MS in Forensic Toxicology

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field BS in chemistry, biochemistry, or pharmaceutical sciences, and/or PharmD. Analytical chemistry, one semester physical chemistry, and instrumental analysis are required.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.25/4.00 overall. Applications are strengthened by a GPA higher than 3.25/4.00 overall, and a minimum of 3.00/4.00 in science and mathematics courses.
  • Tests Required GRE General Test; applications are strengthened by scores corresponding to the 60th percentile (verbal) and 70th percentile (quantitative) or higher, and 5 or higher in analytical writing.
  • Minimum English Language Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 600 (paper-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (new Internet-based TOEFL). Recommended score of 87, with subscores of Reading 21, Listening 21, Speaking 23, and Writing 22; OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required.
  • Personal Statement Required.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 42.
  • Course Work
Required Courses
Foundations of Forensic Toxicology
Drug Identification Chemistry
Forensic Toxicology
Forensic Science Seminar (2 hours)
Cell Biology
Human Physiology II
Six semester hours that may be selected from among the following:
Principles of Toxicology
Biopharmaceutical Sciences I
Biopharmaceutical Sciences II
Pharmacodynamics of Substance Abuse
Expert Witness Testimony and Courtroom Demeanor
Forensic Science Internship
  • Comprehensive Examination None.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Thesis only. No other options are available. Students must earn at least 6 hours in BPS 598