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Graduate Admissions

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The College of Architecture and Urban Studies offers 13 graduate degree programs, so you can find a PhD or masters program that’s right for you. In addition to our graduate degrees, the college is involved with many of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs offered at Virginia Tech. These programs allow you to further tailor your education in areas of concentration that benefit from bringing together faculty from across the university.

Program Locations:

While the College of Architecture and Urban Studies offers many programs at Virginia Tech’s main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, our students also benefit from the opportunity to study near our nations capital in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center offers numerous graduate degree options for architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. The School of Public and International Affairs offers graduate degree programs in Blacksburg, Alexandria (right next door to the WAAC), and also offers the Masters of Public Administration degree in Richmond, Virginia.

Funding opportunities:

Funding for graduate education may come from many sources and in many pieces. Students may receive funds for in-state or out-of-state tuition, for comprehensive fees, or as a salary stipend. They may be self-supporting, or receive loans for graduate study, or they may be fellowship or scholarship recipients. The Graduate School provides resources to help you find current funding opportunities.


The following are some commonly asked questions from prospective graduate students. The Graduate School also offers a helpful list of FAQs for prospective graduate students.

How can I find out the status of my application?
After we receive your application, you will be sent an e-mail with instructions on how to check your application status on the Web. Please allow for processing time as you are monitoring the status.

Can I apply to more than one department?
Yes, you may apply to two departments. Applicants must complete two applications and pay two application fees.

How do I re-apply if my application has been denied?
The Graduate School will hold denied applications for one year. If you wish to be reconsidered within this period, you must contact your academic department. The Graduate School can only honor requests from the department for an application decision to be appealed. You also will need to supply any additional information you can to strengthen your application such as new test scores, reference letters, or a statement of purpose.

Where can I find more information about requirements for international students?
You can visit the International Graduate Student Services section of the Virginia Tech website. There you will find the latest regulatory information, access to forms that you may need to complete for our office, and questions most frequently asked by international students.

If I am an international student transferring to Virginia Tech from another school, how do I get an I-20 from Virginia Tech?
You will need to complete a Transfer-In Form. Complete the top portion, and take the form to an international student advisor at your current school. They will complete the bottom of the form, send it to our office for processing, and release your SEVIS record to Virginia Tech. If you are accepted for admission to Virginia Tech, then we will pick up your I-20 record from SEVIS and print a new I-20 for you. The I-20 will state “Transfer Pending from N University”. Once you arrive at Virginia Tech, you must come by the Graduate School to check in and to have your transfer completed so that you show as a continuing student at Virginia Tech.


Admissions deadlines can vary by program, so you should contact your proposed academic department for specific application deadlines; however, we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. Mid-December is the preferred date to process fall applications.

Spring application dates also vary by program. For more details, check with your proposed program or visit the Graduate School admissions page.