We only offer financial support to the accepted Ph.D. students. The student does not need to apply for financial support. Once an applicant is considered to be accepted into our Ph.D. program, he/she will be automatically considered for financial support.
All application materials for students must be post-marked on or before January 1st.
The Graduate School has a preferred performance level of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. We normally do not consider any applicant with a cumulative GPA lower than 3.2.
A TOEFL score of 250/300 (web-based), 600/660 (paper-based) or 100/120 (IBT) is necessary for obtaining admission for international students whose native language is not English. Generally, successful applicants to our program have TOEFL scores well above this standard.
Our graduate program does not have minimum requirements for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Virginia Commonwealth University institution code is 5570.
The factors that the faculty consider in deciding whether a students should be admitted into our program include the quality of the student's academic performance, the quality and reputation of the institution at which the applicant has carried out his/her previous academic work, the applicant's GRE and TOEFL scores, the comments from the applicant's recommenders, the nature and quality of an applicant's research experience, and the applicant's desire and commitment to graduate studies as relayed in his/her personal statement.
Coursework in organic chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry are prerequisites for the courses required in our graduate program. In some instances, applicants who have not had either physical chemistry or biochemistry at the undergraduate level may be allowed to enroll in Medicinal Chemistry and make up such a deficiency during their first year in the program.
Our department does offer an M.S. degree program.
No. The Office of Admissions at VCU is not able to process an application without the fee under any circumstances. If you submit your application materials without the fee, your application will be filed and no action will be taken until the fee is received.
Our graduate program is structured so that it is not possible for students to begin their studies at the beginning of the spring semester.
Applications are made to the graduate program, not to an individual professor or research group. Students participate in a number of activities during their first semester to help them select an advisor.
The Medicinal Chemistry Department does not send acknowledgments upon receipt of applications. We will notify you if you are missing one or two of your application materials, such as one of your letters of recommendation or copy of your GRE and TOEFL scores, etc. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the arrival of all necessary documents to their correct recipients. It may takes several weeks to process an application once the Graduate School and the Department of Medicinal Chemistry have received all of their required materials.
Once a decision has been made by the Admissions Committee of the department, the department and the Graduate School will send out letters notifying the applicant of his/her enrollment status. This initial letter will not include any information about the applicant's financial aid status. Financial aid packages are awarded though the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, and applicants are notified of their award status in a second letter sent by the department/School of Pharmacy.
Please feel free to contact Dr. Shijun Zhang, Director of Graduate Admissions for any other questions or concerns.