Pharmacology and Toxicology, M.Sc. | Virginia Commonwealth University | Richmond, United States
12 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
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The Pharmacology and Toxicology program at Virginia Commonwealth University is a research-oriented degree program comprising graduate coursework and supervised research leading to a master’s thesis.


About the Program

This program is intended primarily as a terminal M.S. degree. Students intending to pursue a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology should apply directly to the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal Ph.D. program. The Pharmacology and Toxicology program at Virginia Commonwealth University will be of interest to individuals planning on technical positions in pharmacology or toxicology research or testing; students in the health professions, such as medicine or dentistry, who desire additional research training; and students interested in a government position, such as with regulatory agencies, who seek training in pharmacology and toxicology and those interested in a career as a technician in the pharmaceutical industry or academia.

The typical student requires 2 years to complete the degree. Many students who earn the M.S. degree enter careers in industry or government, or pursue admission to medical school and other professional schools. Students earning an M.S. degree with exemplary performance may apply to the Ph.D. program but will compete with prospective undergraduate students for admission to the BSDP. Prospective students intending to earn a Ph.D. degree, therefore, are encouraged to apply directly to the BSDP rather than the M.S. program. Students in the M.S. program do not receive stipends, payment of tuition and fees, health insurance or have the opportunity for teaching assistantships.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Basic Concepts in Pharmacology for Graduate Students
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology Research Seminar
  • Neurochemical Pharmacology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Baccalaureate degrees with a major in fields such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy and related sciences
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.2
  • Several hours of laboratory research experience
  • The applicant must provide a personal statement discussing reasons for pursuing graduate study
  • All applicants must present grades (marks) that reflect superior ability and serious effort
  • All non-native English-speaking applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency
  • Prospective students who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation as a required part of the admission process
  • Proof of adequate funds to live and study full time at VCU by submitting an I-20 DS Request Form accompanied by an original bank verification letter
  • A $70 state-required application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25956 USD/year
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  • National

    25956 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 USD /month
Living costs

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