Admission requirements

How to apply

For all direct entry and GSSP applications: Please complete our online application form and email any required documents to admissions@vcugssp.com.

Please visit the relevant ‘Program’ page for additional and/or specific entry criteria relevant to your application.

Undergraduate entry requirements

Undergraduate direct entry and Global Student Success Program 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 Undergraduate GSSP: 1 semester Undergraduate GSSP: 2 semester Undergraduate GSSP: 3 semester
Academic qualification Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent)
GPA 3.0 2.5 2.0 2.0
IELTS 6.0 6.0 5.5 5.0
TOEFL 70 70 60 50
PEARSON Versant N/A 56 50 46
SAT/ACT required No No No No
Other Requirements 1 reference letter & essay N/A N/A N/A

* The VCU GSSP Program is unable to process applications for VCU's School of the Arts. To learn more about the programs and apply to VCUarts, please visit the University's website.

 

Undergraduate entry criteria - Engineering and Computer Science
Qualifications Undergraduate direct admission Undergraduate GSSP: 1 Semesters Undergraduate GSSP: 2 Semesters Undergraduate GSSP: 3 Semesters
Academic Qualification Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent)
GPA* 3.5 3.0 3.0 3.0
IELTS 6.5 6.5 5.5 5.0
TOEFL 80 80 60 50
PEARSON Versant N/A 61 50 46
SAT/ACT required* SAT: 1120 for Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Nuclear Engineering No No No
Other Requirements 1 reference letter & essay N/A N/A N/A

*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 2.0 US Equivalent 2.5 US Equivalent 3.0
Argentina Bachiller with a 6 Bachiller with a 6/7 Bachiller with a 7
Australia Year 12 with a C or 50% average or higher Year 12 with a B/C or in the range of 57%-63% Year 12 with a B or 63% average or higher
Azerbaijan Certificate of Complete Secondary Education with 3 average Successful completion of complete secondary education with 3/4 average Certificate of Complete Secondary Education with 4 average
Bahrain Secondary School Leaving Certificate with C, Average, or 50% Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a B/C or 55%-60% Tawjahiya Secondary School Certificate with a 60% average or higher
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate with a C, 40%, or 2/5 Higher Secondary Certificate with 2.5/5, B/C, or 45%-50% Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with a 50% average
Bolivia Bachiller with 4/7, 51%, or Suficiente Bachiller with 4.5/7 or 58%-63% Bachiller with 5/7, 64%, or Bueno
Botswana Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education with Pass Class or D average Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education with a D/C average Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education with a C average
Brazil Brazilian Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Certificado de Ensino Médio) with a 5 Brazilian Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Certificado de Ensino Médio) with a 6/7 average Brazilian Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Certificado de Ensino Médio) with a 7
Brunei Pass Class Third class Honours Second Class Honours, Lower Division
Cambodia Baccalauréat (Baccalaureate) with a D or Satisfactory Baccalauréat (Baccalaureate) with a C/D average Baccalauréat (Baccalaureate) with a C
Caribbean Commonwealth Countries Certificate of Secondary Education with a C average Certificate of Secondary Education with a C/B average Certificate of Secondary Education with a B average
Canada Successful completion of grade 12 with C average Successful completion of grade 12 with C/B average Successful completion of grade 12 with B average
Chile Licencia de Educacion Media (academic) with 4 or higher Licencia de Educacion Media (academic) with a 4/5 average Licencia de Educacion Media (academic) with 5 or higher
China Senior Middle School Graduate Certificate with a 70% average or higher Senior Middle School Graduate Certificate with a 75% average or higher Senior Middle School Graduate Certificate with a 80% average or higher
Colombia Titulo de Bachiller with a 6 or Basic Titulo de Bachiller 7/8 or higher Titulo de Bachiller 8 or higher
Ecuador Bachiller with a 7 Bachiller with a 7/8 Bachiller with a 8
Egypt General Secondary Education Certificate with a 50% average or pass General Secondary Education Certificate in the range of 60%-65% General Secondary Education Certificate with a 65% average or pass
Fiji Fiji School Leaving Certificate (Form 6) with a 6 average Fiji School Leaving Certificate (Form 6) with a 5/6 average Fiji School Leaving Certificate (Form 6) with a 5 average
France Baccalauréat Général with an overall score of 10 Baccalauréat Général in the range of 11/12 Baccalauréat Général with a 12
Ghana West African Senior School Certificate with a C6 average West African Senior School Certificate in the range of C4 - B3 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination with C average
Hong Kong HKDSE overall average at a minimum level 2 HKDSE overall average at a minimum level 3 HKDSE - Minimum level 4 in 4 academic subjects
India Higher/Senior Secondary Certificate with C2, 6, or 40% average Higher/Senior Secondary Certificate with C1, 5, or 45%-50% average All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CSBE/CISCE) with B2 (4 pass with credit) or higher in 3 academic subjects - no percentage listed (50%)
Indonesia

STTB with an average of 6 or 56 or Cukup/Moderate

STTB in the range of 6/7 or 64-70

SKHUN with an average of 56%

Iran Diplom with 12 average Diplom with 13/14 average Peesh-daneshgahii (High School Diploma) with 14 average or higher
Israel Teudat Bagrut with 55% average Teudat Bagrut with 65%-75% average Teudat Bagrut with 75% average or higher
Japan Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with 3 average Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with  3/4 average Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with 4 average
Jordan Tawjihi (Academic)/General Secondary Education Certificate with 70% average Tawjihi (Academic)/General Secondary Education Certificate with 74% -80% average Tawjihi (Academic) with 80% average
Kazakhstan Successful completion of Attestat with 3 average Successful completion of Attestat with 3/4 average Successful completion of Attestat with 4 average
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a C or 6 average or higher Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a C+/B- or 7/8 average or higher 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 6 average Inmungye Kodung Hakkyo (High School Certificate) with  Rank 4/5 Inmungye Kodung Hakkyo (High School Certificate) with Rank 4
Kuwait Secondary School Dipoma with 72% average Secondary School Dipoma in the range of 75%-80% Completion of Tawjihiyah with 82% average
Laos Baccalaureat II with a score of 12 Baccalaureat II with a score of 13/14 Baccalaureat II with a score of 14
Macau See criteria for China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or GCE See criteria for China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or GCE See criteria for China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or GCE
Malaysia SPM with C or 6 average SPM with C+/B or 8/10 average SPM with B or 10 or higher in 5 subjects
Malawi Malawi School Certificate of Education with 7 average Malawi School Certificate of Education with 7/6 average Successful completion of MSCE with 6 average
Mauritius GCE O Levels with D in all subjects taken (minimum of 5 subjects) GCE O Levels with C/D in all subjects taken (minimum of 5 subjects) See GCE criteria
Mexico Certificado de Bachillerato with a 6 average Certificado de Bachillerato with a 7/8 average Certificado de Bachillerato with a 8 average
Mongolia School Leaving Certificate (Gerchilgee) with 70% average School Leaving Certificate (Gerchilgee) in the range of 75% - 79% School Leaving Certificate (Gerchilgee) with 80% average
Morocco Successful completion of Baccalauréat with a 10 grade Successful completion of Baccalauréat with a 11/12 grade Successful completion of Baccalauréat with a 12 grade
Myanmar Basic Education Standard Exam Diploma (Academic & Vocational) with a 3 or 40% average or higher Basic Education Standard Exam Diploma (Academic & Vocational) with a 3/4 or in the range of 45-50% Basic Education Standard Exam Diploma (Academic & Vocational) with a 4 or 50% average or higher
Nepal Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 35% Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) in the range of 40% -46% Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 46%
Nigeria Completion of SSCE (WAEC/NECO) with an overall average of C6 or equivalent Completion of SSCE (WAEC/NECO) with an overall average of C5/B3 or equivalent Completion of SSCE (WAEC/NECO) with an overall average of B4 or equivalent
Oman Thanawiya Amma (General Secondary School Certificate) with 65% average or higher Thanawiya Amma (General Secondary School Certificate) in the range of 75% - 85% Thanawiya Amma (General Secondary School Certificate) with 85% average or higher
Pakistan Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 40% minimum overall score Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) in the range of 45% -50% Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 50% minimum overall score
Panama Diploma de Bachiller with  71% or higher Diploma de Bachiller in the range of 76%-81% Diploma de Bachiller with a 81% or higher
Peru Bachillerato Académic with 11 Bachillerato Académic with 11/12 Bachillerato Académic with 12
Philippines High School Diploma with 80% or 2.74/5 High School Diploma in the range of 84-87% or 2-2.24 High School Diploma with 85%
Qatar Al-Thanawiya Aama Qatari/General Secondary Education Certificate with 55% average or 3/5 Al-Thanawiya Aama Qatari/General Secondary Education Certificate in the range of 63%-70% or  3.5-4 Al - Thanawiya Aama Qatari with 70% average or higher
Russia Attestat o srednem (polnom) obschem obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) with 3 average Attestat o srednem (polnom) obschem obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) with  3/4 average Attestat o srednem (polnom) obschem obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) with 4 average
Saudi Arabia Senior Certificate Matriculation with 65% Senior Certificate Matriculation in the range of 70%-75% Senior Certificate Matriculation with 75%
Singapore See GCE/ O requirements See GCE/ O requirements See GCE/ O requirements
South Africa National Senior Certificate with a 50% average or 4 National Senior Certificate in the range of 55%-60% or 4-5 National Senior Certificate with Matriculation with 60%
Sri Lanka GCE O Levels with C or Credit Pass GCE O Levels with B/C GCE O Levels with B or Very Good Pass
Sweden Avgangsbetyg with 3 Average or 'G' grade (Godkand) Avgangsbetyg with 'G'/VG average in 3 subjects Avgangsbetyg with 'VG' average in 3 subjects
Taiwan Senior High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% average Senior High School Graduation Certificate in the range of 65%-70% Senior High School Graduation Certificate with 70% average - B or Higher
Tanzania East Africa GCE with C or 3/5 or Pass Class or E5 Certificate of Secondary Education with C/D or 3.5-4 or D/4 - E/5 Certificate of Secondary Education with minimum D/4 average
Thailand Matayom VI or Certificate of Secondary Education with 60% average or 2/4 Matayom VI in the range of 65%-70% Matayom VI with 70% average or higher
Turkey Lise Diplomasi/General Secondary School Diploma with a minimum C or 55% or Orta or 3 Lise Diplomasi/General Secondary School Diploma in the range of 63%-70% Lise Diplomasi with a minimum 70% average
UAE General Secondary Education Certificate with a 70% average or C General Secondary Education Certificate in the range of 75%-80% Tawjihiyya (General Secondary Education Certificate) with a 80% average or higher
Uganda Uganda Certificate of Education with 8 average Uganda Certificate of Education with 6/7 average Uganda Certificate of Education with 6 average
Ukraine Attestat with Grade 4 or higher on the 12 point scale or Attestat with Grade 3 or higher on the 5 point scale Attestat with Grade 6/7 or higher on the 12 point scale or Attestat with Grade 3/4 or higher on the 5 point scale 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 See GCE/ O and AS/A LEVEL requirements See GCE/ O and AS/A LEVEL requirements
Uzbekistan Attestat (qoniqarli) (Certificate of Secondary Education) with 3 average Attestat (qoniqarli) (Certificate of Secondary Education) with  3/4 average Attestat (qoniqarli) (Certificate of Secondary Education) with  4 average
USA Successful completion of Year 12 with GPA of 2.0 Successful completion of Year 12 with GPA of 2.5 Successful completion of Year 12 with GPA of 3.0
Venezuela Certificate of Higher Secondary Education with a 10 average Certificate of Higher Secondary Education with a 11/13 average Certificate of Higher Secondary Education with a 13 average
Vietnam Bang Tot Nghlep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Diploma of Completion of Secondary School) with minimum score of 5 Bang Tot Nghlep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Diploma of Completion of Secondary School) with minimum score of 5/7 Bang Tot Nghlep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Diploma of Completion of Secondary School) with minimum score of 6/7
Zambia Zambia School Certificate Exam/GCE with 6 or Credit Zambian School Certificate Examination/GCE with 4-5 Zambian School Certificate Examination with 4 or Merit
Zimbabwe GCE with 5 or C or Credit See GCE/ O and AS/A LEVEL requirements See GCE/ O and AS/A LEVEL requirements
Other Accepted Qualifications      
GCE/O Level Minimum grade of D in all subjects taken (minimum of 5 subjects) Minimum grade of C/D in all subjects taken (minimum of 5 subjects) Completion with a C in minimum of 5 subjects
AS/A Level Completion with E grade (O Level must be provided) Completion with D grade (O Level must be provided) Completion with C grade (O Level must be provided)
Accredited Foundation Year University accredited foundation courses, equal to NQF level 3; equivalent to high school year 12 with GPA of 2.0 University accredited foundation courses, equal to NQF level 3; equivalent to high school year 12 with GPA of 2.5 University accredited foundation courses, equal to NQF level 3; equivalent to high school year 12 with GPA of 3.0
IB Completion with overall 22 Completion with overall 23 Completion with overall 24
West African School Certificate Completion with minimum 6 Completion with minimum 5 Completion with minimum 4
BTEC BTEC level 3 is considered equivalent to A levels. Pass (P) BTEC level 3 is considered equivalent to A levels. In the range of Pass(P)/Merit(M) 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 GSSP: Graduate (2 semesters)
Academic Qualification Bachelor's degree Bachelor's degree
Academic Entry Requirements 3.0 GPA 2.7 GPA
IELTS 6.5 6.0
TOEFL 80 70
PEARSON Versant N/A 56
GRE/GMAT/LSAT/MAT Not required Not required
Other Requirements 3 reference letters, resume & statement of purpose Not required
 Graduate Engineering Programs (Including Computer Science)
Minimum Entry Criteria Direct Graduate Admission GSSP: Graduate (2 semesters)
Academic Qualification International engineering degrees that are similar to ‘engineering degrees’ from the US institutions International engineering degrees that are similar to ‘engineering degrees’ from the US institutions
Academic Entry Requirements 3.0 GPA 2.8 GPA
IELTS 6.5 6.0
TOEFL 80 70
PEARSON Versant N/A 56
GRE GRE 305 (155 Math, 150 Verbal) Not required
Other Requirements 3 reference letters, resume & statement of purpose N/A
Graduate Business Program
Minimum Entry Criteria Direct Graduate Admission GSSP: Graduate (2 semesters)
Academic Qualification Bachelor's degree in related field of study, strong math focus Bachelor's degree in related field of study, strong math focus
Academic Entry Requirements 3.25 GPA 3.0 GPA
IELTS 6.5 6.0
TOEFL 100 80
PEARSON Versant N/A 56
GMAT/GRE GMAT 550 or GRE 304 Not required
Other Requirements 2 reference letters, resume & statement of purpose  Not required