Requirements and Procedures for Applying and Selection
- 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, pharmacology, toxicology, 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. Certain students may be eligible for a waiver of the GRE Scores as part of their application (see below).
- TOEFL scores are required of students from countries in which English is not the native language.
- Former Rutgers SURF and RiSE summer students are not required to pay the application fee (select the ‘RiSE’ Exemption in the application portal).
Recommendations for Applying
- Students are strongly encouraged to demonstrate research experience in their personal statement and letters of recommendation.
- Students are encouraged to have taken or plan to take undergraduate-level biochemistry and physiology courses.
Preparing a Competitive Application
- We encourage you to watch the webinar from the Society of Toxicology entitled “Accepted! Preparing a Successful Graduate School Admissions Package” before you prepare your graduate school application.
- The best letters of recommendation are those written by your research supervisors.
- Check out our tips and best practices for writing personal statements.
The following students do not need to include GRE scores in their application:
- Rutgers University students currently enrolled in the PharmD program and applying for the PharmD/PhD program.
- Rutgers University students who have at least a 3.2 GPA in their major, are applying for a M.S. degree, and are applying within 2 years of completing their B.S. degree
- Applicants with a M.S. degree in a closely related field from a U.S. institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and a GPA of at least 3.2
- Applicants who have an advanced degree (PharmD, MD, DO, DVM) from the US.
- Applicants can use MCAT scores instead of GRE scores.