Graduate Programs

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

The Department of Pharmaceutics at the VCU School of Pharmacy offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In addition, Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program students may elect to pursue a combined Pharm.D. / Ph.D. program. These programs provide rigorous foundation and research experience critical to success in academic, federal and industrial careers.

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