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Graduate Programs


"VCU's Department of Pharmaceutics specializes in the science and technology associated with innovations in drug delivery."

The Department of Pharmaceutics in the School of Pharmacy offers graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In addition, students may elect to pursue a joint Pharm.D. / Ph.D. program. These programs provide the preparation and research experience for academic, federal and industrial careers.

Students in the Department are required to participate in a common core of entry-level graduate courses, including statistics, biopharmaceutics, drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, physical pharmacy, pharmaceutical analysis and seminars in drug development. Building upon this core, graduate students then specialize, through advanced coursework and research, in an area of concentration within the Department. Since the graduate program was launched more than 30 years ago the Pharmaceutics department has built a nationally ranked program in drug development, with its greatest strengths in bioanalysis, pharmacokinetics / pharmacodynamics, aerosol drug delivery and nanomedicine.