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Why Virginia Tech?


We pledge funding to incoming graduate students in the form of a teaching or research assistantship for 2 years with satisfactory academic degree progress.  Students easily find funding for the duration of the doctoral program through fellowships, or assistantship within or outside of our Department.


We have one of the most diverse student bodies of any engineering discipline at Virginia Tech.  We value diversity in backgrounds, experiences, talents, knowledge, and creativity.  We promise a culture of inclusivity.




Our selective and supportive program has important and distinct advantages.  The structure of our program enables direct and frequent interactions with faculty through small research groups.  At the same time, we encourage students to interact and exchange ideas across research groups and areas.

Labs/Research Groups

Our faculty run innovative labs and research groups.  Each one offers strong faculty and peer mentoring relationships within a collaborative research environment that is tailored to prepare each student for a productive and rewarding career.

Career Outlook

The character and size of our program enables optimal support to our students as they seek employment in today's job market.  Out students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be competitive for employment in a variety of careers.  Our graduates are prepared for success.  We have a 100% employment rate among all graduates.


We have an outstanding national reputation for teaching, research, and quality of graduates.  Contributing factors are our high-profile faculty, flexible and well-articulated course of study, and a strong record of recruiting, training, and placing diverse and talented graduates.

Student Video Testimonials

Application Deadline:

Fall Semester - January 15th (to be considered for full-funding)

Spring Semester - October 1st