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We admit students into our program once a year for the fall. The Fall 2022 application will open in October.

Fall 2022 application deadlines

January 15, 2022

March 1, 2022

Rolling: Applications received after March 1 will be reviewed on a space-available basis until August 1. 

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Brandcenter Admissions
brandcenter@vcu.edu
804-828-8384

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The Brandcenter application, much like our program, is rigorous. We hope that if you do embark on our application, you will learn a lot—not only about yourself, but also where you see your future.

How do I apply?

Steps to complete your application to Brandcenter:
 
Start your Admissions Application : click the below button to start your application
 

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VCU Graduate School Application (due 2-3 business days before deadline)
  • Search for "Branding" and add the concentration you intend to apply for (you may only apply into one concentration)
  • List email addresses for two (2) professional or academic references and one (1) personal reference (someone who's worked with you in a group). They'll be sent an email to submit their reference.
  • Submit transcripts for all schools attended *
  • Pay $70 application fee
Brandcenter Application - see prompts here
  • Upload your personal statement & resume
  • Respond to application prompts for your concentration

Scholarship Application (optional, due by application deadline)
Applicants applying by January 15 or March 1 will be able to apply for Brandcenter scholarships. Application will be available once your Graduate School application is completed and received.  While not required, we strongly recommend that you submit an application, as you will not be considered for scholarships without this application.
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Admissions Interview
Some applicants may be asked to schedule a virtual Admissions Interview after submitting their Brandcenter Application. You will be notified via email if you are selected for an interview.
 

* Please note: Any applicants who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation in addition to their transcripts as a required part of the admission process. Please visit International Admissions and click on "foreign transcripts" for more information and a list of evaluators. Contact vcuia@vcu.edu with questions.

International admissions

In addition to the Brandcenter application, international applicants must submit the VCU Office of Admissions international graduate student application. Visit International admissions for full requirements and contact vcuia@vcu.edu with questions.

Requirements and test scores

International applicants must hold the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree or, if you have a degree from a three-year program, be eligible for graduate education in your country of citizenship.

As a communications program, we require these minimum scores on the following tests:

  • TOEFL: 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test or 100 on the internet-based test
  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum score.

*Please note: Any applicants who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation in addition to their transcripts as a required part of the admission process. Please visit International admissions and click on "foreign transcripts" for more information and a list of evaluators. Contact vcuia@vcu.edu with questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Student demographics

  • 53 percent out-of-state
  • 37 percent racial/ethnic diversity
  • Average age: 25

Some of our students are married. Some have kids. About 69% have post-college work experience—anything from working at a college bookstore to several years of agency experience to completely different careers outside of advertising and branding.

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