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

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