based on transcripts, the 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.
You will need the following to apply:
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
Deparment of Science and Technology in Society requires a letter of interest (250–500 words) along with a copy of your most recent curriculum vitae.
Applying as an International Student
International students may 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 an IELTS score of 6.5 for admission. Test scores should be sent to us using ETS institution code 5859.
Any Additional Information/Supporting Material
You are welcome to supplement your admissions materials with any additional information that would be useful in evaluation of your application.
Nondegree applicants and former students seeking readmittance must pay a nonrefundable $25 application fee. Check first, however, to determine whether you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.
Fall: August 1
Spring: January 1
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.