Virginia Commonwealth University

School of Medicine

Pharmacology and Toxicology, Cert, MS, PhD


PO Box 980149

PO Box 843051

Richmond, VA 23298

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.- Pharmacology and Toxicology, Certificate, Ph.D.- Pharmacology and Toxicology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree. This is a research-oriented degree program comprised of graduate course work and supervised research leading to a master’s thesis. The M.S. program will be of interest to individuals planning on technical positions in pharmacology or toxicology research or testing; students interested in the health professions, such as medicine or dentistry, who desire additional research training; and for those interested in a government position, such as those offered with regulatory agencies, who seek training in pharmacology and toxicology. The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology offers a program of graduate study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy. The broad base offered in pharmacology and toxicology, together with basic training in physiology and biochemistry, provides the background for a successful career in academic institutions, industry or government. Students customarily complete formal course work in physiology and biochemistry during the first year of study. Participation in research also is begun early in the first year. Students and faculty members join together in a seminar program, which includes distinguished visiting scientists from the U.S. and abroad. Following completion of a qualifying examination, a degree candidate is required to submit and defend a thesis embracing an original research project conducted under the guidance and supervision of an adviser. There is no foreign language requirement. The research program of the department is sufficiently broad to provide an adequate basis for entry into a wide variety of interesting areas of modern biology and medicine. The Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Pharmacology and Toxicology, one of six pre-medical basic health sciences programs of the VCU School of Medicine, offers the opportunity for advanced graduate-level training for individuals seeking to enhance their background in pharmacology and toxicology prior to entry into professional school. The curriculum defines an intensive program of study intended for completion in two successive academic semesters. Admission to the program is competitive. As a guide, applicants should anticipate meeting the minimum expectations of performance and achievement described. However, individual departments should be contacted for detailed information on prerequisites, as there may be additional prerequisites beyond those listed.


Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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