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Admissions Requirements

Current and Admitted Students at Virginia Tech, Complete Graduate Certificate Application

Graduate students accepted to any other graduate program at Virginia Tech are eligible to be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration on the basis of acceptance into their home department.  However, space in the Certificate program is limited.

Applicants New to Virginia Tech, Complete the Online Application (Certificate Applicants Only)

A qualified student who wishes to enter Virginia Tech to obtain a graduate certificate, without being enrolled in a degree program, may apply for graduate admission to Graduate Certificate Status using the graduate school online application. The Graduate School requires a GPA of 3.0 for admission to Certificate Status and official transcripts must be submitted.

Enrollment for the certificate program may be limited based on class size. 


Include a web printout or scanned copy of your transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

The School of Education requires a letter of interest (250–500 words) along with a copy of your most recent curriculum vitae.

In your letter of interest, include the following:

(a) your past work experience in Higher Education;

(b) your long-range education and career objectives; and

(c) your reasons for completing the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration.

Applying as an International Student

International students may 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 an IELTS score of 6.5 for admission. Test scores should be sent to us using ETS institution code 5859.

Any Additional Information and Supporting Material

You are welcome to supplement your admissions materials with any additional information that would be useful in evaluation of your application.

Application Fees

Nondegree applicants and former students seeking readmittance must pay a nonrefundable $25 application fee. Check first, however, to determine whether you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.


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

Domestic Application

Fall:  August 1

International Application

Fall: April 15



Include a scanned copy of your transcript(s) 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.

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

 Send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

The Graduate School sends an official offer of admission to applicants upon the recommendation of the department faculty. 

Program Inquiries

Certificate programs
Claire K. Robbins, Ph.D.
1750 Kraft Dr., Room 2007
Blacksburg, VA24060

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Claire K. Robbins, Ph.D.
1750 Kraft Dr., Room 2007
Blacksburg, VA24060

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