To supplement other evidence of preparation for graduate work, most graduate programs at VCU consider the scores from current standardized tests commonly used and deemed appropriate for a given discipline. Applicants should refer to the individual program screens of this Web site for a specific test requirements. Applicants are encouraged to visit individual department and program Web sites and to contact the school/department sponsoring the intended program of study at the telephone numbers and/or e-mail addresses listed for additional information about specific test score requirements.
Schools or programs reserve the right to accept standardized test scores older than five years, as long as official test scores are available from the testing service. Any exceptions to the general requirement proposed by schools or programs must be approved by the University Graduate Council.
Individual exceptions to this requirement may be considered: (a) for students with previous graduate degrees, (b) for students with demonstrated competency (achievement of a grade “B” or above) in course work at the graduate level, preferably in the context of an advanced-degree program and (c) for students entering graduate study through the Guaranteed Admission Programs of the University Honors Program. Any student considered for waiver of standardized testing requirements must meet all other requirements for full admission to the program to which he or she is applying.
Common examinations used at VCU are the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). These examinations will not replace other records of achievement as a basis for admission to the Graduate School, but will offer additional evidence concerning the qualifications of students wishing to undertake graduate work.