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Admission Requirements

Environmental Toxicology PhD Program

Admission Requirements

Completion of the degree program prepares scientists to pursue specialized careers with industry, governmental and health care agencies, or academia.

To obtain regular admission to the Ph.D. Program in Environmental Toxicology, the successful candidate must meet all entrance requirements of the Southern University Graduate School as outlined in the following link: Graduate School Requirements.

In addition, the successful candidate

  • » Earns a relevant degree from an accredited university.
  • » Achieves an undergraduate Grade-Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • » Completes undergraduate or graduate course credits of at least three semester hours from an accredited university in each of the following: cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, and organic chemistry.
  • » Obtains a combined (verbal and quantitative) minimum score of 1000 (OLD Scale) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • » Submits a 600-word essay on the student's career goals and interest in the toxicology program.
  • » Provides three letters of reference, including two from former advisors.
  • » Successfully completes an interview with the Doctoral committee.

A student who has achieved otherwise exceptional qualifications but who does not meet the minimum GPA may be evaluated on an individual basis. Similarly, a student who has earned an exceptional GPA from his or her respective institution but who does not meet the minimum GRE requirement also may be considered individually.