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Prospective Graduate Students


The graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences, administered by the VCU School of Pharmacy Office of Research and Graduate Studies, is located on the university’s Medical College of Virginia Campus. Among its points of pride: 

  • Virginia's oldest school of pharmacy, founded in 1898
  • Offers the only Ph.D. curriculum in pharmaceutical sciences in Virginia
  • Internationally recognized faculty in pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacy administration and pharmacotherapy 



  • Original research articles in top peer-reviewed journals
  • Hypothesis driven research using state-of-the-art research equipment
  • Excellent career placement 
  • Exceptional academic and research faculty
  • Post-doctoral fellowship
  • Academic appointment
  • Leaders in pharmaceutical companies and biotech company
  • Focuses on student development for success 
  • Broad range of high quality research
  • Strong placement after graduation/government positions



Ph.D., M.S. and M.P.S. students are enrolled in a specific department’s track. The details of didactic and scholarly requirements are available from the department handbook.  Each department’s track is the responsibility of the department’s Graduate Program Director, who is appointed by the respective Department Chair. The Graduate Program Directors act on behalf of the programs and hold the responsibility and authority to represent the respective department(s) and their faculties to the School.

Graduate bulletin listing

Track Website

Program Director

Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry

Dr. Zhang



Dr. Masahiro Sakagami



Dr. MaryPeace McRae

Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes


Dr. Norman Carroll


Completing the master of pharmaceutical sciences at VCU provides students a base of fundamental knowledge in general pharmaceutical sciences and proficiency in their specialty area.

M.P.S. Program - The major difference between the M.S. degree in pharmaceutical sciences and the master of pharmaceutical sciences is that the M.P.S program does not focus on research; instead, it focuses on the knowledge and skills needed by those who work in the pharmaceutical industry or who wish to pursue additional professional or graduate studies in related areas.

All students enrolled in the M.P.S. program are required to prepare a written review of the literature suitable for publication in a journal specified by the student’s advisor or to complete an equivalent project. Students typically spend one to two semesters performing literature research and writing their review. An oral defense includes a public presentation of the review and a committee examination of the literature review and course work. The student, exclusive of literature research credits, must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours.



Students who wish to apply to the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program at Virginia Commonwealth University can find out more information by clicking here and also filling out an application from the VCU Graduate School for domestic students and permanent residents and Office of International Admissions for international students.

In the School of Pharmacy, the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program is coordinated through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies by Sha-kim Jackson, (



For questions about the Medicinal Chemistry Track, please click here. For questions about the other tracks or overall program questions, please contact Global Education Office coordinator. Questions about submitted applications should be directed to Mrs. Ashley Brown.