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The College of Engineering

Graduate Degree Programs

 Choose from 16 PhD and 19 Master’s degree programs across 18 areas of study.

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Disaster Resilience and Risk Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Education
  • Engineering Mechanic
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences & Engineering
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining and Minerals Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering

Student Overview

Graduate Enrollment: 2,172
Male: 1,622 Female: 549
Underrepresented Minorities: 140
Degrees Awarded: 674
Master’s: 435 PhD: 239

Based on full & part-time students 2019-2020

Research and Faculty

Communicate with faculty who specialize in research you are interested in. From our local neighborhoods in Southwest Virginia to communities on other continents, Virginia Tech engineers are focused on impactful research that addresses problems on a global scale.

Diversity and Inclusion

Numerous academic and social programs exist to help grow a vibrant engineering community.

New Horizon Graduate Scholars Peer Mentoring

The goal of this mentoring program is to help new students navigate the difficulties of starting a new graduate program, build community, and facilitate networking across the college.

New Horizon Graduate Scholars

By focusing on the university’s plan for the New Horizon - creativity, collaboration, and innovation across disciplines - this community honors the contribution that diversity, broadly defined, can bring to discovery.

University Programs

Holistic Admissions

You are more than your grades, GRE score, or where you went to school. At Virginia Tech, we approach admission from an inclusive, rather than exclusive, perspective. Using a holistic admissions process, we look at many aspects of the student, including such things as work experience, community involvement and service, leadership, personal and professional ethics, research and scholarship, and the barriers you have dealt with while pursuing your goals.

Graduate Life Center (GLC)

The GLC is the heart of a progressive, inclusive graduate community and gathers administrative, academic, social, and residential functions all under one roof. The GLC offers housing, academic, and meeting spaces; programming and social activities; and Graduate School offices in an award-winning complex not found at any other institution. The GLC provides students opportunities to meet and collaborate with faculty and peers across disciplines, develop skills for academic and professional success, and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Career Services

Each year, 250-350 employers interview students through the On-Campus Interview Program (OCI). Professional development seminars and workshops, especially for graduate students are also offered.