This information about our costs is to help students make an informed decision when considering the financial investment of the Doctoral Program in Health Related Sciences.

VCU Enrollment Services provides a Tuition and Fees Calculator for university tuition and standard fees.

In addition to the university tuition and standard fees, the PhD in Health Related Sciences Program has an additional program and technology fee that is charged to all students in the program to cover program costs. Full-time program majors are charged $1,750 per semester. Part-time program majors and non-majors taking courses in the program are charged $200 per credit hour.

A modest amount of financial aid is available through the program, including a limited number of first-year, tuition-only fellowships. Fellowships and scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and are determined based on financial need, academic achievement, and scholarly promise.

To learn more about funding options and how to be considered for our fellowships and scholarships, please contact Laurie Cathers ( in the Doctoral Program in Health Related Sciences office. You may also visit the VCU Graduate School Funding Opportunities webpage for more information.

Students admitted to the PhD in Health Related Sciences program must have a personal computer manufactured within the last two years, and access to a high-speed Internet connection. 

The cost of textbooks, readers, and software varies by semester and averages approximately $400/semester.

The average cost of nightly lodging for a single room in the downtown Richmond varies. It is recommended that students consider one of the extended stay facilities in the area, as most provide in-room cooking options and internet access.