Current students

The Office of Graduate Studies assists all master’s, certificate and doctoral programs with admission, matriculation, graduation and special actions to change student records. The office also supports and guides students in their endeavors in graduate studies, and creates a learning community that maximizes students’ intellectual, emotional and social growth while they develop into leaders in education.

Services include:

  • Coordinating admissions to all School of Education graduate programs
  • Responding to inquiries regarding the admissions process, standardized testing (i.e., GRE or MAT), transcript analysis, and other policies and procedures for all graduate programs
  • Conducting student orientations
  • Managing the graduate assistantship selection process
  • Working with university divisions, including the Graduate School, Office of Strategic Enrollment Management, and Records and Registration, to keep track of students’ academic progress, manage student records, and process special requests and appeals for changes to student records
  • Partnering with faculty and professional advisers in the school to ensure students meet degree requirements and VCU Graduate School academic regulations
  • Coordinating the process for admission to degree candidacy and scheduling the dissertation defense for doctoral students
  • Coordinating and verifying all graduation applications
  • Supporting doctoral student professional development and doctoral student associations

Office of Graduate Studies staff

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Colleen Thoma, Ph.D.
Associate dean for academic affairs and graduate studies
Phone: (804) 828-3382

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Sandra Mazzoli
Coordinator of graduate programs (specializes in master’s and certificate programs)
Phone: (804) 827-2657

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Kelly Winn
Administrative assistant (specializes in doctoral programs)
Phone: (804) 828-4728