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Current and Admitted Students at Virginia Tech, Complete Graduate Certificate Application

Note: Follow these insturction if you are current or admitted to Gradaute School as Degree Seeking student

Graduate students accepted to any other graduate program at Virginia Tech will be admitted to the Graduate Certificate program on the basis of acceptance into their home department. To get the process started, submit your application forms to the center. Incude both graduate school and center for gerontology forms.

Submit both application forms to: Center for Gerontology, 230 Grove Lane ISCE (0555) Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 P: (540) 231-7657,  cgbooth@vt.edu

Visiting Graduate Students

Note: Follow these insturction if you wish to take courses as a visiting graduate student.

A graduate student in good standing at another university may be permitted to take graduate courses.

Submit both application forms to: Center for Gerontology, 230 Grove Lane ISCE (0555) Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 P: (540) 231-7657,  cgbooth@vt.edu

Applicants New to Virginia Tech, Complete the Certificate Application (Certificate Applicants Only)

Note: Follow these insturction if you are new to Virginia Tech Gradaute School and wish to enroll for graduate certificate only.

Recommendations for admission to the certificate program students will be made by our Graduate Admissions Committee, based on transcripts, the letter of interest, and the minimal requirements specified in the Graduate Catalogue. These admissions criteria differ from our regular degree admissions in that they require neither the GRE nor letters of recommendation.

Transcripts

Scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then arranges for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

This program requires a letter of interest (250–500 words) along with a copy of your most recent curriculum vitae.

In your letter of interest, include the following:

(a) your past work experience;

(b) your long-range education and career objectives; and

(c) your reasons for completing the Graduate Certificate.

Evidence of English Proficiency 

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. 

Applying as an International Student

  • Blacksburg Campus: 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 before applying. 

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.

Application Fees

Nondegree and certificate applicants and former students seeking readmittance must pay a nonrefundable $25 application fee. 

Application Fee Waivers

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

 

Submit both graduate school and center applications.

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

Submission Deadline for Domestic (Blacksburg Campus Only) Application

  • Fall: Aug 01
  • Spring: Jan 01

Submission Deadlines for International (Blacksburg Campus Only) Application

  • Fall: April 01
  • Spring: Sep 01

2. Center for Gerontology: Applicants new to Virginia Tech (Certficate Applicants) must also complete the Center for Gerontology application form.

Submit center's application/form to: Center for Gerontology, 230 Grove Lane ISCE (0555) Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 P: (540) 231-7657,  cgbooth@vt.edu

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:
Virginia Tech Graduate Admissions
120 Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (Mail Code 0325)
155 Otey Street NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

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

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

Graduate Admissions

Pamela Teaster, Program Director
203 Grove Lane
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8958
pteaster@vt.edu

Application Questions

Cynthia G. Booth, Program Coordinator
230 Grove Lane
Blacksburg VA. 24061
540-231-7657
cgbooth@vt.edu

Program Inquiries

Pamela Teaster, Program Director
203 Grove Lane
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8958
pteaster@vt.edu