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, a writing sample (e.g., first-author, peer-reviewed publication, master’s thesis, book chapter, policy brief or report, or if none of the preceding are available, a graduate course paper). International applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language prior to admission and/or full-time enrollment in the university.

The program does not have minimum scores on the GRE, but the quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and analytical writing scores are all considered in the context of the other application materials. 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 Graduate School website.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents apply through the VCU Graduate School.
     • Visit VCU Graduate Admissions for more information on the application process.
     • Click here to submit an electronic application that is also available on the VCU Graduate Admissions website.

International students must apply through the Global Education Office.
     • Visit VCU International Admissions for specific admissions requirements for international applicants.
     • Click here for information on the application process and to download the required forms.

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. A college course in calculus is desirable. In addition, GRE scores in the 75th percentile or above are preferred, with an analytic writing score of 4.5 preferred. 

Deadline for Applications: Applications received by January 15th will receive priority consideration. Applications may be accepted on a rolling basis until slots are filled.