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Admission Process

To be fully considered for admission to the program, prospective students must identify a Graduate Program Faculty member to serve as an advisor during their graduate program. Students may apply prior to securing a faculty advisor, but they will not be accepted to the program until a faculty member has confirmed.

Applicants to the Graduate Program must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Demonstrated potential for advanced study by the scholastic record achieved in previous programs of study.
  • Demonstrated English-proficiency based on Graduate School testing requirements (non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. residents only).

To apply:

  1. Identify a Graduate Program Faculty member in the respective track who is willing to direct your research program and serve as faculty advisor.
  2. Complete the Graduate School Application.
    A resume, personal statement, three letters of reference, and official transcripts are required to apply. TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents.

Deadlines for full consideration with all materials received:

  • Fall semester: February 1
  • Spring semester: October 1

International students, please see the Graduate Student Immigration Services for more information on the application process.

For information on funding and assistantships, please see Program Funding.

Robert Grange, PhD
Interim Graduate Program Director

Curtis Cox
Graduate Program Coordinator

For more information, email HNFEGrads@vt.edu or call 540-231-3877.