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It's not too late to apply for Fall 2022!

Fall 2022 application deadline

June 15, 2022

Rolling: Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Applications submitted between June 16, 2022 - August 1, 2022 will be reviewed without scholarship consideration. 

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brandcenter@vcu.edu
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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)
All applicants are eligible to apply for scholarships, through June 15, 2022. The scholarship 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 VCU Graduate School application and Brandcenter application, international applicants must submit additional documentation to the Office of Admissions. 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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