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Graduate Admissions Requirements

Admissions to Virginia International University is not a matter of having the right connections, but by having the right qualities and ambition.  VIU is looking for motivated students to step up to the challenge of a dynamic graduate education. Whether you are a seasoned professional, or a newly graduated Millennial, you’ll find a vibrant education at VIU.

For our graduate degree and certificate programs, we require:

  • A fully completed online application form
  • $20 Application fee (for domestic students, non-refundable)
  • Copy of US passport or US government-issued photo ID
  • Official bachelor’s degree diploma/certificate
  • Official bachelor’s degree transcript(s) (CGPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale or equivalent is required.)
  • Additional requirements for School of Education and School of Public and International Affairs:
    • Minimum of two official recommendations
      • Preferably from an instructor or employer who can speak to your academic abilities
      • At least one must be dated within the last 3 years
      • Written in English or provided with an official translation.
    • Academic Statement of Purpose
      • Click here for more information regarding our Statement of Purpose Requirements
    • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae

Please find information on admissions requirements for international students here.

Document Submission 
All documents can be easily scanned and uploaded into your application portal.

Please note:  VIU has the right to request original documentation. Submission of fabricated or false documents will result in immediate dismissal of the application and will disqualify the individual from applying to VIU in the future. Documents submitted for admissions purposes will not be returned to the applicant.

Federal Financial Aid 
Attending university is an investment in your future, but we understand funding this investment can be difficult. That’s why we’re here to help you along the way. Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify to assist with educational expenses.  To learn more about federal financial aid at VIU, please click here or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Low GPA but High Potential?
VIU recognizes that your grade point average may not be the sole indicator of your ability to succeed. Therefore, we offer you the opportunity to prove your capability for achievement. Students applying to VIU with a GPA that doesn’t meet our requirements may apply for a CGPA waiver. Click here to learn more.