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Admissions Requirements

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

Domestic Application
*Fall:  August 1
International Application
*Fall: April 1
*Deadline for early decision admission for Fall: February 1

Admissions Requirements

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

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

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

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.

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

A brief letter of interest. 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 an 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.

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.

Applying for Scholarships

Learn about School of Education funding opportunities 

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

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 " Educational Leadership Program Area" later in the online form. Choose degree option “M.A.Ed.” from the list.
  • Make sure to select correct campus. See if the porgram is offered at the campus. List of Program Locations and Cohorts

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

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

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

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

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
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061