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Toxicology Ph.D.

Duluth School of Medicine - Adm
Medical School - Duluth Campus
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Contact Information
Toxicology Graduate Program, Medical School Duluth, 162 SMed, 1035 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-6354; fax: 218-726-8014)
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Spring 2013. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Spring 2012. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2016
  • Length of program in credits: 58
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • The Toxicology Ph.D. is an All-University program delivered on the Twin Cities and Duluth Campuses. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the degree granting authority for the Toxicology Ph.D. program in Duluth.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
This University-wide program provides comprehensive training in the broad scope of toxicology. Toxicology, the science of poisons, is devoted to identifying and quantifying potential noxious agents in our environment. Although most chemical agents at sufficiently large doses may be toxic, not all present a significant risk to human health or to environmental organisms or ecosystems. Accordingly, the essence of the science of toxicology is defining the fine line that distinguishes a risk from a residue. To accomplish this requires scientific expertise in such areas as analytical and environmental chemistry, biology, and mathematics. Advanced courses and research are also available in such subdisciplines as human health risk assessment, epidemiology, environmental chemistry and engineering, ecotoxicology, food additives and nutritional toxicology, biochemical and physiological mechanisms, histopathology, diagnostic and analytical toxicology, drug metabolism, chemical carcinogenesis, behavioral toxicology, and the toxicity of noxious agents to various organ systems (e.g., nervous, heart, liver, kidneys).
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or its foreign equivalent from a recognized college or university.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
At least a full year each of biology, organic chemistry, and physics as well as mathematics through calculus are expected.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
22 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
The doctor of philosophy degree requires core courses in physiology (4 credits), biochemistry (6 credits), statistics (2 credits), and toxicology (10 credits). Students must also complete 12 credits in a minor or supporting program and 24 thesis credits. Because the program spans the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses, the required courses differ on each campus. Additional advanced courses in toxicology or related fields may be specified by the adviser. Students must complete and defend an original research project.
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