Admissions Requirements

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

Domestic Application
*Fall:  April 1
International Application
*Fall: April 1
*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: November 1

Admissions Requirements

Doctoral program admission requirements include a master's degree in Counselor Education or a closely related field, including a counseling practicum and internship experience. Applicants with degrees in other counseling fields (i.e., Marriage and Family Therapy, Counseling Psychology) are considered but may be required to complete the CACREP master's degree core courses that were not included in their degrees.

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in master's program
  • Applicants with at least two years of post-masters counseling experience are given strongest consideration.
  • Have career goals consistent with the degree offered by Counselor Education program

What You'll Need

Official Transcripts
Include a scanned copy of your transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to both Graduate Admissions and School of Education after you receive an offer of admission.

Department Graduate Testing Requirements
Official GRE is required for Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D. in Counselor Education ). Please have the testing agency send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859. There is not a minimum score requirement for admission to the Counselor Education program.

Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required for Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D. in Counselor Education). You can include references/recommendations email addresses in your online application, or have them send paper copies directly to department.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae
letter of interest (250-500 words) is required by the School of Education along with your latest Curriculum Vitae.

Interview with members of the counselor education program faculty
As a part of the application, candidates are required to have an interview with members of the Counselor Education program faculty. If you are shortlisted, a faculty member will contact you by telephone or email to arrange an interview. 

Applying as an International Student
International students might be required to submit TOEFL scores, immigration documents, and other additional materials with their application. 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.

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 School of Education has a limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships available for students applying for full time study on the Blacksburg Campus. We normally offer 3-4 years of assistantship for funded PhD students. Funding beyond those terms is offered on a case-by-case basis, as funds allow. No separate application is required for School of Education Graduate Assistantship positions and fellowships.

Learn more about other available funding oppurtunties

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:  April 1
International Application
*Fall: April 1
*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: November 1

To request further information about the program or the application process, please contact Program Support Technician.

Wanda McAlexander
Program Support Technician
1750 Kraft Drive, Rm 2100
Blacksburg, VA 24061

The official transcripts showing degree conferral should be sent directly from your institution(s) to Graduate Admissions and School of Education
Virginia Tech Graduate Admissions
120 Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Mail Code 0325p 155 Otey Street NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Office of Academic Programs 
School of Education
226 War Memorial Gymnasium (0313)
370 Drillfield Dr
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061