EVMS is excited to introduce a tuition waiver program to help faculty and staff further their professional development and educational endeavors. The program will support faculty and staff enrollment in several of the School of Health Professions educational programs (both graduate degree and graduate certificate programs).

The tuition waiver program embraces the values expressed in the EVMS mission and diversity statement about creating and fostering a diverse and cohesive faculty, professional staff and student body as the surest way to achieve our mission.

Enrollment will be on a space-available basis as determined by the Vice President and Dean of the School of Health Professions and will be subject to an application and acceptance process. 


Requirements for admission include:

  • A written description of how enrollment in the graduate program will support your professional development, goals and the missions of your department as well as the institution (maximum of three pages)
  • A letter of support from your department chair or administrative supervisor
  • Fulfillment of the admission requirements for the desired program
  • Determination that space is available

Applicants should note that the tuition waiver will result in taxable income to participants equal to the value of the waived tuition. Further, participants must agree to remain employed with EVMS during their time in the program and for additional time equal to the length of their enrollment in the program. Participants will have to sign an agreement to repay the waived tuition if they leave EVMS employment prior to completing a year-for-year payback based on continued employment at EVMS. 

A completed application must include:

  • Written description of professional goals and the relationship to enrollment in the graduate education program
  • Applicant’s updated curriculum vitae or resume
  • Letter of support from the department chair/administrative supervisor
    • This letter should indicate support for enrollment in the graduate program and a discussion of how it will enhance the applicant’s career and the department/institution. 
  • Cover sheet checklist

The deadline for submission of applications is the close of business on Friday, June 29, 2018. Final decisions will be made by Friday, July 20, 2018. Please submit your application electronically to polT@evms.edu (PDF electronic submissions are preferred). Admission information should be submitted to EVMS Admissions and Enrollment


The tuition waiver program includes graduate certificate programs, which usually involve four graduate courses in the subject area and result in the awarding of a graduate certificate. The waiver program also includes four master’s programs, which typically require two years of study, and two doctoral programs, which typically require three to four years of study.

The following programs will be included:

Graduate Certificate Programs

Master's Programs

Doctoral Programs

These programs and certificates will be included subject to approval by the Board of Visitors.

The criteria include an assessment by the applicant and his/her department chair/supervisor concerning how the educational program will support both the applicant’s professional development and the goals of the department and institution. 

Yes, applicants need to fulfill all the requirements for admission to the certificate or degree program. Admissions information should be submitted to EVMS Admissions and Enrollment

An assessment committee composed of the Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, the Assistant Vice President of Finance, the Director of Human Resources and the Vice President and Dean of the School of Health Professions will review applications and select participants.

Faculty and staff who are selected will have to sign a professional development agreement obligating them to continue EVMS employment for a period equal to the length of their program (for example, a two-year program will result in a two-year obligation). If an applicant does not complete a program, they will be obligated to maintain employment at EVMS for a period equal to the time they were enrolled in the program. If a faculty or staff member leaves before they have fulfilled the employment obligation, they will be required to reimburse EVMS for the entire amount of tuition that was waived.

No. A department chair/supervisor may provide a limited amount of study time within the regular workweek, but there is no obligation from EVMS to provide such study time. Completing the study requirements for a graduate certificate or degree program is an individual responsibility understood to be outside of regular work time.