Graduate admissions requirements

General admission requirements for the ADVANCED or CATEGORICAL concentrations in the graduate program are:  

  1. Completion of baccalaureate degree in
    • Clinical laboratory science/medical technology (ADVANCED concentration)
    • Biology, chemistry, or forensic science (CATEGORICAL concentration)
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for at least the last two years of undergraduate course work. 
  3. Satisfactory completion of the GRE.
  4. Interview
  5. Minimum TOEFL of 600 for international students.

General admission requirements for the ACCELERATED concentration in the graduate program are:

  1. Acceptance into the B.S. degree program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  2. Completion of 52.5 hours of CLS professional courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  3. Satisfactory completion of the GRE.
  4. Interview.

Application Process

The electronic portions of the application procedures (including letters of references) must be submitted no later than midnight on June 1 for fall admission.  In addition, all transcripts must be received (not postmarked) in the Office of Admissions on or before June 1 for fall admission.  The spring admission deadline is November 1.   

Following review of admission credentials, some applicants may require an interview with the admissions committee.  If an interview is needed, the department will contact you.  Applicants are notified of committee decisions at the earliest possible date. 

Please submit your application online via VCU graduate admissions.

Additional supporting materials to submit include:

Essential Functions for Admission(PDF)
Personal Statement
Official GRE test scores
Official Transcripts (PDF)
3 References (PDF) from Instructors or Supervisors*

*Applicants applying to the ACCELERATED concentration do not need to submit references.

Additional Information for Students

Student Computer Initiative (SCI)
Student Academic and Disability Support Services
Campus Safety

If you have questions regarding the status of your application, please contact the personnel at the Graduate Admissions Office using the information below:

Office of Admissions
Phone: (804) 828-6916
Fax: (804) 828-1829
Email: vcu-grad@vcu.edu

Direct staff contacts:

Blair W. Brown
Director of graduate and international admissions and recruitment
Phone: (804) 828-6016
Email: bwbrown@vcu.edu

David Koerner
Associate director of graduate and international admissions
Phone: (804) 828-7698
Email: gdkoerner@vcu.edu

Joy Rush
Graduate recruitment coordinator
Phone: (804) 828-7033
Email: jdrush@vcu.edu

Crystal W. Wade
Graduate admissions coordinator
Phone: (804) 828-6916
Email: cdworsha@vcu.edu

Linda J. Clark
Graduate admissions counselor
Phone: (804) 828-6916
Email: ljclark@vcu.edu

Kimberly M. King
Graduate admissions counselor
Phone: (804) 828-6916
Email: kmking@vcu.edu

Robin Knepp
Graduate admissions counselor
Phone: (804) 828-6916
Email: knepprj@vcu.edu

Kevin Bailey
Technology/imaging analyst
Phone: (804) 827-4547
Email: khbailey@vcu.edu