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We are no longer taking applications for fall 2019. The fall 2020 application will be released in November.

Fall 2020 application deadlines:

Feb. 1st, 2020 (early decision)

April 1st, 2020 (regular decision)

Questions about the admissions process? Contact us at or 804-828-8384.


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Each year we carefully select and admit 100 talented students. Our 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?

For more information about our program and how to apply to the Brandcenter, fill out our information request form. When the application for fall 2020 is open on November 1, you'll receive an email that includes step-by-step instructions for completing the components required for applying to the VCU Brandcenter:

  • VCU graduate school application
    • $70 application fee
    • Statement of intent
    • 3 recommenders (you will enter their email address)
    • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • VCU Brandcenter supplemental application (application prompts per specific concentration area)
    • Fall 2020 prompts will be updated soon- submit an information request to be notified when these are available

Check out details about each of our five areas of concentration (Art Direction, Copywriting, Creative Brand Management, Experience Design and Strategy) on our program page. You can also attend one of our information sessions held throughout the school year.

International admissions

In addition to the Brandcenter application, international applicants must submit the VCU Office of Admissions international graduate student application. In the personal statement field, enter "Please see Brandcenter application." Visit International admissions for full requirements and contact 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 with questions.

Student demographics

  • 46 percent out-of-state
  • 39 percent minority
  • Average age: 25

Some of our students are married. Some have kids. About 76% have at least one year of 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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