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.
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.
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.
In general, 8-15 Ph.D students matriculate into the graduate program each year. This number includes VCU supported and international government supported students.
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.
We consider many factors when evaluating students and the GRE is only one factor. Although strong GRE scores are preferred, students may be accepted below the 50th percentile on a case by case basis.
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.
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.
Yes. We accept and fund both domestic and international students. Our student body is very diverse and has students from all over the world.
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.
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.
The cost of tuition can be found here. The cost of living in Richmond is approximately $15-18,000 per year.
If you are a Ph.D. applicant, you are automatically considered for funding. As mentioned above, M.S. students are not funded.
The dates don't match because the pay periods and school start dates are fixed and so they won't exactly coincide. Please understand that you will receive one full year of funding in exchange for 2 semesters of teaching though the start and end dates won't exactly coincide with pay periods and school schedules.
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.
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.
No. Entry into the Ph.D. program is a separate process and the student will need to be re-evaluated for admission into the Ph.D. program.
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