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  • Master's degree
  • A Quality Credit Average (QCA) of at least 3.3 (on a 4.0 = A scale) on all previous graduate work
  • Evidence of strong academic potential and professional experience
  • Acceptable GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores must meet Graduate School requirements for international students who did not receive a previous degree from an American, Canadian or British university.

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 Instructional Design and Technology (Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instructions). 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 Instructional Design and Technology(Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instructions). 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.

Writing Sample

Interested applicants should submit a written response of not more than 5 pages to the following question: "What problem or challenge do you see in your life currently that you also recognize going to graduate school as a solution to?" or a writing sample from your academic or professional work.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

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?

As a part of the application, candidates are required to have an interview with members of the Counselor 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.

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.

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.



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

Domestic Application
Spring: January 1
Summer I & II: May 1
Fall:  August 1
International Application
Spring: September 1
Summer I & II: January 1
Fall: April 1
Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: January 15.

To apply to the Virginia Tech Instructional Design and Technology (Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction) program, select "Education,Curriculum and Instruction " as your major. You will be able to select " Instructional Design and Technology  of Program Area" later in the online form. Choose degree option “Ed.D.” from the list.



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

and to,
Office of Academic Programs 
School of Education
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Official GRE scores are required as part of your application. Please have the testing agency send official scores to the Virginia Tech Graduate School, using code 5859.

A question on the application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for an 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

You will be notified by the Graduate School about the action taken on your application for admission

Program Inquiries

Ken Potter
Program Leader, Instructional Design and Technology
144J Smyth Hall

Application Questions

Nancy Nolen
Enrollment Service Assistant
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-5348