Graduate Programs

Ph.D. Degree – Admissions Information

All students applying for admission to doctoral training at VCU enter via the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal.

On the application form, select "Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal-School of Medicine-PhD". The Portal provides maximum flexibility for students who have not decided on a specific area of research. However, students who wish to specialize in Neuroscience initially, will follow a curriculum designed for the Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience.

Domestic Applications may be submitted to the VCU Graduate School at any time, but before January 17 for full consideration for financial support for the Ph.D.

International students are directed to the VCU Office of International Education.


  1. Admission to the Neuroscience Graduate Program requires a bachelor’s degree, the curriculum of which included courses in biology, general chemistry and organic chemistry.
  2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or better.
  3. Combined GRE score (Verbal and Quantitative) of 1200. A GRE subject exam is not required.
  4. Three letters of recommendation submitted on VCU Graduate School forms: Graduate School Reference Form
  5. International students must have TOEFL score of 100 or higher (CBT).
  6. Official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate records mailed from the college or university registrar. Transcript request form: Graduate School Transcript Request

For additional information contact John Bigbee, Ph.D.

The deadline for applying to the Ph.D. Program is February 1st, for admission in the fall semester. All applications must be submitted on line at the VCU Graduate School Admissions Page.

Financial aid

All successful applicants receive teaching/research assistantships or fellowships and a supplement to assist in covering the cost of health insurance. The cost of tuition and fees are included in the financial support.

For more information visit the VCU Graduate School.

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