U.Va. Graduate Guide



The academic programs of the School of Architecture encompass the broad range of concerns, disciplines, and sensitivities expressed in Thomas Jefferson's timeless design for the University, his "academical village," which is widely considered to be one of the most significant achievements of American architecture. Four distinct, yet increasingly interrelated, disciplines provide a rich setting for professional education. Architecture and Landscape Architecture seek to integrate the academic and professional aspects of their disciplines in the belief that design skills must be responsive to cultural, historical, and physical context as much as to functional need. Architectural History aims to develop an awareness of the value of the past. Urban and Environmental Planning addresses community sustainability and the balance between environment, economy, and social equity.

Arts & Sciences

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences administers advanced degree programs in approximately 30 disciplines ranging from the fine and performing arts to the physical sciences, as well as several programs jointly with other schools at U.Va. With a total enrollment of nearly 2,000 students (including students from 87 foreign countries) the students of GSAS are some of the best and most creative scholars in the world.

Continuing & Professional Studies

Our degree programs address the needs of adult students looking to return to school to complete a graduate, or post-graduate degree on a part-time basis. Our graduate programs provide professional development opportunities in the areas of engineering, education, physics education, and reading education. Courses in these master’s degree programs can be taken for graduate credit or for non-degree continuing education credit.

Curry Education

The Curry School of Education offers degree programs On- and Off-Grounds. There are more than 20 programs of study offered through the On-Grounds program in Charlottesville. Many areas of study may be pursued on a part-time basis, while others require full-time enrollment.

Darden Business

At Darden, respect and camaraderie are the hallmark of a community that is strong and supportive, including students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and visitors. The numerous organizations, events, and activities at Darden encourage socializing among community members that further strengthens ties. In Darden's classrooms, MBA students have no choice but to be fully engaged in the learning process. The Darden case method, coupled with our Four-Step learning process, demands complete understanding of real-world business situations. Students learn to be decisive under pressure and show up to class prepared to think, decide and act. These are precisely the skills demanded of today's business leaders.

Engineering and Applied Science

The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers an exceptional educational opportunity for qualified students who seek an environment where graduate study is characterized by integrated learning experiences with highly qualified, experienced, and dedicated faculty. Graduate admissions committees are seeking well-rounded individuals who bring exceptional intellectual capabilities along with a passion for their chosen field. The admissions process looks for evidence of competitive academic performance, work and life experiences, and qualities of character such as motivation, maturity, tenacity, integrity, ability to work with others, self-reliance, and leadership. All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity, and community service. A faculty of nationally acclaimed experts in their fields and outstanding teachers lead Virginia’s 1,100 students to appreciate the power of law to shape human behavior and to influence political, social, and cultural life.

McIntire Commerce

The McIntire School of Commerce prepares our graduates to be business leaders and outstanding citizens. Building on our traditional strengths of outstanding teaching and the application of cutting-edge technology, the School’s recent program innovations, new faculty, and tremendous alumni and corporate support position McIntire among the best in business education. This elite status is further enhanced by a renewed commitment to excellence in the creation of new knowledge and exciting solutions that address the challenges facing business.


The University of Virginia School of Medicine has a long history of embracing and furthering the ideals of its founder, Thomas Jefferson. U.Va. was the first to employ a full-time professor of medicine in the United States, and has long been an innovator in medical education. As the teaching of future physicians continues to evolve, U.Va. is breaking new ground in education, patient care, and research.


For more than one hundred years, the University of Virginia School of Nursing has been at the forefront of nursing education, service, and research. Our past may lie in Mr. Jefferson’s still vigorous “Academical Village,” but our eyes are on the future, and our present is dedicated to educating world-class nurses and to improving patient care through robust nursing research and evidence-based practice. The School of Nursing is a national leader in rural health care research and programs, and is home to one of only two dedicated nursing history centers in the United States. Other research strengths include complementary and alternative therapies, and emerging strengths in geriatrics and oncology.