Is there a minimum GRE score that is necessary to be considered for admission?
No. The Recruitment and Admissions Committee considers your entire admissions package — your application, personal statement, resume, GRE scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. If you think that your GRE scores are not a reflection of your skills and abilities, you may want to discuss this in your personal statement and review this with the people writing your recommendation letters.
What were the average GPA and GRE scores for students accepted into the program last year?
Their average GPA was 3.7 for the PhD program and 3.3 for the MS program, and their average GRE scores for PhD applicants admitted were 157 verbal and 157 quantitative. It is important to keep in mind that these are the average scores and applicants with lower scores have made compelling cases for admittance based on their undergraduate performance, accomplishments, research experience, and letters of recommendation.
When are applications for the JGPT due?
The priority deadline for the initial round of review is December 1st. The JGPT will continue to review applications after this date however, assistantships and fellowships for Ph.D. positions may have already begun to be awarded. You can apply here.
What kinds of financial packages are available to support incoming PhD students?
Each year, the JGPT has a range of financial packages to offer the most competitive applicants. These multi-year packages include either fellowships or assistantships, which include tuition coverage, health insurance, and a stipend. The JGPT has been awarded a T32 training grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a component of the National Institutes of Health for the past 30 years.
What kinds of jobs have recent graduates obtained?
We encourage you to check out profiles of recent JGPT graduates. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors spanning industry, academia and government. Recent graduates have successfully obtained positions at the US Food & Drug Administration, Colgate-Palmolive, Pfizer, L’Oreal, and universities across the nation.
Do I need a thesis advisor to be admitted to the JGPT?
No. During the first year, you will rotate through two or three laboratories that align with your research interests. The JGPT has a large number of signature research areas. The Graduate Program Director will work with you on placement for the first rotation. If there are particular faculty members you are interested in, this should be included in your personal statement.
Is there an orientation for new students?
Yes. The Graduate School offers orientation meetings for new students the week before classes begin in the fall. In addition, the JGPT also offers a mandatory half-day orientation. During the orientation, we review the policies and procedures of the program, introduce you to the staff and key university contacts, and learn about the institutional facilities. If accepted into the JGPT, you will be notified about orientation meetings over the summer.
What should I discuss in my personal statement?
The personal statement is a critical part of your application to the JGPT. It is your chance to make the case for why you want to become a toxicologist and highlight how your prior research experiences and coursework have prepared you for the JGPT. The committee will also be interested in learning why you believe the JGPT is the right program for you. Your personal statement is a good place to highlight key strengths and skills that you bring to the JGPT and to address any deficiencies in your application. The statement should also include a list of faculty whom you would be interested in working with for your degree.
May I visit Rutgers to learn more about the JGPT program?
Prospective students may visit Rutgers prior to applying in order to learn more about the JGPT. Applicants will receive invitations for a campus visit based on the recommendations of the Recruitment and Admissions Committee.
How many years does it take to finish the PhD program?
On average, students complete the PhD program in 5 to 5.5 years.
How many students are admitted each year?
The number of admitted students that join the toxicology program range each year between 4 and 7.
Can I transfer in credits from a MS degree and apply them towards my PhD degree at Rutgers?
Yes. Students may apply or transfer credit after they have completed the first year of study in the toxicology program.
Can students admitted for the MS program transfer to the PhD program in Toxicology?
Yes. If MS students have satisfactorily completed the requirements, they may petition to sit for the PhD qualifying exam at the end of their 4th semester.