Applying

All applicants are required to supply GRE scores, academic transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

The program requires a minimum score of 148 on the new quantitative reasoning GRE (or 600 on the old test) and a minimum of 3.5 on the analytical writing GRE. An ideal student would have a quantitative score over 155 (or 700 on the old test) and an analytical writing score over 4.5, but we will look at the whole application package to determine each student's suitability for the program. 

For admission to graduate study at VCU, the Graduate School requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. In cases where the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, additional factors, including performance in the last 60 hours of course work, may be weighted more heavily in the admissions assessment. For students with earned graduate degrees from accredited institutions, the graduate GPA may be the primary basis for consideration.

The three letters of recommendation must come from instructors or professional references in the applicant’s intended field of study. The personal statement must address the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate education in the planned course of study at VCU.

International applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language prior to admission and/or full-time enrollment in the university. An applicant may satisfy university English proficiency requirements by obtaining a satisfactory score on the TOEFL. The program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (Internet-based).