How to Apply

How to Apply 2017-11-02T15:11:22+00:00

Matt Dull

CPAP Students

Application Deadlines for All Campuses

CPAP Specific Deadlines

For Fall admission, the deadline is May 1st.

For Spring Admission the deadline is November 1st.

International Students

For Fall admission, the deadline is April 1st.

For Spring admission, the deadline is September 1st.

Tuition and Fees

The Bursar’s Office maintains complete information about Virginia Tech tuition and fees for in-state and out-of-state residents.

Financial Aid

For all other information about admissions and financial aid, please visit the graduate school admissions website.

Application and Fee. File an application with the graduate school online here and pay the nonrefundable application fee, which is currently $75.

Want more help with filing the application? See the graduate school’s help page.

Transcripts. Have two official copies of undergraduate and/or graduate study transcripts sent directly to the graduate school from universities and colleges previously attended. VT applicants an simply request from the registrar.

Personal Statement of Purpose. As part of the online application process, provide a personal statement in which you (a) describe previous employment experiences and (b) discuss thoughtfully your future career plans. The statement should express how the Center’s curriculum for which you are applying will assist you in achieving your future career goals.

Resume. As part of the online application process, provide a professional resume.

Test Scores. Applicants for the Ph.D. program must provide scores on a recognized aptitude test. The educational testing service will send the scores directly to the graduate school, upon request. The aptitude test scores are optional for MPA applicants. International students may be required to take TOEFL.

Letters of Recommendation/Reference Forms. As part of the online application, all applicants should arrange for submission of three (3) persons to provide a letters of recommendation. Once submitted, each reference is sent an electronic form to complete. Preferably the applicant’s references should include a mix of former professors and others who know the applicant professionally, such as employment supervisors or others who have had an opportunity to observe the applicant in a professional capacity. It is especially important that applicants to the Ph.D. program provide at least two letters or forms from former college or university teachers.

Paper Applications. If you are unable or choose not to apply online, you may download the application form for US and Permanent Resident Students or for International Students.

Submission. ALL PAPER APPLICANTS, including Northern Virginia and Richmond campuses, please send application materials including: application and fee, personal statement of purpose, resume, and letters of recommendation/reference forms directly to the Graduate School. Transcripts and test scores should be sent from the issuing authority to the same address.

Virginia Tech Graduate School (0325)
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

To confirm that your application materials are complete please contact:

Center for Public Administration and Policy
Phone: (540) 231-5133