How to Apply

The admission requirements outlined below will apply to all students. All applicants to the graduate certificate programs are required to meet the admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School. Applicants will be required to submit the following materials to the Graduate School Admissions Office:

· Application form and application fee - click here to apply
· A letter of recommendation, professional and/or academic (the graduate school requires three letters of reference so you may enter mock email addresses for references 2 and 3 in the application)
· Unofficial undergraduate transcripts from all schools attended. Official transcripts are required if accepted into the program.
· A statement of intent (no more than 500 words) that describes your rationale for pursuing certificate training and any tentative career plans.  Please also include other pertinent information that will help us evaluate you as a prospective student including information on circumstances that may have hindered your progress or development
· CV or resume (optional)

All applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree in an area related to genetics, biology, or psychology

A maximum of 3 equivalent, graduate-level transfer credit hours at the 500-level or higher may count toward the certificate. The transfer credits are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine course equivalency. Credits from a degree already awarded cannot be applied toward the certificate.

International students will submit an official transcript evaluation from a recognized foreign educational credentials evaluation service accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES) or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). International students must also provide proof that they can support themselves financially for the duration of the program.

Non-native English speakers will provide evidence of proficiency in English by one of the following:

· A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum composite score of 100 for the Internet Based Test (IBT) or 600 for the paper-based score

· An International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) score minimum of 6.5 on the academic exam

· A passing score on the VCU English Language Program Compression test

After completing the online application, documents such as official transcripts or resumes that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to the following address:

Virginia Commonwealth University
Office of Admissions
Box 843051
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3051

Please contact Heather Creswick, the Director for the Certificate Program in Clinical Genetics, if you have any questions.