Admission to PGG program is based on a combination of four criteria:
- Performance in Master’s program/Academic Transcript
- Letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose/interest in program
- Professional background and experience
The PGG program does not have an application deadline but has a ‘rolling admissions’ policy. As a general guideline, applications for Fall Admissions (Fall semester starts in late August) should be filed by 15 July, and applications for Spring admissions (spring semester starts in late January) should be filed by 1 January in order to allow time for review. Applications for Summer admission is 15 April
A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available each year. Students wishing to be considered for one of these assistantships should apply by 15 February.
Students can be admitted to the PGG degree program in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. However, it is recommended that students enter in the Fall or Spring semesters as our foundational courses are taught face to face during the Fall and Spring semesters
Information Sessions: All Washington D.C. based applicants are encouraged to attend an information session before applying.
- Prospective student need to prepare a statement of interest, detailing their proposed area of research, their professional background and experience (if applicable) and their interest in pursuing a doctorate at Virginia Tech. They should include a professional resume.
- Academic Transcripts – Master’s and undergraduate
- Three letters of recommendation from a mix of former professors and others who have had the opportunity to observe the applicant in an academic and professional capacity.
- GRE scores of at least 1100, verbal and quantitative. Non-traditional, part-time working professionals can make a case for the GRE to be waived. Applicants wishing to request a waver are encouraged to come to an information session or contact the program director, Prof. Joel Peters to be considered.
Are you uncertain about enrolling in this program but would be interested in trying a class?
Many of our doctoral students, especially part-time students who are working professionals in the Washington D.C area, start the PGG program as a non-degree Commonwealth Campus student.
Commonwealth Campus status is open to an applicant who holds an earned bachelors or higher degree from a regionally accredited U.S. university. Examples of students who seek admission into the Commonwealth Campus program include those who may qualify for regular admission but do not currently wish apply immediately for a graduate degree or need to update their academic credentials after several years of professional experience.
If students perform well in the courses they take, they can build a case for admission into the PGG degree. Students can take up to twelve credit hours (typically four classes) as a non-degree Commonwealth Campus student.
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Please note that International students must have a decision on their applications no later than the following deadlines:
For Fall Admissions – 1 April
For applications for Spring admissions – 1 September.
Please allow plenty of time for the review of your application. Any decisions made after these time frames need to be approved in advance and on a case-by-case basis, by the Graduate School’s International Graduate Student Services staff. The contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evidence of English Proficiency: International applicants are exempt from demonstrating English proficiency if they have graduated from an accredited university where English is the language of instruction or if they are U.S. permanent residents (“green card” holders).
International applicants may demonstrate English proficiency by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test (PBT) or 80 on the internet-based test (iBT) is required for consideration of the application.
International students in F-1 or J-1 status who obtained admission into a degree program are eligible for consideration by the academic departments for assistantships and in-state tuition scholarships.