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Regular Admission: For the regular admissions process, students are required to have completed 90 semester credit hours with an overall GPA of at least 3.0, including at least 50 credits of collateral and core course work within the major with a GPA in that work of at least 3.3.

An application must be submitted to the Graduate School that includes:

Domestic Applicants:

- Two form-based recommendations;

- Personal statement;

- Transcripts from all colleges submitted using the Transcript Request Form;

- Scores from the GRE General Test.

International Applicants: Please visit the Graduate School information site on how to apply to VCU's Graduate Program.

Applicants should indicate which master degree program (Master of Science in Bioinformatics or Master of Bioinformatics) is of interest to them. Most students will initiate the application process during the second semester of their junior year. Students provisionally accepted into the program will be notified in time to register for courses as accelerated students, but will not be formally admitted into the program until they have completed all requirements listed above.

Following acceptance into the accelerated program, students must continue to meet the requirements stated above throughout the senior year, as well as the graduate student standards of performance specified in the Bulletin in order to be awarded formal acceptance into the graduate program, which typically takes place just prior to the fall semester of the fifth year.

Guaranteed Admission: Both bioinformatics master programs participate in the Guaranteed Admission Program. This program allows highly qualified high school seniors who will be participating in the VCU Honors Program to gain admission into selected VCU graduate programs without competing for admission at a later date.

In order to apply for guaranteed admission, the student must have obtained a combined score of 1270, in a single sitting, on the SAT, with neither score below 530, and have achieved a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA (4.0 scale).

Once accepted into the Guaranteed Admission Program, bioinformatics students must fulfill the requirements of the Honors Program for graduation with University Honors, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50, progress satisfactorily in honors courses and meet course requirements of the Bioinformatics Graduate Program in order to remain exempt from competing for admission into the masters program. Guaranteed admission applicants will be screened by the Bioinformatics Admissions Committee.

Please contact the following individuals for more information:

Herschell Emery, Ph.D., Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Center for the Study of Biological Complexity
Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph: (804) 827-0026 (Main Number)
Ph: (804) 828-0559 (Office)
Fax: (804) 828-1961 (Main Office)
Email: hsemery@vcu.edu

or:

Gregory A. Buck, Ph.D., Director of Bioinformatics
Director, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity
Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph: (804) 827-0026 (Main Number)
Ph: (804) 828-2318 (Office)
Fax: (804) 828-1961 (Main Office)
Fax: (804) 828-1937 (Office)
Email: gabuck@vcu.edu