Prospective students
Graduate admissions

The School of Education offers more than 35 different degree and certificate programs for graduate students, offering everything from Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs to master's degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates.

Admission to all graduate programs is competitive (so bring your "A" game).

Master's and certificate admissions information

Applicants to our master's and certificate programs are expected to hold a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the most recent 60 hours of courses, and transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework will need to be submitted as part of the application.

In addition, applicants will also need to send official scores, no more than five years old, from either the MAT or GRE graduate admission tests. We're looking for scores of at least 386 or higher on the MAT, and a combined score of 290 or higher on the GRE.

Applications to all VCU graduate programs are processed through the university's Graduate Admissions website. This website also contains an application checklist you may find helpful as well.

Ph.D. admissions information

The Ph.D. application deadline is December 15. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the application is complete. Applications whose supplemental materials (such as transcripts and letters of recommendation) have not been received by February 15 may be held for admission the following year. Please see the VCU Graduate School admissions website for the online application.

The following components of the application are reviewed holistically to provide an overall judgment of the applicant’s capability to be successful in our doctoral program. Admissions decisions are competitive. Final admissions decisions are made with the approval of the Dean’s office.

  1. Submit scores from the GRE exam, taken within five years of date of application. Official scores should be sent to Virginia Commonwealth University; the institutional code is 5570. It is expected that satisfactory GRE scores will be presented. Typically that means a verbal score at or above the 50th percentile, a satisfactory combined score of at least 300, and an analytical writing score of 4.

    GRE’s are one component of the admissions decision. Individuals who have a composite score of 300 may not be admitted based on other components of the application packet. Alternatively, individuals who have a composite score of less than 300 can be admitted if other components are strong.

    If scores are low, the application may be strengthened by:
    • Retaking the GREs before submitting the application. We will use the highest scores when making admission decisions.
    • Providing an explanation in the personal statement.
  2. Submit a personal statement. Please include information related to research interests, career goals, and why the track is a good fit. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the faculty in the track to which they are applying. It is strongly recommended that applicants identify a core faculty member with similar interests. Review committees will use personal statements to determine applicant fit. More specific guidance regarding personal statements can be found on track web pages.
  3. Provide all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Typically the last sixty hours undergraduate GPA should be at least 3.2, for applicable tracks, and a graduate GPA of at least 3.5 is expected. The rigor of coursework will be considered in the evaluation of transcripts.
  4. Have three individuals submit letters of recommendation. These letters should address the applicant's potential to complete a rigorous program of study and conduct research at the doctoral level.
  5. Submit a professional vitae/resume.
  6. A personal interview and/or a writing sample may be required.

Full-time students who would like to be considered for a graduate assistantship position must complete the School of Education's graduate assistantship application (available on the supplemental materials section of the VCU Graduate School online application).

Our programs

For a full list of the degrees and certificates we offer here at the VCU School of Education, please visit our academic programs page.

Contact us

For further questions about applying to one of our graduate programs, please contact Sandra Mazzoli at sjmazzoli@vcu.edu. For more information on our doctoral programs, please visit our doctoral programs page.