FAQ

Yes. Although our program does not hold a separate accreditation, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the University, including the PhD programs offered.  

Yes. You are required to attend 2 two-week sessions per year (Fall and Spring). Fall sessions begin in late June and Spring sessions begin in early January.  

No. On-campus housing is not available for our distance learning students.  However, we will provide you with a list of local and extended stay hotels in the area.  

“Yes. A list of textbooks will be provided prior to the start of each semester.”

To inquire about financial aid, contact Virginia Commonwealth University's Financial Aid Office. To be considered for available scholarships, you must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file in the Financial Aid Office.  

We encourage students to pursue the program full-time due to the structure and sequence of courses. If you find that you need to attend part-time, you should contact the PhD Program Director and Program Coordinator as soon as possible.  

Once you have completed all of your course work and comprehensive examinations, you are then in the degree candidacy phase of the program. At that point you may conduct your dissertation research from home. We do require that you stay in close contact with your dissertation committee members throughout this phase. We also require that you return to campus once per year until the dissertation proposal is defended. Guidelines for your dissertation may be found in the PhD in Health Related Sciences Program Handbook you will receive when you are accepted into the program.