MACR Frequently Asked Questions


The Macromolecular Science and Engineering Ph.D. program is approximately 4-5 years, depending on individual pace and academic vigor.  

The program takes place on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. 

Students with a bachelor’s degree or those who will have their bachelor’s degree by the start of their incoming semester are eligible to apply.

Yes, your tuition will be covered, but you would be responsible for student services fees.

Yes, you will receive a stipend in addition to tuition assistance.

All majors are accepted and encouraged to apply.


Department decisions begin as early as January 15.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early as slots fill quickly.

  1. Complete application
  2. Include two letters of recommendation
  3. Request official transcripts
  4. Send GRE test scores (and if applicable TOEFL test scores)

You should send your test scores, your recommendation letters, and your official transcripts to:

Virginia Tech
Macromolecules Innovation Institute (0201)
Graduate Program
Attn: MACR Program Administrator
1075 Life Science Circle, Suite 130, Blacksburg, VA 24061

You will not be considered unless we receive all four items listed above.

Once an applicant submits an application, the MACR Program Admissions Committee will review the applications and make a recommendation to the Program Director.

Upon the MACR program director’s recommendation, the Graduate School will communicate the final decision via letter from the Dean’s office.

The sooner a completed application is submitted, the earlier you will receive a decision.

You may contact the MACR Program Administrator at (540) 231-6717 or Please indicate “MACR Graduate Program” in the subject line