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Admissions Requirements

Admission to the master’s program in Instructional Design and Technology will be based on a review of the Graduate School application including the elements below.  Applications that provide evidence of strong academic potential and prior professional experience are preferred.

  • Official transcript(s) of all college coursework, including documentation of completed bachelor's degree
  • Quality Credit Average (QCA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 = A scale) in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study (for regular admission status).
  • Official TOEFL scores for 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.  Official IELTS scores are also accepted.
  • Names and Addresses of three references
  • A brief statement (1-2 pages) focused on academic and professional goals
  • GREs are not required for admission to this graduate program

Applicants whose cumulative grade point average is less than 3.0 but not lower that 2.50 for the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study and/or whose academic background is deficient or not current may be admitted under provisional status. Upon completion of no fewer than 9 credit hours, a provisional student may be recommended for regular status if the student has maintained at least a 3.0 average. The recommendation for a change of status is made by the student's advisor. The status change must be approved by the Department Chair and Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education. Please contact Program Leader for further information.

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

GRE is optional for Instructional Design and Technology (M.A.Ed  in Curriculum and Instruction). 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(M.A.Ed  in Curriculum and Instruction).  at least one 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. 

Curriculum Vitae

Include your most recent Curriculum Vitae.

Letter of Interest

A brief (1-2 page) Letter of Interest focused on academic and professional goals.

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 (M.A.Ed  in Curriculum and Instruction), select "Education, Curriculum and Instruction" as your major. Then you should be able to select “Instructional Design and Technology” program area. Choose degree option “M.A.Ed.” 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 score is optional 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, 
144J Smyth Hall

Application Questions

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