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DEADLINES AND DECISIONS

We are no longer taking applications for fall 2019. Feel free to request the Fall 2019 application to get an idea of our application questions. The application for fall 2020 will be available for request in November.

Fall 2019 Application Deadlines:

Feb. 1st, 2019 (early decision)

April 1st, 2019 (regular deadline)

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

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Isabelle Mouton
Program Administrator
moutonia@vcu.edu
804-827-8869

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

*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.

Applicants may 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." 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.

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

When are your deadlines?
Is it better to apply for the early decision deadline or the regular deadline?
When will I get my decision?
When is my application considered complete?
How and when do I schedule my personal interview?
Is an in-person interview better than other types of interviews?
Can I submit my application as a website?
Do you need my official transcripts?
What if I studied outside the U.S.?
I’m an international student. When do I need to submit my financial documents?
What happens if I get waitlisted?

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