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What will I learn?

The Virginia Tech Counselor Education program offers a master's program (M.A.E.D) at the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center and a doctoral program (Ph.D.) at the main campus in Blacksburg.

The Virginia Tech Counselor Education doctoral program prepares students to serve as counselor educators, clinical supervisors, or advanced clinicians, through coursework and practical training. Strong preference in admission is given to applicants with at least two years of post-masters clinical experience. Doctoral students complete advanced practica or internships in Teaching, Clinical Supervision, Clinical Practice, Research, and/or Professional Service and Outreach. Doctoral students in the Virginia Tech program have access to the latest instructional technologies, work closely with the faculty, and often collaborate on research, publications, and conference presentations.

Students who complete the doctoral program typically seek employment as faculty members in counseling programs colleges and universities, and in mental health settings in the community, hospitals, higher education, and K-12 schools. If students have not completed their LPC requirements prior to admission, courses and clinical doctoral internships can support that process.

The masters programs require a minimum of 60 credit hours and a comprehensive exam, and the doctoral degree requires a minimum of 100 hours (post-baccalaureate) and a dissertation. Degree programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and by the National Commission of Accreditation and Teacher Education (NCATE). They are also approved by the Virginia Department of Education for the preparation of school counselors.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Study options

Full Time (100 hours)

Tuition fees
$14,207.50 (10,56,600) per year
USD $14,207.50 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 January 2022, 1 May 2022

Start date

23 August 2021, 18 January 2022, 23 May 2022, 6 July 2022


Virginia Tech

925 Prices Fork Road,



24061, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum GPA: 3.0.

For international students

Admission to the Graduate School is contingent upon receipt of a four year (or 3 year degree recognized by the Bologna process) bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and the presentation of evidence of potential to pursue graduate work.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Testing Requirements:

TOEFL iBT 90.0

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall: Aug 01; Spring: Jan 01; Summer I: May 01; Summer II: Jun 01.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Virginia Tech

The institution offers over 110 undergraduate degree programs on a sprawling campus with over 200 buildings across 2,600 acres of land.

  • Ranked 46th for university research in the United States
  • Makes innovative contributions in learning and discovery
  • 14:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 1,800-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus