Admission Requirements & Procedures
The Texas A&M University Interdisciplinary Faculty of
Toxicology (IFT) is administratively located in the Texas A&M
University (TAMU) College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences. The Interdisciplinary Faculty of Toxicology is composed
of faculty from many TAMU departments across several colleges, the
Health Science Center, and three associated laboratories.
Completion of a thesis/dissertation is required for the M.S. or
Ph.D. degree. Students are required to complete a core curriculum
of courses in toxicology, pathology, pharmacology, risk assessment,
exposure science and statistics. In addition, electives may be
chosen from a number of advanced courses providing additional
training within the sub-disciplines of cellular and molecular
toxicology, reproductive and developmental toxicology, behavioral
and neuro-toxicology, environmental and veterinary toxicology,
genetics, public health, and applied and food toxicology.
Admission into the IFT program requires the successful
completion of courses in advanced biology and/or chemistry or their
equivalents. Applicants who cannot demonstrate sufficient knowledge
in these areas may be required to take additional courses at Texas
A&M University. Grades earned during the applicant's entire
college career are considered, and a satisfactory grade point
average is required.
- To provide masters and doctoral students and postdoctoral
fellows with balanced interdisciplinary research opportunities that
span the continuum from basic science to practical application of
the scientific knowledge in public and environmental health
- To offer a rigorous didactic training that provides the
fundamentals in toxicology, pathology, pharmacology, biostatistics,
exposure science, and risk assessment as a core set of competencies
that will be required for successful careers in both research and
- To encourage trainees to develop appreciation for and
familiarity with various decision contexts and the process involved
in various aspects of applications of toxicological sciences
through externships with Federal or State regulatory agencies,
non-governmental organizations, or industry stakeholders.
The Texas A&M Office of Admissions (http://admissions.tamu.edu/graduate/apply)
provides comprehensive support for the recruitment of graduate
students into all degree programs on campus. IFT application
materials need to include (i) undergraduate and graduate (if
available) transcripts, (ii) results from the approved standardized
testing examinations ; (iii) recommendation letters, (iv)
applicant’s CV, (v) a personal essay or Statement of Purpose
expressing interest in toxicology, and other information required
by the Texas A&M Office of Admissions.
TAMU requires a satisfactory General Record Exam score taken
within the previous five years from all applicants. The standard
portions of the exam (Verbal, Quantitative and Writing) are
required; however, specific subject tests are not required. To
allow sufficient time for TAMU to receive scores, applicants should
take the GRE by October to apply for Fall admission. Official GRE
scores are required and should be sent to the TAMU Office of
Admissions, code R6003 or 6003.
TAMU requires a satisfactory TOEFL score taken within the last
two years from applicants whose native language is not
English. Exceptions are made for those applicants completing
all four years of a baccalaureate degree in the United States, or
those achieving a high GRE Verbal score (please consult the Office
of Admissions web page for exact description of exceptions).
Official TOEFL scores are required and should be sent to the TAMU
Office of Admissions, code 6003.
Three letters of recommendation are required and may be
submitted electronically through the Applicant Information System
(AIS). Recommendations by research advisor(s) or professors are
preferred. The letters should address the applicant’s background,
prior research experience(s) and other salient points that will be
evidence of the suitability for graduate studies in toxicology.
Applicants whose GPA is below 3.0, GRE scores are below the 50th
percentile, or who do not have prior relevant research experience
must explain these deficiencies in their essay to be fully
1. Submit an electronic application via the Apply
Texas website and pay application fee to the TAMU Office of
2. Arrange for each college or institution attended to send one
official transcript and one official statement of the degree or
diploma awarded to the TAMU Office of Admissions. See Application
for Graduate Admission for specific requirements. Electronic
transcripts can be processed much faster than paper transcripts.
Texas A&M will accept transcripts sent electronically through
PARCHMENT, SPEEDE, eScrip-SAFE or National Clearing House.
Unofficial copies of transcripts may also be sent to the Toxicology
3. Have Educational Testing Services (ETS) send official test
scores to Texas A&M University (Code 6003). Please do not send
this to a Department or College, but only to TAMU or the TAMU
Office of Admissions.
4. Arrange for three individuals to send recommendation letters,
either through the AIS, or directly to the Toxicology Office.
5.Prepare the Statement of Purpose essay which will be evaluated
by the Toxicology Office and admissions committee. This essay
may be used to convey any information not included in the
application, and is an ideal place to discuss research experience
and career goals.
6. Additional information such as a Curriculum Vitae, copies of
publications and awards, etc. may be sent to the Toxicology Office
for inclusion in the applicant file.
NOTE: Items other than Letters of
Recommendation which are being sent to the Toxicology Office may be
sent via email or post.
Application period and deadlines
Almost all IFT graduate students trainees begin studies in the
Fall semester. Applications are accepted between September and
February of the academic year preceding the anticipated start time
in the program. The applicants are encouraged to apply and complete
their application as soon as possible as application and funding
decisions are made on the rolling basis (see Section 6).
Applications from US citizens and resident aliens submitted before
January 15 will be considered for institutional fellowships.
Outstanding candidates who are US citizens or resident aliens with
interest in regulatory science and risk assessment will be
considered for funding through NIEHS-funded training grant.
The final deadline for application submission is February 15;
applications that arrive after the deadline will be deferred to the
next year unless the applicant petitions the program as detailed
below. In exceptional cases applications may be considered for the
Spring semester and a petition must be submitted to the Chair of
IFT requesting permission to apply outside of the standing
Applicants are encouraged to maintain contact with both the TAMU
Office of Admissions and the Toxicology Office to ensure that all
admission documents were received.
Application review procedures
Composition of the Admissions Committee: The
IFT admissions committee consists of the IFT Chair, co-chair and no
less than three additional faculty members. Additional members will
include members of the admissions committee for the NIEHS T32
training program in “Regulatory Science in Environmental Health and
Toxicology,” representatives of the IFT Executive Committee, and
may also include IFT faculty at large.
Meetings of the Admissions Committee: The
Admissions Committee will meet periodically, as determined by the
IFT Chair, between November and April, to review submitted
applications that are complete, make admissions decisions, consider
matching the applicants to prospective IFT faculty mentors, and to
make funding decision, if applicable.
Admissions decisions: Admissions decisions are
made on a rolling basis and the Committee will usually consider all
applications that are complete at its next scheduled meeting. The
Admissions Committee first considers whether the applicant is
admissible into the MS or PhD program. All Admissions Committee
members fill out a rubric for each applicant which includes, but is
not limited to, the following information: GPA and standardized
score tests, strengths of the applicant’s prior research experience
(including any presentations, publications or other tangible
outcomes resulting from prior research), letters of recommendation
and other factors. The Committee will discuss each applicant’s
strengths and weaknesses, potential match with the faculty in the
program, availability of funding, as well as suitability of the
candidate’s career aspirations to the programmatic goals of IFT. A
vote will be taken on whether to admit each applicant. A majority
of affirmative votes is needed to render an admissions decision.
All admitted applicants will be notified promptly by email and/or
postal mail of their acceptance by the IFT and steps will be taken
for the official acceptance by Texas A&M University.
Note on the international graduate student admission
decisions: No international applicant will be
admitted without a clear funding plan. Therefore, in addition to
the general admissions requirements outlined above, the Admissions
Committee will require that a firm written funding commitment is
made by a prospective faculty mentor to each international
applicant (i.e., those who are not US citizens or resident aliens)
who are deemed as potentially admissible by the Committee.
Alternatively, documentation of a firm third party commitment of a
fellowship/scholarship already awarded (or to be awarded pending
admissions decision) to the applicant that covers tuition, fees and
reasonable living expenses must be included in the application
Funding Decisions: The Admissions Committee
will use a weighted scoring system and rank the applicants for the
relevant IFT (T32 training program funding for doctoral applicants)
and/or institutional (http://ogaps.tamu.edu/Buttons/Funding-Opportunities)
funding that may be available. Consideration will also be given to
representation of trainees that contribute to diversity.
Availability of funding will be communicated to each admitted
applicant. The IFT will make every effort to ensure that all
admitted applicants are funded, but funding is not guaranteed.
Interviews and Campus Visits
Applicants may request an informational interview with faculty.
Personal interviews are not required but provide an opportunity for
the applicant to become better acquainted with the toxicology
program. Itineraries to meet faculty members and current graduate
students can be arranged. The IFT program may hold an annual 1-2
day-long open house events for admitted applicants and other
interested parties. The dates will be announced on the IFT website
and usually will encompass the period from January 30 to February
15. Highly qualified admitted applicants may receive travel grants
to attend the IFT Open House. Contact the Toxicology Office for