Graduate Programs

Master’s Degree – Admission Requirements

The Master of Science degree in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology requires approximately two years to complete.  Students conduct an original laboratory research project, which is written as a thesis and defended in a final oral examination.

Applicants must hold at least a Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent at the time of enrollment with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2. Although there are no absolute course requirements for admission, fundamental knowledge of general and organic chemistry and biology are considered necessary to pursue advanced studies. Upper-level courses in molecular and cellular biology are desirable. Previous research experience or demonstration of a serious interest in a research-oriented career is also desirable.

GRE scores must be current (taken within the past five years), with scores at the 65th percentile or greater preferred. A GRE subject exam is not required.

Individuals for whom English is a second language must have TOEFL of 600 (pBT), 250 (cBT), or 100 (iBT) scores; or 6.5 on the IELTS.

Three letters of recommendation which speak to the scientific competency and experience of the applicant.

Official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate records mailed directly from the college or university registrar.

Personal statement which should include:

  • Long-term career goals to assess reasons behind your application
  • How the MS degree in Anatomy and Neurobiology helps achieve those goals
  • Initial motivating factors for applying
  • Research experience, including dates, places, and duration

Application Process

Domestic Applications are submitted online to Graduate Admissions.

International Applicants should refer to the International Admissions website.

To report your GRE or TOEFL score, use VCU Code 5570.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1st, for admission in the fall semester.

For additional information contact Raymond Colello, D.Phil.

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