Application and admission
All applicants are required to supply GRE scores, academic transcripts (external credential evaluation of international transcripts), three letters of recommendation, a personal statement. International applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language prior to admission and/or full-time enrollment in the university.

A minimum score in the 40th percentile on the GRE is required, but the quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and analytical writing scores are all considered in the context of the other application materials. GRE scores in the 75th percentile or above are preferred.  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, describe your background, research interests and identify the faculty member(s) you would like to work with.

Application process

Information about applying to all graduate programs at VCU can be found at the Admissions website.

Please review the admission requirements before applying.  Applications are accepted online at Search for Virginia Commonwealth University to find our program. The code for submitting GRE scores to VCU through SOPHAS is 7543. VCU also requires a secondary application. Details appear here.

Admission requirements

Admissions requirements for this program are listed in the VCU Graduate Bulletin.  Applicants for this program must have a master's degree in a related discipline from an accredited program and should have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0.

Deadline for Applications: Applications are due by January 9.  Priority consideration for funding will be given to applications received by the deadline.  Applications may be accepted on a rolling basis until slots are filled.