Graduate Admission Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

While an undergraduate degree in construction or related fields is not required, applicants must demonstrate relevant background and professional experience. They must also demonstrate the capability for undertaking advanced academic study. Students without an undergraduate degree in Building Construction from a U.S. university are encouraged to take additional supporting courses from the core undergraduate Building Construction curriculum to better equip them for success in the highly competitive construction industry, depending on their individual background and experience. These additional courses can be completed concurrently with the student's graduate plan of study.

Test scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission to the EDP PhD program. A minimum score of 1000 (scores prior to 2010) or 305 (exam scores after June 2010) of verbal plus quantitative is recommended for admission. GRE scores are no longer required for admission to the MS-BCSM program - since the graduate school application forms are only updated once a year, you can safely omit those in your application to the MS-BCSM program.

GRE Exam Date / Scoring Type Minimum Score
Graduate Record Examinations prior to 2010 1000
Graduate Record Examinations after June 2010 305

Please send GRE scores directly to Virginia Tech. The Educational Testing Service Institution Code for Virginia Tech is 005859. 


TOEFL Examination Scores (preferred), IELTS, or Duolingo Scores are required from international students who do not have English as a first language. International applicants are exempt from demonstrating English proficiency if they have graduated from an accredited university where English is the language of instruction or if they are U.S. permanent residents ("green card" holders).
For applicants with language proficiency test requirements, the minimum scores to be considered for admission in the Department of Building Construction are listed as following:

TOEFL Test Type Minimum Total Score Minimum Writing Score/TWE
Paper-based test 620 4.5
Computer-based test 260 4.5
Internet test 105 26
IELTS Test Type Minimum Total Score Minimum Writing Score
IELTS Overall Band Score 7.5 7.5
duolingo Test Type Minimum Total Score Minimum Literacy Score
Duolingo Overall Band Score 125 125

More information for international students can be found in the Graduate Catalog section for International Applicants.