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Academic programs

As the largest urban research university in the state, VCU’s diverse range of programs has been recognized among the top graduate schools in the nation.

Use the Graduate Bulletin’s program search feature for details about specific programs, including deadlines, application procedures and course listings. Visit the Graduate School website for a list of faculty members.

College of Humanities and Sciences Link opens in new window

With more than 15,000 enrolled students, 24 subject areas, and 15 science and liberal arts departments and programs, the College of Humanities and Sciences towers as VCU’s largest academic unit. The following schools offer graduate level programs within the college:

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs Link opens in new window

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs offers master’s degree programs in criminal justice, homeland security and emergency preparedness, public administration, sociology and urban and regional planning. It also offers certificate programs, dual-degree programs and a doctoral program in public policy and administration.

School of Mass Communications Link opens in new window

The School of Mass Communications offers a master’s degree in mass communications with concentrations in multimedia journalism and strategic public relations.

School of Allied Health Professions Link opens in new window

The school offers master’s and doctoral programs in areas including gerontology, health administration, health services administration and research, nurse anesthesia, occupational therapy, patient counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation counseling and clinical laboratory sciences, as well as certificates in aging studies, patient counseling and professional counseling.

School of the Arts Link opens in new window

The School of the Arts offers the No. 1 public graduate arts and design program in the country, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Its graduate programs include art education, art history, design, fine arts, music and theatre.

School of Business Link opens in new window

The School of Business offers graduate programs in business administration, accountancy, economics, finance, global marketing management, information systems, real estate valuation and more. It also serves as home to the Brandcenter, a nationally ranked graduate program in advertising.

School of Dentistry Link opens in new window

The dental school offers a Master of Science in Dentistry with concentrations in endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and periodontics.

School of Education Link opens in new window

The School of Education is ranked among the nation’s top 30 graduate programs in education. It offers a wide range of master’s and doctoral degrees, including a Master of Education with concentrations in adult learning, counselor education, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, reading, special education and sport leadership.

School of Engineering Link opens in new window

The School of Engineering offers graduate and doctoral programs. Options include biomedical engineering, computer and information systems security, computer science, and mechanical and nuclear engineering, as well as engineering with various concentration areas.

School of Medicine Link opens in new window

The school offers more than two dozen master’s, doctoral and interdisciplinary programs, which can be pursued in combination with medical degrees.

School of Nursing Link opens in new window

The School of Nursing is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 25 nursing schools based on research funding from the National Institutes of Health. It offers a full range of graduate programs.

Office of Research Link opens in new window

The Office of Research offers master’s and doctoral programs in clinical and translational sciences.

School of Pharmacy Link opens in new window

The school offers a professional Doctor of Pharmacy program and a graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences with concentrations including pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacotherapy or pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes. Residencies and fellowships are available in a wide range of subspecialties at the postdoctoral level.

School of Social Work Link opens in new window

The VCU School of Social Work′s graduate programs are ranked 11th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The school offers a Master of Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work.

VCU Life Sciences Link opens in new window

VCU Life Sciences includes all academic disciplines that touch on biological life. It offers programs including a Master of Science, Master of Bioinformatics, Master of Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. in integral life sciences.