- Applicants must have an appropriate masters-level degree from an accredited institution.
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 Foundations of Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructions). You can include references/recommedations 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.
Graduate School Testing Requirements
Official GRE is required for Foundations of Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructions). Please have the testing agency send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.
Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae/Resume
A 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?
A sample of your best-written work. We prefer academic writing samples, but if you have none available, we can accept a work-related sample of writing.
Interview with members of the Foundations of Education program faculty
As a part of the application, candidates are required to have an interview with members of the Foundations of Education 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.
- 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.
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.
Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application, though check to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee. All application fees are non-refundable.
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.
Spring: January 1
Summer: May 1
*Fall: August 1
Spring: September 1
Summer: January 1
*Fall: April 1
*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: January 15.
- Please select an Application Type: First Time Graduate Study or Readmission
- Please select a Program:
- Please select a Program Option: N/A
- Please select a Degree Type:
- Please select a Campus:
- Please select a Term:
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.
Some students in the doctoral program receive financial support including a stipend and tuition. Assignments may be for full or half-time and be with the Program or with other programs in the School or University.
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.