Graduate Students

VCU offers an online self-managed application process. The information below outlines items needed to apply for a graduate program with the VCU College of Engineering. Additional information is listed on the Office of Admissions and International Admissions webpages.

Program-specific information can be found in the University Bulletin and additional inquiries can be made to the respective Graduate Program Directors listed below, or to the Office of Graduate Studies For general application questions, visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.

Graduate Program Directors

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Additional details about the application materials:

  • Statement of Intent or Personal Statement should summarize motivation, previous education and/or personal and professional goals in pursuing graduate-level studies.
  • Official transcript(s) and mark sheet(s) are only required after being admitted into a program in order to finalize the admission. Copies of unofficial transcript(s) and mark sheet(s) are accepted for initial review of all graduate applications.
  • Letters of Recommendation or “Reference Letters” for doctoral applications are expected to be from present or former teachers, or from others who are qualified to evaluate fitness to engage in graduate-level study in the chosen field.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores for verbal, quantitative and analytical portions are required for select doctoral programs only. GRE scores are not required for Master's program applications. Reference the University Bulletin for program-specific testing requirements. Advanced or subject tests are not required.
  • Proof of English proficiency test scores are required for all non-native English-speaking applicants, regardless of immigration status. Accepted tests, minimum test scores, exempt countries and other waivers are listed on the International Admissions webpage. Copies of unofficial test scores are accepted for initial review of all graduate applications. Official copies, if applicable, are only required after being admitted into a program in order to finalize the admission.

Transfer Students

New students wishing to transfer into one of our degree programs must apply through the standard graduate application process. A maximum of 50 percent of the didactic hours required for a graduate degree may be transferred from another VCU program or outside institution and, only if not applied previously toward another degree, may be applied toward a VCU degree. Prerequisite coursework that does not count toward the VCU degree may not be transferred.

Once a student has been accepted and matriculates into a VCU College of Engineering graduate degree program, they may submit a request to transfer course credits to the Graduate Program Director. Recommendations regarding transfer credit are initiated at the program level. Final review and approval are completed by the VCU Graduate School.

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

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