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Graduate Admissions

SPIA graduate student Samantha Fenn

Your journey to a graduate program in CAUS starts here. 

With a variety of master's, doctoral, and certificate programs, the possibilities are endless when it comes to graduate education in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Our graduate programs are characterized by in-depth research and study, collaborative connections and learning, and professional and academic preparation. 

Prospective students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree within CAUS will need to apply for admission to the Virginia Tech Graduate School as part of the program admissions process. Some CAUS graduate programs will have additional requirements, such as portfolios or professional writing samples. Make sure you're familiar with your intended program, and reach out to program coordinators for more information about the admissions process. 

Building construction professor Abiola Akanmu with graduate students
Students at a SPIA high table event

Program Application Deadlines

Admissions deadlines can vary by graduate program, so you should contact your proposed academic department for specific application deadlines. However, we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. Mid-December is the preferred date to process fall applications.

Spring application dates also vary by program, and some of our programs offer rolling, year-round admissions. For more details, check with your proposed program, or visit the Graduate School admissions page.

Program Locations

While CAUS offers many programs at Virginia Tech’s main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, our graduate students also benefit from the opportunity to study near our nation's capital in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area, and in the state capital of Richmond. 

The Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center offers numerous graduate degree options for architecture and urban planning in Alexandria, Virginia, through the School of Architecture + Design. The School of Public and International Affairs hosts graduate degree and certificate programs in Blacksburg and Arlington, and also offers several certificate and training programs in Richmond, Virginia.

Funding Opportunities

We know that funding opportunities and financial aid options are important for our prospective graduate students. Funding for graduate education may come from a variety of sources and in many pieces. Students may receive funds for in-state or out-of-state tuition, for comprehensive fees, or as a salary stipend as part of an assistantship. They may be self-supporting, or receive loans for graduate study, or they may be fellowship or scholarship recipients. The Graduate School provides resources to help you explore these options. 

In addition to the Graduate School, your individual degree program may be able to provide you with more information about program- or school-specific funding opportunities. Be sure to ask your program coordinator about these options.