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Admissions Requirements

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

Domestic Application Deadline
Spring: January 1
Summer: May 1
*Fall: August 1
International Application Deadline
Spring: September 1
*Fall: April 1
*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: February 1

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for the Ph.D. program in EDRE, applicants must hold a master’s degree in a relevant field or discipline from an accredited college or university and have a GPA of 3.3 or higher in the degree.

What You'll Need

Official Transcripts

Include a scanned copy of your transcripts 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.

Department Graduate Testing Requirements

Official GRE scores are required as part of your application. Please have the testing agency send official scores to the Virginia Tech Graduate School, using code 5859.

Letters of Reference

Three letters of reference are required as part of your application. We strongly recommend that at least one of these letters of reference be from someone in an academic position. You can include letters of reference or contact information for your references as part of your online application or have references send their letters directly to the Graduate School.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

A letter of interest (3 to 5 pages in length) and a current curriculum vitae are also required by the School of Education.

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 EDRE program faculty

In some circumstances, an applicant may be asked to participate in an interview with EDRE faculty. 

The interview can focus on one or more of the following issues:

  1. Previous academic work;
  2. Leadership qualities;
  3. Experience in the field in which the applicant wishes to pursue a degree;
  4. Current level of understanding of issues and problems in the applicant's prospective major field of study;
  5. Clarity of professional goals as related to doctoral study and relevance to the degree.

Applying as an International Student

International students might be required to submit TOEFL scores, immigration documents, and other materials as part of 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 also welcome to submit any other information that they consider to be useful in evaluating their application.

Applying for Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

Graduate Assistantships

A question on the application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. Check yes. Please note that Indicating that you wish to be considered for an assistantship does not mean that you will be offered one, only that you wish to be considered for one, if available.

Learn more about other available funding opportunities

Application Fees

Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application, but please check to see if you qualify for a waiver of this fee or a reduced fee.

Submission Deadlines

Domestic Application Deadline
Spring: January 1
Summer: May 1
*Fall: August 1
International Application Deadline
Spring: September 1
*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 Research and Evaluation (Ph.D.) program, select "Educational Research and Evaluation" as your major. Choose degree option “Ph.D.” from the list.

For more information about the EDRE program or the application process, please contact the Program Leader:

Dr. Serge Hein
Program Leader
1750 Kraft Dr., Room 2105
Blacksburg, VA 24060

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