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

Domestic Application
Spring: January 1
Summer: May 1
*Fall: August 1
International Application
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 doctoral program, applicants must hold a master’s degree in a relevant field or discipline from an accredited college or university. A GPA of 3.3 or higher in a master's 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 Research and Evaluation (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 Research and Evaluation (Ph.D.). You can include references/recommendations email addresses in your online application, or have them send paper copies directly to Graduate School.

We strongly recommend that at least one of these letters of reference be from a person in an academic position.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

letter of interest (3-5 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 research and evaluation program faculty

Qualified applicants will be asked to complete an interview with members of the Educational Research and Evaluation program faculty. As a part of application, candidates are required to have an interview with members of the Educational Research and Evaluation program faculty. If you are shortlisted, a faculty member will contact you by telephone or email to arrange an interview.

An interview committee may consider the following points:

  1. Previous academic work;
  2. Leadership qualities;
  3. Experience in the field in which the student wishes to pursue a degree;
  4. Current level of understanding of issues and problems in the student'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 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

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, though check to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.

Submission Deadlines

Domestic Application
Spring: January 1
Summer: May 1
*Fall: August 1
International Application
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.

To request further information about the program or the application process, please contact the Program Leader.

Dr. Gary Skaggs
Program Leader
2104 VT CRC (0302)
1750 Kraft Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24060
540-231-9729
gskaggs@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