Admissions Requirements

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

Domestic Application

*Fall: August 1

Spring: January 1

International Application

*Fall: April 1

Spring: September 1

*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding: February 1

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.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for Master of Science 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.

TOEFL(Paper 550.0, IBT 80.0)

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.

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

*Fall: August 1

Spring: January 1

International Application

*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.

To request further information about the program or the application process, please contact the Graduate Secretary.

Carol Slusser, Graduate Coordinator

121 Lane Hall


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 0325p 155 Otey Street NW

Blacksburg, Virginia 24061