Professional Science Masters Program in Toxicology

Prepare for a professional career:

Earn a Toxicology Master’s in Professional Sciences (MPS)

  • Expand your Toxicology knowledge
  • Develop skills to compete successfully for professional jobs
  • Gain practical experience with a rigorous industrial, government or non-profit internship

What is Toxicology?

Toxicology integrates chemistry, biochemistry, biology, medical and environmental sciences to understand and prevent the adverse effects of chemical, physical, or biological agents on life and the environment.

What do Toxicologists do?

Toxicologists work as part of an extended workforce to advance knowledge of existing and potential health threats and develop appropriate regulations in a wide variety of public and private enterprises. 

How will a Toxicology MPS degree support my career goals? 

Many companies are looking for employees who have a breadth of knowledge in toxicology and the personal and professional skills to thrive in a rapidly changing work environment.  A Toxicology MPS will prepare you for a professional toxicology career within agricultural, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as public and private environmental health, regulatory and consulting organizations. 

How will this Toxicology MPS degree program prepare me for my career?

To earn a Toxicology MPS, students will complete: 

  • Science coursework of the same rigor as PhD students
  • Business fundamentals coursework, for example:
    • Effective professional communication and presentation
    • Organizational structure and mission
    • Teamwork and leadership
    • Project management
    • Accounting and finance
    • Ethics
    • Policy development
  • A formal, rigorous Toxicology internship at a non-academic organization
  • An original capstone project demonstrating the ability to synthesize and communicate a complex topic

What types of jobs could I expect to be available to me with a Toxicology MPS degree?

  • Project management
  • Contract management
  • Working supervisor in a small toxicology business
  • Risk assessment analyst
  • Environmental remediation and evaluation
  • Environmental advocate
  • Sustainability analyst
  • Scientific liaison
  • Regulatory agent
  • Regional office staff for a large regulatory agency
  • Government relations / compliance and quality control assurance management
  • Collaboration manager

How do I apply?

Application materials are received by the Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Visit http://gradschool.unc.edu/admissions/instructions.html for additional information.  The minimum requirement for admission to the MPS in Toxicology will be a BS degree in the Life Sciences, a GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores within the 50% range in each category (verbal, quantitative, writing).

Required information includes:

  • An online application
  • Payment of an application fee ($85, non-refundable)
  • Complete transcripts for all coursework (one UNOFFICIAL transcript from each university attended must be uploaded within the application)
  • Current letters of recommendation (the email address of three recommenders will be required within the application for electronic submission)
  • GRE or MCAT scores (no more than 5 years old); send official MCAT scores directly to the Curriculum in Toxicology)
  • A statement of purpose
  • Copy of resumé/curriculum vitae 

Am I prepared for the Toxicology MPS coursework? 

Students with a bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry or chemistry will be best prepared for the study of toxicology.  Basic knowledge of biochemistry, at the level offered by a comprehensive undergraduate course, will be important.  However, the absence of a biochemistry course will not be sufficient for rejection of an otherwise competitive candidate.  An appropriate course can be taken at UNC-Chapel Hill prior to the toxicology courses listed in the curriculum.

What are examples of courses I will take in this program?

The MPS in Toxicology program can be completed in 16 months by full-time students and includes the following requirements:

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

TOXC 442

Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology

3 hours

PATH 713/714L or PHYI 702

Disease Mechanisms or

Physiology of Human Health and Disease I

5 hours or

4 hours

TOXC 707

Advanced Toxicology

3 hours

PATH 715/716L or

PHYI 703

Systemic Pathology or

Physiology of Human Health and Disease II

5 hours or

4 hours

BIOS 600

Principles of Statistical Inference or equivalent

3 hours

TOXC 722

Seminars in Toxicology (1 credit h per semester)

3 hours

Elective Science Courses*

3+ hours

GRAD 721

Ethics

1 hour

GRAD 725

PSM Seminar Series (1 credit h per semester)

3 hours

GRAD 8XX

Professional Skills I: Communication

3 hours

GRAD 8XX

Professional Skills II: Organization/Leadership

3 hours

GRAD 8XX

Professional Skills III: Business Fundamentals

3 hours

TOXC 992

Summer Internship (full-time during the summer at a non-academic institution)

3 hours

TOXC 992

Capstone Report

3 hours

*The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a large selection of graduate level courses in the biomedical and environmental sciences, epidemiology, public health, computational biology, etc. Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate School Record: http://www.unc.edu/gradrecord/programs/deptintro.html.

How much will it cost to earn the Toxicology MPS degree?

Earning a Toxicology MPS is an investment in your professional future.  This 16-month program will provide excellent employment opportunities with an expected salary that will quickly return your investment dollars.  Entry level salaries are currently estimated to range from $40,000 to $70,000/year (or higher), depending upon the candidate’s demonstrated skills and the organization providing employment. 

Estimated total costs in tuition and fees for Toxicology MPS students

Full-time enrollment; completion of the degree in 16 months

NC Residents

Fall

Spring

Summer

Fall

Premium tuition

 $   4,000

 $   4,000

 $   1,000

 $   4,000

Regular Tuition

 $   4,172

 $   4,172

 $      558

 $   4,172

Regular Fees

 $      953

 $      953

 $       192

 $      953

Total per semester

 $  9,125

 $  9,125

 $   1,750

 $  9,125

Overall cost of the program (42 credits)

$29,125

Non-Resident Students

Fall

Spring

Summer

Fall

Premium tuition

 $   4,000

 $   4,000

 $   1,000

 $   4,000

Regular Tuition

 $ 12,777

 $ 12,777

 $   1,368

 $ 12,777

Regular Fees

 $      953

 $      953

 $       192

 $      953

Total per semester

 $ 17,730

 $ 17,730

 $   2,560

 $ 17,730

Overall cost of the program (42 credits)

$55,750