Graduate Programs & Certificates

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Meeting the diverse needs of communities across the commonwealth,Virginia Tech’s regional Commonwealth Campus Centers bring the rich resources of the university to campus centers in Abingdon, Critz, Richmond, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads. Each center offers an array of educational services that allow easy access to adult learners seeking higher education opportunities while juggling a demanding home life and a busy work schedule.

The Roanoke Center takes pride in representing the Virginia Tech Graduate School by offering several graduate programs including: Professional Masters in Business Administration; Masters of Education in Mathematics, Reading Specialist, and Counselor Education; Masters and Doctoral Programs in Education Leadership and Public Policy; a graduate certificate in Local Government Management and several Engineering degrees.

The Professional MBA program allows full-time professionals to earn a MBA in two years while continuing to work. Classes meet one weekend a month, alternating between Virginia Tech facilities in Roanoke and Richmond, plus weekly online. The program is cohort-based and starts each fall. Students will gain understanding of general business disciplines, including finance, accounting, marketing, leadership and more. Classes are limited to 40 students. There are seasonal deadlines.

Contact: Karen Cholakis, 703.538.8414

The program is targeted to full-time students and requires 60 semester hours of course work including a 600-hour internship. Students complete coursework that satisfies Virginia School of Licensure (K-12), Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and National Counselor Certification (NCC). The program is CACREP accredited. Please check the website below for deadline information.

Contact: Laura Farmer, (540) 231-9725

This nationally recognized program was developed by Virginia Tech in cooperation with school divisions to prepare principals and supervisors for leadership opportunities.

Contact: John Grotto (540) 231-3323 or Stephanie Woodson, (757) 363-3930  /

This Ed.D. program is designed for practicing school administrators and supervisors who are seeking advanced preparation for positions in public or private schools.

Contact: David Alexander (540) 231-9723 or Stephanie Woodson, (757) 363-3930   /  

This endorsement enables successful candidates to work as reading specialists in elementary, middle, or high schools. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the International Reading Association.

Contact: Heidi Anne Mesmer, (540) 231-8343

The Mathematics Specialist program is designed for teachers in grades K-8. The program leads to a MAED or Education Specialist degree (EDS) in Curriculum and Instruction.

Contact: Jay Wilkins, (540) 231-8326

Four graduate classes are offered where students are placed in Roanoke City Public Schools for both early field studies and student teaching. In addition, students will complete 20 hours of service-learning at the Stonewall Jackson Middle School after-school program.

Contact:  Gresildia (Kris) Tilley-Lubbs, (540) 231-4658

Courses are available by compressed video through the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP). Degrees available are:

o    Civil and Environmental Engineering

o    Electrical and Computer Engineering

o    Industrial and Systems Engineering

Contact: Lisa K. Burns, (540) 231-9754

·         Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management

The certificate program consists of four 3-credit hour courses, for a total of twelve hours of graduate coursework. Students are required to complete all four courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better, in order to earn the certificate. The courses are designed to provide a challenging, master’s level, “real-world-based” educational opportunity in local government management and public policy. Coursework engage faculty, practitioners, and graduate students in research and study designed to improve the quality of local government management, policy making and public service.

Contact: Stephanie Davis, (804) 980-5549