Prospective students
Graduate admissions

Students choose from 35 different degree and certificate programs, offering everything from master’s and post-baccalaureate to Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs.

Master's and certificate admissions information

Successful applicants to our master’s and post-baccalaureate programs have an average cumulative GPA of 3.0 and an average 386 on the MAT or 290 or higher on the GRE.

Applications to all VCU graduate programs are processed through the university's Graduate Admissions website. Complete applications move forward to individual department admissions review teams. Please reference the application checklist as you submit all required pieces for your application.

Ph.D. admissions information

The Ph.D. application deadline is December 15. Applications whose supplemental materials (such as transcripts and letters of recommendation) have not been received by February 15 can be requested by the student to be held for admission review the following year. Please see the VCU Graduate School admissions website for the online application.

There are critical application pieces that help our department and faculty teams determine the eligibility and future success of each applicant in our research and application focused School of Education. Please submit the following components of the application in order for us to review your full academic and professional profile for program eligibility and fit:

  1. Submit scores from the GRE exam, taken within five years of date of application. 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 curriculum vitae (CV) or 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.

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 our central VCU Graduate Admissions office at or within the School of Education, Sandra Mazzoli at