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Application Guidelines

The VT-MIT program welcomes new students in August, January, and May of each academic year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, though early application is encouraged.

The admissions committee makes a holistic review of an applicant's academic and professional experience, as well as supplemental essay and letters of recommendation, to determine a candidate's readiness to take on graduate level work.

Applicants are required to have:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Knowledge of an object-oriented programming language or plans to acquire this knowledge in their first semester

The majority of applicants have:

  • More than three years of professional work experience
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

The VT-MIT program enrolls students with all sorts of academic and professional backgrounds, so there's no need to have extensive IT knowledge or a specific undergraduate degree to be admitted to the program.

To complete and submit your master's degree application, the following application materials are required:

  • Completed online application form
  • A scanned copy of official transcripts from all universities or colleges where a degree was conferred
    • Unofficial web transcripts downloaded through a university's online portal will not be accepted, except for Virginia Tech alumni.
    • Students with degrees from universities outside the U.S. will need to submit a report from a credential evaluation service. TOEFL/IELTS scores may also be required. See Additional Materials for International Students section below.
  • A copy of your resume
  • Three letters of recommendation sent electronically through the application portal
    • At least one recommendation must be from a current or past supervisor. 
  • Academic and professional goals statement
    • Applicants are asked by the Graduate School to provide a 1-2 page double-spaced personal statement that addresses why you are pursuing a graduate degree, why at Virginia Tech, and why now.
  • A $75 non-refundable application fee

Please note that GMAT/GRE test scores are not required to apply to the VT-MIT program.

To complete and submit your graduate certificate application, the following application materials are required:

  • Completed online application form
  • A scanned copy of official transcripts from all universities or colleges where a degree was conferred
    • Unofficial web transcripts downloaded through a university's online portal will not be accepted, except for Virginia Tech alumni.
    • Students with degrees from universities outside the U.S. will need to submit a report from a credential evaluation service. TOEFL/IELTS scores may also be required. See Additional Materials for International Students section below.
  • A copy of your resume
  • Academic and professional goals statement
    • Applicants are asked by the Graduate School to provide a 1-2 page double-spaced personal statement that addresses why you are pursuing a graduate degree, why at Virginia Tech, and why now.
  • A $75 non-refundable application fee

Please note that GMAT/GRE test scores are not required to apply to the VT-MIT program.

You can begin your Master of Information Technology degree or graduate certificate for any of the three academic terms — Fall, Spring, or Summer.

The VT-MIT program has a rolling admissions process. We typically provide a decision within two weeks of your completed application, sometimes sooner. Please keep in mind that an application is only considered complete when all your admissions documents have been received by our office, including your letters of recommendation and a copy of your official transcript.

Your application and all supporting materials must be received by our office by the deadline dates listed below. We strongly encourage early application to ensure that your recommenders have ample time to submit their letters before the deadline.

Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if space is available. Please email vtmitadmissions@vt.edu to inquire.

Entry Term Review Begins Application Due Classes Start
SPRING 2022 OPEN December 1, 2021 January 18, 2022
SUMMER 2022 OPEN April 1, 2022 May 23, 2022
FALL 2022 OPEN July 1, 2022 August 22, 2022

View Virginia Tech's academic calendar to see the date each semester begins for future academic years.

Regular Admission
Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from a regionally accredited university are eligible for admission to the VT-MIT program as regular students with no restrictions.

Provisional Admission
Students may receive an offer of provisional admission to the VT-MIT program if they have a GPA below the minimum of 3.0. The applicant must demonstrate other experience or qualifications that show the potential to undertake graduate study.

If an applicant accepts a provisional offer of admission, they will be required to take four core courses and earn a B or better in each course. Upon successfully completing the four core courses, a student will automatically transition to regular status.

Commonwealth Campus Admission
Commonwealth Campus admission is considered a non-degree seeking status. Students may receive an offer of Commonwealth Campus admission if they do not meet the standard for provisional admission, but the admissions committee feels they are still a strong candidate for graduate study. Prospective students may also choose to apply directly as Commonwealth Campus students to try out a course or if they are unable to complete their application packet by the deadline for their desired term.

If an applicant accepts a Commonwealth Campus offer of admission, they will be required to take four core courses and earn a B or better in each course. Upon successfully completing the four core courses, the student will be invited to reapply and receive the program's recommendation to the Graduate School for regular admission.

Prospective students may also choose to apply as Commonwealth Campus students prior to being fully admitted into the VT-MIT program. This provides the applicant with an opportunity to start the program with one core course while they complete their application packet for the next semester or consider whether the program is right for them.

Please note that Commonwealth Campus students are ineligible for financial aid while in this status. 

Transfer Students

The VT-MIT transfer policy requires completion of 33 credit hours within the VT-MIT program irrespective of any graduate level course(s) attempted (completed) in other degree programs or universities. As such, any course transfer request does not reduce the number of credits needed to complete the MIT degree.

Admitted students may apply for a transfer credit waiver of up to six credits.  A waiver means that the course is found equivalent, and VT-MIT would waive the need to take the course (say if it was a required prerequisite for another course), but students with approved transfer courses would still need to complete all 33 credits required for the program.

Students who would like the faculty academic committee to review their prior coursework for a waiver must apply and be admitted to the program before transfer credit waiver requests will be considered.

Please email vtmitadmissions@vt.edu if you would like to review the full policy for transfer credit waivers.

Some courses in the VT-MIT program require knowledge of a modern programing language -- Java, C, C++, C#, or Python. Students with no programming experience or those who need a refresher can still apply, be admitted, and begin the program with a course that does not require the programming prerequisite. However, they must make plans to gain the requisite knowledge and detail these plans on their application and with their academic advisor.

ITP 120 - Java Programming I is an online course from Virginia Western Community College that fulfills this requirement and has been designed specifically for incoming VT-MIT students. Students can also take a course at another community college or through online resources. However, we cannot audit the content of every available course and provide recommendations, so we encourage you to review the ITP 120 syllabus and make sure that your alternate course content aligns.

  • Students with undergraduate degrees from universities outside the U.S. must submit a report from a credential evaluation service that converts grades into a grade point average (GPA) with a course by course break down of their degree. The university will accept evaluations done by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services web site.
  • TOEFL scores are required of all international students whose first language is not English. The university-wide minimum score requirement is 90 for Internet and 577 for paper.  Please visit the TOEFL website for additional information on the TOEFL exam.
  • TOEFL waivers are provided for:
    • U.S. naturalized citizens and permanent residents
    • Applicants who have graduated from an accredited university where English is the language of instruction. The language of instruction must be confirmed as English on your transcript evaluation for the Graduate School to provide the waiver.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is also accepted in lieu of the TOEFL. A 6.5 minimum is required to apply.
  • Official test scores should be sent to the Virginia Tech Graduate School, institution code 5859. Do not enter a department code.
  • Additional information for international graduate students can be found on the Cranwell International Center site.

The VT-MIT program is pleased to waive the $75 application fee and one of the three required letters of recommendation for its military students. Please visit this page for instructions on how to access your benefits.