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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the application deadlines for the Toxicology Program?

    The early decision application deadline for the PhD Toxicology program is December 1. The final deadline for the PhD Toxicology Program is February 1. For the MS Toxicology Program, the deadline is March 15.

  2. What is Early Decision? Applications to the Toxicology Program that are received by December 1st will be reviewed first. The Admissions Committee interviews selected early decision applicants and makes a decision on these candidates before considering the full pool of applicants. The Admissions Committee can make one of three decisions for each early decision applicant: 1) accept; 2) do not accept; or 3) placement into the regular applicant pool for review after February 1, 2010.

  3. Do you accept PhD applications for Spring admission?

    No, PhD applicants are only accepted for Fall semester admission.

  4. How do I apply online?

    If you have not already done so, the first step is to make a formal inquiry. Then you may apply online.

  5. I am experiencing problems with the online application. Who should I contact?

    You may contact the Graduate School directly via email.

  6. Is there an application fee and how many programs can I apply to with one fee?

    Yes, there is a $50.00 (U.S.) application fee paid to the Graduate School. You may apply to one GPILS program per $50 application fee.

  7. How many PhD students do you accept each year?

    The number of PhD students accepted varies from year to year and depends on the number of Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) positions we have available. The average is approximately 5 per fall semester.

  8. What is the accepted GRE score and GPA for students applying to the Toxicology program? An acceptable GRE score should be 1100 or higher. The minimum GPA is 3.0.

  9. Will the program accept my MCAT scores in lieu of the GRE?

    No. GRE scores are required to be considered for the program. Applications will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee without GRE scores.

  10. What is considered a competitive candidate for the Toxicology PhD program?

    A competitive candidate would have a GPA of 3.0 or above; GRE combined score above 1100 (verbal - above 500), excellent recommendation letters, and an extensive research background and/or published materials.

  11. What if my GRE scores are lower than the average?

    Although GRE scores are essential in determining an applicant’s qualifications; the Toxicology Admissions Committee reviews each application as a complete package. GPA, research experience and recommendation letters also play an important role in the decision.

  12. Do you require subject GRE scores? Subject GRE scores are NOT required, and will neither hinder nor aid an applicant’s chances for admission.

  13. Do you offer financial aid?

    Students accepted into the Toxicology PhD program are provided financial support for the duration of their studies. Stipends are competitive nationwide ($26,000 per year) and increases as the student advances. In addition to annual stipends, students receive health care coverage and tuition remission. Students requiring additional funds and MS Toxicology students who are not supported by graduate research assistantships may visit the Financial Aid website for more information.

  14. Will my application be reviewed if you have not received all of the required materials?

    Given that each application is reviewed as a complete package, it is necessary to submit all portions of the application prior to it being reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

  15. What are the institution and program codes for reporting GRE?

    The institution code for GRE is 5848. The Toxicology program code is 0219.

  16. What are the institution and program codes for reporting TOEFL scores? The TOEFL university code is 5944; the department code is 45.

  17. Do you accept international students? If so, how many each year?

    We do accept international students. The number of international students we accept each year depends upon the application pool which varies from year to year.

  18. Do you provide funding for international students? Yes, all PhD students accepted into the program are provided the same financial support.

  19. Is the TOEFL required for international students?

    Applicants whose native language or language of the home is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the examination of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable TOEFL score established by the University for Admission is 550 for paper-based tests, 213 for computer-based tests, or 80 for internet-based tests. IELTS test takers must score no less than Band 7 (total).

  20. If I am an international student with a degree from a U.S. university do I still need to take the TOEFL? The TOEFL requirement is waived for applicants who have received a degree from an American accredited university/college.

  21. Where do I mail my letters of recommendation?

    Letters of recommendation should be mailed to:

    Linda Horne, Program Coordinator
    Program in Toxicology, Graduate Program in Life Sciences
    University of Maryland, Baltimore
    660 West Redwood Street, Howard Hall, Rm. 134
    Baltimore, Maryland 21201

  22. Where can I find housing information?

    View housing information.