VCU School of Medicine Molecular Biology and Genetics Program

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VCU Molecular Biology and Genetics

Admission Deadline
Priority consideration for fall admissions will be given to applications received by January 17 for the PhD program.

Admission Criteria
Applicants must have earned or expect a baccalaureate or equivalent degree, and must have demonstrated a superior knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Laboratory experience is also strongly recommended. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required, as are letters of recommendation and a letter summarizing the applicant's goals. For combined degree students, the Medical College Admission Test or Dental Aptitude Test is accepted in lieu of the GRE. Foreign applicants who do not use English as their native language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.

GRE and TOEFL test scores are submitted directly by the testing service.   The institutional code is 5570.


PhD applicants should apply through the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal

Domestic Applications should be submitted through the VCU Graduate School. International students are directed to the VCU Office of Global Education.  Please indicate "Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal - School of Medicine - PHD" as your program on the application and "Fall semester" as your term of entry.

MS applicants should indicate MBG on their application forms.

The completed application or supplemental materials, including application fee, personal statement, and sealed copies of letters of recommendation and transcripts, should be submitted to the appropriate office.

For domestic applicants:

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Graduate Studies
Moseley House
1001 Grove Ave.
Box 843051
Richmond, VA 23284-3051

For international applicants:

Virginia Commonwealth University GEO International Admissions
817 West Franklin Street
Box 843043
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3043, U.S.A.

Financial Support
Qualified applicants to the Ph.D. program are awarded financial aid in the form of graduate fellowships or assistantships, which provide a competitive stipend. Tuition and fees are typically covered for students receiving financial support. The current minimum stipend is $23,100, plus tuition, fees, and VCU student health insurance. Stipend support is available to PhD students; MS students are responsible for their own expenses.  For more information on financial aid, refer to the university’s Office of Financial Aid.