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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I apply online?

    Domestic applicants may apply online using the application available on the Graduate School website. International applicants are encouraged to apply online using the application available on the International Admissions website. If you prefer a hard copy of the application, refer to instructions on website.

  • Where do I send my application?

    Paper applications (for international students) should be mailed to the Office of International Education, 916 W. Franklin St, PO Box 843043, Richmond VA 23284-3043, although letters of reference may be mailed directly to the School of Pharmacy.  Please do not mail your materials to the School as it will delay processing your application.

  • May I inquire about the status of my application?

    Although VCU Pharmaceutical Sciences has a rolling admission policy, applications arriving earlier will be considered first. Applicants are normally informed about admission decisions by the VCU Graduate School, the Office of International Education or the Department between January and May.  The School will let you know as soon as a decision has been made. 

  • Do you accept students in the spring?

    Yes, but the vast majority of open positions are in the Fall.  If there are no openings in the Spring but your application is viewed as qualified and competitive, your application will be deferred to the Fall candidate pool.  However, Medicinal Chemistry does not admit students in the Spring.

  • May I inquire about my candidacy?

    We review only official VCU application packages and thus, do not generally respond to inquiries before receipt of the package. We also will not speculate on decisions before admission decisions are made. 

  • When must I submit my application?

    May 1st is the final deadline for Fall admission for all tracks except Medicinal Chemistry, whose final deadline is January 1st. We recommend that you submit your application by December 1st for consideration for funded positions (October 1 deadline for spring semester). Applications received by February 1 will receive priority consideration for funding. Applications received after February 1st will also be considered for funding and admission based on availability. 

  • Do you fund M.S. students?

    No.  Funding is only for Ph.D. students.  However, if you are interested in ultimately pursuing the Ph.D. degree, we encourage you to apply for the Ph.D., since we do not require an M.S. degree to apply for the Ph.D. program. 

  • Is funding available?

    Funding is available for doctoral students in the form of teaching and research assistantships which include a stipend, tuition and fees. The assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and are annually renewed. They are intended to provide support for the duration of the graduate degree program to doctoral students in good academic standing. It is highly recommended that you submit your application early by December 1 to be considered for these assistantships. As specified above, the School does not offer funding support to students in the Masters program, and MS students must be self-funded throughout their graduate program. If you do not receive aid but choose to come to VCU with your own funds, please be aware that your chances of receiving financial aid are very low as remaining funds are awarded on a competitive basis and there is no guarantee you will receive any financial assistance once you arrive.  It is also VCU and School policy that students must receive permission to work, and most visas do not permit outside employment.

  • What is my obligation after accepting a funded position?

    Once you have accepted a funded position, that position is saved for you.  If you decide not to attend, please provide us at least 3 months advance notice so we may fill your position with another qualified student. If you notify us later than that,  we are unlikely to be able to fill the open line with another student in time, which results in loss of opportunity that would've been available to another student. 

  • How long does it take to complete the program?

    The School estimates the doctoral program to be completed in 4.5 to 5 calendar years. However, some students may take more or less time depending on his/her progress and effort in the program.

  • Why a Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Degree from VCU School of Pharmacy?

    Gain advanced training in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences 

    Preparation for career paths including academia, pharmaceutical industry, and government (FDA and NIH)

    Train with nationally and internationally renowned faculty

    Publish hypothesis-driven scientific articles using state-of-the-art methods and equipment  k,

    Earn the Ph.D. while earning generous stipends with tuition costs waived

    Make use of a strong alumni network who represent leaders in academia, industry, and government agencies