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Pharmaceutical Sciences

GW partnered with Shenandoah University’s (SU) Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy to design a program that facilitates real-world experiences in drug development, genomics, pharmacology, toxicology, and drug policy.  Students experience an exciting lab-based curriculum—both in class and online. 

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Pharmaceutical sciences students pursue elective tracks in pharmacy or research.

What can I expect to learn in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program at GW?

Students are equipped to analyze new scientific advancements, as well as ethical and legal issues that will inevitably arise in the rapidly evolving field of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Students conduct experiments in laboratory situations and develop skills to work in research teams. Throughout the program, students organize multiple sources of information to formulate a problem and a process to solve the problem in question.  At the conclusion of the program, students will develop personal and professional philosophies that reflect commitment to the field and ongoing education.

What is the Pharmaceutical Sciences learning community like at GW?

Students engage in classroom and laboratory experiences at the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus and engage in real-world practice.  The Pharmaceutical Sciences program offers innovative, lab-based coursework that integrates basic and clinical sciences, emphasizes both research and practical skills, and educates students on the ethical and health policy issues related to drug development and patient care.  

What can I do in the Pharmaceutical Sciences field?

The career opportunities are endless in this rapidly evolving field. Graduates are prepared for a variety of positions in the biopharmaceutical industry and allied health professions, as well as continued advanced education in health policy, medicine, pharmacological/genomic research and pharmacy. Our graduates play integral roles in the resolution of the scientific, policy, and ethical issues surrounding personalized medicine. The program prepares students for entrance into graduate, medical, or pharmacy school.


  • Your Educational Path
    Your Educational Path
    Your Educational Path

    Students begin the Pharmaceutical Sciences program their junior year. The degree program prepares students for entrance into Pharm.D., Ph.D. and M.D. programs.

  • Real-World Opportunities
    Real-World Opportunities

    Pharmaceutical Sciences students can take part in summer internships tailored toward their career ambitions. The internships unfold at local pharmaceutical companies and world-renowned government agencies.

  • Save Time and Tuition
    Save time and tuition
    Save Time and Tuition

    Students can apply to the second year of Shenandoah University’s Pharm.D. program in their junior year—saving a year of time and tuition.

  • Integrative Coursework
    Interactive Course Work
    Integrative Coursework

    This interdisciplinary program involves both in-class and hands-on laboratory learning.

Located in Loudoun

This program is conducted at GW's Virginia Science and Research Center, a cutting-edge facility in Ashburn, Va.

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