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.
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?
- 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
- Upload your personal statement & resume
- Respond to application prompts for your concentration
Scholarship Application (optional, due by application deadline)
* 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 email@example.com with questions.
Our first deadline is January 15 and the final deadline is March 1. Submit your application materials by these deadlines. We encourage you to submit your application up to a week before the deadline to ensure that all components are submitted to be considered by the given deadline. We will accept applications after March 1 and review on a space-available, rolling-basis until August 1.
Applications received by our January and March deadlines are also eligible for scholarship consideration. Those who apply after March 1 will not be able to apply for Brandcenter scholarships.
Aside from scholarship consideration, decisions are reviewed along the deadline by which they are received. If you apply by January or March, you will receive a decision 6-8 weeks after the deadline. If admitted, you will have the opportunity to engage in meet and greet and other coordinated admitted student activities. Additionally, if you apply for scholarships, you will receive your decision about financial support from Brandcenter with your admissions decision, so you will have a better idea about financial support from Brandcenter when you get your admission decision as well.
Our rolling deadline is primarily for people who may have missed the other two deadlines but would like to be considered for admission. Applications received after March 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with no consideration for Brandcenter scholarships.
If you submit and complete your application by the deadline, you will receive a decision about 6-8 weeks after that application deadline.
You are welcome to submit your application past the deadline, but a decision is not guaranteed to be made on your application by our 6-8 week turnaround. Note that if you complete your application after the early decision deadline and before the regular decision deadline, you will be considered for the regular decision deadline.
Your application is considered complete when you have submitted both the online VCU Graduate School application as well as the Brandcenter application.
You can view Brandcenter application prompts here.
No. You must respond to application prompts in the online Brandcenter supplemental application. Each question will have a specified response type, i.e. enter text, upload an image, etc.
You can, however, include links to additional sites or extra work, if you’d like. Make sure that you provide us with the URL in your online application.
We only require unofficial transcripts for our application review process.* Upon admission to the Brandcenter, you will need to send us your official transcripts with your final coursework and degree listed.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
You will only need to provide these upon admission into the program. For more questions about what financial information is required once you are accepted, view the VCU International Admissions page.
If you are placed on the waiting list, we will notify you via email should a spot in the incoming class become available on a rolling basis after June 1.
Applicants who have studied outside of the U.S. (whether they are international applicants or not) must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation 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.
The evaluation should be unopened and sent directly to the Office of International Admissions at:
Virginia Commonwealth University — International Admissions
408 West Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3043
Contact email@example.com with questions.
No, all application pieces must be submitted through the online application portal. You will receive a link to your Brandcenter Supplemental application via email 3-5 days after you submit your VCU Graduate School application online.
- 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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