Regulatory Toxicology and Risk Assessment teaches students to think analytically about the biochemical mechanisms of toxicity, and how toxicology is used to protect human health through laboratory research, as well as the development of sound environmental policy and regulations.
Students with a strong background in the biological sciences who are interested in laboratory research or environmental regulation and policy are encouraged to enter this field. The curriculum emphasizes the basic biological sciences, including physiology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, toxicology, and environmental health.
Minimum of 42 total credits are required (including electives chosen in consultation with adviser).
Admission requires a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university. The admissions committee reviews applicants according to their personal statements, background, and experience, record of academic achievement, demonstrated academic potential, letters of recommendation, compatibility of interests with program faculty, and other factors. Test scores and GPAs provide competitive points of reference for admission but are not alone decisive in the admissions review.
Preferred Performance Levels
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00
GRE Test Scores
- Pre-August 2011 test – A combination of 1000 on the quantitative and verbal sections of the test and a score of 3.5 on the analytical writing assessment.
- Post August 2011 test – A combination of 300 on the quantitative and verbal sections of the test and a score of 3.5 on the analytical writing assessment.
- DAT, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT. (The test is not required for applicants with a doctoral-level degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian school.)
- TOEFL score of at least 600/250 (for applicants whose native language is not English)
- GRE can be waived by completion of the Public Health Certificate Program with a minimum GPA of 3.25
The University of Minnesota offers affordable and competitive graduate tuition while also being situated in one of the most affordable metropolitan areas in the country. See SPH Tuition & Finances for full details.
Applicants who meet our priority deadline (December 1) are given first consideration for all school-awarded funds.
Other Costs to Consider
- Average cost of living in Minneapolis for a one-bedroom apartment is $899
- Minnesota offers no tax on clothing
- Minnesota students may receive an unlimited bus pass for $100/semester
- Free use of the light rail train and shuttles between Twin Cities campuses