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

Domestic Application
*Fall:  January 15
International Application
*Fall: January 15
*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: January 15. Applicants may apply after this date. Please contact program leader for further information.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for the doctoral program, applicants must

  • Hold a master's degree in education, psychology, or another closely related discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • Have career goals consistent with the degree offered by the Educational Psychology 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 Educational Psychology (Ph.D.). 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 Educational Psychology program. GRE should be General Test (that includes verbal reading, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing

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

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae
letter of interest (1-2 pages) is required by the School of Education along with your latest Curriculum Vitae.
Please address the following questions in the letter of interest:

  • 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?
  • If you have not previously indicated in your application the names of faculty members you are interested in working with, please include that information in this statement.

Interview with members of the Educational Psychology program faculty
As a part of application, candidates are required to have an interview with members of the Educational Psychology 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.

Applying for Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships
We offer some 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:  January 15
International Application
*Fall: January 15
*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: January 15. Applicants may apply after this date. Please contact program leader for further information.

To request further information about the program or the application process, please contact School of Education (SOE) Programs.

SOE Programs
soeprograms@vt.edu

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

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