What will I learn?

Program goals

  • In teaching, the purpose is to provide high quality education in chemistry and/or physics in preparation for professional careers in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
  • In research, the goals are to advance nanoscience research, to keep faculty on the forefront of the field and to maintain an educational program consistent with the latest technology and development of the discipline.

Student learning outcomes

  • Develop effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate expertise (breadth and depth) in nanoscience
  • Demonstrate appropriate ability to design and conduct experimental research
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze data critically and to design experiments independently
  • Develop competency in the responsible conduct of research

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 72 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,741.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 August 2020, 19 January 2021


College of Humanities and Sciences

828 West Franklin Street,



23284, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School and the College of Humanities and Sciences, students are expected to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with 30 credit hours in chemistry, physics or engineering.

The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based). The university minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5. The PTE is also accepted with a minimum score of 65. Deadlines: Fall - Apr 15; Spring - Oct 15.

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About this uni

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond