How to Apply?
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.
- TOEFL/ IELTS (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.
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.
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.
Graduate School 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
Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae/Resume
A 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.
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.
Interview with members of the Educational Psychology program faculty
As a part of the 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.
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.
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.
Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application, though check to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced 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.
Domestic and International Application:
*Fall: January 15
*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.
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
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. 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.