The application deadline is January 15 of each year for fall entry. If January 15 is a weekend, the applications are due the following Monday. All materials must be received by this date for full consideration.


Students applying to the MAE program must meet the following criteria:

  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7 (3.0 preferred)
  • 36 undergraduate credit hours of art and art history coursework
  • An undergraduate degree in art education, studio art, art history, or a related field

VCU only accepts online graduate applications. There are two parts to the Graduate application process: You will first apply to VCU’s Graduate School. On the last page of the University Graduate School application you will be directed to the VCUarts Additional Requirements page.  Under section 2, select Art Education – MAE to view departmental application requirements.

To apply, visit the following link to the School of the Arts website:

To view information about pursuing a second BFA degree, click here.

Prospective Graduate Students from Outside the U.S.

Prospective students who have studied outside of the United States must provide an external credential evaluation from a NACES-accredited company as part of the admissions process. This report should be sealed, unopened, and sent directly to the International Admissions department (see address below). All official transcripts and relevant credentials (e.g., diplomas) will be required if admitted. Common examples of accepted evaluations include AACRAO, WES, and ECE.

Prospective transfer students also should submit any college transcripts, and if any prior study was outside of the U.S., a NACES-accredited external course by course evaluation must be submitted for any foreign credentials. The report should be sealed and unopened, and submitted directly to the International Admissions Department. If admitted, all official transcripts and relevant documents (e.g., diplomas) would be required.

Transfer students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities

If you are transferring from a university-level institution within the U.S., you must submit your secondary school records as well as university transcripts. Admission will be based on your U.S. records only if you have completed more than one year of full-time study.

Transfer students from within the U.S. must be in good academic standing and eligible to return to the last college or university attended. You must submit the International Student Adviser Transfer form and comply with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations.

Your U.S. school’s foreign student adviser should complete the I-20 transfer form and send it to international admissions.

International Admissions
Virginia Commonwealth University
Division of Strategic Enrollment Management
Office of Admissions
Blair House
408 West Franklin Street
P.O. Box 853012
Richmond, VA 23284-3012

International students must also meet the requirements set forth by VCU’s Global Education Office.


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