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Frequently Asked Questions

The Graduate Certificate in Construction Engineering for Infrastructure Projects (CEIP) is administered and managed through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The following FAQ’s are provided to assist prospective students during the admissions and application Process:


Q: Who can I contact if I have questions about the application process? A: Sarah, 540-231-6069 

Q: Who can I contact if I have questions about this certificate program? A: Mike Biscotte,, 540-231-6635

Q: What is the difference between a certificate and a degree program? A: A graduate level certificate is a credential that indicates advance learning on a specific topic, but it is not a degree program. Students who complete graduate level certificates can usually use that same coursework later to complete a graduate level degree program (within the confines of Graduate School policy and graduate committee approval).

Q: How do I apply for this certificate program? A: See our How to Apply page for information. 

Q: What materials do I need to apply? A: You will need a copy of an official transcript from an earned undergraduate degree and an official transcript for all graduate level work you have completed or are in the process of completing. You will also need to submit a resume. International students require a TOEFL score. 

Q: Can I transfer credit from another university to complete this certificate program? A: No, the VT Graduate School does not allow graduate transfer credit to satisfy graduate certificate requirements.

Q: How much does this certificate cost to complete? A:  This online 12-credit certificate program offers a one-rate per credit cost so that all students pay the same rate for each credit. Please consult the Bursar’s office for current rates for CEIP (look in the section of tuition called Graduate Program-Specific Tuition Rates) NOTE: All courses for this certificate are 3 credits each. Academic year 2022-2023 cost is $950 per credit hour (plus a technology and library fee). 

Q: Do I have to have an engineering degree for admission?  A: This certificate is designed for applicants with an engineering bachelor’s degree. However, applicants with different backgrounds are welcome to apply but will need an equivalent level of math and engineering fundamental courses to be admitted.