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Radford University – Virginia Tech Collaborative Partnership


The Virginia Tech College of Engineering is partnering with Radford University to help position students for mid-level and advanced positions in industries related to computing technology. By establishing an accelerated pathway of foundational courses at partner universities, currently enrolled students can be prepared for early admission to Virginia Tech’s MEng degree in computer science as early as spring of their junior year. Once accepted these students during their fourth year can begin taking up to 12 credits from an approved set of courses that can be applied beyond the 120 required credit hours required for a Radford University undergraduate degree towards their MEng degree (Radford course level approved: 4XX (max. 6 credits) & 5XX from approved course list).

By outlining a clear pathway and course equivalencies, both the engineering and liberal arts student are able to participate in Virginia’s Tech Talent Pipeline. Many students will find that they can complete their MEng degree in just one extra year.

How to Apply

Third-year Radford students can apply to the MEng in computer science and applications in their second semester after completing ITEC 220 Principles of Computer Science II. They can also apply for a fee waiver and are not required to submit GRE scores. Below is an application checklist:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of bachelor's coursework completed.
  • Statement of purpose, including career objectives.
  • A resume.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • Transcripts, including official transcripts of all non-Virginia Tech coursework.
  • Completion of one of the approved pathways below:


Pathway for Radford University - Artis College and Science Technology (CSAT) major students for admission to the MEng program in computer science and applications (CSA)

Radford University CSAT undergraduate majors naturally meet the basic course requirements and can apply for the CSA MEng in the junior year for admission to the program. If accepted they can also begin courses their senior year and transfer up to 12 credit hours (level permitted: up to six approved 4xx level credit hours and 5xx level courses from the approved course list). 

Pathway for Radford University non-CSAT majors students for admission to the MEng program in computer science and applications (CSA)

Radford University non-CSAT majors also may be eligible to apply in their junior year and be accepted into the RU/VT Accelerated UG/G CSA MEng program by completing a set of introductory computer science courses.  To be successful for admission, Radford University and Virginia Tech recommend that Radford University non-CSAT major undergraduate students complete the following courses by the second semester of their junior year and maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0.  These course pathways include the following scenarios.

RU Course VT Equivalent
ITEC 120
Principles of Computer Science I
Introduction to Software Design
ITEC 220
Principles of Computer Science II
Intro to Software Design and Data Structure
ITEC 340
Database I

(Note: ITEC 340 Database I is a prerequisite for Grad Course ITEC 541 at RU. In order to begin graduate courses at RU, students must take ITEC 340)

As soon as you submit your application please read and do the following:

You should immediately complete and submit the Accelerated/Collaborative UG/G Degree and Course Designation Form. You will indicate on this form the courses that you intend to take during the Accelerated UG/G period. This form will be reviewed and signed by the Virginia Tech Computer Science and Applications Department Graduate Program Director and an appropriate authority at Radford University. The signed Accelerated/Collaborative UG/G Status and Course Designation form will be sent to the Virginia Tech Graduate School for processing. 

Once accepted, the student should take up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework during the last academic year (senior status equivalent) and earn a “B” from the following list of eligible courses for transfer to the CSA MENG degree program. Note that a maximum of 6 credit hours can be taken at the 4xx level (excluding independent study and special topic courses). The Virginia Tech approved courses for the MEng in computer science and applications are noted below.

RU Course VT Equivalent
ITEC 541
Advanced Database Management Systems
Database Management Systems
ITEC 542
Data Warehousing, Mining, and Reporting
Possibly CS5525 Data Analytics 1
CS5xxx-level Generic Elective

For questions or more information regarding the Virginia Tech MEng degree program, contact Virginia Tech computer science and applications admissions. For questions or more information regarding what courses to take at Radford University to be prepared for admission into the Virginia Tech MEng degree program, please contact the Radford University Director of the School of Computing and Information Sciences, Arthur Carter.

To learn more about the MEng in computer science and applications program, click here.