What will I learn?

The VCU School of Pharmacy offers a Pharm.D./Ph.D. dual degree program for outstanding Pharm.D. students to obtain both a Pharm.D. and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The dual degree program provides curricular efficiencies in both the Pharm.D. and Ph.D. programs, opportunities for summer research and elective advanced pharmacy practice experiences, which allow dual degree students to graduate with their Pharm.D. after four years and with efficiencies to complete the Ph.D. degree after approximately two to three additional years.

Credit efficiencies. In the P-3 and P-4 years (corresponding to the G-1 and G-2 years), the student will be enrolled full-time in the Pharm.D./Ph.D. dual degree program. The students will take core or elective graduate courses as Pharm.D. electives, which are also applied toward six credits of their didactic Ph.D. credits. Additionally, students may take up to two elective advanced pharmacy practice experiences, which are also applied toward 10 credits of their Ph.D. research. In order to be eligible for the Pharm.D. degree, students must earn a minimum number of 155 credits, which includes a maximum of 16 credits that may also be applied toward the Ph.D. degree (six didactic credits and 10 APPE/directed research credits). In order to be eligible for the Ph.D., dual degree students must earn a minimum of 30 didactic credits and 30 directed research credits.

Which department am I in?

School of Pharmacy

Study options

Full Time (Graduate with their Pharm.D. after four years and with efficiencies to complete the Ph.D. degree after approximately two to three additional years.)

Tuition fees
US$25,956.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 January 2022, 23 August 2022

Venue

School of Pharmacy

410 North 12th Street,

RICHMOND,

Virginia,

23298, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Ph.D. in Integrative Life Sciences program requires graduation from an accredited college or university or its equivalent with a degree that is preparative for graduate-level study in the life sciences. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

For international students

Applicants for admission to VCU graduate programs must hold the academic equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based). The university minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5. The PTE is also accepted with a minimum score of 65. Application deadline: Jan. 15.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond