Admission requirements

How to apply

For all VCU applications (except VCUarts): Please complete our online application form. Academic documents and transcripts can be uploaded through this platform.

Undergraduate entry requirements

Undergraduate direct entry entry requirements vary depending on the academic and English language qualification results achieved.

All applications are reviewed individually against the entry criteria for each program listed. All applications are subject to final University departmental review and approval.

VCU admissions reserves the right to request additional documentation if necessary for review. Students are required to submit all official transcripts from postsecondary institutions attended beyond high school whether they are seeking credit transfer or not. This information is subject to change without notice.

Undergraduate entry criteria (excludes Engineering)
Qualifications Undergraduate direct admission
Academic qualification Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent)
GPA* 3.0
IELTS 6.0
TOEFL 70
SAT/ACT required* No
Other Requirements 1 reference letter & essay
Application Deadline November 1, 2018

* The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts is available through direct admission only. To learn more about the program and to apply directly with VCUarts, please visit the website.

 

Undergraduate entry criteria - Engineering
Qualifications Undergraduate direct admission
Academic Qualification Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent)
GPA* 3.5
IELTS 6.5
TOEFL 80
SAT/ACT required* SAT: 1120 for Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Other Requirements 1 reference letter & essay

*School of Engineering applicants are required to have strong math and science results.

Country by country undergraduate entry requirements

Specific academic entry requirements by country are listed below. Students with qualifications that are not listed should forward their application and academic results to the GSSP admissions team for assessment.

Country US Equivalent 3.0
Argentina Bachiller with a 7
Australia Year 12 with a B or 63% average or higher
Azerbaijan Certificate of Complete Secondary Education with 4 average
Bahrain Tawjahiya Secondary School Certificate with a 60% average or higher
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with a 50% average
Botswana Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education with a C average
Brazil Brazilian Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Certificado de Ensino Médio) with a 7
Brunei Second Class Honours, Lower Division
Cambodia Baccalauréat (Baccalaureate) with a C
Canada Successful completion of grade 12 with B average
Chile Licencia de Educacion Media (academic) with 5 or higher
China Senior Middle School Graduate Certificate with a 80% average or higher
Colombia Titulo de Bachiller 8 or higher
Ecuador Bachiller with a 8
Egypt General Secondary Education Certificate with a 65% average or pass
Fiji Fiji School Leaving Certificate (Form 6) with a 5 average
France Baccalauréat Général with a 12
Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination with C average
Hong Kong HKDSE - Minimum level 4 in 4 academic subjects
India All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CSBE/CISCE) with B2 (4 pass with credit) or higher in 3 academic subjects - no percentage listed (50%)
Indonesia

SKHUN with an average of 56%

Iran Peesh-daneshgahii (High School Diploma) with 14 average or higher
Israel Teudat Bagrut with 75% average or higher
Japan Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with 4 average
Jordan Tawjihi (Academic) with 80% average
Kazakhstan Successful completion of Attestat with 4 average
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a B or 8 average or higher
Korea, Republic of (South Korea) Inmungye Kodung Hakkyo (High School Certificate) with Rank 4
Kuwait Completion of Tawjihiyah with 82% average
Laos Baccalaureat II with a score of 14
Macau See criteria for China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or GCE
Malaysia SPM with B or 10 or higher in 5 subjects
Malawi Successful completion of MSCE with 6 average
Mauritius See GCE criteria
Mexico Certificado de Bachillerato with a 8 average
Mongolia School Leaving Certificate (Gerchilgee) with 80% average
Morocco Successful completion of Baccalauréat with a 12 grade
Myanmar Basic Education Standard Exam Diploma (Academic & Vocational) with a 4 or 50% average or higher
Nepal Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 46%
Nigeria Completion of SSCE (WAEC/NECO) with an overall average of B4 or equivalent
Oman Thanawiya Amma (General Secondary School Certificate) with 85% average or higher
Pakistan Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 50% minimum overall score
Panama Diploma de Bachiller with a 81% or higher
Peru Bachillerato Académic with 12
Philippines High School Diploma with 85%
Qatar Al - Thanawiya Aama Qatari with 70% average or higher
Russia Attestat o srednem (polnom) obschem obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) with 4 average
Saudi Arabia Senior Certificate Matriculation with 75%
Singapore See GCE/ O and AS/A LEVEL requirements
South Africa National Senior Certificate with Matriculation with 60%
Sri Lanka See GCE/ O and AS/A LEVEL requirements
Sweden Avgangsbetyg with 'VG' average in 3 subjects
Taiwan Senior High School Graduation Certificate with 70% average - B or Higher
Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education with minimum D/4 average
Thailand Matayom VI with 70% average or higher
Turkey Lise Diplomasi with a minimum 70% average
UAE Tawjihiyya (General Secondary Education Certificate) with a 80% average or higher
Uganda Uganda Certificate of Education with 6 average
Ukraine Attestat with Grade 7 on the 12 point scale or Attestat with Grade 4 or higher on the 5 point scale
United Kingdom See GCE/ O and AS/A LEVEL requirements
USA Successful completion of Year 12 with GPA of 3.0
Vietnam Bang Tot Nghlep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Diploma of Completion of Secondary School) with minimum score of 6/7
Zambia Zambian School Certificate Examination with 4
Zimbabwe See GCE/ O and AS/A LEVEL requirements
Other Accepted Qualifications  
GCE/O Level Completion with a C in minimum of 5 subjects
AS/A Level Completion with C grade
Accredited Foundation Year University accredited foundation courses, equal to NQF level 3; equivalent to high school year 12 with GPA of 3.0
IB Completion with overall 24
West African School Certificate Completion with minimum 4
Huikao Huikao examination results with Pass. Senior Middle 1 & 2 with 85% and graduation certificate prior to matriculation
BTEC BTEC level 3 is considered equivalent to A levels. Merit(M)

 

Graduate entry requirements

Graduate direct entry requirements vary depending on the academic and English language qualification results achieved.

All applications are reviewed individually against the entry criteria for each program listed. All applications are subject to final University departmental review and approval.

VCU admissions reserves the right to request additional documentation if necessary for review. Students are required to submit all official transcripts from postsecondary institutions attended beyond high school whether they are seeking credit transfer or not. This information is subject to change without notice.

MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Minimum Entry Criteria Direct Graduate Admission
Academic Qualification Bachelor's degree in related field of study
Academic Entry Requirements 3.0 GPA
IELTS 6.5
TOEFL 80
GRE/GMAT/LSAT/MAT Standardized Exam Scores (GRE Verbal 156, Quantitative 146; GMAT 560; LSAT 150; MAT 400)
Other Requirements 3 reference letters, resume & statement of purpose
 GRADUATE ENGINEERING PROGRAMS
Minimum Entry Criteria Direct Graduate Admission
Academic Qualification International engineering degrees that are similar to ‘engineering degrees’ from the US institutions
Academic Entry Requirements 3.0 GPA
IELTS 6.5
TOEFL 80
GRE GRE 305 (155 Math, 150 Verbal)
Other Requirements 3 reference letters & statement of purpose
GRADUATE BUSINESS PROGRAMS
Minimum Entry Criteria Direct Graduate Admission
Academic Qualification Bachelor's degree in related field of study, strong math focus
Academic Entry Requirements 3.25 GPA
IELTS 6.5
TOEFL 100
GMAT/GRE GMAT 550 or GRE 304
Other Requirements 2 reference letters & statement of purpose