Ready to apply to a Virginia Commonwealth University graduate program? Here’s what you need to do before submitting your application.
- To apply for graduate admission, complete the online application.
- Upload all required supplemental materials with your online application unless otherwise specified on the website of the program you're apply to.
- Review application requirements for your program in the Graduate Bulletin. If the program requires supplemental application materials such as reference letters or resumes, send them directly to the program unless it asks you to send all documents to the Office of Admissions.
- If your name has changed since you last attended, applied to, worked for or filed for financial aid at VCU, you must note your previous and current name on all submitted documents.
- Submit a separate application, application fee and complete set of official documentation for each graduate program you apply for.
Late applications may be accepted under some circumstances, but students who do not apply at least one month before the semester begins risk losing eligibility for financial aid.
A nonrefundable $65 application fee is required with each graduate program application. You will be asked to submit your payment at the end of your online application.
For questions about transferring graduate credits, contact the director of the program to which you’re applying.
For in-state tuition rates, you must be a Virginia resident or provide clear documentation that you are living in Virginia for a primary purpose other than attending school. Your graduate school letter of acceptance will state your residency status.
The following items are required with most applications.
All graduate and professional program applicants must submit a personal statement. Applicants should check their desired program’s website as some programs specify items that should be included in your statement. If the program you are applying to does not specify their questions, your personal statement should include:
- Your career goals and how the graduate program would help you meet those goals
- Prior work and life experiences related to your interest and aptitude for the program
- Your perception of your intellectual capability to successfully complete the graduate program
- Information about academic honors or professional awards, including scholarships, fellowships, prizes, honorary society memberships, publications, inventions or other creative work
If appropriate, attach a resume or curriculum vita that includes all relevant information and professional designations. Applicants are encouraged to upload their personal statement through the online application.
Three references are requested. You will be asked for their names and email addresses in the online application. Please choose references who can address your academic and professional abilities and preparation for graduate study.
Unofficial transcripts from all postsecondary institutions should be uploaded with your online application and may be used for departmental admission review purposes.
If offered admission, you will be directed and required to submit to the VCU admissions office an official transcript from any institution from which a degree has been awarded to finalize your admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent to VCU directly from the issuing institution.
Official transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by an official English translation. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to request English translations of diplomas prior to granting admission.
Prospective students who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation as a required part of the admission process. This report should be sealed and unopened, and sent directly to the Office of Admissions. All official transcripts and relevant credentials (e.g., diplomas and marksheets) will be required if admitted. All external credential evaluations should be no older than two years as of the official date received by the Office of Admissions. Once credentials and/or credential evaluations are sent to VCU, they will not be returned to the prospective student or sent to a third party.
Professional evaluators recognized at VCU
Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (ECE)
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(ECE is recommended for undergraduate engineering and the School of Nursing.)
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Most graduate programs consider scores from common and relevant tests, although standard entrance examinations are not required by the graduate school at VCU.
To check if your specific program requires an entrance exam, review the Graduate Bulletin. If your native language is not English, you must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language, Pearson Test of English or International English Language Testing System in addition to any other test scores required.
Official scores must be reported directly to the Office of Admissions by testing agencies; an official copy must be received before a final offer of admission can be made. The school code for admission testing is 5570.
To register for a test or to request that an official report be sent to the Office of Admissions, refer to the following websites:
DAT – Dental Admission Test
GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test
GRE – Graduate Record Examinations
IELTS — International English Language Testing System
MAT – Miller Analogies Test | VCU MAT testing
MCAT – Medical College Admission Test
PCAT – Pharmacy College Admission Test
PTE — Pearson Test of English
TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language
Before submitting your application, please check that all documentation is accurate, that all forms have been signed, and that you’ve made a copy of everything for yourself. Documents will not be returned.
If you need to submit paper documents (such as official transcripts) after your online application has been submitted, mail them to:
Virginia Commonwealth University
Office of Admissions
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3051
Supplemental application materials
If you have already applied through a Centralized Application System (CAS), you may have been directed by your department/program to complete the VCU Supplemental Information Application.
Ready to turn in your application? Use this list to make sure your packet is complete:
Application to graduate study, including the Application for Virginia in-state tuition.
Personal statement submitted with the online application.
$65 application fee.
Three reference letters submitted through the online application. It is strongly encouraged that references use the online application to submit their letters; however, they may also email their letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. References must include your full name and the program you’re applying to in the subject line of the email.
- School of the Arts applicants must submit references online. Refer to the VCUarts How to Apply page for instructions on submitting references.
Transcripts from each institution you attended are required. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded onto your online application; however, official transcripts will be required if you are admitted. Once submitted, transcripts may not be returned to the prospective student or sent to third-party entities.
- All official transcripts must be in sealed envelopes signed across the seal by an official registrar.
- All official transcripts in a foreign language must be accompanied by an official English translation.
- Prospective students who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation as a required part of the admissions process. This report should be sealed and unopened, and sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
All official transcripts and relevant credentials (e.g., diplomas and marksheets) will be required if admitted. All external credential evaluations should be no older than two years as of the official date received by the Office of Admissions. Once credentials and/or credential evaluations are sent to VCU, they will not be returned to the prospective student or sent to a third party. See the application instructions for professional evaluators recognized at VCU.
Official test scores, if required by your program. Scores must be directly reported to VCU by testing agencies. You can submit student copies pending receipt of official scores. An official copy must be received before a final offer of admission can be made. The school code for admission testing is 5570.
Your resume, if requested by the department to which you are applying.
Any supplemental materials required by individual programs.
School of the Arts applicants required to submit a portfolio should refer to the VCUarts How to Apply page for instructions on submitting a portfolio.
School of Education applicants for elementary or secondary education programs must take and pass the Praxis II and Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment in the semester prior to internship/student teaching.
- The deadline for internship applications is Sept. 1 for spring and Feb. 1 for fall. Those wishing to take Praxis II and VCLA exams should consult the test administration dates and test score reporting dates so that they have, in hand, their scores by the internship application deadline dates. Register online for the Praxis II or the VCLA
If you need to submit paper documents (such as official transcripts) once your online application has been submitted, mail your application materials to:
Virginia Commonwealth University
Office of Admissions
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3051
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