University of Virginia



The application form must be completed online.  The following materials must accompany the application in order for it to be considered complete.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should indicate your reasons for applying to the proposed program at the University of Virginia and describe your preparation for this field of study, research interests, future career plans, and intellectual or life experiences in order to aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study. Your commitment to a selected field of study is presumed in the receipt of your application; instead, please discuss specific issues in the field that engage you.  Please limit your submission to between 500 and 1,000 words.

Standardized Test Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Applicants to all programs except the MFA in Creative Writing and the MFA in Drama are required to submit an official score from the GRE.  The date of the reported test must fall within five years of the application deadline.  There is no official minimum score required for admission.

The Graduate School does not require applicants to submit scores from GRE subject tests. However, some programs do require applicants to submit such scores, and others highly encourage the inclusion of such scores. Please consult individual program websites for specific information.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
All international students must submit TOEFL scores in addition to GRE scores.  The minimum internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score requirement is 90 (including sectional minimums of 22 in speaking, 22 in writing, 23 in reading and 23 in listening).  The minimum paper-based TOEFL score requirement is 600.  Applicants may submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) instead of TOEFL scores.  The minimum IELTS score requirement is 7.0 in each section.  In any case, the date of the reported test must fall within two years of the application deadline.  Admissions committees will consider applications with scores that do not meet the minimum requirements.

With the exception of applicants to programs in Statistics, the TOEFL is not required of applicants who have or will have obtained a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction. The TOEFL requirement will automatically be waived for an applicant who submits an application indicating these circumstances.

Institution Code
The University of Virginia receives all GRE and TOEFL scores directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS).  Please enter the institution code 5820 to ensure that scores are properly directed to the University. The Graduate School does not utilize the department code that ETS requires applicants to select. You may choose any department code, as it will have no effect on the review of your application.

IELTS scores should also be sent directly to the University of Virginia. No department or code is needed.


Applicants must upload unofficial transcripts of their entire post-secondary academic record to the online application, including all undergraduate- and graduate-level coursework. Applicants are expected to have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate programs.

Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English.

Please do not request and mail official transcripts as part of the application process.  Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the faculty’s review of your application.  If you are offered admission to the Graduate School, you will be asked at that time to send official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to the GSAS Admissions Office.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically through the online application system.  Once you have saved the contact information for a particular reference within the online application, that individual will receive instructions via e-mail for submitting a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  The Graduate School requires two letters of recommendation.  As many programs require additional letters, please consult instructions specific to your program within the online application. You may submit your application independently of the letters submitted by your references.

Letters of recommendation should be sought from faculty in your proposed field of study who are sufficiently familiar with your work to make a comprehensive evaluation of your abilities.  If you have already undertaken a graduate program, at least one of the letters should be from a faculty member who is familiar with your academic performance on the graduate level.

Writing Samples

Applicants to the following programs will be required to upload one or two samples of their academic writing: Anthropology, Art & Architectural History, Classics, Creative Writing, East Asian Studies, English, French Language & Literature, German Languages & Literatures, History, Italian, Linguistics, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Sociology, and Spanish.


A non-refundable fee of $85 is due at the time the application is submitted.

Applicants who have received or will receive a bachelor's or master's degree from a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) should complete our Fee Waiver Application. For more information, please visit the Graduate Diversity Programs Fee Waiver information at

Members of the following organizations qualify for an application fee waiver.  Eligible applicants should complete our Fee Waiver Application and provide the necessary documentation.
     • AmeriCorps
     • Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers
     • Leadership Alliance
     • LS-AMP program
     • McNair
     • Mellon Mays Graduate Initiative
     • National College Advising Corps
     • Peace Corps
     • Project 1000
     • Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies
     • Teach for America
     • Vietnam Education Foundation

Applicants seeking a need-based fee waiver should complete our Fee Waiver Application and provide one or both of the following documents:
     • An unemployment benefits statement dated within the previous six months
     • A letter or FAFSA sent via e-mail or post from a representative at an institution where the applicant is currently enrolled as a student and whose FAFSA indicates an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 toward tuition for the current academic year

Fee waivers may be requested beginning on September 1. The DEADLINE for submitting a request for a fee waiver is December 11 at 5 p.m. for the December 15 application deadline and January 11 at 5 p.m. for the January 15 application deadline.