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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.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies. You can include the email addresses of your references/recommedations in your online application, or have them send paper copies directly to the department.

Graduate School Testing Requirements

Official GRE is required for Ph.D. in Science and Technology in Society by the Department of Science, Technology, and 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 the Director of the Graduate Program well in advance of application.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

letter of interest (250-500 words) is required by the Department of Science, Technology, and Society along with your latest Curriculum Vitae.

Please address the following questions in the letter of interest:

  • Why do you want to undertake graduate work?
  • Why do you qualify to pursue a graduate degree at Virginia Tech?
  • What do you expect to derive from your program of study?
  • If you have a concentration or area of interest in mind, briefly outline your interests in this area.
  • What do you expect to contribute as a student and subsequently as a member of the profession?
  • If you have not previously indicated in your application the names of faculty members you are interested in working with, please include that information in this statement.

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.
  • Greater Washington, D.C., Metro Area 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.

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

Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application, though check to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee. All application fees are non-refundable.

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
  • Summer I: May 1
  • Summer II: Jun 1

* Students seeking assistantships for funding should submit all required admissions materials by February 1 for full consideration.

Submission Deadlines for International Application

  • *Fall: April 1
  • Spring: September 1
  • Summer I: Jan 1
  • Summer II: Feb 1

* Students seeking assistantships for funding should submit all required admissions materials by February 1 for full consideration.

Blacksburg Campus Application Type:

  • Please select an Application Type: First Time Graduate Study or Readmission
  • Please select a Program: Science and Technology Studies
  • Please select a Degree Type: PHD
  • Please select a Campus: Blacksburg (Main Campus)
  • Please select a Term: Fall, Spring, Summer

National Capital Region Campus Campus Application Type:

  • Please select an Application Type: First Time Graduate Study or Readmission
  • Please select a Program: Science and Technology Studies
  • Please select a Degree Type: PHD
  • Please select a Campus: National Capitol Region
  • Please select a Term: Fall, Spring, Summer

 

 

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 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.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

The Graduate School sends an official offer of admission to applicants upon the recommendation of the department faculty. Admitted applicants who are offered graduate assistantships at Virginia Tech are not required to make a decision to commit to the assistantship offer until April 15. See the assistantships page for more details.

You may be eligible to apply for non degree programs as a commonwealth campus status, non-degree student status or visiting graduate students. Learn more about this program.

Apply for Graduate Courses in Science and Technology Studies (Greater Washington, D.C., Metro Area)

Apply for Graduate Courses in Science and Technology Studies (Blacksburg - Main Campus)

Graduate Admissions

Saul Halfon, Graduate Director
232 Lane Hall
540-231-1648
shalfon@vt.edu

Sonja Schmid, NCR Co-Director
Northern Virginia Center
703-538-8482
sschmid@vt.edu

Janet Abbate, NCR Co-Director
Northern Virginia Center
703-538-3768
abbate@vt.edu

Application Questions

Carol Slusser, Graduate Coordinator
121 Lane Hall
540-231-0719
slusserc@vt.edu

Program Inquiries

Saul Halfon, Graduate Director
232 Lane Hall
540-231-1648
shalfon@vt.edu