Graduate Catalog
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Alan Grant Dean, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Saied Mostaghimi Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Susan Sumner Associate Dean, Academic Programs
The college offers advanced degrees in the departments of agricultural and extension education; agricultural and applied economics; biological systems engineering; crop and soil environmental sciences; animal and poultry sciences; biochemistry; dairy science; entomology; food science and technology; human nutrition, foods, and exercise; horticulture; plant pathology, physiology, and weed science. See the College of Engineering for biological systems engineering degree programs and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences for agricultural and extension degree programs. Interdisciplinary graduate research programs are available in several areas such as agricultural business; bioinformatics and computational biology; biotechnology, environmental science; equine nutrition and physiology; genetics; and international development. Agricultural experiment stations and specialized laboratories are available in twelve locations throughout the state. See individual programs within the college for more detail.
College of Natural Resources and Environment
Paul Winistorfer Dean
Dean Stauffer Associate Dean, Academic Programs
Robert Smith Associate Dean, Engagement
Thomas Olson Assistant Dean, Business, Finance, Human Resources, and Research
The College of Natural Resources and Environmentí‚ (CNRE) offers a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of full- and part-time students. The departments of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Fish and Wildlife Conservation, and Wood Science and Forest Products offer degree programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The non-thesis Master of Forestry (M.F.) is offeredí‚ by the departments of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservationí‚ and Wood Science and Forest Products. The Department of Geography offers the M.S. in geography with both thesis and non-thesis options. The college offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in the Geospatial and Environmental Analysis and a Master of Natural Resources (M.N.R.) program. Non-degree-seeking students may earn the Certificate of Graduate Study in Natural Resources, the Graduate Level Geospatial Information Technologies Certificate, and the Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Resources Assessment. Interdisciplinary and dual-degree programs are available in some areas of study. Students typically specialize in one of numerous possible areas of study. The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation offers specialized study in: silviculture, soils, ecology, physiology, genetics, management/economics, outdoor recreation, forestry operations, forest biometrics, water resources, watershed management, urban forestry, remote sensing, and geographic information/expert systems. Areas of study within the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation include: fish ecology, fisheries management, fisheries and wildlife population dynamics and estimation, endangered species management, coldwater stream management, conservation genetics, tropical ecology, wildlife physiology and ecotoxicology, wildlife disease, habitat analysis and management, human dimensions and policy and administration. Specializations in the Department of Geography include: Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, biogeography, quaternary paleoenvironments, meteorology, medical geography, human-environment relations, and international development. The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials offers study in: biomaterials and bioenergy, sustainable materials and innovation, and packaging systems and design. The focus areas include design and craftsmanship, business innovation, sustainable residential structures design, bioenergy and biofuels chemistries, natural materials-based pharmaceutical delivery, and green renewable biomaterials development. Graduate programs offered at the National Capital Region in Falls Church, VA focus on natural resource management, policy, urban ecology, and related areas. Departments: Fish and Wildlife Conservation,í‚ Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Geography, Sustainable Biomaterials
Pamplin College of Business
Robert Sumichrast Dean
Wanda Hunnings Associate Dean for Administration
Parviz Ghandforoush Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Kevin Carlson Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs
Lara Khansa Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

The Pamplin College of Business offers majors in accounting and information systems, business information technology, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, marketing and real estate. Its on-campus enrollment is about 4,300 undergraduates and more than 200 full-time graduate students in the Master of Accounting and Information Systems, Master of Business Analytics and Ph.D. programs. The college also enrolls about 230 part-time and executive MBA students in the National Capital Region as well as students in the Doctorate in Executive Business Research Program and about 50 students in the professional MBA program, who take classes that alternate between two other sites in the state. The college, jointly with the college of engineering, administers an online Masters of Information Technology program.

College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
Edward Ewing Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research
Brian Shabanowitz Associate Dean for Administration and Finance
Debra Stoudt Associate Dean for Academic Policies and Procedures

The mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences is to illuminate human experience and expression through discovery, learning, and engagement.  The College creates works of lasting scholarly, cultural, and aesthetic value, and empowers individuals to engage critically with the complexities of a diverse, global society.  The College fosters the inquiry, innovation, and growth that produce individual and social transformation.

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences offers a wide variety of advanced degree programs.  Master's degrees are offered within the following departments:  Communication, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Philosophy, School of Performing Arts, and Political Science.  Both English and the School of Performing Arts have an MFA program.  An interdisciplinary M.A. in Public Humanities and Material Cultures is offered in collaboration with the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.  Master's and doctoral programs are available in the School of Education and in the following departments: English, Human Development, Science and Technology in Society, and Sociology (including Africana Studies and Women's and Gender Studies). The School of Performing Arts, in collaboration with the School of Education, offers both a master's and a doctoral degree in education with a concentration in music. A doctoral degree in the interdisciplinary ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) program is also available.  (See descriptions under the individual department headings in this catalog for details.)


College of Engineering
Bevlee Watford Associate Dean
Edward Nelson Associate Dean
Glenda Scales Associate Dean
John Lesko Associate Dean
Gaylon Taylor Interim Dean
The College of Engineering is the leading engineering college in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As an indication of the excellence of its graduate research program, the college was most recently ranked 11th by the National Science Foundation for total research expenditures among all engineering colleges in the United States. Corporate recruiters and engineering deans ranked the college 28th in the nation according to the latest U.S. News and World Report survey. The deans further evaluated six of our graduate programs to be in the top 25. The engineering faculty also has established an international reputation for the academic quality of the graduate education program, having produced high-quality master's and doctoral level graduates who are leaders in numerous research universities and laboratories throughout the world. Together, the excellence of the research and education programs makes the College of Engineering a wise choice for the pursuit of advanced studies in engineering. A broad choice of engineering curricula is available in seventeen different areas. Each program area offers both thesis and non-thesis M.S., and most offer a more practice-oriented M.Eng. degree. For students wanting to pursue professional careers in either basic or applied engineering research, all of these curricula also offer the Ph.D. degree. Residency and other requirements vary somewhat with the programs. In addition to the Blacksburg campus, the college offers selected M.S. and Ph.D. programs at sites in Northern Virginia, Hampton, and Dahlgren.
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Cyril Clarke Dean
Jennifer Hodgson Associate Dean for Professional Programs
April Hylton Assistant Dean for Administration
S Ahmed Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Gregory Daniel Head, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
David Hodgson Head, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Frank Pierson Interim Head, Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology
Laura Hungerford Head, Department of Population Health Sciences
William Swecker Director, Veterinary Teaching Hospital
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM) began operation in 1980 and is fully accreditated by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). VMCVM has 3 campuses located at Blacksburg (main campus), Leesburg (Equine Medical Center -EMC) and on the campus of the University of Maryland College Park. The College has 5 main programs: Professional Training (leading to the DVM Degree),  Graduate Professional (leading to the MPH Degree), Graduate Research Training (leading to the MS & PhD Degrees) and Clinical Services (at the hospitals in Blacksburg and Leesburg). 
College of Architecture & Urban Studies
Robert Schubert Associate Dean for Research
Kathryn Albright Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Paul Emmons Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Richard Blythe Dean
The College of Architecture and Urban Studies offers 4 Ph.D. degrees and 9 Master's degrees.  Ph.D. degrees are offered in:  Architecture and Design Research (ADR); Environmental Design and Planning (EDP); Planning, Governance and Globalization (PGG); and Public Administration and Public Affairs (PAPA).  The Master's degrees offered in the College are: Master of Architecture (MArch), First Professional Degree and Advanced Tracks; Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch) with concentrations in Urban Design, Interior Design, Computing and Representation, and Preservation and Rehabilitation Technology; Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) First Professional Degree and Advanced Tracks; Master of Science in Building/Construction Science and Management (MS-BCSM); Master of Fine Arts in Creative Technologies (MFA);  Master of Material Culture and Public Humanities - joint with College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (MMCPH); Master of Public Administration (MPA); Master of Public and International Affairs (MPIA); Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP).  Many of the graduate degrees are also available in the National Capitol Region (NCR) in Northern Virginia, including the College's Washington - Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC).
College of Science
Sally Morton Dean, College of Science
Janet Sanders Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration
Gary Long Associate Dean, Undergraduate Students
John Morgan Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives and Graduate Studies
James Heflin Associate Dean, Research
Robin Panneton Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Loyd Stokes Assistant Dean, Advancement
The graduate programs in the College of Science are committed to excellence in training scientists to confront the rapidly changing problems of the world around us. Our M.S. and Ph.D. graduates contribute to the economic and social well-being of our state and of our nation through advancement and innovation across the scientific spectrum. The College of Science is the primary advocate for the sciences at Virginia Tech, with outstanding departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Statistics, offering comprehensive graduate studies featuring world class faculty and research programs. In addition to providing students with strong core training in the mathematical, physical and life sciences, the college supports groundbreaking research in areas such as nanoscience, infectious diseases, developmental science, computational science, neuroscience, cell biology, and energy and environmental science. Interdisciplinary programs and Research Centers provide a wide variety of opportunities to span disciplines, and student research activities are augmented by excellent laboratory facilities featuring state-of-the-art instrumentation. The Research Centers, the Departments, and the College, host multiple seminar series that further enhance the graduate experience, exposing our students to ever-evolving, cutting-edge science developments. Ph.D. degrees are offered in all of our departments and M.S. degrees are offered in all departments except Economics. To learn more about our graduate programs, please visit our website at
Interdisciplinary Academic Programs
Karen DePauw Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education
To complement the disciplinary graduate degrees, graduate education at Virginia Tech transcends traditional disciplinary perspectives and promotes collaborations across colleges, departments, and academic units.  One goal of the Graduate School is to create an environment through which faculty and graduate students are actively encouraged and acknowledged for their interdisciplinary efforts in graduate coursework, mentoring, research, publications, civic engagement, and more.  Interdisciplinary education and research embraces diversity, inclusiveness, educational breadth, and inter-dependence creating novel learning and discovery opportunities needed to train the future professoriate and leaders.

A number of academic programs have been identified as interdisciplinary which provide opportunities for students to become engaged with interdisciplinary graduate programs. These include Macromolecular Science and Engineering; Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; and Information Technology (MIT).

In addition to the existing interdisciplinary graduate degree programs, the Graduate School also provides support for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs (IGEPs) to promote and sustain interdisciplinary graduate education and research at Virginia Tech. Each IGEP addresses a major fundamental problem or complex societal issue requiring an interdisciplinary team of scholars.  One of the graduate courses, GRAD 5134 Interdisciplinary Research is taught by existing interdisciplinary programs and interdisciplinary teams of faculty.  For more information about each interdisciplinary academic program, please see the specific programs below.

Other interdisciplinary graduate programs exist on campus and these include: Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought (ASPECT, located in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Biomedical Technology Development and Management (Virginia Tech-Georgetown University) (located in the College of Science); Geospatial and Environmental Analysis (located in the College of Natural Resources and the Environment); School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (Virginia Tech-Wake Forest) (located in the College of Engineering).