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Integrative STEM Doctoral Program Admissions Information

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  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with an earned GPA of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Your current CV or Resume
  • Two writing samples
  • Once your graduate school application is accepted, the program leader will contact you for a faculty interview (either face-to-face or online)
  • Acceptable GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores
  • TOEFL/ IELTS  (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.


 Starting Semester Domestic M.A.Ed. Applicants International M.A.Ed. Applicants
Summer May 1 January 1
Fall August 1 * April 1 *
Spring  January 1 September 1

*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: March 1

Note: Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at (540) 231-8771 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061. 

Application Checklist


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.

Graduate School Testing Requirements

Official GRE Scores are required for application to the the Integrative STEM Education Doctoral Program (Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction). Please have the testing agency send official scores to the Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859. The GRE selected should be the General Test (which includes verbal reading, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing).

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for the the Integrative STEM Education Doctoral Program (Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction). You can include references/recommendations email addresses in your online application, or have them send paper copies directly to the department. We strongly recommend that at least one of these letters of reference be from a person in an academic position.

Curriculum Vitae

Please provide your current Curriculum Vitae or Resume as part of your application to this program.

Interview with members of program faculty

Once your graduate school application is accepted, the program leader will contact you for a faculty interview (face-to-face or through internet/phone). 

Applying as an International Student

The Graduate School requires that all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents demonstrate English proficiency to ensure they enter the university with sufficient English skills necessary to function in a graduate program.

A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test score is the most common way international applicants demonstrate English proficiency. 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. See this page if you qualify for an English language proficiency test waiver. Personal Statement

International students might be required to submit TOEFL scores, immigration documents, and other additional materials with their application.

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.

Additional Information/Supporting Material

Applicants are welcome to submit any additional information with application material that would be useful in the evaluation of your application.

Applying for Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

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. If this poses a financial hardship, check with the Graduate School to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee. All application fees are non-refundable.

Application Fee Waivers

Veterans and other applicants are eligible for waivers of the application fee. This form includes eligibility requirements.

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.

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

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

After you have received your official offer of admission from the School of Education, please arrange with your institution(s) to send your official transcript(s) showing degree conferral to Graduate Admissions and to the School of Education at the addresses below:

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)
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Office of Academic Programs Support

Nancy Nolen
Enrollment Services Assistant
402 Wallace Hall (0565)

For further information, contact the Program Leader:

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John Wells, Professor and Program Leader

Dr. John Wells
Program Leader, Integrative STEM
School of Education (0313)
Public Safety Building, Suite 201
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8471 |