The Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate School is committed to creating an environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusiveness among the University’s graduate programs, graduate faculty, and graduate students.  Master’s and doctoral degree programs at VCU encompass a broad array of disciplines from the arts to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the social sciences.  Graduate students and faculty from diverse cultural backgrounds with different experiences and perspectives working together are better equipped to solve complex regional, national, and global challenges.   Every person within the Graduate School, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, and sexual orientation, must be respected and treated equitably.  Excellence in graduate education is clearly enhanced through a community that is inclusive and welcomes all people.  The highly-rated graduate programs at VCU are strengthened by the unwavering dedication of the graduate faculty and students to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. 

Please visit the Division for Inclusive Excellence for a listing of on-campus, as well as off-campus, organizations and programs that support diversity, equity, and inclusiveness within the University.

The international members of VCU's Graduate School enrich our academic environment with varied experiences, perceptions, and cultures, while also serving to actualize VCU's core value of diversity. From students to faculty and staff, we appreciate the global insight these members have to offer. The Graduate School is committed to ensuring our international community is welcomed here. For more information on services provided for international students and scholars, please visit VCU's Global Education Office. For information on how to apply as an international student, please visit VCU's International Admissions.

Programs and Initiatives

VCU PREP Program - The Virginia Commonwealth University Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (VCU-PREP) prepares underrepresented students for highly competitive doctoral programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.  VCU-PREP Scholars participate in a year-long intensive, positive mentored research experience. For questions, contact the VCU-PREP program director, Dr. Joyce Lloyd at jlloyd@vcu.edu. 

The VCU Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Ph.D. Program(IMSD Ph.D.) provides Ph.D.-level training in the biomedical sciences for individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research. For more information, please contact cohdtraining@vcuhealth.org.

Southern Regional Education Board-State Doctoral Scholars Program provides support services to underrepresented minority students seeking their Ph.D. who plan to become college or university professors.  The Doctoral Scholars Program provides multiple layers of support — not only financial assistance and research funding, but also career counseling, job postings and a scholar directory for networking and recruiting. Mentoring and advocacy for scholars are crucial, and support continues into early careers as graduates become faculty members.

The VCU Graduate School has partnered with the SREB Doctoral Scholars Program to offer the Doctoral Scholars Program Institutional AwardThis award provides support service to underrepresented minority students seeking their Ph.D. and plan to become college or university professors. Preference will be given to STEM disciplines. The Institutional Award is for scholars who are expecting admission before the fall semester begins.  A luncheon is held each year to allow for networking and collaboration by the students in the program.

SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program video