Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in our program!

We offer students the opportunity to gain a didactic knowledge of both molecular (human health) toxicology and environmental (toxicant remediation) toxicology, with an expertise in one or the other, based on the research conducted in the lab of a faculty mentor. A degree (masters or PhD) in Molecular & Environmental Toxicology can prepare one for a career in academia, industry, government, or an array of other careers.

General Overview and Instructions:

Our program is part of the Biomedical Graduate Programs Consortium and follows those guidelines for admissions requirements. This includes:

Statement of Purpose
Curriculum Vitae
Transcripts (Unofficial are adequate for Admissions Committee review)
Three Letters of Reference
GRE Scores (general exam)
TOEFL Scores (when applicable)

These materials are uploaded to the application page via the Graduate School portal. When your application is completed, the program will be able to review it.
All application materials are due on December 1st for possible matriculation in the following year (i.e.: December 1st, 2017 deadline for Fall 2018 matriculation).

Application Review:

Our Admissions Committee will review completed applications. Although we offer a masters program, we are a PhD-first program, which means that we expect that most students entering will graduate with a PhD. We take a holistic approach to reviewing the materials, not putting particular weight on one item or the other. Since the applications are considered in this manner, masters and PhD applications are all reviewed together. Some applicants will be invited for a visit in late-January / early-February. This recruitment visit is done with programs in the Biomedical Graduate Programs Consortium.

Recruitment Visit:

Recruitment 2018: January 28-30 & February 11-13.

Students who are invited to campus as part of a recruitment visit will be contacted by early January. They will attend the recruitment with other visitors from Biomedical Graduate Program Consortium partners.

The visit, in addition to giving the program an opportunity to learn about the visitors, will allow applicants to learn about the program and Madison’s offerings.
The visit begins on Sunday with arrival and a casual billiards/bowling/dinner event.

Monday, the process begins in earnest. Following breakfast, an overview of Madison and the programs will be given. Then, round-robin interviews with program faculty members will be conducted. Lunch is served around noon and then MET visitors will join current MET students for a campus and laboratory walking tour. Following a break, students will go out for dinner with current students and faculty.

Tuesday is departure day. A bus tour of Madison will end with students being dropped at the airport for their next travel. Those that have driven will be returned to the hotel.


We try to make offers as early as we can. However, as we guarantee funding for all students admitted, we need to determine how many faculty are looking for students. This process can take some time, so a majority of offers are made in mid-March / early-April. Decisions about whether or not to accept an offer can be delayed until 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 sometime in early-August to acclimate to the city. Orientation starts the week before classes start.