How to apply

The application process is handled by the Virginia Tech Graduate School's online application system. Please also check the VT Graduate School's application website.

Our deadline for Fall admission (for full consideration) is January 5th.

  • Please follow the instructions of the ApplyWeb system to complete the application process.
  • You will be asked to provide the email addresses of 3 references who can provide letters of recommendation on your behalf. Please advise them to expect an email from the ApplyWeb system. Faculty who do not wish to avail themselves of this option may mail their letters directly to the department (it is preferred that faculty use their official, institutional email addresses).
  • The results of the GRE general and subject test, as well as the TOEFL (if required for international students) must be sent directly to the Virginia Tech Graduate School. Please instruct ETS accordingly (You have to provide the institution code 5859, do not enter the code for the Virginia Tech Department of Physics).

After you successfully submitted your application it will be reviewed both by the Virginia Tech Graduate School and by our Graduate Committee. For more information go to Review Process.

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University 
Department of Physics MC 0435, 850 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061 
Phone: (540) 231-6544; Fax: (540) 231-7511