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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is part of the School of
Medicine and is located on the MCV Campus in historic
downtown Richmond. VCU offers a graduate program in pharmacology
and toxicology leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor
of Philosophy. More than 230 scholars have earned their Ph.D. from
our department since 1953, making it one of the oldest and largest
in the country. With more than 30 dedicated faculty members, the department offers a rich and highly
interdisciplinary environment for research.
Our students have won national and state awards for their research
excellence such as back-to-back sweeps in the Virginia Academy of
Sciences for 2002 and 2003.
The department is nationally recognized for its research in alcohol
and drug abuse, cancer pharmacology and molecular biology. All of
our doctoral students are supported for their graduate education with
NIH training grants, fellowship funds and institutional support. The
average duration of study for our doctoral candidates is 4.7 years -
attesting to the efficiency of our program.
The PhD Program
Prospective Ph.D. students do not apply directly to the
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology for admission but instead
apply to the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal (BSDP). The BSDP admits
students into the first year of their Ph.D. training in Pharmacology and
Toxicology and the Ph.D. programs of five other departments within the
medical school. Students in the BSDP who seek the Ph.D. degree in
Pharmacology and Toxicology may do all their research rotations in
laboratories of the department's faculty and take only courses that
satisfy the department's requirements. Official entry in Ph.D. program
of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology occurs after two
semesters when the student chooses a mentor from the Department of
Pharmacology and Toxicology. Admission into the BSDP does not impede the
progress of students committed to earning the PhD degree in Pharmacology
and Toxicology but offers flexibility to students who have not decided
on a particular discipline of field. Visit the Biomedical Sciences
Doctoral portal web site for details and instructions for applying:
http://www.medschool.vcu.edu/graduate/phd/index.html. It is helpful
to indicate interest in Pharmacology and Toxicology in the personal
statement section of the BSDP application for those prospective students
committed to the department's PhD program.'
The MS Program
The department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
offers a MS degree program. Qualified applicants typically have a
baccalaureate degree with a major in fields such as biology, chemistry,
biochemistry, pharmacy and related sciences. Successful applicants will
typically have the following credentials: 1100 (verbal plus
quantitative) and 3.5 analytical GRE scores (or equivalent scores on the
new GRE exam), undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and some laboratory research
experience. The typical student requires 2.5 years to complete the
degree. Many students who earn the MS degree enter careers in industry
or government, or pursue admission to medical school and other
professional schools. Students earning a MS degree with exemplary
performance may apply to the PhD program but will compete with
prospective undergraduate students for admission to the Biomedical
Sciences Doctoral Portal (BSDP). Prospective students intending to earn
a PhD degree, therefore, are encouraged to apply directly to the BSDP
rather than the MS program. In contrast to students in the Ph.D.
program, students in the MS program do not receive stipends, payment of
tuition and fees, health insurance or have the opportunity for teaching
assistantships. Applications to the Pharmacology and Toxicology MS
program are to be submitted to the VCU
(www.graduate.vcu.edu/admission/prospective/domestic/index.html) or for
international applicants, the VCU Office of Global Education
materials are provided at these sites respectively.
International Programme in Addiction Studies
The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is the home to the International Programme in Addiction Studies (IPAS),
a unique online program of graduate study. The program offers a Master of Science in Addiction Studies as well as both
Intermediate and Advanced Certificates. IPAS is jointly offered by the University of Adelaide, King's College London,
and Virginia Commonwealth University. The program is available to students from all countries, although course materials are in English only.
No campus attendance is required.
More information and a link to the application materials are available on the IPAS web site (www.ipas.vcu.edu).