This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2024-2025 VCU Bulletin. We may add courses that expose our students to cutting-edge content and transformative learning. We may also add content to the general education program that focuses on racial literacy and a racial literacy graduation requirement, and may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

The School of Medicine administers graduate programs leading to the:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with degrees in biochemistry, human genetics, microbiology and immunology, neuroscience, medical physics, pharmacology and toxicology, and physiology and biophysics
  • Master of Science (M.S.) with degrees in addiction studies, anatomy and neurobiology, biochemistry, genetic counseling, human genetics, medical physics, microbiology and immunology, pharmacology and toxicology, and physiology and biophysics
  • Certificates in addiction studies (with intermediate and advanced concentrations), clinical genetics, medical physics and pre-medical graduate health sciences

Other information

Additional policies and guidelines for graduate programs in the School of Medicine are in other sections of this Bulletin and on the Graduate Student Resources section of the School of Medicine Education website.


Exceptions to School of Medicine graduate program policies are rare, but a student may make a written request for such an exception to their current program director who will coordinate with the associate dean for graduate education and the School of Medicine Graduate Programs Committee to consider whether the exception is in the best interest of the student, the programs involved and all other programs within the School of Medicine.