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Admissions Process

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Steps 1-4 should ideally be completed at least eight weeks prior to the start of the term you wish to begin the program. View our admissions deadlines.


Make sure you meet the admissions criteria. View criteria for the degree program or criteria for the graduate certificates.


Determine whether you are prepared to participate in an online degree program by reviewing VT-MIT's expectations of students.


Fill out and submit an online application to the Graduate School. The Apply Now page lists the required materials and instructions for completing the online application.


While completing your online application and prior to submitting it, you will be required to upload one copy of your scanned official transcript from each institution from which you have earned or will earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. Do not send transcripts for community college attendance or from any institution where you enrolled in classes but did not earn a degree. 

You may scan a copy of your official paper or electronic transcript provided to you from your institution's Registrar. Do not upload your institution's web-based academic record or a document stating it is not an official transcript. Make sure that all critical and identifying marks have been scanned and are legible. These include the institution's name, your name, the names of your courses and the grades you have received. It is important that you scan both the front and back of your transcript as we will need to be able to review the information provided on the back of your transcript concerning credit hours, the institution's grading scale, etc. Please ensure that your file is in Word (.doc) or PDF format.


Decision notifications are mailed 4 to 6 weeks after all admissions materials are received and your application is complete.

Once you have been officially accepted into the master's degree or a certificate program, follow steps 6-9.


Create a Virginia Tech user account (called a PID) at the Virginia Tech: Generate PID page. Your PID is a key to your presence at Virginia Tech and you will need it to access your course websites, your student records, library research materials, and more.


Set up your email software to begin checking your new Virginia Tech email account ( You must check this account regularly as Virginia Tech will use it, even if you request otherwise. See VT Computing - VT Google Apps Mail for details and assistance. 


Make an appointment with the program advisor to begin developing your plan of study. 


Request that an official transcript be sent directly from your undergraduate institution to the Virginia Tech Graduate Admission Office at the address below.  Electronic transcripts should be sent to Contact 540-231-9561 with any questions.

Graduate Admission
120 Graduate Life Center
155 Otey Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0325