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Toxicology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #262 (QS) , NJ,
The Toxicology program from Rutgers University was established in 1980 and is administratively housed at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) on the Busch Campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ. 


The Toxicology program from Rutgers University, curriculum provides broad research training in biochemical, organ system, and mechanistic toxicology with a strong foundation in drug metabolism, pathology, and molecular biology. The Program is administratively housed in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, but draws on mentors come from over 17 different departments on campus to provide multidisciplinary training. Trainees are mentored by over 50 faculty members and academic and industry partners. A NIEHS T32 Training Grant in Environmental Toxicology (T32ES007148) has been the cornerstone of the JGPT for 30 years and supports the tuition and stipends of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. All doctoral students receive financial support from training grants, teaching or research fellowships, or from local industry.

In addition to preparing students to become the next generation of toxicologists, the JGPT provides trainees with career opportunities to develop their teaching, mentorship, publishing and leadership skills and participate in community outreach. Students in the JGPT receive national recognition for their outstanding achievements. Alumni of the JGPT hold challenging and exciting positions in the pharmaceutical, chemical and consumer product industries, government, and top research and teaching universities.

The objectives of the Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology are to:

  • Provide an educational program leading to the M.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees in toxicology.
  • Foster excellence in research in toxicology within the participating schools and departments.
  • Offer students an in-depth curriculum in toxicology and the opportunity for in?depth study in specialty areas of their choosing.
  • Make available relevant research topics for the original thesis project, which is a core requirement for the degrees. It is essential that these topics address significant problems in mechanistic toxicology and that they are performed at the highest possible level of scientific scholarship.
  • Achieve these aims in a collegial, multi-disciplinary atmosphere which includes public health, occupational medicine, epidemiology, risk assessment and public policy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Rotation I, II, III
  • Research Design & Analysis
  • General Toxicology I
  • Biochemistry I, II
  • Seminar
  • Ethical Scientific Conduct
  • General Toxicology II
  • Biochemical Toxicology
  • Qualifying Exams
  • Histology
  • Toxicological Pathology
  • Research
  • Seminar
  • Elective

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent with at least a 3.0 GPA is required for admission.
  • The most appropriate preparation is an undergraduate concentration in biology (molecular and cellular biology or physiology), chemistry (organic, analytical, or physical chemistry), biochemistry, forensics, animal, or environmental sciences.
  • Applicants are expected to have completed courses in calculus and physics.
  • Only online applications through the graduate school will be reviewed.
  • Selection is made on the basis of previous academic work, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and scores on the GRE General Test. 
  • TOEFL scores are required of students from countries in which English is not the native language.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56388 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28194 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    23772 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11886 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for New Brunswick

  • 1204 - 2970 USD/month
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