Virginia Commonwealth University - Master's Degree

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), with two main campuses in Richmond, Virginia, offers more than 200 degree programs (62 undergraduate programs, 72 postgraduate programs, 41 doctoral degree programs, 3 first-professional degree programs, and 47 post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificate programs) through it 13 schools and one college.

  • Average Tuition USD 49,238

School Description

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) can trace its roots back to 1838 when the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College opened in Richmond. In 1884 Hampden-Sydney College received a charter establishing the Medical College of Virginia (MCV). In 1893, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, later the University College of Medicine (UCM) was established. In the years that followed, MCV established a School of Dentistry and a School of Pharmacy; and a few years later MCV and UCM merged. The School saw further developments and expansions over the years, such as the establishment of Richmond School of Social Economy; St. Philip School of Nursing; School of Art; the MCV Hospital; and the School of Medical Technology among others. In 1968 RPI and MCV merge to become Virginia Commonwealth University.

Today VCU has over 31,000 students from 108 countries; over 2200 full time faculty members studying and teaching at its 13 schools of Allied Health Professions, Arts, Business, da Vinci Center, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Government & Public Affairs, Graduate School, Honors College, Humanities & Sciences, Life Sciences, Media & Culture, Medicine, Nursing, Office of Research and Innovation, Pharmacy, Social Work, University College, and World Studies.

Master Programs

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    Biology

    USD 26,819 Tuition Fee

    A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

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    Chemistry

    USD 26,819 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

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    English

    USD 26,819 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the structure and use of the English language and dialects, speech, writing, and various aspects of the literatures and cultures of the English-speaking peoples.

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    Forensic Science

    USD 26,819 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the application of the physical, biomedical, and social sciences to the analysis and evaluation of physical evidence, human testimony and criminal suspects. Includes instruction in forensic medicine, forensic dentistry, anthropology, psychology, entomology, pathology, forensic laboratory technology and autopsy procedures, DNA and blood pattern analysis, crime scene analysis, crime scene photography, fingerprint technology, document analysis, witness and suspect examination procedures, applicable law and regulations, and professional standards and ethics.

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    History

    USD 26,819 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the study and interpretation of past events, institutions, issues, and cultures.

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    Mathematics and applied mathematics

    USD 26,819 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the application of mathematics and statistics to the solution of functional problems in fields such as engineering and the applied sciences. Includes instruction in natural phenomena modeling continuum mechanics, reaction-diffusion, wave propagation, dynamic systems, numerical analysis, controlled theory, asymptotic methods, variation, optimization theory, inverse problems, and applications to specific scientific and industrial topics.

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    Nursing

    USD 26,819 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

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    Philosophy

    USD 26,819 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

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    Physics

    USD 26,819 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of matter and energy, and the formulation and testing of the laws governing the behavior of the matter-energy continuum. Includes instruction in classical and modern physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, mechanics, wave properties, nuclear processes, relativity and quantum theory, quantitative methods, and laboratory methods.

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    Psychology

    USD 26,819 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of the behavior of individuals, independently or collectively, and the physical and environmental bases of mental, emotional, and neurological activity.

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    Sociology

    USD 26,819 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. Includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.

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    Statistical Sciences and Operational Research

    USD 26,819 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the systematic study of logical symbolic language and its applications.

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Rankings

  • US News (National)
    US News (National) 171
  • SchoolApply Ranking
    SchoolApply Ranking 377
  • Forbes (USA)
    Forbes (USA) 430
  • QS Rankings (Global)
    QS Rankings (Global) 699
  • ARWU - Shanghai Ranking
    ARWU - Shanghai Ranking 201

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 80
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50

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    Established in 1838

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    Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has had many firsts; VCU founded the first school of social work in the south; VCU’s health physicians performed the first organ transplants in Virginia; VCU was the first American university to operate a campus in Qatar; and VCU built the first Platinum-level LEED structure in Virginia.

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          • Testimony
            2009-2013, BS

            I graduated from VCU in May of 2013 with a B.S. in Anthropology. I cannot imagine having gone to any other school. Like others have said, the diversity at VCU is endless, in all aspects--students, professors, courses, culture, etc. You are bound not only to meet someone who shares similar interests as you, but also to discover new ideas and ways of thinking as you inevitably interact with people of all kinds. One of the most fun parts of being a VCU student is supporting the men's basketball team; attending a home game is an experience like no other--it's exhilarating and the energy among the fans is unreal. That's another cool thing about VCU's diversity: as different as we all are, we are so strongly united in our fandom. It's a great feeling. While attending VCU, the city of Richmond became my home. Having come from the suburbs of northern Virginia, I was not used to city life at all. Richmond is full of history, old buildings, statues, museums. There are tons of different cuisines to try (more diversity!) as well as several favored local restaurants (ex: The Village Café, Black Sheep).

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            1982-1986, Bachelor of Arts

            An education at VCU puts you in the center of urban living in a city voted to be the "best river town in America." Experience #HAVOC at a university with a leading medical center, top arts school and graduate programs recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the country — that includes No. 1 rankings for nurse anesthesia, sculpture and the Brandcenter.

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            1963-1967, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

            VCU School of Nursing gave me the skills and knowledge I have needed to problem solve, think on my feet, multitask, and manage crises--all skills I have used daily in business. The educational dialogue and focus on life long research based learning has proven to be invaluable. VCU School of Nursing was my only choice and was a GREAT CHOICE for me.