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Application Checklist

To enroll in the Principal Preparation Program, an applicant must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • At least a 3.2 GPA on one’s most recent two years of university coursework
  • Some K-12 teaching experience, with at least three years of experience preferred
  • TOEFL/ IELTS  (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.



Scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then arranges 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 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (M.A.Ed.), at least one of which from your current superintendent, designee, or agency leader. You may send out electronic reference forms from the online application.

Graduate School Testing Requirements

GRE is not required for Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (M.A.Ed.).

Writing Sample

A sample of your best-written work. We prefer academic writing samples, but if you have none available, we can accept a work-related sample of writing.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae/Resume

letter of interest (3-5 pages) is required by the program along with your latest Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Letter of Interest Guidelines:

  • 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?
  • For M.A.Ed. applicants, explain why you would like to become a Principal Preparation student, state your philosophy of education, and describe the level of commitment you would be able to make to the program.

Some K-12 teaching experience

Proof of some K-12 teaching experience, with at least three years of experience preferred.

Interview with members of the Educational Leadership program faculty

Qualified applicants will be asked to attend a candidate interview: program faculty members, practicing school leaders, and sometimes teachers may serve on the interview committee. Members of the interview committee score each candidate on the above-mentioned criteria, and candidates with the highest scores are invited to join the program.

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 an 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 an English language proficiency test waiver. 

Applying as an International Student

  • 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 the 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 eligibility requirements.


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

Submission Deadlines

Domestic Application

*Fall:  August 1

International Application

*Fall: April 1

*Deadline for early decision admission for Fall: February 1

Additional Notes

  • You will be notified by the Graduate School about the action taken on your application for admission.

  • To apply to the Virginia Tech Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (M.A.Ed. in Educational Leadership) program, select "Education, Educational Leadership " as your major. You will be able to select the " Educational Leadership Program Area" later in the online form. Choose the degree option “M.A.Ed.” from the list.
  • Make sure to select the correct campus. See if the program is offered at the campus.  List of Program Location and Cohorts

Application Type:

  • Please select an Application Type: First Time Graduate Study or Readmission
  • Please select a Program: 
  • Please select a Program Option:  N/A
  • Please select a Degree Type: 
  • Please select a Campus: 
  • Please select a Term:



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 and School of Education:

Virginia Tech Graduate Admissions
120 Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (Mail Code 0325)
155 Otey Street NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

and To,
Office of Academic Programs 
School of Education
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

 Send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

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

Learn about School of Education funding 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.

Program Inquiries

Jodie Brinkmann
Program Leader
VT Richmond Center
2810 Parham Road, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23294
(804) 662-7288

Application Questions

Wanda McAlexander
Program Support Technician
2004 VT CRC(0302)
1750 Kraft Drive, Rm 2100
Blacksburg, VA 24061

NVC Campus Inquiries

Susan Li
Graduate Academic Program Assistant
Northern Virginia Center
7054 Haycock Rd.
Falls Church, VA 22043