Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(4.03 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 126 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, + 5 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 30,918 (23,741 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 28% part-time, 72% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $12,779 in-state; $24,627 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: educated faculty willing to provide help and valuable adivce. Cons: sometimes not challenging enough
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015

I am a teacher so I love how the program is in the summer so doesn't interfer with the public school system year.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2014

The pros are: the school is centrally located downtown. The program I was enrolled is very unique and well respected. The cons is that you have to dedicate alot of time to do clinical hours working in the hospital.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019

Great diversity and wonderful faculty. Transportation and health services could be greatly improved
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

Overall the Psychology graduate programs at VCU are very competitive, offer a great education, and have allowed me really great networking opportunities. My biggest gripe is the lack of technology afforded to grad students- we have a very small grad student computer lab and sometimes printing is difficult to come by. I've always been offered a GTA or assistantship and everyone I've known has been able to get funding up until they graduated.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

The cons are mostly the area. It's not the safest place to be, as any crime report can tell you. But there are also a lot of great places to see and eat in the area. Most of the students can throw out a huge list of excellent places to eat with all different types of food. The program itself is excellent. The mentors care and actively work to make you better and get you the experiences you need. The program is rigorous, but it prepares you well and focuses on education that truly prepares you for your field. I absolutely love this program.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

There are several things that could be improved. Specifically, for those of us in the clinical program, we have to take practicum hours in the summer, but we are not on a 12-month assistantship, so we end up paying out of pocket. This should be changed. Clinical students should not have to pay for this since hours are such a worry, working in the clinic is basically mandatory. Second, the fact that health insurance is mandated by the gov't now, but somehow VCU gets away with NOT paying for their full-time grad student's health coverage, this is not cool. We are not allowed to hold other jobs, so we should a least be provided with partial coverage for health insurance. And third, I think making self-care and self-inquiry a part of the process in training to become a clinician should be take more seriously at this program. If we are to be therapists, we need to be taught the skills to handle stress, others suffering, interpersonal difficulties, and taught the value of self-inquiry. How can we help others if we know not how to help ourselves?
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2019

The goodness is that the professors are really helpful and the senior students are always willing to come in and help. Discussions in class are very rich in content and the professors respond quickly should a student decide to raise an issue via email. I relate with all my professors very well particularly because they all have demystified their position. The advantage with this is that I can express myself freely when I am with them and this makes my learning easier and better. The problem is that as a department we are young. The department is less than 5 years old. So it is a learning process for both students and professors but things can only get better especially that the professors are willing to get feedback from us so that they can improve the program.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2016

The program prepares students for the theoretical and empirical aspects of health policy. The seminars are a great opportunity to hear the "latest" and interesting research in the field. The program has a heavy course load requirements
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

This is a very comprehensive grad program that encompass theoretical and practical aspect of the discipline. Something that can be improved though is the possibility of trans-disciplinary work and student initiative support, this is a bit lacking.
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