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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 with full funding consideration for Fall: February 1

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the doctoral program, an applicant must have:

  • An appropriate master’s-level degree from an accredited institution
  • At least a 3.3 GPA on one’s most recent two years of university coursework
  • Experience serving in a school leadership position

We require GRE scores only from Ph.D. applicants. Doctoral applicants are expected to have already earned the Virginia school administration and supervision endorsement or equivalent licensure, and to already have some experience in P-12 administration.

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 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Ph.D.). Please have the testing agency send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Ph.D.), 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.

Virginia School Administration and Supervision Endorsement or Equivalent Licensure

Proof of Virginia school administration and supervision endorsement or equivalent licensure

Experience in P-12 Administration

Proof of some experience in P-12 administration

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

A brief letter of interest. For doctoral applicants, explain why you would like to pursue a doctorate in educational leadership and outline your career goals. Also, attach your CV.

Interview with members of the Educational Leadership program faculty

As a part of 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. Qualified applicants will be asked to attend an candidate interview: program faculty – and occasionally practicing school leaders – will serve on the interview committee. Just prior to the interview, applicants will complete a 45-minute writing prompt based around a modern educational issue. The interview committee will evaluate applicants on the basis of their academic potential, leadership experience, favorable recommendations, and commitment to both completing the program and continuing service as educational leaders.

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

We offer fully funded graduate teaching assistantships for full time enrollment in the program. A question on the application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. Check yes, as most of our students are fully funded.

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:  August 1
International Application
*Fall: April 1
*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration 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 (Ph.D. 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 “Ph.D.” from the list.

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