The METC program offers students the opportunity to gain a didactic knowledge of molecular and environmental toxicology, with an expertise in one or the other, based on the research conducted in the lab of a faculty mentor. A degree (Master’s or PHD) in Molecular & Environmental Toxicology can prepare one for a career in academia, industry, government, or an array of other careers.

Although we offer a Master’s degree program, the primary focus of our is the PHD degree, which means that we expect that most students entering will graduate with a PHD.

The application deadline is December 1 for the following fall semester. 

All materials must be compete and submitted by December 1 for your application to be deemed complete and receive priority review. Please contact Ezra Mauk, the Graduate Coordinator prior to submitting an application after December 1.

To apply to our graduate program, begin here.



Students since 2006 


Complete PHD since 2006


Students funded by  Training Grant.


The application portal opens in early September. The Application Deadline for the following Fall Semester is December 1.


Carefully read the information below, then go to the Graduate School’s Apply Now page.

We are part of and follow admission requirements of the Biomedical Graduate Programs Consortium. Strong applicants will have:

  • Four semesters of chemistry, including organic chemistry (P-Chem not needed, but helpful)
  • Four semester of biology, including physiology and biochemistry
  • Familiarity with physics, calculus.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited US institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution.
MET Supplemental Application
  • Statement of Purpose (no more than 2.5 single-spaced pages): Introduce yourself to the Admissions Committee.  Describe your interest in toxicology, how you will benefit from the advanced degree, research you have conducted, and (if applicable) faculty whose research interests align with yours.
  • CV or Resumé:  Highlight your accomplishments and qualifications including academic honors or distinctions; professional, research, and/or teaching experience; and publications.
  • Transcripts:Upload unofficial transcript(s) from all institutions attended, showing undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate degrees awarded. If accepted, you will be required to send official transcripts from your institution(s).
  • Letters of recommendation – Provide contact information for the three individuals who will furnish recommendations on your behalf. References will automatically receive an email prompt to submit a letter of recommendation electronically.
  • English-language competence: TOEFL scores are required for students from universities in which English is not the primary language of instruction. Minimum score requirements are set by the Graduate School.
  • The GRE (General Test) is optional and, if included, will be considered as part of your application.

Your application will be reviewed when all materials are uploaded to the application page via the Graduate School portal.
All application materials are due on December 1st for possible matriculation in the following year (i.e.: December 1st, 2019 deadline for Fall 2020 matriculation).

Application Review:

The Admissions Committee will take a holistic approach to reviewing all completed applications and Master’s and PhD applications are reviewed together. Some applicants will be invited to interview in late-January / early-February, in conjunction with other Biomedical Graduate Program Consortium applicants.


We make offers as early as possible. Most offers are made in mid-March / early-April. The deadline for accepting the offers is April 15.

What’s next?:

If you have been admitted and choose to matriculate, we look forward to working with you for your graduate school career! Over the summer, you will be provided with information about payroll and benefits, as well as some on-line preparatory classes and Orientation schedule. We recommend moving to Madison in early-August to acclimate. Orientation starts the week before classes start.