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Admissions Requirements

Application Checklist

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with 3.3-grade point average (GPA).
  • Your graduate school application packet must include three letters of recommendation and your current resume.
  • Once your graduate school application is accepted, the program leader will contact you for a faculty interview (face-to-face or through internet/phone) and two writing samples.


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.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for the program. 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.

Graduate School Testing Requirements

GRE is not required for this program.

Writing Sample

Two writing samples are needed after acceptance to the program.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Include your most recent resume. 

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

  • 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.

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.

Financial Matters

How much is tuition?

Tuition varies based on in-state or out-of-state status and whether or not you are a teacher. Virtual Campus students do not have to pay activity fees, only a technology fee. Graduate tuitions and fees are listed at Our campus is considered Virtual.

For questions regarding tuition and fees, please contact the Bursar's Office at

Completed forms for the K-12 Employee Reduced Tuition should be mailed or faxed to Graduate School at the following address:

Graduate School

Graduate Life Center

Virginia Tech (0325)

Blacksburg, VA 24061

Fax: 540-231-2039

Graduate Assistantships

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.

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: May 1
  • *Fall:  August 1

International Application:

  • Spring: September 1
  • Summer: January 1
  • *Fall: April 1

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

Application Type:

  • Please select an Application Type: First Time Graduate Study or Readmission
  • Please select a Program:
  • Please select a Program Option:  N/A
  • Please select a Degree Type: 
  • Please select a Campus:
  • Please select a Term:



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,
Office of Academic Programs 
School of Education
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

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

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; 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.

The Graduate School sends an official offer of admission to applicants upon the recommendation of the department faculty. Admitted applicants who are offered graduate assistantships at Virginia Tech are not required to make a decision to commit to the assistantship offer until April 15. See the assistantships page for more details.

Program Inquiries

John Wells
Program Leader
Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Application Questions

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