Toxicology Admission Requirements

We are not currently accepting applications for the MPS in Toxicology. We will update this page with additional information in Fall 2019.


Admission decisions for the toxicology program are based on a comprehensive review of each applicant

  • Minimum requirements (listed below)
  • Academic degrees and record
  • Written statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Test scores
  • Relevant work and research experience

Minimum requirements

  • Strong interest in a non-research based career in toxicology, regulatory sciences, and risk assessment
  • Average grade of B (cumulative GPA 3.0) or better
  • GRE scores above the 50th percentile in each category (verbal, quantitative, writing)
  • Suggested: Bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or a related science

Required information includes

  • An online application
  • Payment of an application fee ($85, non-refundable)
  • Complete transcripts for all coursework (one UNOFFICIAL transcript from each university attended must be uploaded within the application)
  • Current letters of recommendation (the email address of three recommenders will be required within the application for electronic submission)
  • GRE or MCAT scores (no more than 5 years old)
  • A statement of purpose
    • Your career goals
    • Relevant professional experience
    • Why the UNC PSM in Toxicology is a good fit for you
    • Please note that the PSM in Toxicology does not involve research nor a thesis. You should not reference research opportunities in your personal statement, because research is not a part of this program.
  • Resumé/curriculum vitae

Students with a bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry or chemistry will be best prepared for the study of toxicology. Basic knowledge of biochemistry, at the level offered by a comprehensive undergraduate course, will be important for mastering essential concepts in the toxicology curriculum.

The absence of a biochemistry course in the student’s transcript will not be sufficient for rejection of an otherwise competitive candidate.  A student who has not taken a biochemistry course will be able to take a UNC-Chapel Hill biochemistry course prior to the toxicology courses. The credits earned in this course will not count toward the minimum of 39 credit hours required for graduation.

How do I apply?

Application materials are received by the Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Visit the Graduate School Admissions website for additional information. The minimum requirement for admission to the MPS in Toxicology will be a BS degree in the Life Sciences, a GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores above the 50th percentile in each category (verbal, quantitative, writing).

View additional admission requirements information on the The Graduate School website.

International Students

International students are encouraged to apply to the PSM programs. Students must be full-time in order to qualify for an F-1 Visa. Students are permitted to work on-campus (not including the UNC hospital) and may work up to 20 hours per week in fall and spring semesters, and up to 40 hours per week in the summer. Students are encouraged to attend the International Student orientation.

View information about applying for a visa.