Online Application

All successful applicants to the graduate program are provided financial aid through Graduate Assistantships and fellowships.

Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty directly (see Research) for more information about individual laboratories.

Qualifications 
Applicants should have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) and have taken the GRE. The subject test of the GRE is not required. International students must also meet TOEFL score minima (79-80 minimum for internet based tests, 213 minimum for computer-based tests, and 550 minimum for paper-based tests) or IELT score minimum 6.5. Please see the Graduate School web page for Frequently Asked Questions.

Application Submissions

  1. Apply through the online application system of the Virginia Tech Graduate School.
  2. Upload an official transcript (with English translation).
  3. GRE, TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent to institution code 5859.

Deadlines
To compete for financial aid, applications for fall admission must be completed by December 15.  Applications are accepted after this date but the opportunities for financial aid are diminished.  Most graduate teaching assistantships are awarded by April 1.  October 31 is the deadline for spring semester applications (domestic students). We do not accept international applications for spring semester.

Commonwealth Campus Students
Applicants who want to improve their credentials for graduate school (or other professional schools) can register as commonwealth campus students, who may take graduate classes in Biological Sciences.  If a commonwealth campus student later wishes to pursue a degree in Biological Sciences, he/she must apply for admission to regular degree status.  Courses completed during the commonwealth campus phase can be applied towards an M.S. or Ph.D., if approval is given by the student’s advisory committee and the Graduate School.  More information is here.

Graduate Coordinator:
Rebecca Zimmerman

(rdzimm@vt.edu)
Derring Hall Room 2113-D
926 West Campus Drive
Mail Code 0406
Blacksburg, VA 24061

 

Graduate Director:
Jeff Walters (jrwalt@vt.edu)

 

Graduate School:
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Mail Code 0325
155 Otey Street NW
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA  24061
gradappl@vt.edu