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Instructional Design and Technology M.A.Ed. (On-Campus Program) Admissions Information

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  • Applications that provide evidence of strong academic potential and prior professional experience are preferred
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • An earned GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study for regular admission status or 2.5 GPA to 2.99 GPA for provisional admission status.
    NOTE: The VT Graduate School requires a 3.0 undergraduate GPA for acceptance. However, because we consider more than just your GPA in making admission decisions, you MIGHT be accepted as a provisional student if your GPA is too low. Provisional students can take up to 9 credit hours and then must petition the Graduate School to change their status. The status can only be changed if the student has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses.
  • TOEFL / IELTS  (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.

GRE Scores are NOT required for application to this program.


Starting Semester  Due Date
Summer 1  May 1
Summer 2  June 1
Fall   August 1
Spring  January 1 

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Application Checklist


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 not required for Instructional Design & Technology (M.A.Ed.). If you wish to take the GRE, or have taken it and wish to submit your scores, 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 the Instructional Design & Technology (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Instructional Design & Technology) program. 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.

Letter of Interest

Applicants are asked to provide a 1-2 pages letter of interest 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?

Curriculum Vitae / Resume

Please provide a current CV or resume as part of your application to this program. 

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.

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.

See this page if you qualify for an English language proficiency test waiver.

Please note: Prospective residential on-campus international students might be required to submit immigration documents and other additional materials with their application. Please consult with Graduate Student Immigration Services.

Application Fees

Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application. If this poses a financial hardship, check with the Graduate School to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.

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

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

The Instructional Design & Technology program does not provide financial support to students. However, other sources of funds may be available.

In-state K-12 teachers are eligible for a 25% discount. Use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs.

For other possible funding sources, 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. 

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

School of Education Scholarships

Admission to the master's program in Higher Education is determined by an admission committee composed of program faculty. You will be notified by the Graduate School about the action taken on your application for admission.

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

and to:
Virginia Tech School of Education
Office of Academic Programs 

1750 Kraft Drive (0302)
Suite 2000
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Office of Academic Programs Support

Kathy Tickle
Enrollment Services Specialist
1750 Kraft Drive (0302), #2065