The Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences Graduate Program is housed in the School of Pharmacy and associated with the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.  The program is one of the Ph.D. degree-granting programs in Biomedical Sciences at the WVU Health Sciences Center (HSC). 

The Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences Graduate Program at West Virginia University is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for a future in a variety of employment settings, ranging from academic research and industry to federal positions.  Our students have a unique and rich training environment, which gives them a basis in such pharmaceutical sciences disciplines as drug development and discovery, pharmaceutics, pharmacology, toxicology, therapeutic development and regulatory affairs.  Students can take additional graduate courses in drug delivery systems, drug metabolism, molecular modeling, bench to bedside and biotechnology.

The core areas of Ph.D. training in Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences are:

  1. pharmacology and therapeutic development,
  2. drug delivery, and,
  3. drug discovery and biotechnology. 

The students are mentored by experts with an international reputation and publish in prestigious journals.  They also have opportunities to present their research at national and international scientific meetings and to enroll in internships with pharmaceutical or biotech companies. 

Financial support: A tuition waiver, an annual stipend of $28,000 and health insurance is provided to full-time students

Average time to graduation: 4 to 5 years.


Application and program information:

For additional information regarding the program, please contact the program directors.

Graduate Director:
Werner J. Geldenhuys, B.Pharm., Ph.D.
Phone: 304-581-1683

Grazyna D. Szklarz, Ph.D.
Phone: 304-293-1473