Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for admission for the spring semester?

Our M.S. program prefers to admit students for the fall semester because of class scheduling. You may ask for an exception by contacting the Graduate Director,  Dr. Korine Kolivras.

I don't have an undergraduate degree in geography. Can I still seek admission to your program?

You do not have to have an undergraduate degree in geography to enter our program. Some of our most successful students have entered with degrees from allied fields. The Graduate Admissions committee, however, may require those without any background in geography to enroll in one or two introductory-level classes in their first semester to make up any needed background.

What is the minimum GRE score required for acceptance into the program?

It is helpful to have a GRE score that places you in the 65th percentile or above in both the quantitative and verbal categories, but keep in mind that this is just one measure used to evaluate an application. We have accepted students with a GRE score lower than those in the past provided that the rest of the application is strong.

What are the application deadlines?

To receive full consideration for being awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), a student should have completed the application by February 15. We may continue to accept applications up until July 1. However, international applicants must be accepted by the Graduate School no later than May 15 to allow sufficient time for immigration processes and travel.

Can I apply by mail, or must I apply online?

As the Graduate School website indicates, it is best to apply online.

Where can I go for additional information about applying to Virginia Tech's Graduate School?

Many of your questions about applying can be answered by reviewing the Virginia Tech Graduate School's website.