Reproductive Clinical Science PhD Admission

Candidates must have completed all master's degree requirements and have been issued a master’s degree prior to matriculating as an EVMS student. If the master's degree was issued by a U.S. college or university, as a general rule it should be from a regionally accredited institution. However, the program may grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Official transcripts from the awarding institution must specify the date upon which the degree was issued. Graduate-level transfer credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Listed below are the requirements for application and admission into the RCS PhD program. If you have any questions or concerns about these requirements, please contact the program.

Applicants must:

  • Have a Master of Science degree in one of the following areas: Clinical Embryology, Biology, Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Reproductive Sciences or Biochemistry. Other Master of Science Degrees may be acceptable; contact the program to inquire.
  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher in the master's degree. 
  • Prerequisites: Have successfully completed a master's in Clinical Embryology and Andrology or in an acceptable master’s with one semester of each of the following:
    • Biochemistry
    • Introductory Biostatistics
    • Molecular Cellular Biology
    • Genetics or Developmental Biology
  • Be an established clinical embryologist/andrologist with at least three years of embryology experience. Submit letters of support from employers indicating level of experience and willingness to allow applicant to perform research projects in their current position.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (submitted by the reference electronically) from individuals who are acquainted with you academically and/or professionally. References from close friends and family members are unacceptable.
  • Submit a personal essay. Complete essay instructions are available inside the online application portal.
  • Submit GRE scores.

International students, or applicants whose native language is not English, must take the TOEFL exam.


Contact RCS

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Associate Program Director Helena Russell by email or by phone (757.446.8482) with questions about the program.


This website reflects current program information, including admissions criteria and curricula. Information is subject to change.