Guaranteed Admission Program
VCU’s graduate and professional programs seek to attract students of the highest caliber. It is our priority to prepare you, through research and instruction, to meet the needs of society — locally, nationally and globally — as highly trained men and women in a variety of fields, including health care, education, business and the humanities.
Students interested in pursuing guaranteed admission in a graduate or professional program should contact the director of student services in spring of their junior year for further information about the application process. For a complete listing of graduate programs with a guaranteed admission option, please see the VCU Bulletin (catalog).
The graduate programs in the School of Business follow a long tradition of meeting the needs of an urban community and a diverse student body through the use of real-world problem-solving techniques applied to the classroom’s learning environment. Included in this program are a summer semester abroad and a paid summer internship.
The Honors College offers a Guaranteed Admission Program for the School of Business master’s degree programs, including accounting, economics, business administration, business and taxation. The master's degrees are valid terminal degrees for careers in management and administration or may be used to satisfy a substantial portion of the requirements for the doctoral program offered at VCU.
Honors students entering with AP credits may enroll in an accelerated program and earn both the bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years. Continuing honors students may apply for the graduate programs, usually during your sophomore year.
The Honors College, in conjunction with the School of Education, strives to develop teachers with outstanding scholarship and sound professional competency. The Extended Teacher Preparation Program provides a quality professional education that develops and defines teachers’ competencies in light of continual social change. In the program, students earn a bachelor’s degree in the College of Humanities and Sciences and a master’s degree in the School of Education, as well as satisfy the certification requirements of Virginia with reciprocity in other states.
Students accepted to The Honors College who are planning careers as elementary or secondary education teachers may apply for the Guaranteed Admission Program for the graduate phase of the Extended Teacher Preparation Program. The Honors College also offers Guaranteed Admission Programs for the Master of Education in adult learning, counselor education and special education, and the Master of Science in the Health and Movement Sciences.
Humanities and Sciences
The College of Humanities and Sciences carries the central responsibility for instruction and research in the basic components of all education — the humanities, sciences and social sciences.
Honors students may be admitted to a Guaranteed Admission Program for a number of programs in the college. Included are:
- Criminal justice (M.S.)
- History (M.A.)
- Mathematical sciences (M.S.)
- Physics (M.S.)
- Political science (Accelerated B.A. and M.P.A.)
- Psychology (Ph.D.)
- Public administration (M.P.A.)
- Sociology (M.S.)
- Urban and regional planning (M.U.R.P.)
Medicine: Basic Health Sciences
Basic health sciences are those sciences associated historically with the study of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and related health fields. The School of Medicine provides instruction for students in the other schools on the MCV Campus and maintains internationally recognized research programs.
Honors students interested in academic or research careers in the following programs are invited to apply for the Guaranteed Admission Program for the graduate studies in Medicine typically during your junior year at VCU.
- Anatomy and neurobiology (M.S., Ph.D.)
- Biochemistry (M.S., Ph.D.)
- Biomedical engineering (M.S., Ph.D.)
- Biostatistics (M.S., Ph.D.)
- Human genetics (M.S., Ph.D.)
- Microbiology and immunology (M.S., Ph.D.)
- Pharmacology and toxicology (M.S., Ph.D.)
- Physiology (M.S., Ph.D.)
- Public health (M.P.H.)
Programs in the medical school lead to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Honors students who are in the Guaranteed Admission Program (Medicine) may apply for the Guaranteed Admission Program for the combined M.D./Ph.D. programs.