Virginia Commonwealth University

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Virginia Commonwealth University
Type Public
Established 1838 (1838)
President Michael Rao
Provost Gail Hackett
Rector William M. Ginther
Location Richmond, Virginia, United States
Campus Urban
Colors Black and gold
Nickname Rams

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in Richmond, Virginia, United States. The university is organized into 13 schools and one college offering 62 bachelor’s, 72 master’s, 41 doctoral, 47 post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificate, and three first-professional degree programs.[1] VCU is classified as a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.[2] The university enrolled more than 31,000 students, and it ranked 164 among all national universities and 87 among "Top Public Schools" according to U.S. News & World Report's 2016 rankings.[3]

Informatics programs


The following bioinformatics-related options exist for potential students:

B.S. in Bioinformatics (with three concentrations)
120 credit hours; available in biological/genomic, computational, and quantitative/statistical tracks
Available online? No
Program URL:

Accelerated B.S. to M.S in Bioinformatics
132 credit hours (?); "...permits selected students majoring in bioinformatics to earn the bachelor of science and master’s degrees in a minimum of five years by taking certain graduate level courses during the senior year of their undergraduate program."
Available online? No
Program URL:

M.S. in Bioinformatics
34 credit hours; available with both a thesis and non-thesis option, with non-thesis version leading to professional science master's.
Available online? No
Program URL:

Ph.D. in Integrative Life Sciences, Bioinformatics and Genomics Concentration
See the degree requirements for more information.
Available online? No
Program URL:

Additional external links


  1. "Facts and Rankings". Virginia Commonwealth University. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  2. "Standard Listings". Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Indiana University. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  3. "Virginia Commonwealth University". U.S. News & World Report - Best Colleges. U.S. News & World Report LLP. Retrieved 14 December 2016.