How to Apply for the Graduate Program

Masters Applicants for 2023-2024: New Scholarship Opportunity Available

Eligibility Requirements | Application Components | Application Deadline | Apply Online | Application Fee | Accelerated Master's Platform

Applications are invited from students holding a Bachelors's or Master’s degree with a strong background in physical and life sciences, related degrees, or the D.V.M or M.D. degree and hold a minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.25 for PhD and 3.0 for Masters. The average GPA for the incoming class of graduate students is 3.4. GRE test scores are not required, but if available, should be supplied to the Graduate School. Advanced placement can be accomplished by the transfer of relevant course work to Oregon State University provided these courses meet the basic objectives of the EMT Graduate Program and are approved for transfer by the research (thesis) advisor, Dept. Head, and the Graduate School.

A student interested in the graduate program is encouraged to contact the Director of Academic Programs.

Eligibility Requirements (Pre-requisites)

Applicants to the Toxicology graduate program must have*:

  • Bachelor's Degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, pharmacy, or other closely related fields
  • Chemistry, including organic chemistry
  • General Biology
  • Students are encouraged to have taken or plan to take undergraduate-level biochemistry and physiology courses
  • GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for PhD (3.0 for Masters)
  • [Optional] GRE aptitude score - GRE test scores are supplied to the Graduate School, but there is no minimum required score. No additional subject test is required. 
    [GRE scores are recommended as supplemental information, but not required for admission]
  • Foreign applicants must score 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

*Students who do not meet all of these requirements may be admitted if their academic record is otherwise outstanding.

Application Components

In addition to the regular Graduate School application process, the application also includes:

  • 3 Recommendation Letters. (Requested at the time of application through the graduate school. Recommendation letters should NOT be submitted to our program)
    These should be from 3 individuals who are knowledgeable of the student’s academic background and potential for success in a graduate degree program
  • Statement of Objective. This is normally completed as part of the online application but may be uploaded separately into the application.  The application should include:
    • Statement of purpose that includes your purpose of applying to graduate school, a description of relevant past experiences, and examples of leadership, communication, and teamwork.  In addition, describe your research interests in the areas of ‘Molecular and Computational Toxicology’ and/or in ‘Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’, your interest to work with specific faculty mentors, and why OSU and EMT is the best place to meet your goals.
    • Describe any challenges in life, barriers to education, how social justice informs your views, and what opportunities you have had to work and collaborate in diverse, multicultural or inclusive settings.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae with details to address the following sections

    • Education (list degrees, dates and universities/location)
    • Work/Research experience (list all relevant experience with dates, description)
    • Awards, honors, grants (list all, if awards are monetary list amount received)
    • Scholarship:
      • Presentations at professional or local conferences or venues
      • Publications as lead or co-author
    • Leadership activities (Demonstrated leadership in teaching, academics, family, community, athletics, extracurricular activities/clubs, etc.).  Please specify leadership roles.
    • Extracurricular activities (include interests and activities, particularly learning outside the classroom, evidence of non-traditional learning, self-taught skill building experiences)
  • International Applicant Additional Requirement: The requirements are listed on the OSU Graduate Admission Website.

    • TOEFL Scores. All applicants whose native language is not English, or did not receive a bachelor or higher degree in an English speaking country, must meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission. The ETS institution code for OSU is 004586

  • Optional: GRE Scores. GRE scores should be sent to Institution Code: 4586 | Department Code: 0219 | Major Code: 9930.

Application Deadline

Applicant Application Deadline for Optimal Consideration*

Application Closing Date
(applications must be received by this date)

PhD December 1 January 1
Masters February 1 June 1
Certificate May 1 No closing date

*Applicants who apply for the optimal consideration deadline will be considered for available fellowships and scholarships. For the Laurel Tuition Scholarship (MS applicants only), additional application materials are required.
**Applications are only reviewed for fall admission to the MS and PhD program. Only pre-approved applications will be considered for admission in other terms.

Application Fee

There is a domestic and international application fee. A fee can only be waived under special circumstances.

Recruitment Dates

Date for 2024 TBD

Apply Online

Complete the online application