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Admissions Requirements

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

Deadlines for Domestic and International Application
Applications for Fall are due on January 15

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the master's program in Higher Education is determined by an admission committee composed of program faculty. An earned GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study is required. TOEFL scores are required of all international students whose first language is not English, except those applicants who have graduated from an accredited university where English is the language of instruction. TOEFL scores are not required of US permanent residents and US naturalized citizens. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is also accepted; a 6.5 minimum score is required. International applicants should consult the Graduate School web page for more information about the TOEFL and or other application requirements. Additional admission procedures are determined by the HED Admission Committee.

What You'll Need


Include a web printout or scanned copy of your transcripts with your online application.  If you receive an offer of admission and choose to enroll at VT, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to both Graduate Admissions and School of Education.

Department Graduate Testing Requirements

GRE is optional for Higher Education (M.A.Ed.). 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 Higher Education (M.A.Ed.). You can include references/recommendations email addresses in your online application, and they will receive an email with instructions on how to provide an electronic reference. Please submit at least one letter from a college professor who knows the quality of your previous academic work, and at least one from a professional reference, such as a current or former employer.

Personal Statement

Applicants are asked to provide a brief (1-2 pages) personal statement which includes the following.

  • Why do you want to undertake graduate work?
  • What do you expect to derive from your program of study?
  • If you have a concentration 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?


Please provide a current resume outlining your most recent experiences or by listing those that are most relevant to your application. The resume should include:

  • Work/Research Experience
  • Research Achievements (including publications, thesis/dissertation, journal or conference papers)
  • Honors/Awards
  • Related Courses/Skills
  • Minors and/or Specialty Areas
  • Professional Organizations/Affiliations

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.

Interview with members of program faculty

After an initial review of applications, selected applicants are invited to interview weekend, which takes place on the last weekend in February.  During the weekend, applicants interview for both admission and graduate assistantships. They meet with faculty, GA supervisors, and current students; visit campus; and see firsthand whether the program fits their needs and aspirations.

Applying for Graduate Assistantships

The HED Admissions Coordinator will guide applicants through the process of applying for available Graduate Assistantship positions.  While funding is not guaranteed, admitted students are generally offered a “package” with an offer of admission and a graduate assistantship position. The GA position and provides a monthly stipend, a health insurance benefit and covers tuition (not fees).

Potential GA Opportunities Include:

  • Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity
  • Department of Recreational Sports
  • Cultural and Community Centers
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Office of First Year Experiences
  • Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Office of Housing and Residence Life
  • Office of Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program
  • Office of New Student and Family Programs
  • Office of Student Engagement and Campus Life
  • Office of Student Conduct
  • Pre-College and Pipeline Initiatives
  • The Student Success Center
  • University Academic Advising Center

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

Deadlines for Domestic and International Application
Applications for Fall are due on January 15

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 Higher Education (M.A.Ed.) program, select "Education, Higher Education (M.A.Ed.) " as your major. Choose degree option “M.A.Ed.” from the list.

To request further information about the program or the application process, please contact Admissions Coordinator.

Sharrika D. Adams, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Practice
1750 Kraft Drive, Room 2016
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)
Blacksburg, VA 24061