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Graduate Admissions

The College of Engineering offers a variety of graduate programs throughout our 12 departments and two schools. 

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Opportunities for Every Goal

The College of Engineering provides graduate students the opportunities to excel in their career goals while exploring their research interests through doctoral and master’s degree programs and a breadth of research centers and labs. While most programs reside on the Blacksburg campus, Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia continues to offer more options, including master’s degrees in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Potential graduate students must apply to the Virginia Tech Graduate School and as part of the application they will choose the individual Graduate Degree Program they are applying to within Virginia Tech's College of Engineering. For more information about the particular department, please connect with the designated contact on the Graduate Degree Programs page.

Student Overview

Graduate Enrollment (2020): 2,172
Male: 1637 (75%)
Female: 531 (24%)
Not reported: 4 (0%)
Underrepresented: 148 (7%)*

Degrees Awarded (2019-20): 689
Masters: 441 (64%)
PhD: 243 (36%)

*Underrepresented are students who self-identify in whole or in part as: American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanics of any race, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

Source: The Office of Analytics & Institutional Effectiveness

Graduate Community

University and college sponsored programs offer a well-rounded selection of professional development and leisure opportunities including the Graduate Life Center, the office of Careers and Professional Development, and the Cranwell International Center. Beyond campus, life in Blacksburg offers a reasonable cost of living, award-winning services, moderate climate and additional activities for work and play.

Diversity and Inclusion

Virginia Tech also offers a culturally diverse and vibrant community of students, faculty and administrators for connecting with, learning from, and exchanging thoughts and ideas. In order to promote a more united and inclusive engineering community, the College of Engineering offers several diversity programs geared specifically for engineering students, both, graduate and undergraduate.