Graduate Students

VCU offers an online, self-managed application process. See what’s needed to apply below. For general questions, visit the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Program inquiries can be made with the respective Graduate Program Director. For program details, visit the webpage for Graduate Degrees or the VCU Bulletin.

Additional information, such as university requirements for English language proficiency or in-state tuition, are listed on the International Admissions and VCU Office of Admissions webpages.

Graduate Program Directors

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Additional details about the application materials:

  • Statement of Intent (if required) should summarize motivations and specific personal or professional goals in pursuing a graduate-level engineering degree.
  • Official copies of transcripts and mark sheets are required only after being admitted to a program in order to finalize the admission. Unofficial copies are accepted for initial review of all applications.
  • Letters of Recommendation for doctoral applicants are expected to be from present or former teachers, or from others qualified to evaluate your fitness to engage in graduate-level engineering studies in the chosen field.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores are required for select doctoral programs only. GRE test scores are not required for Master's program applications. Reference the VCU Bulletin and select a program using the left-hand menu to review program-specific test requirements.
  • Proof of English language proficiency test scores are required for all non-native English-speaking applicants without an approved exemption. Visit the International Admissions webpage to learn about minimum test scores, possible exemptions, and more.

When to apply

Students may apply for entry into Fall (preferred) or Spring semesters. Admission into either term is based upon the recommendation of the admissions committee with the approval of the graduate program director, department chair, and associate dean for graduate studies.

Graduate applications have posted deadlines for when to apply, however, some programs have rolling admissions. Contact the departmental Graduate Program Director for more information or email the Office of Graduate Studies gradengr@vcu.edu.

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