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Current and Admitted Students at Virginia Tech, Complete Graduate Certificate Application

Graduate students accepted to any other graduate program at Virginia Tech will be admitted to the Graduate Certificate program on the basis of acceptance into their home department. To get the process started, submit your application to the program leader.

Applicants New to Virginia Tech, Complete the Online Application (Certificate Applicants Only)

Recommendations for admission to the certificate program students will be made by our Graduate Admissions Committee, based on transcripts, the letter of interest, and the minimal requirements specified in the Graduate Catalogue. These admissions criteria differ from our regular degree admissions in that they require neither the GRE nor letters of recommendation.


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.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

This program requires a letter of interest (250–500 words) along with a copy of your most recent curriculum vitae.

In your letter of interest, include the following:

(a) your past work experience;

(b) your long-range education and career objectives; and

(c) your reasons for completing the Graduate Certificate.

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

  • 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 before applying. 

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

Nondegree and certificate applicants and former students seeking readmittance must pay a nonrefundable $25 application fee. 

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 Deadline for Domestic (Blacksburg Campus Only) Application

  • Fall: Aug 01
  • Spring: Jan 01

Submission Deadlines for International (Blacksburg Campus Only) Application

  • Fall: April 01
  • Spring: Sep 01

Blacksburg Campus Application Type:

  • Please select an Application Type: Graduate Certificate
  • Please select a Term: Summer, Fall, Spring



Include a scanned copy of your transcript(s) with your online application, and then arrange for an official copy to be sent to both Graduate Admissions and the School of Education 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 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

 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.

The Graduate School sends an official offer of admission to applicants upon the recommendation of the department faculty. 

Program Inquiries

Dr. Brett Jones
Program Leader
School of Education (0313)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office of Academic Programs Support

Nancy Nolen
Enrollment Services Assistant
402 Wallace Hall (0565)