The college offers a wide array of graduate programs with exceptional faculty and a wide array of opportunities for research. If you are ready to pursue advanced studies, you’ll find what you need in our graduate programs listed below.

Students applying for graduate programs should review the requirements outlined on the Graduate Bulletin for specific deadlines and supporting materials for each program, as well as the curriculum, specialization, track and degree information need for the application.

To apply for graduate programs, you must submit the online application. VCU’s self-managed graduate application process also requires you to collect and return all supporting materials in one packet. Completed applications, as well as supporting materials, and fees must be submitted directly to the Graduate School and will not be considered until all required documentation has been received.

Supplemental application materials (when applicable) such as reference letters, resumes, personal statements/essays or other program specific documentation must be sent directly to the program for which you are applying. Note: Some programs require all documents to be sent to the Graduate School.

A separate application, fee and complete set of official documentation must be submitted for each graduate program application. Unofficial credentials will not be accepted, even when submitting multiple applications.

For more information about the application process, visit the Graduate School. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the admissions staff.

The College of Humanities and Sciences offers the following certificate, Master’s Degree and Ph.D. programs. Descriptions and course requirements for each program can be found at VCU Bulletin.

College of Humanities and Sciences

Applied Social Research, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)

Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture

Mass Communications, Master of Science (M.S.) – integrated PR and advertising
Mass Communications, Master of Science (M.S.) – multimedia journalism
Mass Communications, Master of Science (M.S.) – strategic public relations
Media, Art, and Text, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department of Biology

Biology, Master of Science (M.S.)

Department of Chemistry

Chemical Biology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in biochemistry
Chemical Biology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in biology
Chemical Biology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in biology of cancer
Chemical Biology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in bioorganic chemistry
Chemistry, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Chemistry, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in chemical physics
Chemistry, Master of Science (M.S.)
Chemistry, Master of Science (M.S.) with Fudan University [dual degree]
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department of English

Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) with a concentration in dual genre
Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) with a concentration in fiction
Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) with a concentration in poetry
English, Master of Arts (M.A.)
English, Master of Arts (M.A.) with a concentration in research
Media, Art, and Text, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department of Forensic Science

Forensic Science, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in forensic biology
Forensic Science, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in forensic chemistry/drugs and toxicology
Forensic Science, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in forensic chemistry/trace
Forensic Science, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in forensic physical analysis

Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)

Department of History

History, Master of Arts (M.A.)

Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences

Health and Movement Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in exercise science
Rehabilitation and Movement Science, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in exercise physiology
Rehabilitation and Movement Science, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in neuromusculoskeletal dynamics

Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Mathematical Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in applied mathematics
Mathematical Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in mathematics
Systems Modeling and Analysis, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department of Physics

Physics and Applied Physics, Master of Science (M.S.)
Physics and Applied Physics, Master of Science (M.S.), accelerated Bachelor of Science in Physics (B.S.) to master’s

Department of Political Science

Accelerated Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science and Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Department of Psychology

Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in behavioral medicine
Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in clinical child
Counseling Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Health Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in biopsychology
Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in developmental psychology
Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in social psychology

Department of Sociology

Accelerated Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology
Sociology, Master of Science (M.S.)

Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research

Mathematical Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in operations research
Mathematical Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in statistics
Systems Modeling and Analysis, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)