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Frequently Asked Questions About Admissions

  • How do I apply for financial aid?

    We only offer financial support to the accepted Ph.D. students. The student does not need to apply for financial support. Once an applicant is considered to be accepted into our Ph.D. program, he/she will be automatically considered for financial support.

  • What documentation is required for application?

    • A doctor of pharmacy or a bachelor's degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, pre-medicine, engineering or a related science from an accredited college or university
    • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement
    • Satisfactory scores on the GRE
    • Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL (if applicable)

  • Do you have set minimum requirements for GPA, GRE or TOEFL scores?

    The Graduate School has a preferred performance level of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. We normally do not consider any applicant with a cumulative GPA lower than 3.2.
    A TOEFL score of 250/300 (web-based), 600/660 (paper-based) or 100/120 (IBT) is necessary for obtaining admission for international students whose native language is not English. Generally, successful applicants to our program have TOEFL scores well above this standard.
    Our graduate program does not have minimum requirements for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

  • What criteria does the Department of Medicinal Chemistry consider for selection?

    The factors that the faculty consider in deciding whether a students should be admitted into our program include the quality of the student's academic performance, the quality and reputation of the institution at which the applicant has carried out his/her previous academic work, the applicant's GRE and TOEFL scores, the comments from the applicant's recommenders, the nature and quality of an applicant's research experience, and the applicant's desire and commitment to graduate studies as relayed in his/her personal statement.

  • Does your department require specific prerequisite coursework?

    Coursework in organic chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry are prerequisites for the courses required in our graduate program. In some instances, applicants who have not had either physical chemistry or biochemistry at the undergraduate level may be allowed to enroll in Medicinal Chemistry and make up such a deficiency during their first year in the program.

  • Will I be notified when my application materials have arrived to the Medicinal Chemistry department?

    The Medicinal Chemistry Department does not send acknowledgments upon receipt of applications. We will notify you if you are missing one or two of your application materials, such as one of your letters of recommendation or copy of your GRE and TOEFL scores, etc. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the arrival of all necessary documents to their correct recipients. It may takes several weeks to process an application once the Graduate School and the Department of Medicinal Chemistry have received all of their required materials.

  • How will I be notified of my admission status?

    Once a decision has been made by the Admissions Committee of the department, the department and the Graduate School will send out letters notifying the applicant of his/her enrollment status. This initial letter will not include any information about the applicant's financial aid status. Financial aid packages are awarded though the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, and applicants are notified of their award status in a second letter sent by the department/School of Pharmacy.