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Our fall 2019 application is now available!

Application Deadlines:

Feb. 1st, 2019 (early decision)

April 1st, 2019 (regular deadline)

Questions about the admissions process? Contact Isabelle Mouton, Program Administrator, at or 804-827-8869.


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Isabelle Mouton
Program Administrator

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?

After you request an application, you'll receive an email that includes:

  • Step-by-step instructions on how to apply
  • General program requirements
  • Track-specific requirements

Only apply to ONE of the five tracks: art direction, copywriting, creative brand management, experience design or strategy. Check out details about each one 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." Contact International Admissions with any 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.

Student demographics

  • 56 percent out-of-state
  • 25 percent minority
  • Average age: 26

Some of our students are married. Some have kids. About 73% have at least one year of post-college work experience — anything from working at a college bookstore to several years of agency experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

2019 Application release
Information Sessions
Working while attending
Who Can Apply?
Prior work experience

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